Category Archives: Senior Living

Lexington Assisted Living hosts special luncheon for first responders

On September 10 The Lexington Assisted Living hosted a special luncheon for first responders to salute those who serve our community. The event was open to the public and included a wonderful lunch. Attending were Sheriff Deputy J Olmos  and Sheriff Deputy G Heiberger  Ventura City Firefighters   Josh Betha,  David Mendoza  and Chris Deitz senior lexington sheriffs
Lexington is at 5440 Ralston, 644-6710.

Photos by John Ferritto

Workshop to educate baby boomers on social security

senior social securityAre we baby boomers?

An educational workshop titled  “Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income” has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 at the Ventura Adult Education Center located at 5200 Valentine Rd., at 6:00 p.m.

Social Security is far more complicated than most people realize. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits they stand to receive over their lifetime.

Questions boomers are asking include:

  • Will social security be there for me?
  • How much can I expect to receive?
  • When should I apply for Social Security?
  • How can I maximize my benefits?
  • Will Social Security be enough to live on in retirement?

To help baby boomers better understand the Social Security system, this workshop will cover:

  • 5 factors to consider when deciding to apply for benefits
  • When it makes sense to delay benefits- and when it does not

Why you should always check your earnings for accuracy

  • How to estimate your benefits
  • How to coordinate benefits with your spouse
  • How to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits
  • How to coordinate Social Security with your other sources of retirement income

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Individuals may reserve space by calling  644-3495.

Unable to attend the seminar in person?  No problem.  You can view a short video from the comfort of your own home regarding the above at


Ventura resident swinging sax at 90

Still swinging after all these years.

Article and photo by Richard LIeberman

Art Spaulding a long time Ventura resident just turned 90, and is swinging with his sax playing gigs once a month with two local Swing bands “Swing Shift”, and the Unforgettables . Art an accomplished Geologist holds two degrees in Geology, and has had a distinguished career in oil and gas management, in both public and private sectors.

A long career in oil and gas management serving stints at the City of Los Angeles as Oil Administrator, and two years with Shell Oil. He went on to become an oil industry consultant for Western Oil and Gas, and has testified before congress as an oil and gas industry expert.

Spaulding learned how to play an alto saxophone when he was 14 years old, but after serving in WWII he didn’t blow another note until his retirement in the mid 1980’s. Rather than sitting home Spaulding decided to get going with his musical career, “There has to be something better than sitting home and drinking gin” said Spaulding. The Alto Sax was the “something better” for him, and the regular gigs with “Swing Shift” and the “Unforgettables” are one of the joys of his life.

senior spaulding insetThe bands have had regular performances at county fairs, Santa Paula Airport functions, old folks home and others. Spaulding loves the swing music of the 1930s and 1940s. He has even taken a 1 unit course in big band music and history. The bands routinely draw a crowd of 40 to 50 avid listeners. Spaulding also has a vast collection of 78 rpm, 33 rpm, and an extensive CD collection spanning the swing era sounds. “I love listening to Duke Ellington” added Spaulding. “Our audience is mostly old folks” said Spaulding, but there is a cadre of young people listening and enjoying the sound” he added

“The music has a very promising future” said Spaulding “It is a true art form” he added.

“Some of the arrangements are created by our band members” said Spaulding. “The music doesn’t die it will go on for a long, long time, I think it will carry on” he said. Art also would like to see the band leaders more active in getting work.

Spaulding served in the armed forces in WWII, and was with the 5th infantry division under command of General George Patton. He was with the relief forces reinforcing Bastogne during the battle of the Bulge. During one of the coldest winters in Europe for more than a decade, he spent 117 days in combat.

Having turned 90 this year Spaulding is still swinging with his sax, bringing joy, and nostalgia to his audiences, and keeping a worthy art form alive. The big band sound is likely to be around for a long, long time.

A Tender Touch Senior Placement – Importance of oral health in the aging population

By Connie De La Rosa

Taking care of ourselves in all aspects, especially as we age, whether it is in exercise, being active in the community to maintain social interaction, or regular doctor visits, is more vital. Today, there are many educational classes and outreach programs that assist in making better choices for a much more healthy lifestyle. It’ emphasizes the importance of keeping your oral health in a good place. While nowadays there are cosmetic dentistry options like porcelain crowns (look at for more info on this) if your oral health decreases and causes staining or other issues but this doesn’t mean we should rely on it to keep our smile.

“As the percentage of older adults continues to increase, we can observe that they are also keeping their teeth much longer than previous decades” states Dental Hygienist Nena S. Casillas. Keeping teeth longer also means an increase in periodontal disease, worn and deteriorated dental restorations, and cavities. This would mean an increase in the chance you will need to visit an emergency dentist for treatment for such problems. CareDash explains how to find an emergency dentist in this article, should you need one. Maintaining a regular oral care routine with a dentist or dental hygienist can help prevent some of the expected oral health problems. It also means that you’ll only need to make 2 visits a year to Dentist Worcester as opposed to 4 if your oral health is in a bad state.

Medical studies and research have shown that bacteria in the mouth have been linked to heart and lung diseases, diabetes, pneumonia, and other health problems. An RDHAP (Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice/Mobile Dental Hygienist-accepts Medi-Cal and most insurances) can help start a dental hygiene program for a Skilled Nursing Facility, Intermediate Care Facility, and private homes. RDHAP services can help prevent health problems that are caused by dental plaque and calculus. Therefore, the overall health of a person may be enhanced with improved oral health. Again, the importance of regular checkups with your Dentist Avon Lake cannot be overstressed.

For more information , please call 200-7756.

Classic car show and party

senior cypressGeorge and Judy Sandoval strut their stuff during a previous classic car show and party at Cypress Place

Enjoy a blast from the past at the Cypress Place Senior Living Classic Car Show & 70’s party on Wednesday September 16th from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.  There will be plenty of good old-fashioned fun, so put on your bell bottom pants and platform shoes and come join the fun and festivities.

“Our car show is an annual event for us,” said Steve Spira, executive director at Cypress Place Senior Living.  “But for this year’s event, we’re changing it up a bit with a 1970’s theme, and also kicking off a fundraiser to collect suitcases for children in the Ventura County Foster Care Program.”

From September 16th through October 16th, 2015, the senior community will be accepting donations of a new or used suitcase to be given to one of the many foster children in Ventura County.  Once the suitcases have been collected, Cypress Place will invite the foster children to the senior community to present them with their very own suitcase according to Spira.

Emcee Bruce Barrios, named the #1 DJ in Ventura County, will spin the tunes for this fun-filled event, featuring classic cars, music, food, dancing, and prizes for best car, best dancers and best outfit.  A new or used suitcase, or a $10 donation per person, is requested for admission.

“Our seniors are so excited for this event, because not only will there wonderful food and entertainment, but they know it will help make a difference in the lives of local children right here in our community,” said Yvonne Knepper, one of the marketing directors at Cypress Place.

The event is open to the public.  Free shuttle parking will also be available at Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St, at the corner of Cypress Point Lane and Ralston Street.

If you are looking for a blast from the past, put on your best 70’s outfit, grab a suitcase, and come strut your stuff under the glow of a disco ball, all while supporting the children in the Ventura County Foster Care program.

Cypress Place Senior Living is a premiere senior community in Ventura County.   The beautiful senior living campus features an Active Senior Living community and adjacent Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care community connected by a lushly landscaped courtyard.

This safe, loving environment offers residents a continuum of care through life’s transitions.  Amenities include three meals daily, weekly housekeeping, transportation, activities, utilities, as well as personal caregivers and laundry service in the Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.

Cypress Place Senior Living is located at 1200/1220 Cypress Point Lane.  For more information or to RSVP, please call 650-8000 or visit their web site at

Parkinson’s Support Group meeting at Lexington

On Wednesday September 9, from 1PM to 3PM, the Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group is hosting Tamara Backer, LSVT Loud Certified Speech Language Pathologist and Christina Malone, LSVT Big Certified Physical Therapist from Two Trees Physical Therapy and Wellness of Ventura. Reservations are not required.

The meeting will be held at The Lexington Assisted Living at 5440 Ralston Street on the third floor. Please check in at the front desk for directions and sign-in. Extra parking is graciously available across the street from the Lexington in the Baptist Church parking lot. Call 766-6070 for further information. Reservations are not required.

Ventura County Area Agency on Aging receives award

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging HomeShare Program recently received recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with an Aging Innovations Award, the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The HomeShare Program award was among the top local aging programs to receive honors. Additionally, the VCAAA was awarded an n4a Aging Achievement Award for the Fall Prevention Program during the n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow held in July, in Philadelphia.

The prestigious n4a Aging Innovations Award ceremony recognized Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs that implemented successful initiatives to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. Honorees shared best practices with an audience of more than 900 Aging Network leaders who gathered at the four-day conference to engage in a dialogue about challenges facing older adults and solutions being developed by AAAs throughout the nation.

The VCAAA award-winning HomeShare Program helps seniors maintain their independence and remain in their homes by matching them with home-seekers who are willing to help with some combination of household tasks, transportation or financial support in exchange for affordable housing.

VCAAA Director, Victoria Jump, expressed her excitement about receiving the multiple awards.“Winning these prestigious national awards validates the hard work of the staff, the Advisory Council, the Fall Prevention Coalition and our volunteers and demonstrates VCAAA’s commitment to being an Agency that is innovative and responsive to the changing needs of the seniors in Ventura County,”

The VCAAA serves Ventura County’s 60-plus population and persons with disabilities and employs a person-centered approach in aiding them in living a life with dignity and maximum independence.  The VCAAA also provides leadership and advocacy in addressing critical issues that relate to seniors and directly operates a number of programs.  The VCAAA is funded by the Federal Older Americans Act, State of California Older Californians Act, County of Ventura and program donations.

To learn more about the VCAAA, find out how you can volunteer or to donate funds, please log on to or call 477-7300.



Second Senior Transportation Forum

senior ventura council“Step on it we don’t want to be late for the transportation forum”

The Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) will host its second Senior Transportation Forum: Navigating the Medical Mobility Maze at The Salvation Army Silvercrest Senior Residence (750 S. Petit Ave) on Wednesday, September 16 from 9:30-11:30 AM, followed by a complimentary lunch. Local transportation agencies, mobility organizations, health care providers, non-profit groups and the public meet to discuss transportation opportunities and challenges facing seniors and caregivers in our community. The forum will be an opportunity to share thoughts and feedback on how to improve transportation options for seniors and the disabled.

Presenters/Panelists will include: A to B Transport, Caregivers, Community Memorial Hospital, GO Access, Gold Coast Health Care Plan and Kaiser Permanente.

Lunch served to those attendees who RSVP to 648-3035 by Sept. 11.

Free shuttle service will be provided to the forum from  Ventura Avenue Adult Center at 9:15 AM –  550 N. Ventura Avenue, limited seating (28) available RSVP to 648-3035

The VCS meets at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC) on the third Wednesday of every month from 9:30-11:00 AM. This organization is designed to provide a forum to discuss issues and initiatives and to develop recommendations for City Council consideration. The VCS is designated by the Ventura City Council as the representative organization of all seniors in the City of Ventura. We meet monthly to consider and gather input on local issues important to all seniors. Please come to network and contribute valuable information with your peers.

The Ventura Avenue Adult Center is located at 550 N. Ventura Ave. Parking is available onsite.

Supporting the total well-being of our community

senior livingston“I don’t think that my joints need replacing yet but maybe I should attend just in case”

As Ventura County’s only non-profit Home Health and Hospice provider, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association supports the total well-being of our community.  As part of their services, they host free monthly education classes throughout the county which include the following:

Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 6:30-8:00pm.  These groups are open to individuals who have experienced loss and are free of charge. Call 642-0239 for more information or email

Newly Bereaved Support Group Thursday, September 10th from 6-7:30pm.  This monthly group is designed for adults who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one and is free. Call 642-0239 for more information or email  These groups meet every 2nd Thursday of each month.

Joint Replacement Classes. Thursday, September 3rd from 1:00-2:00pm. You will learn what to expect before, during and after knee or hip replacement surgery and how to be an active participant in your care. These meetings are 1st Thursday of each month.

Monday, September 14th for both English and Spanish speaking.  English 4:00-5:00pm and Spanish 5:30-6:30pm. You will learn what to expect before, during and after knee or hip replacement surgery and how to be an active participant in your care.

All at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association offices, in the Community Room at 1996 Eastman Avenue, Suite 109 in Ventura. For information or to RSVP call Dinah Davis at  642-0239 ext. 739.





Chair massage for older adults and caregivers

senior SCAN“This feels better than my chair getting a massage”

The SCAN Health & Wellness Center in Ventura is offering 15-minute chair massage for seniors 55 and older and their caregivers. Certified Massage Therapist Linda Mac Dougall has many years of experience in treating older adults with chronic and acute conditions with therapeutic massage. Schedule your appointment for a Wednesday in September (9/9, 9/16, 9/23 & 9/30) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seated, fully-clothed neck, shoulder and back massages cost $15 per session, and can help you feel refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. The SCAN Health & Wellness Center is located at 6633 Telephone Rd., Suite 100. To make an appointment 658-0365.