Senior troupe to put on show about avoiding senior scams

Troupe members of the “Stop Senior Scams (SM) Acting Program” ham it up to help others learn how to protect themselves. Courtesy photo

In collaboration with the Ventura County Adult Abuse Prevention Council (VCAAPC), please join Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura for a fun, free and educational program on avoiding senior scams.

The Stop Senior Scams (SM) Acting Program uses theater to dramatize senior scams. Members of the troupe, ranging in age from 60 – 97 years-old, write and perform skits based on their own personal experiences. Many of the actors have been scammed, or nearly scammed, themselves. The presentation is a memorable way to equip those who are vulnerable with the knowledge they need to protect themselves.

Using popular songs like the Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, “Getting to Know You “, from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I”, and Abba’s “Money, Money, Money”, the troupe brings theatricality, laughter and excitement to a commonly frightening and frustrating topic.

The program was founded in 1997 by director Adrienne Omansky, who teaches commercial acting classes for older adults. Her students are trained in commercial and theatrical acting. Many now have agents, and have appeared in hundreds of commercials, movies, videos, television shows, and theatrical productions. 

The Stop Senior Scams (SM) Acting Program came out of Omansky’s classes and has been recognized by the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging and the California State Assembly, according to Nancy Cole, an eldercare manager and board member of VCAAPC. The program also provides a safe venue for seniors to share their own experiences with each other and with the acting troupe after the performance.

A representative from the Ventura County Adult Protective Services office will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Also on hand during the event will be vendors who provide a variety of services to the senior population. Attendees will be able to ask questions and receive materials from these corporate sponsors.

This not-to-be-missed program takes place on February 20, 2020 from 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura. Seating is limited so please call to reserve a seat. Cypress Place Senior Living is located at 1200 Cypress Point Lane in Ventura. For more information or to RSVP, please call 805-765-1066.

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

To learn more about Cypress Place Senior Living of Ventura, visit their web site at

The Ventura County Adult Abuse Prevention Council is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to the prevention of elder and dependent adult abuse. To learn more about VCAAPC please visit their web site at

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