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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 to do more with self-esteem than anything else. Taking care of ourselves gives us confidence, and that lets us present the best part of ourselves to the world. Though beauty is ultimately on the inside, without confidence, we hide that inner beauty from the rest of the world.

Top 5 ways to take care of our skin:

Use Sunscreen: No matter how much time we spend in it, the sun’s rays affect the health of our skin. Age spots, or more kindly called “beauty spots,” come from too much time in the sun and too little protection. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Prevention from harmful sun exposure is best. Your sunscreen should protect against UVA and UVB rays (or be “broad-spectrum”), be rated SPF 30 or higher, and preferably be a serum which sinks deeper into the layers of your skin than a typical lotion.

Moisturize: As our body ages, we lose moisture and thus volume, first, in our face! This makes sense since our face is the most exposed throughout our life. A good moisturizer need not feel greasy or heavy. We can also lose moisture in our skin due to medications or conditions that affect us as we age, and that lack of moisture can cause tremendous discomfort. Different skin moisturizers can benefit different people. For those of us who are conscious about aging, you might be interested in looking at something similar to these cbd skin care products. CBD oils help with anti-aging by lifting and firming the skin, hopefully making us look younger! However, there are so many different types of skin moisturizers out there, finding the right one for your skin is so important.

Treat skin areas differently: Your facial skin is different from the skin on your body, and both are different from the skin around your eyes. It is important to use a “facial cleanser” on your face and an “eye cream” around your eye area. The skin around your eyes is thinner and has no oil glands (one reason we show age here first), so moisturizing here is different than moisturizing other areas.

Exfoliate, gently: It is nice to have this step included in the cleansing process (like a 3 in 1 cleanser). And daily exfoliation should be gentle! Exfoliation helps slough off the dead skin on the surface so that the new skin underneath can come to the surface. As we age, the skin has a harder time getting rid of the dead skin, and important step to the rejuvenation process. The skin repairs itself when we allow it to do so with good care.

Treat your face like a balloon: Be careful not to pop it. Keep in mind, you are washing your face, not the floor! When taking care of your skin, gentle is better. Rubbing and tugging breaks down the elastin of our skin. And as we age, we lose collagen, a key in firm skin. Be gentle, if possible, using the three outer fingers of our hand to apply moisturizers to the face area in particular.

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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 of time to contend with,” says financial advisor Jeff Bucher, president of Citizen Advisory Group (, a firm that engages its community with education and charity efforts.

“Worse still for retirees, many don’t know if they can afford the time they have left, which may not be yielding a satisfying lifestyle. After all the technical details I review with clients and their finances, such as protecting and growing their money, I sometimes offer a bit of unexpected advice: consider your employment options.”

Many people who take his advice often do so more for overall happiness than money, he says. Work gives us structure, purpose and a social network. Bucher reviews many fun options that retirees often find appealing.

  • Golf course: This is a popular option since so many retirees love golf. And, if you are a morning person, work at a golf course is perfectly suited for you. Some popular jobs available at a golf course for retirees include golf shop staff, ranger, starters and golf course maintenance.
  • Retail: A smiling face and a pleasant disposition has earned many retirees positions as greeters at local stores.
  • Theater events: If you love entertainment, consider being an usher at a venue (Like the Rubicon). Ushers assist fans to their seats and help answer any questions the fans may have. The job may have perks, such as free tickets.
  • Tour guide: A tour guide’s job is to introduce people to places that they are unfamiliar with, which may include wineries, museums and a city’s historical locations (Ventura has many of these).
  • Theme park / zoo: If you want to brag about your job to your grandkids, look into the local zoo or theme park. Some of the most popular jobs for retirees at these parks include ticket takers, working at a merchandise stand or helping assist guests at an information booth.
  • Your current or former job. This one may throw you for a loop, but it could be perfect. You’ll likely maintain the same salary as the rest of your earning years; it’s something you already know and are good at; and, many people derived much satisfaction from their profession. You may find new freedom in knowing that this job is more optional than before, which may engender a sense of freedom and, perhaps, an outside-the-box mentality.

Jeff Bucher is president of Citizen Advisory Group ( Bucher is a former standout wrestler at The Ohio State University, where he earned an athletic scholarship and honed his leadership skills while earning four varsity letters (Is there a senior wrestling team?)

Breeze: Like many seniors today engaging in much more physical activities is an option. Like Breeze publisher Sheldon and his way over 65 (age not amount) buddies who play tennis at Pierpont Racquet Club, Ventura College and Camino Real Park

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:

The Ventura County Law Library is located in the Ventura county Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave, facing parking lot “A”. Contact the library at 642-8982 with questions.

Ventura Police Department recognized for service to the Fair

stuff police at fairVentura Police Chief Ken Corney accepted the award. Portrait from the Face Of Ventura painted by Johanna Spinks.

The Ventura County Fair Board of Directors and management presented the Ventura Police Department with the Western Fairs Association Blue Ribbon Award. This award is presented to organizations that have demonstrated a long term commitment to the success of a County Fair. Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney accepted the award on behalf of the entire Police Department for the work of all officers, in keeping patrons safe, year after year during the fair.

“We are grateful to the Ventura Police Department for their commitment to keeping the Ventura County Fair a safe family event and we congratulate them on receiving this award.” said Barbara Quaid, Ventura County Fair CEO

The award plaque was on display in the Fair Police Command Post during the 2015 Ventura County Fair.

Assisted living experts meet with local representatives

senior cypressMaybe 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 opportunity to meet with Hillary Blackerby, senior Field Rep to Assemblymember Das Williams. The meeting allowed the opportunity for the Assisted Living experts from Cypress Place to discuss a variety of topics and issues important to the Assisted Living industry with their local representative.

Assisted Living refers to a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services, and 24-hour staff designed to respond to the individual needs of those who require help with activities of daily living. If this is something that you are interested in for your loved one then you can Google “Assisted Living Facility Near me” and find the perfect place for your family.

This senior housing option is a non-institutional, home-like setting that promotes maximum independence and dignity for each resident and encourages family and community involvement. Residents in assisted living want to feel like they are still as independent as they can be. Alterations are done to their homes to make sure they are safe and secure and have easy access to all areas, for example, their shower may have frameless glass shower enclosures with railings inside for them to stay upright as they shower, especially if they find it difficult to take a bath.

That community involvement will be on display on September 16, at Cypress Place when the senior community hosts their Classic Car Show and 70’s Party. Open to the public, the event will have food, music, dancing, prizes for best car, best dancers, and best outfits. So get out your bell-bottoms and disco ball, and get ready to get your groove on.

Wave your geek flag at Central Coast Comic Con August 28-30

event comic conThe goal of Comic Con is to provide a weekend fully packed of family fun.

The Superheroes, Super villains, gamers, anime fans, fan boys, jocks, costumers, and everyone in between are coming back to wave their geek flag at the Central Coast Comic Con August 28 – 30. The new signature end of summer event is returning to the Ventura County fairgrounds for its third exciting year. The con has something for everyone as there are cosplay competitions, stars signing autographs, activities for kids, and stalls selling everything from merch, Nendoroid Figures, rare comic books, and other collectibles. Be sure to bring your wallet!

The history of this area and the fairgrounds itself makes it easy to bring in stars of movies, comics, TV and the Internet to help in this charity awareness event. This year the event is bringing stars like Sid Haig, Michael Jai White, Doug Jones, cast members from American Horror Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural and many other popular shows. Plus Creators like Bob Layton, local comic legend, Howard Chaykin, Brian Pulido, Marvel comics legend, Allen Bellman and a mix of upcoming writers and artists.

Each year local artists have this avenue to display and offer their wares for all to see. Using websites like to help customize their products for fans of the shows and movies that have captured their hearts. From artist to authors to movie stars, each has joined in to meet their fans and make dreams come true. Popular culture vendors and talented musicians are available to add to the excitement of each of the days.

Sunday has always been dedicated as “Kids Day” with Costume Parades, the joy of Disney Princess shows for the princess in your life and Wrestling and Power Rangers, for that warrior in your family. Children/young adults 10 and under are free with a paid adult ticket all weekend long. Discounts are available at the gate for all of our local military members as a means to say thank you.

Central Coast Comic Con (C4) is the accomplishment of a long time goal to return to the community that we grew up in. The company behind the popular culture convention, WTF Events INC, is working to become a reliable resource for youth groups, disadvantage families and activists towards the artists and creators of the future. Their motto is “Community first”. They work with charity and community groups like the Coalition and Big Brothers Big Sisters to change lives and better our community by bringing awareness to the many issues of our youth such as anti bullying, reading and art programs in addition to kids charities. These cars will provide a special ride for that child in the hospital or a ride for the youth in a local parade and so much more!

Visit and see just what C4 has to offer for our community and its members.

For more information about the event please see their ad in this issue or go to

Breeze: Our own Jaime Baker will be there selling his original artwork and some prints of his artwork, along with doing his wonderful custom caricatures. Be sure to hi for us.

First Veterans Transitional Housing opens in Ventura

stuff turning pointPhoto by Bernie Goldstein
Government, veteran, business representatives and Turning Point staff surround Congresswoman Julia Brownley.

Turning Point Foundation has opened the first Veterans Transitional Housing facility on the central coast. On August 5th Congresswoman Julia Brownley cut the ribbon at the grand opening. The Veterans Transitional Housing facility is located at 43 E. Vince St. in Ventura.

Based on 27 years of experience, Turning Point Foundation identified a tremendous need for supported transitional housing for veterans suffering from mental illness that are homeless to address their particular barriers to success. The goals of the program include obtaining residential stability for mentally ill veterans that are homeless through supported transitional and permanent housing, increasing life skills and income stability, and obtaining self-determination by sustaining a personal Wellness and Recovery Action Plan.

Turning Point’s primary means of engagement with potential veteran clients is the organization’s Our Place Safe Haven, a 10-bed shelter and Multi-Service Center, which provides overnight emergency shelter and drop-in services to more than 350 homeless persons each year, 12% of whom are veterans. Since 1995, Our Place Safe Haven has served as a “community living room” where homeless persons can drop-in and get a cup of coffee, food to eat, socialize with others, take a shower, do their laundry, make phone calls, get their mail, talk to a Case Manager and get counseling.

Turning Point Foundation currently serves over 762 clients each year through safe haven, shelter, supported housing and rehabilitation programs. Turning Point is the only local non-profit agency that addresses the critical community needs of mentally ill adults in Ventura county.

To identify potential residents, Turning Point’s Street Outreach team networks with the police and other mental health and social services agencies serving homeless persons, follow up on leads concerning potential clients, as well as make regular visits with food and supplies to areas where homeless persons are known to congregate in Ventura County, and through VA referrals.

Turning Point currently has three employees who are veterans, and are looking to hire more.  These employees have the peer experience and connect compassionately with homeless veterans.

To learn more about Turning Point Foundation, and a personal tour beforehand with their Executive Director, Jason Meek, please call 652-0000 x108.


Ventura County Fair Parade

stuff-fair-parade-collage---CopyThe 2015 Ventura County Fair Parade was held on Saturday, August 8 in historic
downtown Ventura.

Marching bands, drill teams, acrobats, clowns, horses, school groups, antique automobiles,
clubs and organizations marched down Main Street from Aliso Lane to Palm
Street in celebration of the 140th Ventura County Fair. The Fair Parade has become
Ventura’s premier parade.

Diesel Technology Program at Ventura College

A partnership was formed on August 11th as the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees approved an action to establish a new Diesel Technology Program at Ventura College under a five-year, $900,000 agreement between Ventura College, Ventura College Foundation, and Gibbs Truck Centers. Chair Dianne McKay, Chancellor Bernard Luskin, and the Board of Trustees recognized Ed Gibbs, Sr., President/Owner, and his son, Ed Gibbs, General Manager/Owner, of Gibbs Truck Centers at a public Board meeting at the District Administrative Center in Ventura.

It’s hoped that the program will be of great benefit to those interested in the haulage industry, and to give them an understanding of what the fuel means to mechanics and truck drivers across the state. It could help give students a better look at what it means to look for diesel fuel near me when low on fuel if they end up joining a haulage company after graduation, as well as understand the differences between diesel and gasoline and other factors.

“The Board was pleased to approve this new community relationship with Gibbs Truck Centers. Building successful pathways for our students would not be possible without innovative partnerships. With the Gibbs’ support, we are able to provide students in Ventura County the education and experience needed to access both good and available job opportunities,” stated Board Chair Dianne McKay. Chancellor Bernard Luskin commented, “This Diesel Technology program represents the first of its kind in Ventura County. We feel privileged to create this program with Gibbs Truck Centers and appreciate the Gibbs’ generosity and vision.”

Their business needs for qualified mechanics inspired Ed Gibbs, Sr. and Ed Gibbs to fund the new program and create an onsite lab for students at Gibbs Truck Centers, which is headquartered in Oxnard. Matt LaVere, Ventura College Foundation Board Member, initiated discussions between the Gibbs, Ventura College, and the Ventura College Foundation. “Over the five-year term of our funding agreement, the program is expected to graduate 100-150 technicians with all the skills needed to succeed in our industry, from soft skills like customer service and ethics, to technical knowledge of engines,” said Ed Gibbs. Dr. Greg Gillespie, President of Ventura College, commented, “Ventura College is excited to have the opportunity to administer the program and supply faculty, students, and curriculum approved by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Classes will start in fall 2016, and the first graduating class is anticipated in spring 2018.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the diesel technology field are expected to grow nine percent from 2012-2022. The national average pay was cited as $42,320 annually in 2012.

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 supportive care services typically provided by hospice and continue to receive curative services at the same time.

All eligible hospices across the country were invited to apply to participate in the model. Due to robust interest, CMS expanded the model from an originally anticipated 30 Medicare-certified hospices to over 140 Medicare-certified hospices and extended the duration of the model from 3 to 5 years. This is expected to enable as many as 150,000 eligible Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immunodeficiency syndrome who receive services from participating hospices to experience this new option and flexibility.

Participating hospices will provide services under the model that are currently available under the Medicare hospice benefit for routine home care and respite levels of care, but cannot be separately billed under Medicare Parts A, B, and D.  Services will be available around the clock, 365 calendar days per year and CMS will pay a per beneficiary per month fee ranging from $200 to $400 to participating hospices when delivering these services under the model.  Services will begin starting January 1, 2016 for the first phase of participating hospices and in January 2018 for the remaining participating hospices.

Individuals who wish to receive services under the model must fall into certain categories:

Must be diagnosed with certain terminal illnesses (e.g., advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome);

Must meet hospice eligibility requirements under the Medicare or Medicaid Hospice Benefit;

Must not have elected the Medicare or Medicaid Hospice Benefit within the last 30 days prior to their participation in the Medicare Care Choices Model;

Must receive services from a hospice that is participating in the model; and

Must have satisfied model’s other eligibility criteria.

More information is available at