Senior Living

New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans

New cards will no longer contain Social Security numbers, to combat fraud and illegal use The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number […] Read More »

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association serving the community

by Lori Harasta The focus of this year’s Pacific Coast Business Times’ Champions in Health Care was on aging and elder care. Among those recognized for excellence was Dr. Lanyard Dial, President/CEO and Medical Director for Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, who was awarded Champion in Underserved Care. Livingston is a critical safety net in […] Read More »

The two met when they both worked for Shell Oil

Norman and Joan George with their senior 14 year old dog Nellie. Photo by Michael Gordon by Jennifer Tipton Norman and Joan George are a dynamic Ventura senior couple, in fact, they are my neighbors. Not a day goes by that I don’t notice their car is in the driveway, and then it’s gone, and then […] Read More »

Memory and thinking

Many older people worry about their memory and other thinking abilities. For example, they might be concerned about taking longer than before to learn new things, or they might sometimes forget to pay a bill. These changes are usually signs of mild forgetfulness—often a normal part of aging—not serious memory problems. Talk with your doctor […] Read More »

Tips for having the difficult end-of-life conversation with your parents

by Marie Villeza Sometimes the hardest things to talk about with your loved ones are the most important, and when it comes to their end-of-life wishes, this certainly holds true. There are many reasons why this conversation is difficult. For one, you don’t want to think about your parents dying. Your parents may also be […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s Association legal and financial issues – free presentation

After receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, the cost of future care may not immediately come to mind. Financial planning often gets pushed aside because of the stress and fear the topic evokes. Legal planning is especially vital for a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The sooner planning […] Read More »

Senior Song Circle

July 11 (2nd Tues. of each month), 1:30 – 4 p.m. July 25 (4th Tues. of each month), 1:30 – 4 p.m at SCAN Health and Wellness Center, 6633 Telephone Rd., Ste., 100, led by Marty Capsuto. Center is for those 55+ and guests, but Marty will guest sponsor all Songmakers under 55. Located three […] Read More »

Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo at Fairgrounds July 8

Golden Future Expos is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo to be held on Saturday, July 8 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds inside the San Miguel Expo Hall from 10:00am – 2:30pm. The event to be held in conjunction with the following sponsors: Not Born Yesterday Monthly Newspaper, New Lifestyles […] Read More »

Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s

The Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group is delighted to be hosting Jocelyn Scherr, Associate Director, Advancement, of the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research on Wednesday, July 12, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Jocelyn will present an overview of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, an update on some promising Parkinson’s Disease Research in the […] Read More »

Scam alerts

Buying a gift card for a graduate in your life? Choose wisely. In the store, thieves can remove gift cards from racks, copy the codes, and then dial the number on the back of the card to learn when they were activated and their value for online spending or to clone cards for in-store use. […] Read More »

Common Medicare Terms and there Definitions

by Jayson Cohen, American Legacy Solutions As our healthcare landscape continues to broaden and change so do the terms that services are referred to as. As we know that none of us were born speaking insurance, we have identified some main questions we have gotten over the years and included the definitions* for your benefit […] Read More »

Aging loved ones and changes in the home

by Connie De La Rosa Does it seem that your loved one’s home is not quite as organized as it used to be? Does it seem like the home needs more maintenance than usual? Offering to help with whatever needs to be done around the house will give you a pretty good idea of things […] Read More »

Military flyover caps event honoring veterans

Boots, rifle, helmet, and dog tags – honoring fallen service members – were on display against the backdrop of a retired “Huey” Army MEDEVAC helicopter. Photo by Michael Gordon  An Army helicopter flyover was part of the event to honor Veterans on Wednesday June 28, 2017 at Cypress Place Senior Living.  The senior community hosted a […] Read More »

Senior falls

by Tammy Delgado-tammydelgado@synergyhomecare.com A senior citizen falls every 13 seconds in this country. And each year, more than one million elderly people go to the ER with injuries. Local families scramble to keep their elderly loved ones safe, but often don’t know how. For Older Americans Month, which was in in May, we have a […] Read More »

CMHS to hold free Aging for Women Symposium

A variety of medical issues affecting aging women – from breast cancer to osteoarthritis – will be discussed when Community Memorial Health System holds its Women’s Health Symposium on Saturday, June 24. Women of all ages are invited to the Aging for Women Symposium that begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 […] Read More »

The term 'Huey' originated in the U. S. Army

What the jeep was to Americans during World War II, so was the “Huey” helicopter to those who fought in Vietnam, according to the The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. All branches of the U. S. military operated them during this conflict. The term ‘Huey’ originated in the U. S. Army […] Read More »

Son of a buffalo hunter is honored by Livingston Memorial VNA

by Lori Harasta As Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association celebrates “70 Years of Caring”, let’s explore the man behind the name. Livingston’s namesake, Dr. William Reinhardt Livingston, was the son of well-known Nebraska plains buffalo hunter and early California pioneer, Robert G. Livingston. Robert came west to California at age 15 in 1854. He first […] Read More »

Community education classes and events

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 in Ventura: Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm. These groups are open to individuals who have experienced […] Read More »

Long term care common myths

by Jayson Cohen, American Legacy Solutions We commonly hear different things from different people about facts and figures. In today’s world we are never quite sure what is opinion and what is accurate fact, In the following article I will be addressing some of the common myths that we hear surrounding Long Term Care. Hopefully […] Read More »

Betty Jane Mason poses as Rosie the Riveter

Betty Jane Mason, 92 – posed as Rosie the Riveter for a unique 2018 calendar featuring residents of The Patrician, a senior retirement home park. Betty actually did work as a riveter in the 1940s. John Sepulveda, 79, also a resident, began this project with the fun vision to have 12 different residents from the […] Read More »

On vacation? social security is still here for you

by Essie Landry Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area Summer is here and millions of vacationers are packing their bags to visit a new locale and soak up some sunshine. You might be traveling quite a ways. You’re used to staying connected to important information like your bank accounts and social networks, […] Read More »

Victoria Care Center receives first Ensign Flag

Victoria Care Center has received their first Ensign Flag! The word “ensign” means a standard, banner or flag which represents the heart of the founders and all employees – that of dignifying long term care and bringing care and compassion to all of our residents and employees. They had a very impressive ceremony on June […] Read More »

Songmakers

June 13 (2nd Tues. of each month), 1:30 – 4 p.m., June 22 (4th Tues. of each month), at SCAN Health and Wellness Center, 6633 Telephone Rd. led by Marty Capsuto. Center is for those 55+ and guests, so Marty will guest sponsor all Songmakers under 55. Plenty of parking behind building. For more information […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze wins VCAAA award for Age-Friendly Media

Christine Voth, Suz Montgomery, Antoinette Olson, Kara Ralston, Carie Salas, Vicky Odle,, Kathy Terry, Harry Norkin, Kris Martin, Randy Martin  and Richard Lieberman (on behalf of Sheldon Brown of the Ventura Breeze) at the awards ceremony. The Ventura Breeze was awarded the 2017 VCAAA Optimal Aging Champion Awards for the Age Friendly Media Award. The […] Read More »

Knowledge Bowl 2017

Seniors and high school students fought it out in a “Battle of the Ages”. Can youthful vigor and budding brains overcome the life experience of their elders in a match of wits, wisdom, memory and just plain common sense in a Jeopardy-like contest? The Knowledge Bowl is a true “Battle of the Ages,” now in […] Read More »

VCAAA offers free memory screenings

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is continuing to offer 15-minute memory screenings to all Ventura County residents. Screenings are offered on the fourth Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the VCAAA’s Ventura office located at 646 County Square Drive. The service is free and confidential. In conjunction with […] Read More »

Family Caregiver Resource Center-Catholic Charities-OASIS Program

by Connie De La Rosa Many people who reach the age of retirement, find ways of enjoying their new life.  Whether it is traveling, joining new clubs or spending more time at home gardening, projects or watching grandchildren.  There are many who chose to donate their time in volunteering for different programs which provide many […] Read More »

Military spouses honored at Ventura Townehouse ceremony

by Lori Harasta Sacrifice.  Few people know the meaning more than the spouses of military warriors, waiting, worrying, and praying for a safe return home.  More than 40 spouses were honored at a ceremony at the Ventura Townehouse on May 12. The Friday before Mother’s Day was officially designated by President Ronald Reagan as “National […] Read More »

Cypress Place awards scholarships, will honor veterans

When the owners of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura decided to create a scholarship fund for local high school students wanting to pursue a college degree, the Cypress Place Senior Living “Senior to Senior” Legacy Scholarship was created. By awarding two $2500 scholarships to local high school seniors, residents at Cypress Place are attempting […] Read More »

Knowledge Bowl 2017

Can youthful vigor and budding brains overcome the life experience of their elders in a match of wits, wisdom, memory and just plain common sense in a Jeopardy-like contest? Come to the Knowledge Bowl and experience a true “Battle of the Ages,” now in its eighth year. This time, four teens from Ventura’s Blue-Ribbon Award […] Read More »

A quick look at Medicare

by Jayson Cohen, American Legacy Solutions In today’s world we constantly see things changes and it has come to the point that the only thing that is constant in our life is change. Our organization is constantly asked to explain Medicare in its simplest form. You will find as you read through this article that […] Read More »

A Taste of Italy at The Palms At Bonaventure

On Thursday, May 25 The Palms At Bonaventure presented  A Taste of Italy. A special culinary event prepared by Chef Michael Callahan and enjoyed by residents and guests. The Palms is located at 111 N. Wells Rd. in Ventura.   Read More »

What? I’m not going to live forever?!

by Patty Jenkins What is that new California law all about anyway and how does it work? What exactly are our end-of-life choices? What other options are there to help keep me and my loved ones comfortable before I go? The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is having a special meeting to enlighten us all […] Read More »

Dementia: current trends and future directions at the Ventura Marriott

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic affecting more than 5 million Americans today and as many as 16 million by 2050. To better inform the public about Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Chapter will be hosting its sixth annual conference, “Dementia: Current Trends & Future Directions.” The all-day event will start at 8:30 […] Read More »

Free community education classes and events

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association supports the total well-being of our community by hosting free monthly education classes throughout the county which include the following in Ventura (others are in Ojai,  Camarillo and Oxnard). At Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association office, 1996 Eastman Ave., Suite 109. Call 642-0239 for more information or email griefinfo@livingstonvna.org. Adult […] Read More »

Knowledge Bowl 2017

Can youthful vigor and budding brains overcome the life experience of their elders in a match of wits, wisdom, memory and just plain common sense in a Jeopardy-like contest? Come to the Knowledge Bowl and experience a true “Battle of the Ages,” now in its eighth year. This time, four teens from Ventura’s Blue-Ribbon Award […] Read More »

Don't meddle with Medicare’s prescription drug benefit

by Joel White-President of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage. Seema Verma, the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, recently praised Medicare’s prescription drug benefit for giving seniors access to affordable medicines, saying she was “thankful” for the program. There’s a lot to be thankful for. Medicare Part D, as the […] Read More »

Preventing substance abuse

Drug abuse, whether prescription or illicit drugs, can have serious consequences, particularly for older adults. That is why prevention is key. However, there are many different reasons why people abuse drugs and become addicted to them. These reasons need to be taken into account when considering how to best prevent drug abuse. Family members, friends, […] Read More »

If You’re Free, Thank A Vet event coming to Ventura

Honoring those who have served our country is something the managers of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura care deeply about.  But this year their annual event to honor Veterans has taken on even more significance. “Our country is divided right now,” said Mike Macke, director of sales and marketing at Cypress Place Senior Living.  […] Read More »

Every day is internet security day

by Essie Landry Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area Being safe online is important every day. There may be days devoted to internet security awareness, but you need to be careful every time you go online. Do you know what it takes to be safe online? You probably connect daily to get […] Read More »

History maker to speak  at Senior Health Expo

Gabriel just wanted to become an actor. Gabriel Cordell never intended to make history, at least not in the way he eventually did.  He just wanted to become an actor. In 1992, two months after his 22nd birthday, Cordell was en route to his first professional audition when an accident changed his life forever. His Jeep was […] Read More »

Tai Chi training to lead new classes scheduled in May

Volunteers are needed for a senior Tai Chi program recently started in the four west county cities served by Oxnard RSVP. No experience is needed. Volunteer instructor training will be provided in mid-May. A six-month commitment to teaching the program is requested of volunteers. Free exercise classes are being offered in partnership with the Ventura […] Read More »

“What Is The Older Americans Act?”

Family Caregiver Resource Center Catholic Charities-OASIS Program by Connie De La Rosa The Theme for the May 2017 Older American’s Month is “Age Out Loud” which is intended to give aging a new voice which reflects on what older adults have to say about aging; therefore,  Older American Month is a great opportunity to recognize […] Read More »

ENCORE creates new workforce

For people 50 and over, if you want at least a part time job to supplement your income or get back into the mix, ENCORE is the place to start. It’s a free, self-paced training program aimed at filling the gaps needed to become employable. Examples include computer software skills, internet basics, math, English, or […] Read More »

Sharing your life story—a priceless gift

by Lori Harasta Your experiences and memories are unique. The greatest gift you can give your family is to record yours. Jeff McElderry of Leisure Village decided to meet with one of the Camarillo Hospice-trained Life Story Volunteers and capture some of his favorite memories onto two CDs for his family, which includes five sons […] Read More »

It’s an opportunity to ask questions about the state of the press

Breeze publisher Sheldon will be one of the presenters at “Meet the Press”. The public can “Meet the Press” for questions, comments, and learn about how the local media puts it all together, thanks to the Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS). Afterward, you are invited to eat with the press. “It’s an opportunity to ask […] Read More »

New Medicare help for people with chronic illness

by Greg Dill-  Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. If you have Medicare, there’s a good chance you have two or more chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or dementia. Two-thirds of the 57 million Americans with Medicare have two or more chronic illnesses. Having multiple […] Read More »

New reverse mortgage tools help seniors understand them better

You are 62 years or older and you own a home. Or your parents are 62 or older and own their own home. You hear about reverse mortgages from a news article or an advertisement or a website. Or maybe from a friend or relative. Or you might contact a reverse mortgage lender on the […] Read More »

Senior Health Expo coming to Cypress Place

A 3,100-mile journey in just 99 days in a wheelchair. Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura is thrilled to announce that Gabriel Cordell will be the keynote speaker at their upcoming Health & Wealth Expo.  This year’s event will take place on Wednesday May 24,  from 11a.m. to 1p.m. Gabriel’s incredible true life story is […] Read More »

96 year old discovers talent for art

St. Germain with a few of her award winning paintings and  buddy Goldie . by Jill Forman “When I’m painting, I feel like I’m alive.” ~ Jeanne-Marie St. Germain, Ventura artist For most of her 96 years, St. Germain was a professional violinist/viola player.  About 10 years ago, arthritis and bursitis were affecting her arms […] Read More »

Your Estate Assistant celebrates National Senior Move Managers Week

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has declared May 14-20 National Senior Move Managers Week. During this recognition week NASMM members around the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia are promoting the value of Senior Move Management and Senior Move Managers’ commitment to assisting older adults and their families with later lifestyle […] Read More »

Parkinson’s support group welcomes members and care-partners

The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet Wednesday, May 10 for a “Round Table” discussion at 1pm at the Lexington. They welcome all of their members and their care-partners for this meeting. Everyone is welcome to come and share a little about themselves and their history with Parkinson’s Disease. Get to know and support […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 - May 9, 2017 - Cute Grandkid

Ivor Davis aka “Poppy” refuses to believe his 13 year old grandson Levi Davis is taller than him!   Read More »

Zumba and Song Circle available for seniors

Zumba Gold classes held during day and in the evening. Check out the schedule at Ventura DANZAR’s website at venturazumba.com. Zumba Gold Toning and a chair class called Zumba Sentao. These classes are low impact and also good for those starting their fitness journeys. Classes are low cost and affordable. You will have a blast […] Read More »

Cypress Place accepting scholarship applications

When the owners of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura decided to create a scholarship fund for local high school students wanting to pursue a college degree, the Cypress Place Senior Living “Senior to Senior Legacy Scholarship” was created.  Cypress Place Senior Living is an independent, assisted, and memory care community for seniors.  By awarding […] Read More »

SAVVY Caregiver workshop series

Alzheimer’s Association Ventura County Office announces SAVVY Caregiver workshop series planned for May at Meditech Health Services located at 1650 Palma Drive, Ste. 101, Ventura. The Savvy Caregiver is a 4-week program for family caregivers offering 12 hours of face-to-face training with dementia experts. This is the opportunity to go beyond introductory education offerings and […] Read More »

Family Caregiver Resource Center Catholic Charities (OASIS)

by Connie De La Rosa Finding resources during a loved one’s hospitalization or caring for a loved one at home, can become overwhelming when you are unsure where to begin  to inquire about a service or just finding the time to make a call can be a task in itself. The Family Caregiver Resource Center […] Read More »

Why you get your Social Security payment when you do

Ever wished you could get your Social Security check earlier or wondered why it comes when it does. It may not cross the minds of senior citizens who filed for benefits before May 1, 1997: they get their payment on the third day of the month, unlike more recent filers who get it on the […] Read More »

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association anniversary

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will celebrate 70 years of providing comprehensive home healthcare, compassionate hospice and vital in-home support for Ventura County residents on May 20.  The agency will also honor Tom Pecht for his enduring devotion to Livingston. The Hawaiian themed evening will take place at Old Rancho Matilija in Ojai. Nestled by […] Read More »

SCAN helping to keep you healthy

Seated chair yoga exercises increase strength and flexibility. Join the “Yoga for Seniors” class at the SCAN Health & Wellness Center in Ventura located at 6633 Telephone. Instructor Lynn Thurston guides seniors through seated chair yoga exercises to increase their strength and flexibility. During the yoga class on Monday, April 17 at 10 a.m. – […] Read More »

50 years as a secular preschool

by Marion Levin-Welch    M.A. Director Early Childhood Education Children’s World Preschool at Temple Beth Torah will be celebrating their 50 years as a secular preschool. The school was started back in 1967 as a non-denominational preschool ensuring that a quality program was offered to the community regardless of personal beliefs. Thousands of children have graduated […] Read More »

Fall Prevention Coalition named Health Champ

Health champions for 2016. by Lori Harasta The Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition of Ventura County earned the “Health Champion Award” for 2016. Annually, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors presents “Health Champion” awards to local community organizations on behalf the Partnership for a Healthy Ventura County.  Recipients are recognized for their efforts toward achieving the […] Read More »

Grand opening at the M J Block Historical Library

Lexington resident, Merle Block has created his own Historical Library commemorating the children of the greatest generation. His vision is to restore the past through books, videos, photos, music, movies and memorabilia.  M J Block Historical Library will have it’s grand opening on Thursday, April 13th from 9 -11 AM and 1-3 PM in room […] Read More »

Free community education classes and events

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association supports the total well-being of our community.  They host free monthly education classes throughout the county which include the following in Ventura. Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm   These groups are open to individuals who have experienced loss and are free of […] Read More »

Family Caregiver Resource Center-Catholic Charities/OASIS Program

by Connie De La Rosa Caring for family member while caring for yourself is no easy task. Making calls in seeking resources and services to help with the demands of caregiving can become overwhelming in your daily routine of caring for your loved one. Recognizing the caregiver role in you: Caregiving can be a stressful […] Read More »

How to file a complaint against your Medicare drug or health plan

by Greg Dill Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories Having practiced pharmacy for many years, I often find myself talking to people about their Medicare prescription drug, or Part D, plans. People with Part D usually share their thoughts about a favorite pharmacy or pharmacist, or how their plan […] Read More »

The Ventura Parkinson's Disease Support Group

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. While the average age at onset is 60, people have been diagnosed as young as 18. There is no objective test, or biomarker, for Parkinson’s disease, so the rate of misdiagnosis can be relatively high, especially when the […] Read More »

Be concerned about scams targeting seniors

As Congress and the new Trump Administration suggest they might repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, fraudsters are taking advantage of the confusion it’s creating. They may pose as insurance company representatives or someone from Medicare or another federal agency. They will be on the hunt for personal information and money. Don’t fall for […] Read More »

SCAN Health & Wellness Center offers wonderful classes

SCAN Health & Wellness Center in Ventura is offering new wellness classes to the community (aged 55 and older, or an adult caregiver to someone 55 and older). “Introduction to Knitting,” a six-week class starting April 4, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. is one of them. The unique part of this class is that it […] Read More »

Social Security announces new online service for replacement

The Social Security Administration introduced the expansion of online services for residents of California available through its my Social Security portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced that residents of California can use the portal for many replacement Social Security number (SSN) card requests. This will allow people to replace […] Read More »

Zumba Gold for seniors

The City of Ventura Parks and Recreation is offering a Zumba Gold series at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center from 12:00-1:00pm every Monday and Wednesday from April 3  to May 22. Zumba Gold is perfect for all active adults, 50+, looking for a Zumba class at a lower-intensity level. This easy to follow class focuses […] Read More »

FOOD Share selected to serve special population of seniors in Ventura County

FOOD Share of Ventura County is one of just four California food banks recently selected in a competitive bid process to administer a USDA-funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for seniors 60 years of age and older.  FOOD Share anticipates enrolling a monthly caseload of 3,500 seniors in the CSFP program and serving them through […] Read More »

Annual Wearin' o' the Green to benefit CAREGIVERS

Play will be followed by a traditional Irish feast. The 25th Annual McGrath Family Wearin’ o’ the Green returns on March 17  to benefit CAREGIVERS: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly. At the centerpiece of this annual event, which is being presented by Danny’s Deli & Grill with Jack & Wendy Collings, is the Norm Weitzel Open.  […] Read More »

Always young Betty

Always young Betty telling it like it is.   Read More »

A grand party will be held

Nancy Dressler will be celebrating her one 100th birthday on April 11.  A grand party will be held for her on April 9 at the Poinsettia Pavilion .  She was born in 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri To Pauline and John Noonan. She grew up in St. Louis and was a cheerleader in college. In […] Read More »

Medicare questions answered

by Margie Johnson Ware, Aging and Health Specialist and Bonnie Burns, Medicare Specialist How will I pay for my prescription medications on Medicare? If you are not covered by employer insurance, and haven’t signed up for a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage, you will need to sign up for a Part D […] Read More »

NCOA statement on the American Health Care Act

by James Firman, National Council on Aging (NCOA) President and CEO Access to health care, long-term care, and affordable health insurance is a fundamental building block of healthy aging. While NCOA is pleased that many important ACA Medicare provisions remain untouched in the House proposed repeal and replace legislation, we are very concerned about the […] Read More »

Social Security-questions and answers

by Social Security Administration How can I get a form SSA-1099/1042S, Social Security Benefit Statement? SSA-1099 is a tax form we mail each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits. It shows the total amount of benefits you received from Social Security in the previous year so you know how much Social […] Read More »

President Trump misunderstands what government drug price negotiations entail

by Peter J. Pitts- Former FDA associate commissioner, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. President Donald Trump recently pledged to let federal officials negotiate the prices of drugs covered under Medicare.  He claims this will save taxpayers billions of dollars. Nobody doubts that Trump and his team are shrewd negotiators. But […] Read More »

The office of Inspector General’s Office has been targeted for senior scams. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently confirmed that the HHS OIG Hotline telephone number is being used as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country. These scammers represent themselves as HHS OIG Hotline employees and can alter the appearance of the caller […] Read More »

Seniors swing into action to prevent scams

by Lori Harasta Scammed!  “How could I have fallen for it?” Peggy Younes asked herself as she hung up the phone.  The next day she found herself testifying about her experience at the Stop Senior Scams presentation at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura. The Stop Senior Scams Acting Program is a series of skits, […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 - March 14, 2017 - Livingston Memorial

Free community education classes and events 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 in Ventura and Ojai: Social Services/Bereavement Groups Ojai: Caregiver Support Group  Mondays,  March 6th and 20th from 10:00 am […] Read More »

Finding a good nursing home

by Greg Dill Greg Dill- Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. One recent Sunday morning, I woke up to a text message from a coworker saying she’d been up all night with her mother in the emergency room. Her mom had fallen, broken her hip, and was getting admitted […] Read More »

Medicare questions answered

by Margie Johnson Ware, Aging and Health Specialist and Bonnie Burns, Medicare Specialist How does having a disability affect my Medicare options? This is one of the most common questions future beneficiaries ask. Although many boomers are familiar with the eligibility age for Medicare, many others do not realize that you can be enrolled automatically […] Read More »

Diabetes is a serious disease.

People get diabetes when their blood glucose level, sometimes called blood sugar, is too high. Diabetes can lead to dangerous health problems, such as having a heart attack or stroke. The good news is that there are things you can do to take control of diabetes and prevent its problems. Our bodies change the food […] Read More »

Social Security’s gift to children is security

by Essie L. Landry, Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration Sierra West Area Social Security definitely know a thing or two about helping children. Often overlooked in the paperwork that prospective parents fill out in preparation for a child’s birth is an application for a Social Security number and card.  Typically, the hospital will ask […] Read More »

Ventura Parkinson's Disease Support Group

What can I do to prepare for my partner’s care if he/she suddenly becomes ill beyond my ability to care for by myself; how do I protect my partner’s wishes and our assets? What are the benefits of planning for the unexpected and “final care” now, what are the options in our area? The Ventura […] Read More »

Benefits of eating well

Eating well is vital for everyone at all ages. Whatever your age, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel. Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of foods every day has many health benefits. For instance, eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, […] Read More »

Can pelvic floor exercises make your bladder stronger?

Pelvic floor muscle exercises can help both men and women who leak urine by making the muscles that hold urine in the bladder stronger. How To Do Pelvic Floor Muscle (Kegel) Exercises. Tighten the pelvic muscles that you use to prevent gas from escaping. Continue tightening the muscles going to the front of the pelvic […] Read More »

Are you crafty?

The Senior Craft Shoppe of Ventura is now accepting new Crafters age 50 and up!  If you make crafts, knit, crochet, paint, quilt, make jewelry or any other items and would like more exposure to sell your items, This is the place! The Senior Craft Shoppe, located at 429 E. Main St, has been in […] Read More »

Family Caregiver Resource Center-Catholic Charities/Oasis Program

by Connie De La Rosa The Family Caregiver Resource Center not only provides free services to family caregivers such as respite care, grab bars for showers, assistive devices, caregiver workshops and support groups but is also part of  the many other  services under Catholic  Charities of  Ventura County located at 303 N. Ventura Ave. It […] Read More »

Causes and risk factors for falling

Falls don’t “just happen,” and people don’t fall because they get older. Often, more than one underlying cause or risk factor is involved in a fall. A risk factor is something that increases a person’s risk or susceptibility to a medical problem or disease. As the number of risk factors rises, so does the risk […] Read More »

Love Letters 2017

In what has become an annual event celebrating Valentine’s Day, a performance of “Love Letters” comes to Ventura senior nursing facilities for the residents to enjoy, despite the inevitable tears at the end. Performed to packed houses for the last seven years by married couple Suz Montgomery and John Hankins, this year’s events were at […] Read More »

Social Security has been a cornerstone of financial security

by Essie L. Landry Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration Sierra West Area Social Security is constantly evolving to make our beneficiaries lives easier. If a person is currently receiving benefits from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and are reapplying for benefits, or are assisting someone with their application, a trip […] Read More »

Social Security has been a cornerstone of financial security

by Essie L. Landry Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration Sierra West Area Social Security is constantly evolving to make our beneficiaries lives easier. If a person is currently receiving benefits from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and are reapplying for benefits, or are assisting someone with their application, a trip […] Read More »

Senior troupe show about avoiding senior scams Feb. 23

Troupe members of the “Stop Senior Scams (SM) Acting Program” ham it up to help others learn how to protect themselves. In collaboration with the Ventura County Adult Abuse Prevention Council (VCAAPC), please join Cypress Place Senior Living  for a fun, free and educational program on avoiding senior scams. The Stop Senior Scams (SM) Acting […] Read More »

Don’t Get Stuck with Medicare Late Fees

by Greg Dill – Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. This past holiday season, I found myself in line at the airport counter, waiting to check a bag prior to a flight to visit family and friends. The gentlemen in front of me got frustrated when the customer agent […] Read More »

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. It works with a patient’s main treatment and can be given along with all other medical care. The main goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life. It focuses not just on a patient’s physical and […] Read More »

Parkinson's Support Group to meet

The Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 8 for a “Round Table” discussion at 1PM at the Lexington in Ventura. They welcome their newest members and hope others who battle with Parkinson’s Disease will attend. Everyone is welcome to come and share a little about themselves and their history with Parkinson’s Disease. Get […] Read More »

Spotting scams

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts. Far too many older adults fall prey to scammers who are looking to make a quick buck. The National Council on […] Read More »

Seniors who like to sing and play

Feb. 14 (2nd Tues. of each month), 3 – 5:30 p.m., at SCAN Health and Wellness Center, 6633 Telephone Rd., Ste., 100. Led by Marty Capsuto. Center is for those 55+ and guests, so Marty will guest sponsor all Songmakers under 55. Located three blocks east of Ventura County Gov’t Center, corner of Partridge & […] Read More »

Social Security celebrates Black History Month

by Essie Landry Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area Throughout the month of February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together […] Read More »

Volunteers needed to train new senior Tai Chi balance classes as class leaders

Volunteers are needed for a new senior Tai Chi program which is starting in the four west county cities served by the Oxnard RSVP. No experience is needed and volunteer instructor training will be provided in mid-February. A federal grant received by the City of Oxnard and its RSVP program funds the free exercise classes, […] Read More »

Tax-Aide offers free income tax help

AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income tax preparation and e-filing at the following locations in Ventura, through April 14. Area Agency on Aging, 646 County Square Drive (off Victoria & Thille), 477-7300, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave, 648-3035, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. Ventura Boys & Girls […] Read More »

Cypress Place Senior Living to host Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support Group

by Cypress staff In collaboration with New Hope Senior Services, please join Cypress Place Senior Living for an Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support Group.  Facilitator for the support group will be Norma Featherston, R.N., M.S., Gerontology.  Featherston is a geriatric care consultant with New Hope Senior Services. Join us for these informative meetings and gain […] Read More »

Get replacement social security tax forms online with ease

by Essie Landry-Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area It’s that time of year again. Preparing for tax season can seem overwhelming. Some forms and paperwork might be difficult to track down. If you misplaced your Benefits Statement or haven’t received it by the end of January, we’ve made it easy for you […] Read More »

Older women treated for breast cancer find more cosmetic satisfaction with less radiation

Older women were more satisfied with the physical appearance of their breasts long-term when their breast cancer was treated with less radiation. Although the study found reduced radiation was associated with a slightly increased risk of disease recurrence. This came from the first study evaluating patient-reported cosmetic outcomes in a population-based cohort of older women […] Read More »

What health information should I bring with me on a visit to the emergency room?

A visit to the ER can be especially stressful. It may go more smoothly if you can take along: Your health insurance card or policy number A list of your medications A list of your health problems The names and phone numbers of your doctor and one or two family members or friends. Some people […] Read More »

Ventura Choraliers

The Ventura Choraliers is a group of people who love to sing.  They rehearse every Tuesday 2:00 to 4:30 p.m at VACE  (Ventura Adult and Continuing Education) at 5200 Valentine Road, Ventura, Room 104. They would like to invite you to sing with them.  It’s great fun and very friendly. Choraliers perform at senior facilities […] Read More »

Free community education classes and events

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 in Ventura: Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, from 6:30-8:00 pm.    These groups are open to individuals who have experienced loss […] Read More »

Getting a good night's sleep

A good night’s sleep can make a big difference in how you feel. Here are some suggestions to help you. Follow a regular schedule. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time, even on weekends. Sticking to a regular bedtime and wake time schedule helps keep you in sync with your body’s circadian […] Read More »

Good health ensures independence, security, and productivity

by NCOA For most older adults, good health ensures independence, security, and productivity as they age. Yet millions struggle every day with health and safety challenges such as chronic disease, falls, and mental health issues—all of which can severely impact quality of life. Approximately 92% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and […] Read More »

TGND is proud to offer a place to keep you active, strong, flexible, and healthy

  Foto: Feel good through healthy activities including Zumba.     The Gym Next Door (TGND) mission statement is “good fitness for the mind body and spirit.”  TGND is here to support the needs of their members creating a sense of community through healthy activities. They offer Yoga, Tai Chi Chih, Zumba, Zumba Gold classes. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 7 – January 4 - January 17, 2017 - Movie Review

Passengers an ambitious attempt but fails to deliver (3 palm trees) by Richard Lieberman Latest science fiction movie with a blockbuster budget, and starring two of the biggest names in Hollywood, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Not just about a space romance, but a movie that tries to challenge you, and does at first only […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia information at two events

Help and Hope is a program for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and their partners, providing essential information to promote quality of life and family health. Help and Hope offers four modules over a two-day program (Feb.25 and March 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), delivered in a […] Read More »

Get support if you are a caregiver

by Lori Harasta, with excerpts from https://healthfinder.gov Caregivers are vulnerable.  It is stressful work, both physically and mentally. About 1 in 3 Americans are caregivers. Most caregivers also have other jobs and spend an average of 24 hours a week caring for a loved one. Caregivers are more at risk for colds and the flu. They […] Read More »

Learn computer skills

ENCORE is a hands-on, self-paced training program for people 50+ who want to learn computer skills for job or personal use. There is no charge for tuition – just an annual $10 registration fee. You follow written materials and receive help from a teacher as needed. It is not a traditional lecture class where you […] Read More »

Free workshop for ESL volunteer tutors

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County is offering a free workshop to help volunteers learn to become English as Second Language (ESL) tutors of adults. The next workshop will be held Saturday, January 28 (from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM); lunch will be provided.  The workshop will be held at Barrister Executive Suites in Ventura; directions […] Read More »

How much will my Medicare cost in 2017?

by Cate Kortzeborn-Medicare’s acting regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years. (Farewell, callow youth!) And one of the […] Read More »

Senior music lovers

Senior Song Circle Jan. 10 (2nd Tues. of each month), 3 – 5:30 p.m., at SCAN Health and Wellness Center, 6633 Telephone Rd., Ste., 100, led by Marty Capsuto. Center is for those 55+ and guests, so Marty will guest sponsor all Songmakers under 55. Located three blocks east of Ventura County Gov’t Center, corner […] Read More »

Ventura Parkinson's Disease Support Group

    The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is delighted to host Wayne Pickerell, Vice President and Clinical Research Manager of Neurosearch, Inc. at their meeting on Wednesday, January 11, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living at 5440 Ralston St.   Wayne has been involved in Parkinson’s Disease for over 16 years […] Read More »

Stories wanted about how boomer/senior couples met!!! 

Jan Fowler is author of the best-selling book, “Hot Chocolate for Seniors”.  Former television host and KSPA radio host of “Senior Living at its Best with Jan Fowler”. Do you have a story (300-500 words) which  you’d love to share about how you and your sweetheart met?  If so, then please contact her!  You need […] Read More »

Girl Scouts bring seniors holiday cheer

On Dec. 20 the Island View Girl Scouts Service Unit Daisy troop 61130 made the residents at the Treacy Villa happy for the holidays by caroling and spreading good cheer. Read More »

Christmas lunch and celebration at Ventura Avenue Adult Center

On Dec.15 a Christmas lunch and celebration was held at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC 550 N Ventura Ave.). It featured a great lunch with homemade meatloaf as the main dish, music by the Jack and Sam Duo and gifts contributed by Ventura City staff and others. Members of the Ventura Police Department and police […] Read More »

CATCH Program recognized by VC Board of Supervisors

by Lori Harasta There is an award-winning program in the area from which about 1,800 patients have already benefitted.  Have you heard? Spotlighted for excellence last month by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, the “COPD Access to Community Health” (CATCH) Program is a free-of-charge program designed to improve health outcomes for people with respiratory […] Read More »

Forever Young Senior Singles

“Let’s get together and share life” January 7, Saturday from 2-3:30 It is our desire to give senior singles an opportunity to get together. To spend time with friends and meet new people. To share life stories.  Have fun playing games, planning outings, and sharing talents. The Ventura Townehouse, 4900 Telegraph Road (Across from the […] Read More »

Zumba Gold class for active adults 50+

Curious about taking a Zumba Gold class? Marty Miller, a licensed Zumba Gold instructor, along with the City of Ventura Parks and Recreation is offering a free Zumba Gold series at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center from 12:00-1:00pm every Monday and Wednesday January 4-19, . Zumba Gold is perfect for all active adults, 50+, looking […] Read More »

Catholic Charities/Oasis-Family Caregiver Resource Center

by Connie De La Rosa Since the opening of the Family Caregiver Resource Center for those caring for a loved one aged 60 and over or raising grandchildren, several home modifications for the aged, assistive devices and respite care services have been approved and paid for through a grant issued from the Ventura County Area […] Read More »

Free community education classes and events

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: Ventura: Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18,  and 25, from 6:30-8:00 pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association office, 1996 Eastman Ave., […] Read More »

Social Security is always evolving

by Essie L. Landry, Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration Sierra West Area Harness the Power of Our Top Ten Blog Posts – At Social Security, we’re always looking for ways to improve how we communicate with you. It’s been a year-and-a-half since we joined the blogosphere, and we couldn’t be happier with the content […] Read More »

Christmas lunch at Ventura Avenue Adult Center

On Dec. 15 a Christmas lunch and celebration was held at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC) located at the Silvercrest Senior Residence, home of the new Eastside Café (750 S. Petit Ave. East Ventura). City Manager Mark Watkins was one of the servers and is available for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. Photos by Michael […] Read More »

The Silver Pantry

Doug and Mandy met at a chocolate-making class. Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Mira Reverente One’s love affair with food supposedly starts at a young age, as was the case with Doug Paschen. Growing up in Westlake Village, Paschen has fond memories of cooking with his mom which eventually paved the way for studies at the […] Read More »

Let Medicare help you stop smoking

by Cate Kortzeborn- Medicare’s acting regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories It’s never too late to quit smoking. While it’s best to stop as early as possible, kicking the smoking habit at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life. As soon as you stop, your body […] Read More »

Family Caregiver Resource Center

by Connie De La Rosa The Family Caregiver Resource Center not only provides free services to family caregivers such as Respite care, grab bars for showers, assistive devices, caregiver workshops and support groups,  but is also part of  the many other  services under Catholic  Charities of  Ventura County . The Ventura Community Service Center located […] Read More »

Keep On Dancing

Join the Ventura Family YMCA from 5-7 p.m. on December 10, from 5-7 p.m. for the Winter Wonderland Senior Dance. The event is open to the public and is free. There will be a potluck buffet. No RSVP is needed. Located at 3760 Telegraph Rd. with free parking. Read More »

Medicare benefits for the terminally ill

by Cate Kortzeborn -Medicare’s acting regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. When I talk to people with Medicare about planning for the end of their lives, the statistic that always strikes me is this: If you ask people where they’d rather die – in a hospital or at home – […] Read More »

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Terms to Know Here is a list of terms relating to Medicare prescription drug plans. Co-insurance This is an amount a person may be required to pay for services after paying any plan deductibles. In Original Medicare, this is a percentage (about 20%) of the Medicare-approved amount. A person has to pay this amount after […] Read More »

What Is Shingles?

Shingles is a disease that affects your nerves. It can cause burning, shooting pain, tingling, and/or itching, as well as a rash and blisters. You may recall having chickenpox as a child. Shingles is caused by the same virus, the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). After you recover from chickenpox, the virus continues to live in some […] Read More »

The Palms at Bonaventure Fall Boutique and Craft Fair

The Palms at Bonaventure exciting Fall Boutique and Craft Fair was held on Friday, November 18th.  Residents and guests shopped for gifts for their loved ones. There was jewelry, hand bags, cosmetic and holiday’s decorations.  Most of the gifts were hand crafted and one of a kind. Everyone enjoyed the refreshments while shopping. The Palms […] Read More »

Mixing alcohol with medicines

You’ve probably seen this warning on medicines you’ve taken. The danger is real. Mixing alcohol with certain medications can cause nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, or loss of coordination. It also can put you at risk for internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulties in breathing. In addition to these dangers, alcohol can make a […] Read More »

The Silver Pantry

Doug and Mandy met at a chocolate-making class. Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Mira Reverente One’s love affair with food supposedly starts at a young age, as was the case with Doug Paschen. Growing up in Westlake Village, Paschen has fond memories of cooking with his mom which eventually paved the way for studies at the […] Read More »

Community education classes and events

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 in Ventura: Classes are available in Ojai and Oxnard also. Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, December 7, 14, 21 , and 28, from 6:30-8:00 pm […] Read More »

Introducing your new Bilingual Family Caregiver Resource Center!

As of July 1, 2016, the Catholic Charities- OASIS Family Caregiver Resource Center has been open and helping bilingual family caregivers get the support they need to care for their loved one. We are funded through a grant from the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging. The OASIS Family Caregiver Resource Center provides family caregivers […] Read More »

A Real Home for Seniors

by Gail Field Nestled among the hills overlooking Ventura sits a gem where compassionate caregivers minister to a small group of residents.  The place is Cottage Inn, a charming house with room for six clients needing physical and memory care.  Stepping into the facility immediately feels like home, from the charming pictures hanging in the […] Read More »

Get educated. Get engaged. Get empowered to defeat this mind-blowing disease:  Alzheimer’s.

by Lori Harasta Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease.  If you are a woman, you have twice the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease as does a man. In addition, women comprise 65 % of the population that endure physical and mental stress caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers. In 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association […] Read More »

Get free help with your Medicare

by Cate Kortzeborn Medicare’s acting regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. Note: On Thursday, Nov.10 at 10am at Foster Library there will be a free  Medicare 101 Q & A with our local Medicare expert, Samuel Schwartz.The program will get you the answers you need to make an educated decision […] Read More »

Should Medicare Age be raised to 67?

by Matilda Charles There’s a movement afoot that, if it gains traction and becomes law, could affect many of us. Researchers have once again studied the ramifications of increasing the age of Medicare eligibility to 67. The purpose, of course, would be to save the government money. Here are a few of the things the […] Read More »

Choosing healthcare for the end of your life

by Cate Kortzeborn- Medicare’s acting regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories My mom, 88 stubborn years old, still lives on her own in a big house with a cat that loves to get underfoot. Because I work in healthcare, I have an all-too-vivid recognition of the perils that can befall […] Read More »

Hospice helped Howard make more meaningful moments

by Lori Harasta Howard was only 41 years old and was suffering from the advanced stages of esophageal cancer when he was admitted into Livingston’s compassionate hospice care. Within days his pain was under control and he was comfortable enough to leave the house, be with friends and even enjoy a beer. Although he was […] Read More »

Cypress Place employee receives excellence in service award

The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) has announced that Sarah Perez, Memory Care Program Manager with Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura, has received the organization’s prestigious Outstanding Department Director award at their Fall Conference & Trade Show in Rancho Mirage. CALA chooses recipients of these awards based on their commitment to providing outstanding, quality care and service to residents in the Assisted Living communities […] Read More »

How can you find a nursing home in your area?

If you are considering nursing home care and you have Medicare, you can begin your search at http://www.medicare.gov. You can find many links that can help you gather information about Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities and long-term care options in your state. To compare the quality of nursing homes in your area that are Medicare- […] Read More »

Highlights at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center

Creative Cooking Get excited about the joys of the table and getting processed foods out of the pantry, cooking clean fresh food with the added benefits of improving ones health with simple foods that taste better and is easy on the budget. $20 Material/food fee due to instructor at first class. Class 7433   Thur.  2-4 […] Read More »

Empowering the Caregiver Resource Fair

The Alzheimer’s Association Ventura County Regional Office invites caregivers to their Fourth Annual Empowering the Caregiver Resource Fair. This free event will be held on Saturday, November 5th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oxnard Family Circle located at 2100 Outlet Center Drive, Ste. 380, in Oxnard. Come learn about options of care for […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 – October 26 - November 8, 2016 - Mailbox

A Beach Community Sinking are surfers that move over the tide but rise with faith on their boards to throw them beachside….the seagulls squawk to see a wave challenging their flight off a swell to explore schools of fish where children behave….Ventura’s a beach sandy to a pier like a picture held together by stained […] Read More »

Braille Institute provides support for people with low vision

by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, Home Care Agency Many individuals with serious chronic illnesses find that meeting and discussing their illness at support groups provides comfort and tips in dealing with the disease. The Breeze will be highlighting local support groups for several different conditions in the coming weeks. […] Read More »

Joe’s life was turned around by CATCH

“I’ve been homeless for 15 years.  No one has been nice to me until now!”  “Joe” broke down and cried when David Cates, RN for Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association gave him a sandwich, a sleeping bag, and a goodie bag filled with water, band aids, face wipes, fruit bars and applesauce. David works with […] Read More »

VCAAA to offer free memory screenings to Ventura County residents

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging will offer 15-minute memory screenings to all Ventura County residents beginning October 26. The service is free and confidential. In conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, which initiated a National Memory Screening Program in 2015 to promote optimal care throughout the United States, the VCAAA is dedicating […] Read More »

Clowning around for a good cause

Whoever said there aren’t any nice, friendly clowns out there any more didn’t attend “Under The Big Top” at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura.  On Saturday October 8, 2016 the senior community hosted the fundraising extravaganza to benefit The Young And Brave Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to helping young people in their fight […] Read More »

Boost your income and savings

In past generations, older adults looked to retire with three sources of income: savings, pensions, and Social Security. But no longer. With the decline of company pensions and financial markets taking a hit during the economic downturn, many seniors face less income than anticipated in retirement. Here are  money management tips to boost your income […] Read More »

Free community education classes and events

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 in Ventura: Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from  6:30-8:00 pm . These groups are open to individuals who […] Read More »

Niva Harrison celebrates 104th birthday

104 year old Niva Harrison was born in Halifax County, Va.  and grew up in South Boston, VA.  She had two brothers and four sisters, all  who have preceded her in death.  One of her favorite memories is when her family first started to bring her to the beach, when she was only 92 and […] Read More »

Four ways to support your community’s fight against elder financial exploitation

Financial exploitation robs millions of older people of their money and property every year. To prevent and respond to the crisis of elder financial exploitation, people are working together in hundreds of communities across our nation. These networks of people bring together, among others, community volunteers, local law enforcement, social workers, health care and legal […] Read More »

Know your Medicare rights

by Cate Kortzeborn As a person with Medicare, you have important rights. One of them is the right to appeal. An appeal is the action you can take if you disagree with a coverage or payment decision by Medicare or your Medicare health plan. For example, you can appeal if Medicare or your plan denies: […] Read More »

Best friends napping

Barbara Leonard, 91 of Ventura and her best buddy Nugget (she has 5 best buddy dachshunds) enjoying an afternoon nap. Read More »

City of Ventura offers variety of programs for seniors

The City of Ventura cares about its seniors. Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko wishing Bonaventure resident Sara Flournoy a Happy 103rd Birthday! Ventura’s older population is growing. More than 13% of our population is age 65 years and older, higher than the statewide count of 11.4%.  This should come as no surprise, because the weather, recreational […] Read More »

Senior health events at SCAN

Brain Gym is a program of physical movements that enhance learning and performance by developing the brain’s neural pathways. Brain Gym will increase the ability to remember and be organized, increase physical coordination, reduce stress and improve memory. The SCAN Health & Wellness Center is hosting weekly Brain Gym classes starting Tuesday, October 25. Seniors […] Read More »

Pro surfer, senior citizens join in fight against cancer

Most people might wonder what a pro surfer and a group of senior citizens have in common, but then again, Oxnard native, and former U.S. Open of Surfing champion, Nathaniel Curran, is no ordinary surfer, and the residents at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura are no ordinary senior citizens. Curran, along with local Venturan […] Read More »

Dementia friendly Ventura County

by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, Home Care Agency Have you seen someone who seemed confused when you are out running errands? Tasks that many of us take for granted, from finding groceries in the store, buying gas, and making a deposit at the bank can be challenging for someone […] Read More »

Lexington celebrates first responders with a great luncheon event

The Lexington celebrated first responders with a great luncheon event. Attending were members of the fire department and police department. Ventura Chief of Police Ken Corney couldn’t pull rank and had to wait in line like everyone else. The Lexington 5440 Ralston St., 644-6710 Read More »

Parkinson's Support Group meeting

The Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group will be holding a “Round Table” discussion at 1PM on Wednesday October 12th for their monthly meeting at The Lexington in Ventura. Attendees will get to know each other better with each person sharing a little about themselves and their history with Parkinson’s Disease. They also share common problems and […] Read More »

Ventura City Travel Programs Curb to Curb spend the day in Santa Paula

The Ventura City Travel Programs Curb to Curb brought this lovely, happy group of ladies to Hozy’s restaurant in Santa Paula for their monthly outing. They were joined by Breeze Senior Account Executive Breezy Gledhill. If you’re interested in joining this fun group call 658-4726 for more information. Read More »

Zumba Gold found in Ventura

A new 12 week session of Zumba Gold will be starting Monday October 10 at SCAN Health & Wellness Center from 4:00-5:00pm every Monday and Wednesday. Zumba Gold is perfect for all active adults, 55+, looking for a Zumba class at a lower-intensity level. This easy to follow class focuses on heart rate, balance, range […] Read More »

Aegis Living of Ventura holds antique car show

On Sept. 23 Aegis Living of Ventura (4964 Telegraph Road) held an antique car show that featured vintage cars and pretty ladies.    Photos by Michael Gordon Read More »

Candidates’ Forum held for seniors

Eight of ten City Council candidates were present at forum. On September 20 Suz Montgomery, Chair of the Ventura Council for Seniors was the moderator for a City Council Candidates’ Forum held at the Ventura Missionary Church, 500 High Point Dr. Moderator Suz stated “this is an opportunity to ask the hard questions face-to-face with […] Read More »

Birthday bash held at Museum for Helen Yunker

In the new Helen Yunker Alcove Suz Montgomery interviewed Helen for posterity. Eric Howes designed the alcove and artist Ryan Carr painted the outside murals. Photos by John Hankins On Sept.17 a 95th birthday celebration was held for Helen Yunker at the Museum of Ventura County. At the celebration the Helen Yunker Lobby was dedicated which […] Read More »

ENCORE will teach you computer skills

ENCORE is a hands-on, self-paced training program for people 50+ who want to learn computer skills for job or personal use. There is no charge for tuition – just an annual $10 registration fee. You follow written materials and receive help from a teacher as needed. It is not a traditional lecture class where you have to be at the same […] Read More »

Fruits and veggies can keep you healthy

by Gloria Forgea, R.N., M.B.A. Director of Community and Professional Relations, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you: Lower your risk for heart […] Read More »

Community Appreciation Breakfast held at Ventura Townehouse

by Samantha Crisp, Director of Marketing August brought twenty-two of our finest Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25 Seabees to the Ventura Townehouse’s monthly Community Appreciation Breakfast in honor of their efforts. Lt. Michael Hall did a fine job coordinating efforts for this Battalion to get here. I would later discover why- they are a self-contained […] Read More »

 First Responder Appreciation Day Luncheon at the Lexington

  The Lexington will be hosting a special luncheon for our first responders to salute the men and women who serve our community every day.  The invitees will include the police department, fire department, sheriffs department and ambulance companies.  You are cordially invited to have lunch with our community’s local heroes.  This event is open […] Read More »

Nursing facilities that allow animal visits are smart and foresighted

by Es Cole “Fwonsa will see you now.”  Fwonsa is a doxie mix and has ruled our household for five years. Les Cole, my husband, aka Big Dog, is her slave. She barks, and Les opens the back door. She barks, and Les lets her back in. She barks, and Les comes up with treats. […] Read More »

Spend the Fall on Fridays in Ojai with Osher

Bring a Brown-Bag lunch to enjoy between classes on the Little House deck set among giant oaks in a park like setting. 10AM-1PM, Dr. Amy Denton will be sharing her expertise with lectures on “The Arctic: Exploration, Exploitation, and Natural History”. Beginning with an overview of our current understanding of the Arctic and the history […] Read More »

Irene sings for her breakfast, lunch and supper

by Es Cole Irene Olson, master of the piano, virtuoso of sight-reading music; young in heart and soul; beautiful in dress and manners, sexy enough to have males drooling after her. She resides at the Ventura Townhouse where she sings for her breakfast, lunch and supper. She provides promenade music when everyone is walking toward […] Read More »

Community education classes and events

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 in Ventura: Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 6:30-8:00 pm. These groups are open to individuals who have experienced […] Read More »

Ready, Steady, Balance

On Friday, September 23,  the Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition (EFPC) of Ventura County, in association with Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) will host a Forum: “Ready, Steady, Balance”. The format will consist of speakers interspersed with balance enhancement activities and demonstrations. There will be health assessments, including vision, hearing, balance and vaccinations. Dr. Cheryl Lambing, of […] Read More »

Technologies for aging in place

GPS tracking devices are available for individuals who are at risk for wandering. by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, a Home Care Agency As the number of seniors increases, home-monitoring devices and systems are redefining the landscape of “aging in place,” the decision to continue living in one’s home of […] Read More »

Lunch held to thank our heroes

Lucky first responders got to dance with residents of The Palms at Bonaventure. Photos by Michael Gordon Their Fifth annual First Responders BBQ Lunch was held on Thursday, August 25th at The Palms at Bonaventure. Local police officers, firefighters and paramedics were invited for a delicious BBQ and live entertainment to thank those special individuals […] Read More »

Telemedicine in the VA Healthcare System

by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, a Home Care Agency The Veteran’s Administration has been working  to improve access to care for Ventura County’s veterans. The VA has been leveraging technology to bring a wide range of services to our vets faster than currently offered. Congresswoman Julia Brownley  held a […] Read More »

Ventura Council for Seniors City Council Candidates Forum Sept. 20

Ventura Council for Seniors presents City Council Candidates Forum on September 20th at Ventura Missionary Church ,500 High Point Dr.10am to 12, in the Sanctuary of the Church. Read More »

100th year celebrated by Venturan

Blanche Callaway celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, July 30th at The Palms Bonaventure in Ventura.  She was born in Phoenix, Arizona on August 3, 1916.  She grew up in Calexico, California and spent her adulthood living in Los Angeles and Lancaster. Blanche has 2 daughters, Pauline Roque and Sara Sanchez.  She has 6 grandchildren, […] Read More »

What exercises can I do without leaving my home?

You don’t need to leave the house to be physically active. When the weather is too hot or too cold, or you don’t feel like getting dressed to go out, there are ways you can exercise right in your own home. You can: dance to music on the radio or a CD lift hand weights, […] Read More »

Causes and prevention of hearing loss

Hearing loss happens for many reasons. Some people lose their hearing slowly as they age. This condition is called presbycusis. Doctors do not know why presbycusis happens, but it seems to run in families. Another cause is the ear infection otitis media, which can lead to long-term hearing loss if it is not treated. Hearing […] Read More »

Medicare basics

Medicare has four parts Part A- Hospital insurance Part B – Medical insurance Part C – Medicare Advantage Plans like HMOs (health maintenance organizations) and PPOs (preferred provider organizations) Part D – Medicare prescription drug coverage Medicare Part A helps cover inpatient care in hospitals. Part A also helps cover skilled nursing facility care, hospice […] Read More »

Seniors express yourself through creative coloring and dancing

Looking for a creative way to relieve stress and improve concentration? Look no further than “Creative Coloring for Health & Fun,” a new workshop at the SCAN Health & Wellness Center in Ventura. The one-time class is scheduled for Thursday, August 25 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost (including supplies) is $20.00. Led […] Read More »

VCAAA receives prestigious Aging Innovations Award

  The Ventura County Area Agency on 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 award was given for the Agency’s Senior Nutrition Placemats. The VCAAA was one of 16 programs nationally to receive honors […] Read More »

What is on your Bucket List?

  by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, Home Care Agency As part of an occasional series, the Breeze interviews local senior residents about their bucket lists – or “what we wish to accomplish before we are shuffled off this mortal coil”. Do you remember when you were five and you […] Read More »

Consider the Conversation

by Lori Harasta What if you had a little time to plan your death?  You could make amends, have meaningful conversations with loved ones, impart wisdom, and get a last hug. That is a big part of what hospice is all about. The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) hosted an award-winning documentary film […] Read More »

A few HICAP presentations

Tuesday, August 9- 10:30 am to 11:30 am – Topic: Are you maximizing your income through Medicare Savings Program, Extra Help, LiHeap and other programs?  Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo Thursday, August 11– 10:00 am to 11:00 am – Topic: Let us Learn Colors! There are grey, tan, purple, blue, green orange […] Read More »

Ventura Parkinson's Disease Support Group

Phil Chandler, Certified Senior Advisor and owner of the Right at Home agency in Ventura County, will present an overview to the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the many housing and care options for seniors in Ventura County. The presentation will be held at  Lexington Assisted Living, located at 5440 Ralston Street, on August […] Read More »

How can I remember what my doctor says during a visit?

No matter what your age, it is easy to forget a lot of what your doctor says. Also, sometimes what your doctor says may be hard to understand. As your doctor gives you information about your health, it’s a good idea to make sure that you understand it and that you will be able to […] Read More »

SCAN offers great classes for seniors

Do you suffer from stress, anxiety or high blood pressure? The SCAN Health & Wellness Center is offering Healing Vibrations classes, where participants are “bathed” in sound by a large Tibetan Singing Bowl. These special bowls have been shown to improve immune function, lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce stress. The classes will […] Read More »

Join the Ventura Council for Seniors

All Venturans 50 and up are invited to participate in the Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) which presents issues of concern to older residents to the Ventura City Council. Meetings–third Wednesdays 9:30-11 am except December–alternate between the Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC) 550 N Ventura Ave and Silvercrest Senior Residents (SSR) 750 S Petit Ave. […] Read More »

Blessing of the Marriages at Ventura County Fair

For the past 10 years, the Ventura County Fair has promoted an event on Seniors Day (when all seniors 65 and older can get in free) that honors the commitment of spouses who have been married 30 years or longer.  Last year the oldest married couple in the County – Jesus and Soledad Hernandez – […] Read More »

Soil & Succulents with The Landscaping Lady

On Thursday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m learn succulent potting from Andrea Fields. It all started with transforming the exterior of her home into a beautiful drought tolerant garden last year. Experiencing a life changing moment, Andrea Fields, aka The Landscaping Lady,  will show you how to plant a succulent pots for your  […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 21 – July 20 – August 2, 2016 - Senior News Line

Should Medicare Age be raised to 67? by Matilda Charles There’s a movement afoot that, if it gains traction and becomes law, could affect many of us. Researchers have once again studied the ramifications of increasing the age of Medicare eligibility to 67. The purpose, of course, would be to save the government money. Here […] Read More »

Supporting the well-being of Ventura

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, August  3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 6:30-8:00 pm.  These groups are open to individuals who have experienced loss and […] Read More »

VCAAA award-winning Fall Prevention Program opens course registration

  The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s award-winning Fall Prevention Program has opened registration for A Matter of Balance, a series of evidence-based classes that focus on increased mobility and balance. The course is free to all participants. A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to manage and prevent falls. Participants will learn to […] Read More »

Ventura Council for Seniors

The Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) will present a free educational forum “Workforce Re-Entry for Seniors” on Thursday, July 28, 10 am to 12 pm at Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE), 5200 Valentine Rd. Four speakers will discuss tools, tips and strategies for older adults wishing to rejoin the workforce. Speakers include Marleen Canniff […] Read More »

Causes and prevention of hearing loss

Hearing loss happens for many reasons. Some people lose their hearing slowly as they age. This condition is called presbycusis. Doctors do not know why presbycusis happens, but it seems to run in families. Another cause is the ear infection otitis media, which can lead to long-term hearing loss if it is not treated. Hearing […] Read More »

How can I remember what my doctor says during a visit?

No matter what your age, it is easy to forget a lot of what your doctor says. Also, sometimes what your doctor says may be hard to understand. As your doctor gives you information about your health, it’s a good idea to make sure that you understand it and that you will be able to […] Read More »

Let Medicare help you stop smoking

by Cate Kortzeborn It’s never too late to quit smoking. While it’s best to stop as early as possible, kicking the smoking habit at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life. As soon as you stop, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. You’ll also save money and […] Read More »

Have fun while learning a dance step or two

A new session of Zumba Gold will be starting Monday July 11 at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center from noon until 1:00pm every Monday and Wednesday. Zumba Gold is perfect for all active adults, 50+, looking for a Zumba class at a lower-intensity level. This easy to follow class focuses on heart rate, balance, range […] Read More »

Join ENCORE to learn computer skills for fun and work

ENCORE is a hands-on, self-paced training program for people 50+ who want to learn computer skills for job or personal use. There is no charge for tuition – just an annual $10 registration fee. You follow written materials and receive help from a teacher as needed. It is not a traditional lecture class where you have to be at the same point as […] Read More »

Retired men can engage with others at retired men’s group

The Ventura Retired Men’s Group extends an invitation to area men who are retired or approaching that status in life to visit one of our semi-monthly Ventura meetings. These informal get-togethers feature a light,  healthy lunch, a presentation on any variety of topics along with an opportunity to engage with men who have gravitated to […] Read More »

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, Home Care Agency Many individuals with serious chronic illnesses find that meeting and discussing their illness at support groups provides comfort and tips in dealing with the disease. The Breeze will be highlighting local support groups for several different conditions in the coming weeks. […] Read More »

Free monthly education classes

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 in Ventura held at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association office, 1996 Eastman Ave., Suite 109. Call 642-0239 for more information. Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, […] Read More »

Staying independent after Independence Day

by Lori Harasta Having just celebrated our country’s 240th Independence Day, it is notable that the number one fear in the minds of older Americans is losing their ability to live independently.  One of the primary ways people lose it is by falling. One in three citizens ages 65 and older fall every year.  A […] Read More »

Area veterans honored at Cypress Place Senior Living

Taps was played to honor our veterans, leaving many in tears. Photo by Michael Gordon   On Wednesday, June 29 Cypress Place Senior Living hosted a special “Salute To Our Veterans” celebration with a ceremony recognizing residents of, as well as members of the public, who served their country.  Over 250 people attended the powerful tribute. A […] Read More »

The Victoria Care Center celebrates over 500 Years of service

There are several employees who have been at Victoria since their opening. Victoria Care Center is excited to announce a celebration was recently held called 500 Years of Service recognizing over 40 employees each of whom have served over 10 years. The total number of years that was celebrated was 590..  The celebration was held […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s Conference

by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, Home Care Agency Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association holds a conference for professionals to discuss trends and future directions in caregiving and research in dementia care and medications. This year the conference was held at the Ventura Marriott and had nationally renowned speakers discussing […] Read More »

Calling all veterans: a tribute to your service

Cypress Place Senior Living will host a special “Salute To Our Veterans” celebration with a ceremony recognizing residents of Cypress Place, as well as members of the public, who served their country.  Come join us for this powerful tribute. A military Color Guard presentation will lead the tribute, followed by a special Veteran recognition, along […] Read More »

Talking about driving with seniors

by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation Since an older driver may not be aware of his or her limitations or may be reluctant to talk about them, it is important to introduce the subject of driving issues gently. You can do several things to increase the likelihood […] Read More »

5th Annual Golden Future Senior Expo

Golden Future Expos is presenting the 5th Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo to be held on Saturday, July 9th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds from 10:00am – 3:00pm inside the San Miguel Expo Hall. The event is being held in conjunction with the following sponsors:  Not Born Yesterday Monthly Newspaper, The California Senior Guide and […] Read More »

Learn how to navigate your iPad

Do you need help using your tablet? The SCAN Health & Wellness Center is offering free monthly “iPad Basics for Seniors” class Tuesdays, starting June 28th at 9 a.m. During this two-hour, entry-level class, participants will learn basic tablet terminology, initial set-up procedures, the features and gestures of their iPad, and more. Subsequent classes will […] Read More »

Ventura Convalescent Hospital earns Quality Award

Ventura Convalescent Hospital (4020 Loma Vista) has been recognized as a 2016 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association […] Read More »

Knowledge Bowl 2016

Creator of the Knowledge Bowl Suz Montgomery coaches her senior team Clint Jacobs, Don Haskell, Terry McCoy and Mary Ayers. Photo by John Hankins. The seventh annual Knowledge Bowl between seniors versus teens was truly a “Battle of the Ages” on June 6, but they proved to be so evenly sharp that the end was a […] Read More »

Join the Ventura Council for Seniors

All Venturans 50 and up are invited to participate in the Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) which presents issues of concern to older residents to the Ventura City Council. Meetings–third Wednesdays 9:30-11 am except December–alternate between the Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC) 550 N Ventura Ave and Silvercrest Senior Residents (SSR) 750 S Petit Ave. […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System helping the health of all

Women of all ages are invited to attend a free Aging for Women Symposium on Saturday, June 18, designed to be an educational resource for women, families, caregivers and those with concerns about aging women’s health. The event is part of the Community Memorial Health System 2016 Speaker Series, and provides a range of physician […] Read More »

Cypress Place awards scholarships

When the owners of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura decided to create a scholarship fund for local high school students wanting to pursue a college degree, the Cypress Place Senior Living “Senior to Senior” Legacy Scholarship was created. Cypress Place Senior Living is an independent, assisted, and memory care community for seniors.  By awarding […] Read More »

HICAP presentations through-out Ventura County.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 10:00 am to 11:00 am – Topic: What is the Economic Solution Program to Your Medicare Savings? – at Palm Vista Senior Center, 801 South C St., Oxnard. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 10:30 am to 11:30 pm – Topic: – Spring Into Summer by Protecting Yourself from Maladies, Fraud […] Read More »

Senior song circle 2nd Tuesday each month at SCAN

On June 14 (2nd Tues. of each month), 3 – 5:30 p.m., at SCAN Health and Wellness Center, 6633 Telephone Rd., Ste., 100, a Song Circle is led by Marty Capsuto. The Center is for those 55 and their guests, so Marty will guest sponsor all song makers that are under 55. Plenty of parking […] Read More »

Seniors Craft Shoppe in Ventura seeking new members

Seniors Craft Shoppe in Ventura is seeking new members. Any creative Ventura County senior over 50 years of age–man or woman–is eligible to apply. It’s a great place to make new friends as well as an outlet for selling handcrafted items. Applications are available in the shop, located at 429 East Main Street in downtown […] Read More »

Senior Spring Prom at the Palms at Bonaventure

The Senior Spring Prom at the Palms at Bonaventure this year was held on Friday, May 20. The theme was Tale as Old as Time. Residents, families and friends from the community enjoyed the live music and dancing with delicious chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres. The dessert table was overflowing with peanut butter chocolate cookies, chocolate cup […] Read More »

What is on your Bucket List?

Fred Nagelschmidt and advisor Leon Roullard falling from 10,000 feet. by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, Home Care Agency In the first of an occasional series, the Breeze interviews local residents about their bucket lists – or “what we wish to accomplish before we are shuffled off this mortal coil”. […] Read More »

Healthwise Home Care Solutions

by Mira Reverente As a family physician for the past two decades, Dr. Suzanne Fussell understands the importance of compassionate care and top-quality service. She built a business based on these two basic tenets. Dr. Fussell founded Healthwise Home Care Solutions, a home health agency in 2003. Based in Oxnard, the agency provides recuperating patients […] Read More »

Dr. James P. Sutton to speak at Parkinson's Support Group

The Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group is pleased to be hosting Dr. James P. Sutton, on Wednesday June 8, from 1PM to 2:30 PM.  Dr. Sutton is the Medical Director of Pacific Neuroscience and he is a Board Certified and trained Neurologist specializing in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. Dr. Sutton will be presenting an overview of […] Read More »

The Californian's Senior "Victory Garden" reopened

The grand reopening on May 18 of The Californian’s Senior “Victory Garden” was gleefully celebrated by the residents who anxiously await the harvest at the nursing facility, located at 4020 Loma Vista Rd. Thanks go to the donations and maintenance now in the hands of the San Buenaventura Garden Club. Some of those members shown […] Read More »

 Computer and technology training for seniors

What is ENCORE? ENCORE is a hands-on, self-paced training program. You follow written materials and receive help from a teacher as needed. It is not a traditional lecture class where you have to be at the same point as everyone else. What do you learn? Select the modules you want and opt out of those you […] Read More »

Supporting the total well-being of our community

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, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6:30-8:00 pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association office, 1996 Eastman Ave., Suite […] Read More »

Mended Hearts , A Heart Health Support Group

by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, Home Care Agency Many individuals with serious chronic illnesses find that meeting and discussing their illness at support groups provides comfort and tips in dealing with the disease. The Breeze will be highlighting local support groups for several different conditions in the coming weeks. […] Read More »

Finding a nursing home

by Cate Kortzeborn Are you looking for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one? People go to nursing homes for different reasons. They may be sick or hurt and require ongoing nursing care. They may have had surgery and need time to recuperate. Or they may have chronic care needs or disabilities that […] Read More »

Military spouse recognition ceremony

  At a “We Honor Veterans” Ceremony in March of 2015, when Richard Bryan asked Diana Davis if Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association (LMVNA) had ever honored military spouses, she was touched by the suggestion and determined to make it happen.  And it did.  Unfortunately, Bryan, a Navy Corpsman and double Purple Heart recipient was […] Read More »

Santa Barbara Zoo a good place for seniors to volunteer

by Jill Forman “I feel rejuvenated every time I come here,” says Indira Pasrich, 76, of her experience as a giraffe docent at the Santa Barbara Zoo.  Set on the beach in Santa Barbara, the Zoo is 20 minutes north of Ventura.  It not only has animal exhibits but is involved in conservation efforts and […] Read More »

Knowledge Bowl 2016

In the upcoming “Battle of the Ages” – otherwise known as the Knowledge Bowl – four senior citizens will place their lifelong experience against a team of teen students weaned on the world-wide web. Now in its seventh year, the Jeopardy-like contest is even at three matches apiece, so the stakes are high. The public […] Read More »

The Ventura Family YMCA hosts annual Senior Day May 25

The Ventura Family YMCA will host their annual Senior Day on Wednesday, May 25th from 10am to 1:30pm.  This free community event is made possible through sponsorships by Montecito Bank & Trust, The Palms at Bonaventure, and Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.  The Longevity Expo will include local vendors who specialize in senior services from 10am-12pm.  […] Read More »

 SCAN helps Ventura seniors identify fraud risks

by Karen Helen Szatkowski The community service division of SCAN Health Plan held a seminar on April 21st at the Ventura Townhouse  to provide the residents with skills to defeat the many fraud tactics that target the senior community. Karen Markle, as Volunteer Coordinator for SCAN introduced the speakers: Rachel DeMaree with eighteen years’ experience […] Read More »

Welcome to Medicare

By Cate Kortzeborn Have you recently enrolled in Medicare, or will you in the near future? During the first 12 months that you have Medicare Part B, you can get a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit with your doctor. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health. Your […] Read More »

Ventura Dementia Support Group

By Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, Home Care Agency Many individuals with serious chronic illnesses find that meeting and discussing their illness at support groups provides comfort and tips in dealing with the disease. The Breeze will be highlighting local support groups for several different conditions in future issues. Dementia […] Read More »

Taking part in a clinical trial

What are the potential benefits of taking part in a clinical trial? Your participation may help others get a better treatment for their disease in the future and allow researchers to learn more about how diseases can be prevented, identified, or managed. If the treatment being studied is more effective than the standard treatment, you […] Read More »

Boutique and Crafts Fair held at Palms At Bonaventure April 29

Many friends and neighbors joined the Boutique and Crafts Fair on Friday, April 29 at the Palms At Bonaventure. There were over 10 vendors displaying and selling a variety of items including clothing, jewelry, silk-flower arrangement, and hand-made crafts. Paul Lenderman provided the entertainment during the event. The raffle drawings created great excitement for everyone. […] Read More »

Mother’s Day Luncheon held

On April 22, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association celebrated its 9th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon honoring Ellen Brokaw and remembering Corolyn Powell, two dedicated mothers who gave tirelessly to their families and community. Over 170 guests paid tribute to these two amazing women at the Las Posas Country Club. Ellen Brokaw is the head of […] Read More »

Honoring mother’s by making them beautiful

For Mother’s Day several years ago Suz Montgomery and her Activity Director Griselda came up with a novel idea to honor mothers by having students from the Lou Ross Hair Academy do  makeup, nails and hair with appropriate outrageous feather boas to residents at senior living facilities. This year, on Saturday, May 7  they were […] Read More »

Ventura County centurions honored at Ventura Townehouse

On April 28 the Ventura Townehouse held a party for centurions living in Ventura County. The party featured a complementary lunch prepared by the Townehouse staff. People over 100 years old were honored. Many of them spoke about their lives and what it meant to have lived for 100-years plus. If they were unable to […] Read More »

“Fraud in the Community” presentation at Ventura Townehouse

On Thursday, April 21 Volunteer Action for Aging hosted a “Fraud in the Community” presentation at the Ventura Townehouse. Employees from SCAN’s Special Investigations Unit shared with seniors how to recognize a fraud scam and how to avoid being a victim. The two most common fraud scams targeting seniors are healthcare fraud and telemarketing fraud. […] Read More »

Learn to lawn bowl

Oxnard Lawn Bowls Club open house and introduction to lawn bowling. Free lessons and refreshments; wear tennis shoes or sandals. A hat and tie is not required. Saturday May 7,  10am – 3pm Wilson Park,  350 N. C Street, Oxnard 385- 8034,  www.oxnardlbc.com Read More »

Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

by Phil Chandler, Owner of Right at Home of Ventura County, Home Care Agency Many individuals with serious chronic illnesses find that meeting and discussing their illness at support groups provides comfort and tips in dealing with the disease. The Breeze will be highlighting local support groups for several different conditions in the coming issues. […] Read More »

VCAAA award-winning Fall Prevention Program “A Matter of Balance”

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s award-winning Fall Prevention Program has opened registration for A Matter of Balance, a series of evidence-based classes that focus on increased mobility and balance. The course is free to all participants. A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to manage and prevent falls. Participants will learn to view […] Read More »

Become a volunteer

Become a tutor to a homeless child for an hour each week at VAAC! School on Wheels provides tutoring for children living in shelters, motels and foster group homes. No experience is necessary to become a volunteer tutor, just your love of learning. They provide your training and support. Touch a child’s life and he […] Read More »

Advanced Directives and POLST presented at Lexington

The guests who attended the seminar were very engaged and had excellent questions. “Have a conversation.”  That was Teri’s number one bit of advice for an audience of thirty-five at the Lexington Senior Living Community recently. Teri Helton, RN, MSN, FCN is a hospice nurse and educator for Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.  […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - A Tender Touch Senior Placement

Serve Day For The Elders By Connie De La Rosa As many of us may be aware of, our elderly population is one of the most underserved populations.  Many elders live on a Social Security which pays approximately $800.00 to $1,200.00 a month and others may have pensions which could bring income levels up to […] Read More »

CMHS to hold free Ethics In Healthcare Event

Communicating end of life decisions will be the focus of a free Ethics in Healthcare event Community Memorial Health System is holding as part of its 2016 Speakers Series on Thursday, April 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County. Jim Hornstein, M.D., CMHS Bioethics Chair will moderate the latest Ethics […] Read More »

American Icon ‘Gidget’ to speak at Health Expo

How did Kathy of Malibu surfing fame come to get her nickname of Gidget? Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, a.k.a the real Gidget, never intended to become an American icon.  All the gutsy, persistent 15-year-old really wanted to do was to learn how to surf and meet boys during her bucolic summer days in Malibu, California during the […] Read More »

Causes and prevention of hearing loss

Hearing loss happens for many reasons. Some people lose their hearing slowly as they age. This condition is called presbycusis. Doctors do not know why presbycusis happens, but it seems to run in families. Another cause is the ear infection otitis media, which can lead to long-term hearing loss if it is not treated. Hearing […] Read More »

Learn to lawn bowl

Oxnard Lawn Bowls Club open house and introduction to lawn bowling. Free lessons and refreshments; wear tennis shoes or sandals. A hat and tie is not required. Saturday May 7,  10am – 3pm Wilson Park,  350 N. C Street, Oxnard 385- 8034,  www.oxnardlbc.com Read More »

Ventura County Area Agency On Aging

Ventura Council for Seniors presents an Education Forum Thursday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. At Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE), 5200 Valentine Road Lunch will be provided by Ventura’s Downtown Rotary. Presentations will include: Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) and the Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) Award-Winning Fall Prevention Program Case […] Read More »

VCAAA award-winning Fall Prevention Program “A Matter of Balance”

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s award-winning Fall Prevention Program has opened registration for A Matter of Balance, a series of evidence-based classes that focus on increased mobility and balance. The course is free to all participants. A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to manage and prevent falls. Participants will learn to view […] Read More »

Become a volunteer

Become a tutor to a homeless child for an hour each week at VAAC! School on Wheels provides tutoring for children living in shelters, motels and foster group homes. No experience is necessary to become a volunteer tutor, just your love of learning. They provide your training and support. Touch a child’s life and he or […] Read More »

Ventura Townehouse honors 100 year olds

This month the Ventura Townehouse honors nine of their residents who are over 100 years old. Picture in the photo: Top row Harriet Duff 101 years old, management analyst Helen Fleming-101 years old, housewife Gladys Williams-105 years old, clerical William Zinsky-101 years old, retired building contractor Kathryn Williams( on the left)-100 years old, accounting Ann […] Read More »

Free community education classes and events

Home Health and Hospice provider, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association supports the total well-being of our community.  They host free monthly education classes in Ventura, Ojai and Oxnard. Contact griefinfo@livingstonvna.org or http://lmvna.org/calendar/index.html for Ojai and Oxnard classes. Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, and  27 from 6:30-8:00 pm.  These groups are open […] Read More »

Sumi Fukasawa celebrates 100th birthday

Recently Sumi Fukasawa celebrated her 100th birthday at the Palms at Bonaventure. She was born in Arcadia on March 23, 1916. She was married for 60 years, raised 3 daughters and have 3 granddaughters, 1 great granddaughter and 2 great great granddaughters. She was an elementary teacher who retired from Rio school district. She enjoyed […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 13 – March 30 – April 12, 2016 - A Tender Touch Senior Placement

“Are we living longer compared to 150 years ago?” By Connie De La Rosa, Senior Care Advisor One of the most important difference between the world today and 150 years ago is our “Lifespan”.   According to studies , 150 years ago life expectancy was between 30 to 40 years, but today close to 800 million […] Read More »

Real Life “Gidget” coming to Senior Health Expo

Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura has announced that Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, a.k.a the real Gidget, will be the keynote speaker at their upcoming Health & Wealth Expo.  This year’s event will take place on Wednesday April 27, from 11a.m. to 2p.m. Come meet an American icon whose incredible true life story inspired the “Gidget” novel, […] Read More »

Health Insurance Counseling And Advocacy Program (HICAP)

HICAP presentations are provided through-out Ventura County. Ventura presentations, for other locations go to www.ventura.org/vcaaa/hicap. Tuesday, April 12,- Topic: Spring Into Summer by Protecting Yourself from Maladies, Fraud and Most of all Saving Money by Protecting Yourself! – 10:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – at VCAAA, 646 County Square […] Read More »

Savvy Caregiver Workshop

The Savvy Caregiver is a 4-week program for family caregivers offering 12 hours of face-to-face training with dementia experts. This is the opportunity to go beyond introductory education offerings. The Savvy Caregiver program addresses your biggest concerns: Understanding Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. The toll of caregiving. Managing daily life and behaviors. Caring for yourself […] Read More »

Napping may make it harder to fall asleep

Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as young adults—7 to 9 hours each night. But seniors tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier than when they were younger. Older people may nap more during the day, which can sometimes make it hard to fall asleep at night. There are […] Read More »

Senior classes available at SCAN

AARP’s Driver Safety Program is the nation’s largest refresher course to help drivers 50 and older drive safely longer. This specialized program allows participating seniors to tune up their driving skills while also potentially getting an insurance discount. The AARP Smart Driver Course will be taught in two four-hour sessions, March 23 and 24, from […] Read More »

Eating well as you get older

Whatever your age, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel. Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of foods every day has many health benefits. For instance, eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 12 – March 16 – March 29, 2016 - A Tender Touch Senior Placement

Organizing your parent(s) home By Connie De La Rosa Making that visit to your parent(s) home can be a little overwhelming and appear as though the home is now their storage area with items that should not be in home or placed in a area out of their way to prevent accidents from happening. Here […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 12 – March 16 – March 29, 2016 - Senior News Line

Scam: Seniors used as drug mules By Matilda Charles Seniors have long been the victims of scams: identity theft, lotteries, fake computer tech support, IRS impersonation, fake charities, home repair, utility sign-ups and more. Now there’s one that’s beyond comprehension — seniors are being conned into being drug mules in foreign countries. These drug-mule scams […] Read More »

Alcohol and aging

Adults of any age can have problems with alcohol. In general, older adults don’t drink as much as younger people, but they can still have trouble with drinking. As people get older, their bodies change. They can develop health problems or chronic diseases. They may take more medications than they used to. All of these […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 11 – March 2 – March 15, 2016 - A Tender Touch Senior Placement

“Coping with guilt and your aging loved one” By Connie De La Rosa As a primary caregiver for my mother, coming to terms that my mother was aging along with many medical problems was not easy especially when I had a husband, baby and worked full-time.  I realized that  my anger  triggered  feelings of guilt […] Read More »

Free classes offered

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 I Ventura: Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 6:30-8:00 pm at.  These groups are open to individuals who […] Read More »

Be SMART

SMART (Senior Marketing Alliance Round Table) is a small group of professional vendors that serve the Senior Market. SMART is sponsoring the 24th Annual Caregivers Golf Tourney Monday, March 14th, 9am at the Buenaventura Golf Course, followed by an Irish Feast with prizes at The Wedgewood Center. Sponsorships, golfers, and raffle items are still needed. […] Read More »

National Institute of Health-The taking of drugs

Drugs in the Body Medicines can enter the body in many different ways, including through an inhaler, a skin patch, a pill or a hypodermic needle. As drugs make their way through the body, many steps happen along the way. Understanding how medicines work in your body can help you learn why it is important […] Read More »

Cypress Place to host Dementia 101 Seminar

In collaboration with New Hope Senior Services, please join Cypress Place Senior Living for a Dementia 101 Seminar – “What To Expect From A Dementia Diagnosis: Now What?”    Guest speaker for the seminar will be Norma Featherston, R.N., M.S., Gerontology.  Featherston is a geriatric care consultant with New Hope Senior Services. A variety of important […] Read More »

Director of the Neuro Division of Two Trees Physical Therapy to speak on Parkinson’s Disease

The Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group is delighted to host Marc Broberg, PT, Director of the Neuro Division of Two Trees Physical Therapy and Wellness in Ventura at their  meeting on Wednesday, March 9, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living at 5440 Ralston St, Ventura. Marc is a Board Certified Clinical […] Read More »

Amazing John Funk Turns 100

John and Gloria enjoying John’s golden birthday. By Jody Fickes Shapiro Turning 100 is definitely a big deal…and still playing bridge besides.  Well, that is downright impressive. To celebrate both amazing achievements, John Funk invited the entire membership of his bridge group and their spouses to join him for a catered supper at the Ventura […] Read More »

Billiards anyone?

The pilot program for Ventura Senior Billiards has been extended for another six month period (until July), thanks to the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Departments partnership with Stix Billiards, 2520 E. Main St. Two regulation Brunswick Gold Crown tables are reserved for Ventura senior billiard players from 1 PM to 5 Pm, Monday […] Read More »

What if the person is an organ donor?

At some point before death or right after it, a health care provider may ask if the dying person is an organ donor. This means he or she agreed, at death, to donate healthy organs, such as the heart, lungs, pancreas, kidneys, cornea, liver, and skin, to living people who need them. People of any […] Read More »

Make blood pressure control your goal

This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts® –a national  effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017–are encouraging Americans to  know their blood pressure, and if it’s high, to make control their goal. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading […] Read More »

The California Senior Legislature announces top legislative priorities for 2016

The California Senior Legislature (CSL) hosted its annual meet and greet for members of the CSL and members of the California State Legislature. Leaders from across California showed strong support for California’s strongest voice advocating for senior citizens. “We in the Legislature recognize the California Senior Legislature is a valuable voice for seniors. They provide […] Read More »

Cardiovascular Care to be the focus of CMHS Seminar

By the end of the year parking will be available at the new parking structure at  CMH. Photo by John Ferritto. Minimally-invasive cardiovascular care and common therapies for it will be the focus of a free seminar that Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Omid Fatemi, M.D., who specializes in interventional cardiology, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 10 – February 17 – March 2, 2016 - A Tender Touch Senior Placement

“Keep Communicating, Not Interrogating ” By Connie De La Rosa When communicating with aged loved ones that may be starting to become forgetful, it may be frustrating to repeat or remind; however, the most important thing is to keep them  from feeling as though they are a burden for not remembering. This may lead them […] Read More »

Controlling gout

Fortunately, gout can be controlled. People with gout can decrease the severity of attacks and reduce their risk of future attacks by taking their medications as prescribed. Acute gout is best controlled if medications are taken at the first sign of pain or inflammation. Tell your doctor about all the medicines and vitamins you take. […] Read More »

Staying heart healthy

Following a heart healthy diet is a very important part of managing heart failure. In fact, not having a proper diet can make heart failure worse. Talk with our doctor and health care team to create an eating plan that works for you. A heart healthy diet includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole […] Read More »

Senior classes at SCAN - Learn How to Use Your iPad Feb. 24th

Learn How to Use Your iPad February 24th at the SCAN Health & Wellness Center. Is your new iPad still unopened in the box? Need help navigating the many features of your tablet? The SCAN Health & Wellness Center is offering a free “iPad Basics for Seniors” class Wednesday, February 24 at 9 a.m. at […] Read More »

Ventura Council for Seniors hosts Guest Speaker Series

The Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) is happy to announce its guest speakers. On February 17 at the Silvercrest Senior Residence, Senior Fire Inspector Daniel Stowe provided an overview on the upcoming Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) training. This six-week citizen’s emergency response training is scheduled to begin on March 2nd and continuing through April […] Read More »

5 ways congress can support seniors in 2016

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to strengthen Social Security and Medicare for all Americans. The National Council on Aging (NCOA), the nation’s leading advocate for older adults, offers five ways Congress can further support seniors this year. “Older Americans deserve the support of their families, their communities, […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 - A Tender Touch Senior Placement

Benefits of  pets to elderly love ones By Connie De La Rosa Sometimes, as seniors age, they become more withdrawn, losing  the desire and ability to develop new relationships. Pets offer needed companionship, but they can increase the quantity and the quality of social interactions among their owners. Seniors who are pet owners, engage in […] Read More »

Edith Dowsing celebrates 100th birthday

Edith Dowsing celebrated her 100th birthday with her friends from the Oxnard Joslyn Lawn Bowling Club on Monday , Jan.18 .  She and her husband Reg Dowsing were founding members of the club in 1986 .  Originally , from England she is an avid golfer , pool player and lawn bowler. Read More »

Ventura Vein Center set to heal

By Gail Field “There are 25 million people in the US with inadequate medical care for problems with veins, such as varicose veins, ulcers and other venous disease.” The major challenge for medical community is to identify these patients and refer them to vein specialists. Dr. Haimesh Shah has addressed this problem for Ventura County […] Read More »

Why Create a Family Health History?

A family health history is a written record of a family’s health. The history contains information about a family’s medical conditions, lifestyle habits (for example, whether anyone in the family has smoked), and where and how family members grew up. It’s like a family tree for health. What a Family Health History May Reveal You […] Read More »

Free monthly education classes

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 in Ventura. Ventura: Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6:30-8:00 pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association office, 1996 […] Read More »

“What happens when I can’t take care of myself?” 

The Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group will host Debra Mansfield, Owner of The Lynd Group at their meeting Wednesday, February 10,  from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston St, Ventura. Public welcome, no admission fee. The best time to talk and plan for long term care is before you need it. […] Read More »

Decades of heartfelt care the hallmark of Ventura’s Treacy Villa

Rita Solomon Kovacs, Patrick Treacy and Colleen Conboy make Treacy Villa a wonderful place to live. by Karen Helen Szatkowski Treacy Villa, on the corner of Mills and Loma Vista, is a landmark of some note in our fair city.  Established in 1987 by Mr. Patrick Treacy, it has  taken on the challenge of caring […] Read More »

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program

“Are you a Target of Healthcare Fraud?” Protect yourself from Medicare Fraud. What are the Free Preventive Services? How will Extra Income Work for you? Tuesday, February 9,  Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura, 12:30pm to 1:30pm. For more information on the presentations contact HICAP at 1-800-434-0222 Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - Senior News Line

New Year, New You By Matilda Charles Did you make a list of resolutions for the New Year? How are you doing so far? They say if we can keep a resolution for 21 days, we’re likely to stick with it. Here are some ideas to make 2016 a healthier, more active year. * If […] Read More »

Free  Fall Prevention Workshop

Having a strong sense of balance is crucial in preventing falls in older adults and their caregivers. The SCAN Health & Wellness Center is offering a free educational workshop: Stop Falling! Home Safety and Preventing Falls and Injuries on Thursday, January 21 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Join workshop leader Steve Lehman, MPH, MBA, USC […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - A Tender Touch Senior Placement

“What is Palliative and Hospice Care” By Connie De La Rosa A Palliative care program provides patients the benefits of both  home health and hospice programs.  “It is for patients who are still pursuing aggressive treatment for their illness to promote quality of life not end of life” states Teri Helton Program Manager for Livingston […] Read More »

AARP tax aide offers free income tax assistance

AARP Tax-Aide, in conjunction with the IRS, will provide free income tax preparation assistance and e-filing for seniors and low-to-moderate income adults of any age from February 1 through April 15. AARP membership is not required. Ventura will have three locations and appointments are not required: Area Agency on Aging, 646 County Square Drive (off […] Read More »

Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

The Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) will host the first educational forum of the year focusing on Emergency Preparedness for Adults and Seniors on Friday, January 29. at the Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE) Center, 5200 Valentine Rd. The forum will take place from 10:30 am to noon. A catered barbeque lunch will be […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 7 – January 6 – January 19, 2016 - A Tender Touch Senior Placement

How to help your elderly loved ones set goals for 2016 By Connie De La Rosa People set goals all the time. Sometimes they succeed in achieving those goals, sometimes they don’t. Regardless of what your elderly loved ones  goals are, they have to be realistic about them. It is therefore important to ensure the […] Read More »

Heartfelt Remembrance at Cypress Place Senior Living

On Wednesday December 9, 2015, Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura held their third annual Candlelight Memorial Service.    The touching event was in loving memory of those who are no longer with us but are forever present in our hearts. The candlelight service was led by Pastor Leonard DeWitt, Pastor to Senior Adults at Ventura […] Read More »

Take a free bus ride for lunch in Ojai

If you might have to ride the bus soon due to not renewing your driver’s license or other aging issues, please join and learn about transportation programs as we ride the bus up to Ojai – and enjoy lunch on the City! On Jan. 19 and 21. Call 648-3035 to RSVP. Also the Senior Volunteer […] Read More »

Hospice volunteer training begins in January

Join Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association’s remarkable core of volunteers; community heroes that give special gifts of time and compassion to patients and their families at the end of life.  We will provide you with training that gives you the confidence to enter the homes and lives of others to support them as a part […] Read More »

SCAN classes for seniors are wonderful

“GERD, IBS, Crohn’s Disease and Colitis: What You Need to Know” will be discussed at the SCAN Health & Wellness Center on Friday, January 15th, at 11 a.m. The one-hour discussion will be led by Ventura physician Bruce Woodling, M.D., as part of a monthly health series called “Taking Charge.” Dr. Woodling will talk about […] Read More »

Advanced Healthcare Directives

For the fourth year of Lawyers at the Library, the first presentation will be with attorney Michael Williams of Grey Law, discussing Advanced Healthcare Directives and other End of Life Plans. Join him on  January 13, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, for this informative subject. The Ventura County Law Library is located in the Ventura County […] Read More »

Alice Ludes celebrates 103rd birthday at Lexington

A former resident of the Lexington, Alice Ludes came back to celebrate her 103rd birthday on Monday, December 21st. She sang along with her family and Lexington friends as her son played Christmas Carols on the piano. She called the Lexington her home for many years before she went next door to the Victoria Care […] Read More »

Keeping your memory sharp

Many people worry about becoming forgetful. They think forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Over the past few years, scientists have learned a lot about memory and why some kinds of memory problems are serious but others are not. Age-Related Changes in Memory Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. As people […] Read More »

Community Appreciation Breakfast

For the past 3 years the Ventura Townehouse has hosted a monthly Community Appreciation Breakfast honoring local people who have contributed to the community in recognition of their continued dedication, exceptional service, compassionate care and commitment. The Ventura Fire Foundation  received a $1,000.00 check at a recent Community Appreciation Breakfast. Foundation creator Engineer Peter McKenzie, […] Read More »

Anytime Fitness gives back to community through senior fitness classes

Karen Terveer, the owner of Anytime Fitness wanted to give back to the community and picked The City Center Transitional Living Home, located at 837 Thompson Blvd. to receive the outpouring of canned food  and dried food donations collected at her facilities. She is shown here with Olga Hamra who is the case manager for […] Read More »

Howard Boroughs revisited

Former biochemist, Howard Boroughs, came to Ventura in 1979 with his beloved wife Evelyn and their canine companion, Daisy. Thanks to their generosity, we have The Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library at Ventura College and the dog park at Camino Real Park that allows canines and their human companions to romp unleashed. Behind the Museum […] Read More »

Senior News Line

By Matilda Charles Why do we retire when we do? The answer isn’t as simple as “I’ll be 65 on a certain date” or “That’s when I’ll have enough savings.” The answer to why we pick a time to retire is fairly complicated. The Stanford Center on Longevity teamed up with Fidelity Investments to debunk […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 6 – December 23, 2015 – January 5, 2016 - A Tender Touch Senior Placement

“Caring for yourself during the holidays while caring for others” By Connie De La Rosa Many who celebrate the holidays, have a common understanding of “I’m behind my gift shopping”, or “I have a loved one in the hospital and have not yet started one decoration, etc for the holidays”.  We often say to one […] Read More »

Suitcases for kids a success for kids and seniors alike

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.  At least that’s what the residents and staff at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura were hoping when they launched their Suitcases For Kids fundraiser in mid-September of this year. Through the program, the senior community began collecting suitcases for children in the Ventura County […] Read More »

Many studies find fitness equals better mental ability

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com A new study released today declares that older adults who take more steps than most by walking or jogging performed better on memory tasks. Really, how could this be news? It is just another way of looking at physical fitness and how it enhances memory and cognitive ability. But, this […] Read More »

Parkinson's Support Group

The Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group will host Wayne Pickerell, Vice President and Clinical Research Manager of Neurosearch, Inc. at their meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living at 5440 Ralston St. Wayne Pickerell has been involved in Parkinson’s Disease for over 15 years and managed […] Read More »

Ventura Council for Seniors meets East and West

“East Side, West Side, all around the town” may be an old song, but it’s a great new tune for the Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) reaching out to the people who need its vital services anywhere within the city. Starting in January, the VCS will alternate its meetings between the two borders of Ventura, […] Read More »

Livingston’s Light Up a Life Celebration

Todd Tackett addresses the crowd along with daughters Taylin, Kaycie-Rae, and Rachelle at the Light Up a Life Celebration. by Lori Harasta Alan Thornhill, legendary guitar player, silver-throated singer, and award-winning songwriter from Ojai, along with April Davis, angelic soprano from Ventura, brought a little bit of heaven to the Pacific View Mall on an […] Read More »

Wonderful dog day at Coastal view

Coastal View Healthcare Center resident Olive Fergerson enjoying a visiting dog who jumped on her lap to be petted and spread the love that only dogs can bring.  Just another wonderful dog day at Coastal view. Coastal View is located at 4904 Telegraph. Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 5 – December 9 - December 22, 2015 – A Tender Touch Senior Placement

“Ready, set , action”! By Connie De La Rosa A non-profit organization, ACTION (Area Christians Taking Initiative On Needs) that assists many individuals which includes elders, disabled, under resourced families, homeless and at risk youths in the County of Ventura  consists of over 100 churches involved, over 200 agencies and businesses and over 1,600 volunteers […] Read More »

Many free services available for seniors

The purpose of the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is to provide free counseling and community education on Medicare, Medicare Part D, managed care, and other health insurance issues. If you wish to access this service, you may contact your local senior center to make an appointment or contact 477-7310. For additional HICAP […] Read More »

SCAN senior services

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 an upcoming Wednesday from 11 a.m. to […] Read More »

The VCS is the representative organization of all seniors  in the City of Ventura

The Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS), formerly the Ventura Council on Aging, formed in 1975, is designated by the Ventura City Council as the representative organization of all seniors (50 and over) in the City of Ventura. The VCS board is comprised of senior volunteers who reside in the city, along with non-voting City liaison […] Read More »

It’s a wrap at Assisted again this Christmas

Maria Leyva and Marianne Cody, Volunteer Coordinator will be providing holiday cheer Assisted Hospice in Ventura is busy again this year, providing holiday cheer to their hospice patients.  They are busy wrapping holiday blankets once again to kick off their “Will Anyone Remember Me Campaign” this Christmas.  So many patients are alone for the holidays […] Read More »

The friendliest lunch hour in Ventura

Join the Westside Café  on Monday through Friday, 11:30am to 12:30pm, in the Ventura Avenue Adult Center’s Two Trees Banquet Room for the friendliest lunch hour in Ventura with a meal that includes a nutritious hot entrée, salad bar, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Check out the Adult pages of My Ventura each issue for […] Read More »

Will coffee do more than get you through a long day?

Drinking a second or third cup of coffee may do more than get you through a long day – it may also reduce your risk of death from heart disease and other illnesses. These results, surprisingly, resulted from regular or decaffeinated coffee, which long ago was established as the favorite drink of senior citizens. People […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 4 – November 25 – December 8, 2015 – A Tender Touch Senior Placement

Benefits of health shakes By Connie De La Rosa As we age, it becomes more important to pay attention to the essential vitamins our body needs and can become more difficult if our eating habits start to decline because of medications, depression or overall decreased appetite which contributes to inadequate amounts of nutrition. “Meal replacement […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 4 – November 25 – December 8, 2015 – Cute Grandkid

Grandma Jill  thinks that her grandson Nathan Young is as cute as they get.  He’s almost 2 and smiling as always even on his first visit to the dentist. His brother was in a previous Breeze. Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Cypress Place honors veterans, will host candlelight memorial service

On Veterans Day, November 11 Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura honored residents of the senior community who served their country, including Donald G. Wright, Captain, U.S. Army Retired. Captain Wright turned 102 on Veterans Day, and in appreciation of his years of service to his country, Quilts of Valor honored him with a handmade […] Read More »

Tips for choosing and using your 2016 Medicare Health Plan

(StatePoint) It’s that time of year again: The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP)  runs through December 7. Medicare is a critical source of health care for millions of Americans, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sets this time for people to select and make changes to their plans each year. As AEP […] Read More »

The Importance of Palliative Care

People living with serious chronic illness often find themselves facing major challenges in navigating and understanding their care options within a complex medical system. Now, increasing research is supporting what many health care providers have long known: comprehensive palliative care that treats both symptoms and a person’s emotional and spiritual needs can significantly improve a […] Read More »

No Tests, No Homework, No Kidding!

Registration for Winter Classes of Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State Channel Islands  begins in December. Classes start January 11th.   Select from 4 or 8 week classes held in Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ventura, and Ojai.  Topics  include art, music, history, anthropology, economics, literature, science.   Classes are taught by professors and other experts […] Read More »

Free community education classes and events

Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 79 million Americans—35% of adults aged 20 years and older—have prediabetes. Half of all Americans aged 65 years and older have prediabetes. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes […] Read More »

Mediterranean diet makes brain younger

Senior News Line By Matilda Charles The Mediterranean diet has been in the news for years, but some of us aren’t sure if it offers any real benefits. Now we have a piece of the puzzle. In a recent study supported by the National Institutes of Health, participants experienced less brain atrophy after adhering to […] Read More »

Does exercise delay Parkinson's decline?

By Matilda Charles People who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease might want to reconsider doing strenuous exercise as a means of keeping their physical abilities. A recent short-term study concluded that normal, frequent movements are better for Parkinson’s patients than working out. The study was funded by some power hitters — the Department of Veterans Affairs, the […] Read More »

Learn how to use your iPad

Trying to figure out how to use your new iPad? Need help navigating the many applications and features of your tablet? The SCAN Health & Wellness Center is offering a free “iPad Basics for Seniors” class Wednesday, November 18 at 9 a.m. at the SCAN Health & Wellness Center. During this two-hour, entry-level class, seniors […] Read More »

Girl Scout Troop 60385 make surprise visit to Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura

Members of local Girl Scout Troop 60385 make a surprise visit to Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura to drop off suitcases they collected for “Suitcases For Kids”, a fundraiser the senior community is holding for local foster children.  Also pictured are Cypress Place residents Pat Weaver (far left) and Neal McKaye (far right). Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 3 – November 11 – November 24, 2015 – A Tender Touch Senior Placement

How ombudsmen make a difference By Connie De La Rosa Did you ever wonder what the Ombudsmen Program is and how they help?  Many families are not aware of this free service that can help resolve and investigate issues that your loved one may be facing while in a residential care facility.  The Ombudsman Program […] Read More »

Robocalls are more than annoying

By Matilda Charles We’ve all experienced it: We rush to answer the phone, and it’s a robocall, a computer-generated message trying to sell us something or tell us a lie. We’ve won a free cruise. We’ve won a big lottery prize. Our “warranty” is about to expire. There are any number of reasons to hate […] Read More »

Assisted Home Health and Hospice gave away free manicures and pedicures to breast cancer survivors and current fighters

Whitney LaBrie, a guest  and Deanna Leslie were there as Assisted Home Health and Hospice  gave away free manicures and pedicures to  breast cancer survivors and current fighters. The event was held at Jessica’s Nails and Spa. Over 50 women from Ventura attended.  They also gave away free bracelets, hats and scarves. All the ladies […] Read More »

Ventura City Mayor shared the history of Ventura at the Ventura Townehouse

Mayor touched on issues about land, beach, homelessness and traffic. Cheryl Heitmann, Ventura City Mayor, was the guest speaker at the Ventura Townehouse  (VTH) on Thursday, October 22.  Almost one-hundred were in attendance. Mayor Heitmann shared the history of Ventura and spoke of many projects she is working on around the city. Mayor Heitmann expressed […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 2 – October 28 – November 10, 2015 – A Tender Touch Senior Placement

“Holiday Depression in aging loved ones” By Connie De La Rosa During the holidays, we often thing of joyful times with family and friends but some of our elders, it can be a time of sadness, isolation and loneliness.  “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is prevalent during the holidays and winter season due to issues such […] Read More »

Exercise your mind at SCAN

Brain Gym is a program of physical movements that enhance learning and performance by developing the brain’s neural pathways. Brain Gym will increase the ability to remember and be organized, increase physical coordination, reduce stress and improve memory. The SCAN Health & Wellness Center is hosting once a week Brain Gym classes starting Tuesday, November […] Read More »

VCAAA has a wealth of information for you

Using these services will keep us happy. The Ventura Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) has a wealth of information available from tips for Family Caregivers, Senior Nutrition, guides to good health, and much, much more. Some resources are available online at “Pamphlets & Brochures” such as the agency’s brochure with programs and information, city contacts, […] Read More »

Consider the conversation

Is it time for you to have “the talk”? No, not the one about the birds and the bees. Long after asking the question, “Mommy, where do babies come from?” there will come a time to ask, “Mom, how can we best care for you?” Consider the Conversation helps us know how to ask the […] Read More »

San Diego-based Medicare provider is expanding to Ventura

Mission Home Health, a San Diego-based Medicare provider is expanding its footprint in Southern California and is now accepting patients in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. In mid-October, they acquired the Medicare certified division of Help Unlimited, a Ventura-based company that has served patients across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for the past 40 years. […] Read More »

LMVNA offers Memory Stars and hosts free classes

Memory Stars can be purchased for $25 each. Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association (LMVNA)has begun its 31st Annual Light Up A Life campaign. The beginning of the campaign coincides with National Hospice and Palliative Care month, November, and runs through the holiday season. The campaign goal is to raise $75,000 to benefit Livingston Hospice. Livingston […] Read More »

Ventura providing senior services

Ventura’s Adult/Senior Services provides thousands of adults, 18 years and up, with recreational, specialty, social and health and fitness programs at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC), 550 N. Ventura Avenue, 648-3035, open M-F 9am- 3pm. Many classes are open to adults 18 years and up and some are open to adults 50 years and […] Read More »

Senior News Line - Higher Medicare Part B Costs

By Matilda Charles As it stands now, if Congress doesn’t act immediately, many of us will be faced with a big increase in our Medicare Part B cost in 2016. Even if Congress acts to stop the increase, consider this fair warning that it could happen in the future. Here are some of the figures: […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 1 – October 14 – October 27, 2015 – A Tender Touch Senior Placement

Bringing mobile senior services to the community By Connie De La Rosa Many seniors today have difficulty with mobilizing to services they may require due to limited mobility, not feeling well or minor confusion due to early stages of dementia. Bringing “Mobile Senior Support Services” to the residents of Ventura is the effort of a […] Read More »

Health Insurance Counseling And Advocacy Program

The County of Ventura Area Agency on Aging’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will be giving a series of Medicare One Stops in November and December for Medicare Plan year 2016.  Medicare beneficiaries may attend any One Stop Shop for any of their Medicare needs during this time.  To streamline your wait time […] Read More »

In-house production of “Follies” at Cypress Place Senior Living

Photo by Michael Gordon The in-house produced production of “Follies”, written, directed, produced, and choreographed by Marion Doane, a Cypress Place resident was recently presented at Cypress Place Senior Living .  Cast members included residents and staff members of Cypress Place. It was a standing room only crowd, and the performers brought down the house. […] Read More »

Ask The Director- Elena Brokaw, Director of the Parks, Recreation & Community

Q. What programs does the City provide for active adults and seniors A. The City of Ventura’s Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships department offers a variety of programs citywide. You can choose art, computer tutoring, cooking, dance, exercise, gardening, music, photography, swimming, and other classes. And new this fall we’ll have additional program space for adults […] Read More »

Getting the pain prescription right for America's seniors

By James Appleby September was national Pain Awareness Month. And one of the major issues policymakers, healthcare providers, and average citizens alike need to focus on is how to improve pain management among older Americans. Unsurprisingly, this population experiences more pain than younger Americans. Among active seniors, it’s estimated that 25-50 percent experience persistent pain. […] Read More »

Hans Hormann, Director and Coordinator for Ventura Avenue Adult Center

Hans is a perfect fit for his job Photo by Daniel Ingram By Es Cole Some people in our amazing Ventura are outstanding at what they do.  I have been fortunate to meet a few. Recently I met Hans Hormann, Director and Coordinator for Ventura Avenue Adult Center(VAAC). Hans is a perfect fit for his […] Read More »

Join the Mayor for an informal chit-chat

Mayor Heitmann was at the opening of the new Saticoy Library with grandson 4-year old Gavin. You are invited to “Coffee with the Mayor” at the Ventura Townehouse who will be hosting Ventura’s Mayor Cheryl Heitmann on Thursday, October 22nd starting at 10am. It will be held in the Dining Room Lounge at the Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy adds two employees to staff

Adrienne Stephens brings a strong background in fundraising, marketing and public relations to the job. The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) recently added two new employees to its staff.  They will assist the membership-based nonprofit with its work of permanently preserving and providing access to the open space resources in the Ventura region. Adrienne Stephens joined […] Read More »

Mom's Reflections By Jan

Mom’s Reflections By Jan My beauty days have dwindled fast While Nature will outshine, outlast Since furtive glances at age 18 Unearned attention was routine I peer ahead with vague visions Pondering possible health decisions My gait now stable but next a hobble Robust touch a clumsy wobble Must I embrace a decline so slow […] Read More »

VCAAA serves older adults and persons with disabilities

On Thursday, October 8 the next Senior Network meeting will be held at the VCAAA office, 646 County Square Drive in Ventura.  Networking will begin at 9:15am. The meeting will begin at 10am, and usually goes to 11:30am.  Networking may continue after the meeting until 12:30pm. The VCAAA Senior Network is an informal group of […] Read More »

Cypress Place  to host Alzheimer’s & Dementia Group

Attendees get groovy at the Cypress Place Senior Living 70’s Party & Classic Car Show on September 16.  The event kicked off “Suitcases For Kids”.  New or used suitcases may be dropped off to Cypress Place until October 16. Photos by Michael Gordon In collaboration with New Hope Senior Services, please join Cypress Place Senior […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – A Tender Touch Senior Placement

If  you are looking to downsize  this type of living may be for you. “Living in a mobile home community” By Connie De La Rosa There are many reasons for choosing to live in a mobile home community. “ If  you are looking to downsize,  continue being active,  or just want to lay back  and […] Read More »

Aegis Living Fire & Emergency Safety Presentation

On Sept. 24 Aegis Living presented a Fire & Emergency Safety Presentation to its residents. Ventura firefighters  Captain Jason Kay, Paramedic Jarret LaShure  and  Engineer Mark Nelson explained fire safety to about twenty Aegis residents and answered their questions. Aegis is located at 4964 Telegraph, 290-1953. Photo by Bernie Goldstein Read More »

What the heck s COPD?

​Did you know that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the nation?  COPD is an umbrella term that includes chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and, in some cases, asthma.  In Ventura County, there are 28,000 people that suffer from COPDbut the number may actually be […] Read More »

Medicare presentations through-out Ventura County

The County of Ventura Area Agency on Aging’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will be giving a series of Medicare presentations in October. A few of the topics and One Stop Shops are: Tuesday, October 6,  at Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 North Ventura Ave., 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm. Presentation Topic: “What […] Read More »

Demonstration exercise classes for seniors 55 years and older

As part of National Women’s Health & Fitness Day on September 30, the SCAN Health & Wellness Center in Ventura is offering free 45-minute demonstration exercise classes for seniors 55 years and older and their caregivers. Classes include Tai Chi for Rehab (9 a.m.)/Sun Style (10 a.m.), Senior Yoga (11 a.m.), Focus on Balance (12 […] Read More »

Cute Grandkids

Grandma Jill thinks that her grandson Nathan Young is as cute as they get.  He’s almost 2 smiling as always even on his first visit to the dentist. His brother was in a previous Breeze. Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Seniors collecting suitcases for foster children

Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura is collecting suitcases for children in the Ventura County Foster Care Program. When a child enters foster care for the first time, it is usually in a time of crisis and confusion. Often the child’s possessions are hurriedly stuffed into a garbage bag or box. The child then shows […] Read More »

A new Ventura business teaches how to capture personal histories

Thanks to the publication of a recent article in the Ventura Breeze, The Time Binders  – — is up and running. The Time Binders are Esther Cole and Carin Wofford,  The workshops cover collecting data, writing, binding, and videotaping your life.  Both co-directors are published writers of articles and books. Writing kits will be provided. […] Read More »

Seniors get discount to play golf in Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Golf Club has expanded its resident discount on green fees to include golfers in San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. Seniors aged 65 and older, in these three counties, are eligible for great discounts on rates on both weekdays and weekends. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara and just ten minutes […] Read More »

Harold’s birthday at the Vagabond Coffee Shop

In our last issue we had this photo but it was so small you couldn’t really see these handsome guys. Dick Zizic, Harold Kennedy, Dick Baldewin, Tony Jankowski and somebody in a Breeze cap celebrating Harold’s birthday at the Vagabond Coffee Shop. All friends from playing tennis (rather well thank you) at the Pierpont Racquet […] Read More »

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  Lexington […] Read More »

Workshop to educate baby boomers on social security

Are 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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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

By Connie De La Rosa Taking care of ourselves, especially as we age, in all aspects 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 […] Read More »

Classic car show and party

George 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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

Second Senior Transportation Forum

“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 […] Read More »

Supporting the total well-being of our community

“I don’t think that my joints need replacing yet but maybe I should attend just in case” Scamp 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 […] Read More »

Chair massage for older adults and caregivers

“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 […] Read More »

First responders honored

Ventura Firefighters  Andres Espinosa and Ben Davis were honored and enjoyed the BBQ with guests and employees at the Palms at Bonaventure Photo by John Ferritto The Palms at Bonaventure along with Assisted Home Hospice and Home Health hosted their 3rd annual First Responders Barbeque August 27th. This is a wonderful event that they hold […] Read More »

Elder abuse

We would normally put this police report in our crime section but thought it important enough to include in our senior section as a warning and in case Saide Cruz may have worked for you. On 8/13/15 at about 1700hrs, a patrol officer was dispatched to the 5000 Block of Hollings Street reference a late […] Read More »

A no-cost, one-stop shop where seniors can access it all

For a variety of reasons, it becomes increasingly difficult for aging individuals to manage daily tasks, such as getting to the grocery store, cleaning house, and keeping up with paying the bills. Even more arduous to navigate are the arenas beyond the everyday, such as estate planning, identity theft protection, and healthcare. Seniors constitute a […] Read More »

Cute Grandkids

Grandma thinks that her granddaughter Bella Pedevillano is pretty darn cute. She is practicing her surf moves on land.  She is a California surfer girl. Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Cute Grandkids

Grandma thinks that her granddaughter Bella Pedevillano is pretty darn cute. She is practicing her surf moves on land.  She is a California surfer girl. Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Ventura Council for Seniors

The Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) meets at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC) on the third Wednesday of every month from 9:30-11am. 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 […] Read More »

How to survive wealth transfer

We are in the middle of a massive, unprecedented wealth transfer. The greatest transfer of wealth in history is happening right now, according to a study from the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. A staggering amount – $59 trillion – is projected to be passed down to heirs, charities and taxes between 2007 […] Read More »

CMH auxiliary member and family welcomes 4th generation

Genevieve Basso, who has volunteered 47 plus years of service at Community Memorial Hospital, welcomed her first great grandson, born Wednesday August 6.  He was born at CMH.  His great grandmother, Genevieve was born in Ventura County.  Genevieve’s daughter, grandmother of newborn,  and granddaughter, mother of new born, were born at CMH.  What a proud […] Read More »

A Tender Touch Senior Placement - Skin Care and Aging

It is never “too late” to take care of our skin! Damage to the skin can be repaired and future damage prevented. If you’re saying “it’s too late,” you may ask “why should I bother?” According to Alicia Bankston, Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, the top reason to take care of our skin has […] Read More »

How to have fun during retirement

What do school kids and retirees have in common during these dog days of summer? For many, it’s having lots of time and not knowing what to do with it. “But that comparison begins to breakdown almost immediately, because in a few short weeks, kids go back to school, but retirees have an indefinite amount […] Read More »

Inheritance trusts to be discussed

On September 9, 5:30-6:30 attorneys from Cunningham Legal will be discussing IRA Inheritance Trusts. Thinking of naming a trust as your primary beneficiary? Join us as attorneys discuss the pros and cons of this process. Signups encouraged but not required: http://goo.gl/forms/FWhlCCp1Eq The Ventura County Law Library is located in the Ventura county Government Center, 800 […] Read More »

Assisted living experts meet with local representatives

Maybe this truck will be at the Classic Car Show? Steve Spira, executive director from Cypress Place Senior Living recently participated in “Day in Your District”,  an event to help local representatives recognize and understand Assisted Living providers . The event coordinated by the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) gave attendees from Cypress Place the […] Read More »

Assisted Hospice Care to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model

Assisted Hospice Care has been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The model provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit and dually eligible beneficiaries who qualify for the Medicaid Hospice Benefit the option to elect to receive […] Read More »

Medicaid can help, but is last resort option

 “Are you sure that I’m a baby boomer?” Baby Boomers, retiring at a rate of roughly 10,000 per day, may have unrealistic notions about what their future long-term care needs could do to their bank accounts. When a recent Nationwide Financial consumer survey asked for an estimate of how much a year of nursing-home care […] Read More »

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