Senior Living

VCAAA wins national awards for Senior Nutrition Garden, COVID-19 Response

A volunteer helping plant at the Senior Nutrition Garden. The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is the recipient of three National Mature Media Awards and an Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies of Aging (n4a). Projects that received acknowledgement include the Senior Nutrition Garden, LIVEWell, and the Robotic Pet Companion and […] Read More »

Managing medicines for a person with Alzheimer's

People with Alzheimer’s disease may take medicines to treat the disease itself, mood or behavior changes, and other medical conditions. Caregivers can ensure that medicines are taken safely and correctly. Here are some tips to help you manage medications for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Know each medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) the person with Alzheimer’s disease […] Read More »

NIA statement on FDA approval of aducanumab for Alzheimer’s disease

by Richard J. Hodes, M.D., Director, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health The FDA’s approval of the Biogen-Eisai drug, aducanumab, marks a milestone achievement in Alzheimer’s disease research. This drug is the first approved treatment shown to slow progression of this disease. It is also a reflection of the years of research and […] Read More »

Nearly 14% with dementia are prescribed medicines affecting the central nervous system

by Alzheimer’s DiseaseCognitive HealthDementiasHealth Care ResearchMental & Emotional Health About 14% of older adults with dementia filled prescriptions for multiple medications that target the central nervous system (CNS), or the brain and spinal cord, according to a recent study. The use of multiple medications, called polypharmacy, can increase the risk of serious side effects. Taking […] Read More »

How older adults can get started with exercise

How to Set Fitness Goals Write a Plan to Add Exercise and Physical Activity to Your Life Deciding to become physically active can be one of the best things you can do for your health. Exercise and physical activity are not only great for your mental and physical health, but they can help keep you […] Read More »

Tips for exercising in extreme weather

Many people enjoy warm-weather outdoor activities like walking, gardening, or playing tennis. Make sure to play it safe in hot weather. Too much heat can be risky for older adults and people with health problems. Being hot for too long can cause hyperthermia—a heat-related illness that includes heat stroke and heat exhaustion. If you want […] Read More »

Food can be unsafe

by National Institute of Health Food can be unsafe for many reasons. It might be contaminated by germs—microbes such as bacteria, viruses, or molds. These microbes might have been present before the food was harvested or collected, or they could have been introduced during handling or preparation. In either case, the food might look fine […] Read More »

Senior injuries

Injuries from falls and car crashes are more common as we age. These injuries can have devastating effects. But these injuries can be prevented so you can stay healthy and independent longer. More than 1 in 4 older adults report falling each year—this results in about 36 million falls.1 Falls can cause serious injuries such […] Read More »

Teaming up to expand Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome research

by Laurie Ryan Chief, Clinical Interventions and Diagnostics Branch, Division of Neuroscience and Nina Silverberg Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program, Division of Neuroscience Each year, about 6,000 American children are born with Down syndrome (DS), the most common chromosomal disorder. Adults with DS are at very high risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Virtually all […] Read More »

Elder abuse is intolerable. It’s Up to each of us to stop it

by Chair-Elect of NCOA’s Board of Directors and President & CEO of Greenlee Global, LLC Key Takeaways We all deserve to lead happy and healthy lives free from abuse as we age, yet older people are mistreated more often than we think. Older adults are mistreated more often than we think due to the lack […] Read More »

The National Alzheimer’s Project Act called for a coordinated national plan to accelerate research and improve care

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias change the way people remember, think, and act. These diseases can be devastating for the individuals who have them and for their families and caregivers. Taking action against Alzheimer’s and related dementias is a priority for the federal government. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), signed into law in January […] Read More »

What Is Dementia? Symptoms, Types, and Diagnosis

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. These functions include memory, language skills, visual perception, problem solving, self-management, and the ability to focus and pay attention. Some people with dementia cannot control their emotions, and their […] Read More »

FDA approves new controversial Alzheimer’s drug

Government health officials have approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years. The Food and Drug Administration said it granted approval to the drug from Biogen based on results that seemed “reasonably likely” to benefit Alzheimer’s patients. It’s the only drug that U.S. regulators have said can likely treat the underlying […] Read More »

Dementia and chronic pain both cause changes to the brain

People with dementia may experience increased levels of pain 16 years before their diagnosis, according to new research. The study, funded in part by NIA and published in Pain, is the first to examine the link between pain and dementia over an extended period. Dementia and chronic pain both cause changes to the brain and can […] Read More »

Accelerated aging in midlife and a higher risk of developing other diseases

People with mental disorders in youth tend to have signs of accelerated aging in midlife and a higher risk of developing other diseases and of dying earlier, according to a pair of related studies supported in part by NIA. The findings, which appeared in JAMA Network Open and in JAMA Psychiatry, suggest that improving individuals’ […] Read More »

Quality sleep is known to play an important role in concentration and learning, as well as mood and overall health

by Erin Bryant From NIH Research Matters Changes in sleep patterns are common in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. They may wake up often during the night and find it hard to get back to sleep. These sleep problems are thought to result from brain changes caused by the disease that affect the […] Read More »

Working physician turns 100 on June 9th

Dr. Rafael Canton became enthusiastic about treating patients near their homes. by Mohammed Hasan The Ventura physician, Rafael Canton, MD, practices Psychiatry. He goes to work three days a week. He turns 100 in a few days. His life history is of innovation, dedication and giving. In the early sixties, in the United States, most […] Read More »

Foundation Assisting Seniors debuts celebrate a Senior™ Program

The Foundation Assisting Seniors (FAS) is proud to announce the Celebrate a Senior™ program, a nationwide fundraising program to show appreciation and honor seniors across the country. Celebrate a Senior™ will directly support two national programs, HowRU™ and the Medication Reminder program which will continue to serve seniors across the U.S. at no-cost for years […] Read More »

Can language performance be a predictor of future Alzheimer’s disease?

Language sample analysis may help predict future Alzheimer’s disease in people who are cognitively normal, suggesting that language patterns may be an early, detectable biomarker for the disease. Published in EClinicalMedicine, researchers at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development analyzed written language samples and were able to predict Alzheimer’s […] Read More »

The increased risk of dementia

As you age, you may have concerns about the increased risk of dementia. You may have questions, too. Are there steps I can take to prevent it? Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk? There are currently no approaches that have been proven to effectively treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related […] Read More »

What are the symptoms of Frontotemporal Disorders?

Symptoms of frontotemporal disorders vary from person to person and from one stage of the disease to the next as different parts of the frontal and temporal lobes are affected. In general, changes in the frontal lobe are associated with behavioral symptoms, while changes in the temporal lobe lead to language and emotional disorders. Symptoms […] Read More »

“Taste of OLLI” at Osher LifeLong Learning Program

The links between sugar, obesity and addiction; an 80th birthday retrospective of music icon Neil Diamond; California’s medicinal herbs and the power of positive psychology on the aging process are all topics in CSU Channel Islands Osher LifeLong Learning Program (OLLI). “Taste of OLLI” consists of 25 two-hour a day courses that will enable adults […] Read More »

There are two major types of stroke.

A stroke happens when something changes how blood flows through the brain. Blood brings oxygen and nutrients to brain cells. If blood can’t flow to a part of the brain, cells that do not receive enough oxygen suffer and eventually die. If brain cells are without oxygen for only a short time, they can sometimes […] Read More »

Mother’s Day brings fun and renewed hope for area seniors

A year ago, Mother’s Day looked much different than it did this year – Zoom celebrations or phone calls took the place of hugs, flowers, brunch, and more for most. But now, with the majority of older adults having received their COVID-19 vaccinations, Mother’s Day 2021 marked the first major holiday with some semblance of […] Read More »

5 Healthy Aging Tips Every Woman Should Know

by National Council on Aging As a woman, you may have many responsibilities on your plate, but your health should be a top priority. Women are often the first line of defense when protecting their family’s health, but in doing so tend to put their concerns on the back burner. These quick tips can help […] Read More »

Tips for people with Dementia

People with dementia experience a range of symptoms related to changes in thinking, remembering, reasoning, and behavior. Living with dementia presents unique challenges, but there are steps you can take to help now and in the future. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias get worse over time. Even simple everyday activities can become difficult to complete. […] Read More »

Fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Scammers are using telemarketing calls, […] Read More »

Does listening to calming music at bedtime actually help you sleep?

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that listening to music can help older adults sleep better. Researchers from the National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Taiwan combined the results of past studies to understand the effect that listening to music can have on the quality of older […] Read More »

Join the Letters of Support Campaign to provide older adults a message of encouragement and support

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) continues to seek letters of support and encouragement as part of the Letters of Support Campaign, which was launched in September in partnership with Meals on Wheels America. This campaign is designed to provide older adults and people with disabilities living in Ventura County with letters or […] Read More »

A loving heart at Cypress Place Senior Living

As far back as nine years old, Kathy Sullivan remembers admiring the older generation and feeling as though they were responsible for teaching her to become the best person she could be. She found herself baking cookies and taking them to lonely neighbors, and listening while they shared their life stories. Today, she continues to […] Read More »

Ventura Townehouse holds grand opening of “The Pier”

Townehouse residents enjoying their new outdoor dining. Photos by Richard Lieberman by: Richard Lieberman Nancee Borgnine and Harvey Marasigan, both Director of Sales for Ventura Townehouse announced the opening of “The Pier” an outdoor dining patio within the Townehouse facility. “We have a large and beautiful property and during a pandemic we decided to expand […] Read More »

Could reducing cardiovascular risk in early adulthood be key to keeping cognition later?

Treating people in early adulthood for cardiovascular risk could preserve their ability to think clearly, learn, and remember as they age, a new study pooling large sets of population data suggests. The findings showed that risk factors such as elevated body mass index, fasting glucose, and systolic blood pressure were associated with worse cognitive health […] Read More »

Aging in place

by National Institute on Aging Staying in your own home as you get older is called “aging in place.” With the right help, you might be able to do just that. These three tips can help you age in place: Reach out to people you know. Family, friends, and neighbors are the biggest source of help […] Read More »

Medicines currently used to treat conditions other than dementia can help prevent or treat Alzheimer’s

Researchers in NIA’s Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Section in the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience are leading an innovative new study to determine whether medicines currently used to treat conditions other than dementia can help prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease. Plans for the Drug Repurposing for Effective Alzheimer’s Medicines (DREAM) study were published recently in Alzheimer’s […] Read More »

Could reducing cardiovascular risk in early adulthood be key to keeping cognition later?

Treating people in early adulthood for cardiovascular risk could preserve their ability to think clearly, learn, and remember as they age, a new study pooling large sets of population data suggests. The findings showed that risk factors such as elevated body mass index, fasting glucose, and systolic blood pressure were associated with worse cognitive health […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s Association’s ‘The Longest Day’ fundraiser gets underway

Ventura County participants are joining in with others across the country to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s by doing an activity that they love for The Longest Day — an Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser that culminates on the summer solstice, the day with the most light. “The Longest Day is a fun way for people to […] Read More »

Explore the new Alzheimers.gov website today

NIA is pleased to announce Alzheimers.gov, a new website designed to educate and support people whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The website serves as the federal government portal for dementia information and resources. To develop Alzheimers.gov, we collaborated with people living with dementia, caregivers, advocates, researchers, and others to ensure an […] Read More »

Chronic Conditions Clinical Research COVID and dementia

People with dementia have a higher risk of getting COVID-19, are more likely to require hospitalization, and are more likely to have severe or fatal cases of this disease compared with people without dementia. This risk is even higher in Black patients with dementia, according to a new study funded in part by NIA and […] Read More »

Dementia is an umbrella term

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe conditions affecting the brain that get worse over time. Researchers have connected changes in the brain that damage nerve cells to certain forms of dementia. The five most common forms of dementia are listed below. Alzheimer’s disease is typically associated with abnormal buildups of proteins in the brain […] Read More »

Vaccinated? COVID Advice Clear as Mud

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles If you’re confused about COVID vaccine and when our lives are going to change for the better, you’re not alone. We’re considered to be fully vaccinated once two weeks have passed after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the one-dose Johnson & Johnson. […] Read More »

Respite care scholarships available to California Central Coast residents

“These funds allow for a caregiver to come in to walk with my sister.” The Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter announces the availability of a respite care grant as a form of financial assistance to Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura County residents. This is a reimbursement grant for in-home or adult day […] Read More »

Stimulus payments

by Matilda Charles A third round of stimulus payments are on their way. But has your second one shown up yet? Next question: Did you file last year’s 2019 taxes on paper instead of e-filing? If so, that might well be the reason you don’t have your money yet. The IRS got behind on processing […] Read More »

Gracie Gary celebrates 103rd Birthday

This is Gracie Gary, she just celebrated her 103rd Birthday on March 5th, 2021. She lives in our senior mobile park. She is still very alert, works crossword puzzles, and claims one of her life time secrets, is her consistent exercising. She is amazing for her age.  Submitted by Alice Sepulveda Read More »

Task Force on Aging and Families applauds President Biden’s call

Following President Biden’s announcement calling on Congress to put $400 billion toward expanding access to quality, affordable home- or community-based care for aging relatives and people with disabilities, the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families (TFAF) leadership released the following statement: “Quality, affordable health care should be accessible to every single American […] Read More »

Tips for caregivers and families of people with dementia

A caregiver, sometimes referred to as a caretaker, refers to anyone who provides care for another person. Millions of people living in the United States take care of a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Sometimes caregivers live with the person or nearby, other times they live far away. For […] Read More »

VCAAA VOICE: Bringing health and nutrition to the comfort of your home

by Jannette Jauregui The term “food insecure” is not a familiar part of our culture’s vocabulary, but it is a regular part of the conversation at the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA). The team of dietitians that are part of the VCAAA’s Senior Nutrition Program focused their time on developing class curriculum, recipes, […] Read More »

Dementia and a higher risk of getting COVID-19

People with dementia have a higher risk of getting COVID-19, are more likely to require hospitalization, and are more likely to have severe or fatal cases of this disease compared with people without dementia. This risk is even higher in Black patients with dementia, according to a new study funded in part by NIA and […] Read More »

Senior News

A third round of stimulus payments are on their way. But has your second one shown up yet? Next question: Did you file last year’s 2019 taxes on paper instead of e-filing? If so, that might well be the reason you don’t have your money yet. The IRS got behind on processing the paper tax […] Read More »

What Is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia is caused by conditions such as stroke that disrupt blood flow to the brain and lead to problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Vascular dementia is the second most common dementia diagnosis, after Alzheimer’s disease, and can occur alone or alongside another form of dementia. Vascular dementia is caused by conditions that damage […] Read More »

The American Rescue Plan includes important provisions that will help older adults

“Thank you, is it okay if I give a little of the milk to the cat?” by Howard Bedlin Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy at NCOA The American Rescue Plan includes important provisions that will help older adults get the supports they need at home and boost their financial security. The $1.9 trillion […] Read More »

Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Older Adults

You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting the vaccine when it is available. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19. You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine. Depending on the kind of COVID-19 vaccine you get, you might need a second shot […] Read More »

Endurance exercises for older adults

Endurance activities, often referred to as aerobic, increase your breathing and heart rates. These activities help keep you healthy, improve your fitness, and help you perform the tasks you need to do every day. Endurance exercises improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. They also can delay or prevent many diseases that […] Read More »

New exercise book

NIA’s new exercise book will help you learn about the many types and benefits of exercise and physical activity so you can stay healthy as you age. Research has shown that exercise is not only good for your physical health, it also supports your emotional and mental health. Whether you’re just starting out, getting back […] Read More »

During a global pandemic, education and community thrive online

The Oasis Institute, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults ages 50+, has announced the launch of Oasis Everywhere, a virtual lifelong learning platform with an expansive menu of online classes aimed to provide seniors with social connections and enrichment as they continue to shelter in their homes during the COVID-19 […] Read More »

Medicare covers FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines.

You pay nothing for the COVID-19 vaccine. You won’t pay a deductible or copayment, and your provider can’t charge you an administration fee to give you the shot. A COVID-19 vaccine helps reduce the risk of illness from COVID-19 by working with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to the virus. Be […] Read More »

Medicare Advantage

March 31st will mark the end of Medicare Advantage open enrollment period, and those who still are choosing between plans should take a few things into consideration. One medicare expert gave us answers to little-known problems and questions regarding Medicare Advantage: “The biggest problem I see with people regarding Medicare is that they see television […] Read More »

Livingston’s Camarillo Hospice offers individual, couple, and family grief counseling

The pandemic has upended our lives for a year now. We have adjusted to wearing masks, social distancing, restricting our activities, and more. As much as we struggle with these restrictions, it is nothing compared to the struggle of those grieving the death of a loved one during this time. Whether your loved one’s death […] Read More »

Women in the workforce experienced slower rates of memory decline

Working in the paid labor workforce may have cognitive benefits later in life for U.S. women. For a study supported in part by NIA, researchers looked at the influence of social, employment, and gender-related factors on memory decline with implications for dementia risk. Their findings, recently published in Neurology, show that women in the workforce […] Read More »

In the Hospital with Dementia: 8 Steps to Advocate for Your Loved One

by Dwayne Clark, Founder and CEO of Aegis Living Having your elderly loved one or parent admitted to the hospital is stressful under normal conditions. During a pandemic, this situation can be even more tense for families—especially if your loved one has dementia. So when you cannot see your loved one face-to-face, how do you […] Read More »

Aegis Living Ventura celebrates COVID-19 vaccine arrival superhero style

A long-awaited day finally came for Aegis Living Ventura, local assisted living and memory care community. On February 23, the community hosted its second vaccine clinic and now has more than 90% of residents vaccinated. To celebrate the occasion, the community came alive with a superhero-themed event. After receiving vaccines, residents tossed on superhero capes […] Read More »

Task Force on Aging and Families provides guidance amid COVID-19

Today, as adults 65 and older account for approximately 80% of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families announced a letter sent to President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer outlining specific measures to strengthen COVID-19 assistance to seniors. This letter follows […] Read More »

Senior News Line

by Matilda Charles COVID hits seniors hard. Many of us have underlying medical conditions that make a diagnosis of COVID very risky in terms of recovery. But the lockdown from the pandemic has another risky side: mental health disorders. Whether we’re living at home, in a retirement center or a care facility, our isolation has […] Read More »

There are positive mental outlooks gained from physical health

Previous research has led to findings that support links between a positive mental outlook and physical health benefits such as lower blood pressure, less heart disease, and healthier blood sugar levels. In a recent study of mood changes in older adults, scientists also have discovered that healthy brain function may result in maintaining a positive […] Read More »

Tips to help you stay motivated to exercise

Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do each day to maintain and improve your health and keep doing things you enjoy as you age. Make exercise a priority with the following tips: Find ways to fit exercise into your day. You are more likely to get moving if exercise […] Read More »

Transportation available for COVID services

The Area Agency on Aging provides transportation services for older adults that are in need of transportation to a vaccine appointment or for COVID-19 testing. This includes people that need lift assist as well as gurney transportation. The driver will take the individual, wait for them, help them at the site and take them home. To […] Read More »

Strengthen research skills, support health equity with the 2021 Butler-Williams Scholars

by Patricia Jones PHD Director, Office of Special Populations (OSP). Are you an early-stage investigator hoping to establish a career in aging research or a junior faculty member who wants to better understand and address health disparities in the field? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you can combine these interests […] Read More »

Local civil rights activist Lupe Anguiano named 2021 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Rock Star

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship (SOE) Awards, presented by Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), is thrilled to announce that Lupe Anguiano will be honored as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Award. Anguiano is an entrepreneur and activist known for her work on women’s rights, the rights of the poor, and the protection […] Read More »

Cypress Place Senior Living partners with Vons Pharmacy to administer COVID vaccines

Lily Duarte, Director of Wellness for Cypress receives a dose of the vaccine from Vi Nguyn, Pharmacy Manager. by Richard Lieberman Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura has partnered with Vons Pharmacy to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff at the senior living center. The vaccine clinic took place at the center on […] Read More »

NCOA calls for equitable vaccine distribution and expanded job training

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, urges the New Administration and Congress to move quickly to protect older Americans from a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic by building upon the relief bill passed in December, 2020. “Older Americans—especially women and people of color—have been […] Read More »

Dementia may cause problems with money management years before diagnosis

People with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias may start having trouble managing their finances several years before their diagnosis, according to new research supported by NIA. Published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study is the first large-scale analysis of people’s ability to manage their money before and after a dementia diagnosis. Common symptoms of […] Read More »

World War II veteran celebrated 99th birthday with a drive-by celebration

Not every World War II hero carried a gun. In the case of Ventura World War II veteran Jack. D. Schulz, his battlefront was IBM’s newfangled “tabulation machine” that was then considered cutting-edge warfare technology. The veteran who helped win the war with his prowess on the keyboard celebrated his 99th birthday on Saturday, January […] Read More »

Keep your mind active

Being intellectually engaged may benefit the brain. People who engage in personally meaningful activities, such as volunteering or hobbies, say they feel happier and healthier. Learning new skills may improve your thinking ability, too. For example, one study found that older adults who learned quilting or digital photography had more memory improvement than those who […] Read More »

Comparing health care providers

Looking for a way to find and compare health care providers? Check out Medicare.gov to get helpful information about doctors, hospitals, and other health care services in your area, based on your individual needs. See contact information, directions, and quality ratings for: Doctors & other providers Hospitals Local nursing homes Hospice & home health agencies […] Read More »

Seniors Craft Shoppe seeks new members

Do You have an artistic flare? Are you skilled in a craft? The Seniors Craft Shoppe in downtown Ventura is just the place you need to associate with other artists and crafts persons and put your pieces on display for sale in a retail store. We are seeking new members. If you are a Ventura […] Read More »

Talking to your doctor

Asking questions is key to good communication with your doctor. If you don’t ask questions, he or she may assume you already know the answer or that you don’t want more information. Don’t wait for the doctor to raise a specific question or subject; he or she may not know it’s important to you. Be […] Read More »

VCAAA offers online nutrition courses and counseling for older adults

Start eating healthy in 2021. The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Senior Nutrition Program is offering free nutrition counseling and classes to Ventura County residents as part of an effort to promote healthy living among older adults. All classes and counseling sessions are currently being held over the phone or online and are free […] Read More »

10 tips for eating healthy on a budget

Even when you know what healthy foods to choose, being able to pay for them can be hard, especially if you are on a fixed income. Start by deciding how much you can afford to spend on food. There are websites that can help you plan a food budget. For example, the U.S. Department of […] Read More »

Positive mood in older adults suggests better brain function

Aging BiologyCognitive HealthMental & Emotional HealthNeuroscience Previous research has led to findings that support links between a positive mental outlook and physical health benefits such as lower blood pressure, less heart disease, and healthier blood sugar levels. In a recent study of mood changes in older adults, scientists also have discovered that healthy brain function […] Read More »

Alzheimer's Disease

by Kristina McLinden, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience (DN). Mounting evidence shows that identifying Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD) at the earliest stages is crucial, both to give people diagnosed with AD/ADRD more time to prepare for the future, and to help researchers better identify and characterize clinical trial participants. It’s a tough task, […] Read More »

Massage For Seniors

A book by Linda Mac Dougall, M.A., HHP, CMT Linda has a unique vantage point. In her years of experience, she has been a holistic health practitioner, a direct care worker, an administrator of two group homes for United Cerebral Palsy, a Federal advocate for the state of Hawaii’s developmentally disabled population, a Camarillo State […] Read More »

Fight Medicare fraud

Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you, so if anyone asks you to share your Medicare Number or pay for access to the vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam. Here’s what to know: You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. You can’t pay to […] Read More »

How the brain changes with age.

A 90-year-old brain typically weighs 1,100 to 1,200 grams, and this is 100 or more grams less than the typical 40-year-old brain. Brain shrinkage mostly affects the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus, and the cerebral cortex, which is important for complex thought processes. Over time, the brain can also be affected by declining levels of neurotransmitters, […] Read More »

VCAAA Voice: Inspiration found in community response

by Jannette Jauregui I walked toward the doorstep of a Ventura County home, Thanksgiving meals in hand. A quick knock, then several steps back to ensure a safe distance. On the other side of the door was a woman who shares the home with her 99-year-old mother. Both had been sheltering in place since the […] Read More »

AARP presents a virtual holiday concert

With hope and cheer, more than 400 singers from across the country will perform in a virtual holiday choral concert, Joy!, produced by Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, in collaboration with AARP. The uplifting multimedia production featuring string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments will premiere Thursday, […] Read More »

How to determine an aging parent needs help at home

by Mike Campbell Aging Care How will you know when your elderly parents need help at home? One thing is certain: your parents aren’t likely to be the ones who tell you they need a helping hand! Admitting the need for help and accepting assistance are not easy for people as they age. The responsibility […] Read More »

Cypress Place Senior Living hosts blanket drive

Are you looking for a great opportunity for giving this holiday season? The residents and staff at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura invite you to donate new blankets for adults and children who have taken shelter at The City Center Transitional Living center. “The holidays are upon us and there is no better way […] Read More »

New research identifies what works to improve older driver safety

A newly-published systematic review and meta-analysis identifies the training activities that have been shown to be effective in improving safety among older drivers. The researchers found that computerized brain exercise training found exclusively in BrainHQ from Posit Science had significant benefits to older drivers’ safety. There are now more than 44 million drivers over age […] Read More »

Getting Through Winter

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles Cold weather is here … joining the coronavirus and the flu. Such a wonderful trio of events all at the same time. We didn’t want to go outside anyway, did we? This winter especially we need to do all we can to stay healthy. Arrange for prescriptions to be […] Read More »

What Is Telehealth?

by National Institute on Aging Telehealth is a service that uses video calling and other technologies to help you see your doctor or other health care provider from home instead of at a medical facility. Telehealth may be particularly helpful for older adults with limited mobility and for those living in rural areas, as they […] Read More »

VCAAA extends second call to action for holiday greetings campaign

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) is again extending a call to action to local schools and the community for a Holiday Greetings Campaign aimed to reach older adults and people with disabilities who are living in Ventura County. The VCAAA is seeking greeting cards that are handmade or premade by children and […] Read More »

Senior News Line

by Matilda Charles With most of us spending most of our days at home, it’s time for us to take advantage of the internet. Here are some resources that can enrich our lives. Inquire at the local senior center about any exercise classes online. Some classes will be live on Zoom and others will be […] Read More »

New survey finds pandemic major contributor to half of older adults giving up hope  

Independa, innovators of the award-winning TV-based social engagement, education and care platform, announced the results of a commissioned U.S. consumer survey, finding COVID-19 has had a critical impact on older adults’ mental health and physical health. The results detail alarming new statistics about older adults abusing prescription drugs and alcohol, feeling despondent and being at […] Read More »

Time is running out: 3 key items to consider before the Dec. 7 Medicare enrollment deadline

by Rick Beavin, Desert Pacific Medicare President, Humana In a year filled with unforeseen challenges and important decisions, people with Medicare have through Monday, Dec. 7 to select their Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan coverage for 2021. To ensure you have the right Medicare plan for you in place come January 1 of next […] Read More »

Prevent falls and fractures

A simple thing can change your life—like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor. If you fall, you could break a bone, like thousands of older men and women do each year. For older people, a break can be the start of more serious problems, such as a trip to the hospital, […] Read More »

Do some type of physical activity

Almost anyone, at any age, can do some type of physical activity. You can still exercise even if you have a health condition like heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain, high blood pressure, or diabetes. In fact, physical activity may help. For most older adults, physical activities like brisk walking, riding a bike, swimming, weightlifting, and […] Read More »

Why is physical activity important?

Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. Often, inactivity is more to blame than age when older people lose the ability to do things […] Read More »

How the aging brain affects thinking

The brain controls many aspects of thinking — remembering, planning and organizing, making decisions, and much more. These cognitive abilities affect how well we do everyday tasks and whether we can live independently. Some changes in thinking are common as people get older. For example, older adults may: Be slower to find words and recall […] Read More »

Cypress Place Senior Living announces new leadership team

Cypress Place Senior Living, one of Ventura’s distinctive independent, assisted living, and memory care communities, announces the addition of Gina Salman as its new Executive Director and Colleen Webb as its new Associate Executive Director, effective September 8, 2020. “We are very excited to promote Colleen and welcome Gina to our team at Cypress Place”, […] Read More »

Preventing serious falls

by Healthyaging.org Falls are a leading cause of serious injuries in older adults that can lead to hospitalization, nursing home admission, and even death among older people. The chance of falling increases as we get older. Health problems such as arthritis, heart disease, muscle weakness, poor balance or vision, foot problems, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and […] Read More »

Make smart food choices for healthy aging

It’s never too late to make smarter food choices. Healthy eating is an important part of staying healthy as you age. Following these tips can help you maintain a healthy weight, get the nutrients you need, and lower your risk of chronic disease. Try to eat and drink from these food groups each day: fruits, […] Read More »

NCOA outlines three priorities for first 100 days and remainder of 2021

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, commends President-elect Biden for making older Americans a priority in his plan to combat the pandemic—but is calling for additional bipartisan action in the first 100 days to address their urgent health and financial needs. “Older […] Read More »

Women: Put yourself first in planning for financial freedom in retirement

by Ramsey Alwin President and CEO of NCOA It’s 2020, but a woman’s path to a secure retirement continues to be filled with obstacles. There’s lower pay, time out of the workforce for parenting or caregiving, and plenty of gamechangers such as divorce or widowhood. Layer on the coronavirus pandemic, and planning for the future […] Read More »

National Institute on Aging awarded funds for Latino Alzheimer research

To meet the pressing need to better understand the prevalence, progression, and clinical impact of Alzheimer’s disease among Mexican Americans, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has added funding for more biomarker measures, including positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, to the ongoing Health and Aging Brain Among Latino Elders (HABLE) Study. NIH’s National Institute on […] Read More »

Sleep and aging

Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as all adults—7 to 9 hours each night. But, older people tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier than they did when they were younger. There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep at night. Feeling sick or being […] Read More »

Stretch, stretch, stretch

Stretching can improve your flexibility and help you move more freely. Flexibility exercises may also make it easier for you to reach down to tie your shoes or look over your shoulder when you back your car out of the driveway. Try the ankle stretch exercise. Sit securely toward the edge of a sturdy, armless […] Read More »

Use video calling to help you see your doctor

Telehealth is a service that uses video calling and other technologies to help you see your doctor or other health care provider from home instead of at a medical facility. It can often be easier, faster, and less expensive than waiting for and traveling to an in-person appointment. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may […] Read More »

VCAAA extends call to action to local schools for holiday greetings campaign

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) is extending a call to action to local schools for a Holiday Greetings Campaign aimed to reach older adults and people with disabilities who are living in Ventura County. The VCAAA is seeking greeting cards that are handmade or premade by local students of all ages with […] Read More »

Video games show potential in improving key aspects of memory in older adults

by Clinical Research Cognitive Health Being exposed to an environment filled with novel stimuli can benefit cognition, including memory. Studies have shown that rodents placed in enriched environments, compared to sparse environments, experience increased generation of nerve cells in brain regions that are critical for memory encoding and retrieval. Humans may also experience similar neurological […] Read More »

Aegis Assisted Living COVID safe, drive-by experience down memory lane

On October 12th, Aegis Assisted Living and Memory Care of Ventura provided their residents a wonderful, COVID safe, drive-by experience down memory lane!  Local car club members generously took time out of their schedules to give the residents a wonderful treat!   Chingon Bakery, owned by George Lopez, also participated, and brought all the residents and […] Read More »

Real-life benefits of exercise and physical activity

Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. Often, inactivity is more to blame than age when older people lose the ability to do things […] Read More »

Now more than ever, get your flu shot

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles A sincere wish just came true: This year’s high-dose senior version of the flu shot will contain all four vaccines. In past years, the senior shot (for those over age 65) contained only three of the vaccines, two A and one B. Most years I would write a snarly […] Read More »

Getting ready for 2021 Medicare open enrollment in a virtual world

by Rick Beavin, Desert Pacific Medicare President, Humana The annual Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan open enrollment period is traditionally a time for educational events, classes and one on one meetings, but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some new and different ways to learn about Medicare. October 15 to […] Read More »

Celebrating 10 years of producing senior events

Back for its 10th year, Golden Future Expos is going virtual with the All Things Senior Virtual Expo Series! COVID-19 will not stop us from connecting with Ventura County Baby Boomers and Seniors. This virtual series was created specifically for SoCal Baby Boomers and Seniors to safely from the comfort of their home, explore options […] Read More »

Health plan partnership supports Ventura County’s Hispanic seniors

by Carol Leish As of October 1, 2020, Clinicas del Camino Real, which serves 40,000 patients enrolled in Medi-Cal or Medicare plans in Ventura County, and AmericanHealth Plan, has joined the network of SCAN Health Plan, a not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plan serving senior in Ventura and other communities in California. Clinicas’ network is comprised of […] Read More »

Staying motivated to exercise

Physical activity is a great way for older adults to gain substantial health benefits and maintain independence. Try to make exercise a priority. Remember that being active is one of the most important things you can do each day to maintain and improve health. Try these tips to help you stay motivated to exercise. Find […] Read More »

Medicare Open Enrollment

Set a reminder—it’s time to get ready for Medicare Open Enrollment. Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7, but did you know you can get an early look at next year’s health plans and prescription drug plans starting on October 1? Premiums for Medicare Advantage Plans are dropping to historic lows for […] Read More »

Obesity may be associated with an increased risk for developing dementia

A recent NIA-supported study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggests that obesity may be associated with an increased risk for developing dementia. Obesity, like cardiovascular disease and stroke, is a modifiable risk factor for dementia since it generally can be countered through lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. For the study, researchers […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups

The Oxnard Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues but not like this. The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Ventura County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, September 26, 2020. The Oxnard Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large gathering, […] Read More »

Consumer Warning: Genetic Screening Scam

The California Department of Insurance is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing or screening. Genetic testing fraud occurs when Medicare or other health insurance is billed for a test or screening, typically a cheek swab, that was not medically necessary and/or was not ordered by a treating physician. If the claim […] Read More »

Understand the risk factors of elderly suicide and how to reach out

by Kara Lewis Loneliness and deteriorating health contribute to elderly suicide, an often overlooked national health crisis. More than 48,000 Americans died from suicide in 2018, according to research from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Though middle-aged men have the highest risk for suicide, seniors follow close behind — especially those 85 and […] Read More »

Take steps to safeguard your sight as you age

Retinal conditions, including diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and diabetic retinopathy, are among the leading causes of blindness and low vision in the U.S., yet they represent an unseen threat for millions of older Americans who are not aware of the symptoms and risk factors, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the […] Read More »

What are Advance Directives?

At some point in their lives, usually because of illness, many people will lose the ability to make medical decisions or communicate what they want from their healthcare. The legal documents that allow you to spell out your healthcare decisions ahead of time – so you continue to get the care you want and avoid […] Read More »

Real-life benefits of exercise and physical activity

Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. Often, inactivity is more to blame than age when older people lose the ability to do things […] Read More »

Vaccinations are important

As you get older, your doctor may recommend vaccinations—shots—to help prevent certain illnesses and to keep you healthy. Talk with your doctor about which of the following shots you need, and make sure to protect yourself by keeping your vaccinations up to date. Flu, short for influenza is a virus that can cause fever, chills, […] Read More »

6 foods that can help reduce joint pain

From in Health Joint pain is a common malady debilitating many people. Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain, and arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the country. For people who struggle with daily pain in their joints, the search for relief can be constant. The good news is there are […] Read More »

Do’s and don’ts for getting some solid shut-eye

Getting some shut-eye can be one of the best parts of the day, but as you age, it can become more difficult to do so. Older adults can have a more difficult time getting to sleep, whether it is due to medications, stress, or other factors. Anh Nguyen, PACC Resource for Ensign Services, says many […] Read More »

VCAAA assists in many ways

The VCAAA’s Information & Assistance (I&A) team is on the front lines of the Agency, taking all incoming calls and assisting the public with a variety of resources, which include: Housing Transportation Caregiver Support Food and Meal Assistance Case Management Emergency Assistance Referrals The I&A team is a crucial link for persons aged 60 and […] Read More »

Scheduling a virtual doctor's appointment

If scheduling a virtual doctor’s appointment sounds great — except for figuring out the technology involved — know that a few key tips can make the process a lot less daunting. First, you’ll need to decide if you want to do so with a mobile phone, tablet or computer. Each option has its own advantages […] Read More »

What is the Ventura Council for Seniors?

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 a non-voting City […] Read More »

Summer reflections on staying safe

by Dorothea Vafiadis The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly. Here is the latest advice from public health experts about the best way to protect yourself and to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Some of these tips will be familiar to you and some are new. It’s still […] Read More »

Doctor visits and getting medicines

Talk to your doctor online, by phone, or e-mail Use telemedicine, if available, or communicate with your doctor or nurse by phone or e-mail. Talk to your doctor about rescheduling procedures that are not urgently needed. If you must visit in-person, protect yourself and others If you think you have COVID-19, notify the doctor or […] Read More »

Financial hardships created by the COVID-19

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, is warning that the financial hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic will be much worse for older adults living alone, and this could force nearly 3 million older Americans in single households into possible poverty and […] Read More »

The challenges of chronic disease

by the NCOA Diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, lung disease, and other chronic diseases can make life difficult to manage for millions of older adults, often forcing them to give up their independence. Every day, millions of people with chronic diseases struggle to manage their symptoms. About 80% of older adults have one chronic disease. 68.4% of […] Read More »

Getting Through the Day

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles Some random thoughts for getting through the day … Have you heard of custom puzzles? They’re available at a number of places online. (Read the reviews before you order and look for U.S. companies.) Select a favorite vacation or family photo, decide on the size of the puzzle and […] Read More »

Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is a valuable resource in our community

by Carol Leish The Ventura County Area on Aging (VCAAA), has been/continues to be helping people over the age of 60 since 1980. “Within the past 10 years it has expanded to be able to also help people of all ages with disabilities, which includes those with low vision or who are hard of hearing […] Read More »

Detecting Alzheimer’s disease

An experimental blood test was highly accurate in detecting Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have reported. A promising breakthrough that could make diagnosis simple, affordable and widely available. The test was able to determine whether people with dementia had Alzheimer’s instead of another condition, the New York Times reported. It also identified signs of Alzheimer’s 20 years […] Read More »

The balancing act of aging: Research and funding for better balance in older adults

by Matt Sutterer Health Specialist, Division of Neuroscience (DN) The ability to stand or sit without falling seems simple enough, but it actually involves a complex orchestration behind the scenes of our visual, positional, and vestibular systems. Aging can affect all three of these sensory systems, resulting in balance disorders such as dizziness or vertigo […] Read More »

Recognize and prevent elder financial abuse

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions In June We celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. There can be many ways the elderly are abused by family or those close to them. Let’s look at abuse from a financial aspect. Financial abuse can be a complicated subject, but at its most basic level it involves taking […] Read More »

Proposed Medicare payment cuts could restrict needed therapy services for millions of beneficiaries

Millions of America’s seniors could face disruptions to audiology and speech-language pathology therapy services vital to their health and quality of life unless Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) act to protect them, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) have warned At issue is CMS’s 2021 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule, […] Read More »

Grant will remove barriers to accessing the federal food safety net for 1.15 million older adults

Over the next two years, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will connect 1.15 million eligible older adults to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), thanks to a $4.35 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, over 9.8 million older adults experienced food insecurity, meaning they lack consistent access to adequate, […] Read More »

Trump administration ends pharmacy coupons when patients need them most

by Peter J. Pitts, former FDA associate commissioner, is president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. For chronically ill Americans, the economic damage from COVID-19 could be nearly as life-threatening as the virus itself. More than 40 million workers have filed for unemployment since the beginning of the outbreak. For many, the […] Read More »

VCAAA Wins National and State Awards

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is the recipient of two National Mature Media Awards and a California Association of Public Information Officers (CAPIO) award. Projects that received acknowledgement include LIVEWell and the Navigating Medicare Enrollment video production, both of which are being recognized among the state and nation’s best marketing, communications, and educational […] Read More »

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

The most common type of dementia. A progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. Involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The symptoms […] Read More »

Estate Planning in a Pandemic

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted life in countless ways. The health crisis has led many people to examine their own mortality and realize that they are not prepared for the end of life situations. As the crisis continues to rage on, it is more important than ever […] Read More »

Build exercise into your daily routine

There are lots of fun and simple ways to build exercise into your daily routine. Find ideas for activities to do with your family and ways to stay active in all four seasons. Being physically active with your family is a great way to stay healthy and make exercise fun. Whether you play team sports […] Read More »

Help fight Medicare fraud

Stay alert for fraud during the coronavirus national emergency. Con artists like to take advantage of people when they’re distracted. Con artists may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone. Protect […] Read More »

Being physically active can be one of the best things you can do

by the National Institute of Health (NIH) Deciding to become physically active can be one of the best things you can do for your health. Exercise and physical activity are not only great for your mental and physical health, but they can help keep you independent as you age. Now, let’s talk about getting started. […] Read More »

Aging without Injury

One in four older adults who are 65 years of age will live into their 90s. Although risk of injury increases as we age, aging without injury is possible. Older adults can take specific steps to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe from injury. The month of May was designated as Older Americans […] Read More »

Staying hydrated

by National Institute on Aging (NIA) With summer here and temperatures rising, it is important to understand the health risks of excessive heat and recognize the signs of heat-related illness. Being hot for too long can be a problem. It can cause several illnesses, all grouped under the name hyperthermia. These factors can increase your […] Read More »

Risk Tolerance Vs Risk Capacity: Knowing the Difference

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions The economy that we all wake up in each day under COVID-19 looks a lot different from the one that existed before the virus took hold in the United States and around the world. It has been a major point of reflection for people all around the world. Many […] Read More »

California is launching a first-in-the nation meal delivery program

“I hope that you enjoy your meal.” Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a series of initiatives to support vulnerable older Californians who are isolating at home during California’s stay at home order. California is launching a first-in-the nation meal delivery program, a partnership to make wellness check-in calls, and the expansion of Friendship Line California […] Read More »

We have so much to learn from black elders

— and so many reasons to support them This blog originally appeared on the Diverse Elders Coalition website. by Jenna McDavid – from February 6,2018 February marks the start of Black History Month, a celebration of Black and African American stories, experiences, and impact on American culture. At the Diverse Elders Coalition, we’re proud to […] Read More »

Almost anyone, at any age, can do some type of physical activity

You can still exercise even if you have a health condition like heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain, high blood pressure, or diabetes. In fact, physical activity may help. For most older adults, physical activities like brisk walking, riding a bike, swimming, weightlifting, and gardening are safe, especially if you build up slowly. You may want […] Read More »

Staying safe when exercising outdoors for older adults

by the NIH You’ve made a plan to be more active, and you’re ready to go outside and get started. But before you do, make sure that you can exercise safely in your neighborhood. Here are a few tips that can help you stay safe as you get moving. Think ahead about safety. Carry your […] Read More »

Senior Medicare Patrol warns of COVID-19 fraud

by The Senior Medicare Patrol National Resource Center The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has been receiving complaints of unsolicited callers using the fear and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic to prey on Medicare beneficiaries. SMPs, who operate in every state, help beneficiaries prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse. How to spot a […] Read More »

New Medicare policy will save diabetes patients hundreds at the pharmacy

by Kenneth E. Thorpe President Trump recently delivered on a central promise of his presidency — making prescription drugs more affordable. His new “Part D Senior Savings Model” will reduce out-of-pocket costs for millions of Medicare beneficiaries to just $35 a month. In middle of a pandemic, this is a much welcome effort to save […] Read More »

We would like to share with you some of the actions that we are initiating

by the National Institute on Aging As we join our nation in grief during this turbulent and challenging time, we are outraged and heartbroken. As we together strive for justice and meaningful change, NIA continues our work to promote health equity, eliminate health disparities, and enhance the diversity of the scientific workforce. We will build […] Read More »

Have you recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease?

by Patty Jenkins If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, please know that you are not alone and there are many resources that might help you, especially during this pandemic. Although we are not having meetings in person at this time, the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is still […] Read More »

What do we know about diet and prevention of Alzheimer's Disease?

Can eating a specific food or following a particular diet help prevent or delay dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease? Many studies suggest that what we eat affects the aging brain’s ability to think and remember. These findings have led to research on general eating patterns and whether they might make a difference. Mediterranean diet, the […] Read More »

Brain exercises provide breakthrough treatment for geriatric depression

For the first time in a randomized controlled trial, brain exercises were shown effective in addressing depression in treatment-resistant older patients, who had previously used anti-depressive drug therapy without success. The exercises were shown to improve not only mood, but also the often-unaddressed cognitive deficits associated with geriatric depression. The study used neuroplasticity-based exercises from BrainHQ, the […] Read More »

COVID-19 is still with us so caution is still very important.

Running essential errands like grocery shopping, take-out, banking, getting gas, and doctor visits What you need to know Stay home if sick. Use online services when available. Wear a cloth face covering when running errands. Use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others). Use hand sanitizer after leaving stores. Wash your hands […] Read More »

Getting all four types of exercise

Research has shown it’s important to get all four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each one has different benefits. For example, endurance exercises help to improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system while strength exercises keep muscles strong, which can help with balance and prevent falls and fall-related injuries. […] Read More »

Finding Fresh Food

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles Many of us haven’t been eating right lately. Sometimes the stores are out of what we want; sometimes we can’t get an available pickup time. But there are a few other safe options for getting what we need. Community Supported Agriculture: Farmers near you like to know in advance […] Read More »

OASIS program helps seniors stay living independently

Do you know (or are you) a senior who struggles to make ends meet? Or needs transportation to doctors’ appointments? Or has trouble getting nutritious food in the home? Catholic Charities’ OASIS program may be able to help. Catholic Charities’ OASIS (Older Adults Services and Intervention System) program was founded in 1986 to assist senior […] Read More »

Top 10 safety tips for seniors

Protect yourself from fraud and financial abuse! Be vigilant, be observant. Physical or financial abuse will continue so long as no one knows about it. Listed below are Top 10 Safety Tips to always keep in mind. Never give out financial information such as bank account, credit card, social security or Medicare numbers to someone […] Read More »

What do COVID-19 scams look like in your state?

by Paul Witt Lead Data Analyst, FTC We’ve been telling you about the scams related to COVID-19. But now we can tell you even more about the scams happening in your neck of the woods. Just today, the FTC released state-specific data on COVID-19-related issues, which you can check out with just a few clicks […] Read More »

The truth behind weight loss ads

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could lose weight simply by taking a pill, wearing a patch, or rubbing in a cream? Unfortunately, claims that you can lose weight without changing your habits just are not true, and some of these products could even hurt your health. So, don’t be hooked by ads that woo […] Read More »

Assert your rights

Many elder and dependent adult victims are often unable to access services or assert their rights. Some have physical, cognitive, and attitudinal impediments that limit their access to the appropriate agencies. Others are unaware that they have been victimized or refuse to see themselves as victims. Our elder/dependent adult advocates provide comprehensive advocacy services to […] Read More »

Exam for the early screening and monitoring of Alzheimer’s disease.

Adding to other studies looking to the visual system, researchers peering into postmortem eye tissue have identified molecular and cellular changes that point toward possible development of a noninvasive exam for the early screening and monitoring of Alzheimer’s disease. Eye and visual cortex nervesThe NIH-funded research, published in Acta Neuropathologica, describes three Alzheimer’s-related processes occurring […] Read More »

Does aspirin reduce the risk of dementia?

Daily low-dose aspirin did not reduce the risk of dementia, mild cognitive impairments (MCI) or cognitive decline among healthy older adults without previous cardiovascular events, according to recently published results from the ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) study. The results, funded in part by NIA, were part of an analysis of secondary […] Read More »

Real-life benefits of exercise and physical activity

Why Is Physical Activity Important? Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. Often, inactivity is more to blame than age when older people lose […] Read More »

Do not let life-threatening ailments go unchecked during the pandemic

by Kathleen A. Cameron, BSPharm, MPH Hospitals across the country report that emergency department (ED) visits have declined significantly for illnesses not related to COVID-19. In particular, heart attacks and strokes appear to be going unchecked. Some hospitals also observe a decline in fall-related ED visits. Doctors believe that people are so scared of contracting […] Read More »

Home health care may be your safest option

While being stuck at home may be a new experience for some, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice has been serving the medical needs of homebound patients in Ventura County since 1947. Home health visits are a safe and effective way to receive treatment for a chronic condition or recover from a wound or […] Read More »

Top 10 Safety Tips

Seniors: Protect yourself from fraud and financial abuse! Be vigilant, be observant. Physical or financial abuse will continue so long as no one knows about it. Listed below are our Top 10 Safety Tips to always keep in mind. Never give out financial information such as bank account, credit card, social security or Medicare numbers […] Read More »

Giving back to the local community

Denise Tyner, facility liaison at Ventura Post Acute receives the “Thank you VPA HEROES” sign from Cypress Place Senior Living. Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura has a long history of giving back to the local community: whether it be collecting suitcases for kids in the foster care program, hosting an annual “Health & Wealth” […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

by Marilyn MILLER Program Officer Division of Neuroscience (DN). The coronavirus has the research community adjusting on the fly to keep our science moving until we can safely return to our labs. One of the cool things about genetics research is that the big, beautiful data that drives the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD) […] Read More »

Education program helps families understand dementia behaviors, communication

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is exceptionally demanding.  The level of assistance provided by caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias tends to be extensive, compared with caregivers of other older adults.  To address these […] Read More »

Stroke

A stroke is serious, just like a heart attack, so it’s important to know the signs of stroke and act quickly if you suspect someone is having one. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Older people are at higher […] Read More »

Ventura the Ventura Townehouse (VTH) donated some resources to local nurses and foundations

Doing good at COVID time for Ventura the Ventura Townehouse (VTH) donated some of their resources to local nurses and their foundations showing support for the people on the front lines at Community Memorial Hospital and Ventura County Medical Center. VTH donated thousands of masks, hundreds of gowns and meal and coffee cards. And supplied […] Read More »

How old is too old to work?

by Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani Data Journalist, Global Advisor Knowing when to retire in today’s world can be tricky as people are living longer while savings or pensions may not be sufficient enough to provide for them in their senior years. There are also the mental and physical benefits of working longer to consider. But while many […] Read More »

Emergency preparedness for older adults

Print Older adults are among the most vulnerable when disaster strikes. That’s why it’s critical that older people, and those who care for them, prepare for emergencies. If you’re an older adult, or care for an older person, follow the steps below to prepare for and respond in an emergency. Step 1: Create an Emergency […] Read More »

Ventura Townehouse supports front lines

Doing good things during these difficult times for Ventura the Ventura Townehouse donated some of their resources by showing their support for the people on the front lines at Community Memorial Hospital. VTH donated thousands of masks, hundreds of gowns and donated gift cards of meals and coffee from local coffee shops and diners. They […] Read More »

Beware of scams and fraud schemes

The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance […] Read More »

The pandemic’s threat to older workers

by Marci Phillips NCOA’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a staggering loss of jobs. At the end of March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.1 million Americans were unemployed, with numbers projected to rise further throughout April. In 2019, roughly 1 in 5 older adults aged 65+ […] Read More »

Dual decline in memory and walking speed could signal higher dementia risk

Scientists who study aging have long tracked older adults’ declines in cognitive abilities and walking speed as separate indicators of potential risk for developing dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease. But a recent study led by NIA Intramural Research Program (IRP) scientists showed that a combined decline in memory and walking speed were a bright, flashing […] Read More »

COVID-19 Was Your Retirement Plan Test

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions Countless Americans are worried about the impact that Covid-19 will have on the health of their families and friends, and indeed their own well-being. However, there is another concern that could impact you. In preparing for retirement, investors should prepare for all sorts of investment environments, and that includes downturns like Covid-19. […] Read More »

Great Plates Meal Program kicks off in Ventura County

On April 24, 2020, Governor Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults. The program helps seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and also provides essential economic stimulus […] Read More »

Coping with stress

Older people and people of any age who have serious underlying health conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. People who may have issues getting assistance if they become ill, like those experiencing homelessness or people with disabilities are also at increased risk from COVID-19. These conditions and situations may result in […] Read More »

What to look out for when touring an assisted living facility

by Lori Thomas Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share on Pinterest Email This Article There are many difficult decisions to be made when an elderly loved one is in need of assistance managing their day-to-day life. If you do not have the time or resources to take care of them, […] Read More »

Beyond video calls, helping seniors battle loneliness, boredom during social isolation

“I’m sure our grandkids will enjoy using our recipe books.” by Maura Horton There are more than 52 million Americans who are age 65 and older, and many of them are currently staying at home isolated to help reduce their exposure to coronavirus. Not being able to engage in normal activities like going to the […] Read More »

Serenading those from balconies

Steve has played keyboard and accordion with a variety of bands in Ventura. Steve likes to perform for seniors. The Ventura Townehouse entertains their residents by presenting live musicians several times a week. Because of the virus they can’t play inside as always so they have Steve Ormond, and others serenading them from outside. They […] Read More »

A message from the Ventura County Area Agency On Aging

The County of Ventura remains in a health emergency. Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that all individuals 65 and older isolate themselves from the public in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This order makes VCAAA services and the services of our partnering agencies even more critical. Efforts have been heavily […] Read More »

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

by Bernice Detig Development Manager, Los Angeles & Ventura April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and I, along with Parkinson’s Foundation, California Chapter urge everyone in Southern California to join our community as we promote greater awareness of how Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects the one million Americans living with PD, and their families Awareness is even […] Read More »

Increase funding for services and programs older adults

by National council On Aging (NCOA) Congress is trying to agree on the content of more legislation to relieve the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. That means your voice matters more than ever. To save lives and support older adults in crisis, Congress must include significant increases in funding for services and programs older adults […] Read More »

Grief Support during the Coronavirus Stay in Place Order

During this challenging time of COVID 19, Livingston Memorial’s Camarillo Hospice is committed to providing bereavement services to the community. Their highly skilled grief counselors and volunteer support group facilitators are providing tele-therapy during the stay in place order to those grieving the death of a loved one. If you, or someone you know is […] Read More »

Education program on communication, behavior and self-care helps families facing Alzheimer’s

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. Behavior is a powerful form of communication often used by people living with dementia to express their needs. However, for some caregivers, learning effective communication and managing behaviors can be a challenge. The Alzheimer’s Association is offering the […] Read More »

Outbreaks can be stressful

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include Fear and worry […] Read More »

Older Adults

Older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness. We are learning more about COVID-19 every day. What you can do If you have a serious underlying medical condition: Stay home if possible. Wash your hands often. Avoid close contact (6 feet, which is about two arm lengths) with people who […] Read More »

How seniors can protect their health and finances during the pandemic

Social distancing and staying in place have become important. by Chris Orestis, President of LifeCare Xchange Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, health officials have been clear and consistent in their message to seniors: While anyone can fall victim to COVID-19, those who are 65 and older are in an especially high-risk group. That’s why older Americans […] Read More »

A protein plays a major role in Parkinson’s disease as well as other brain disorders

by Sharon Reynolds for NIH Research Matters A protein called alpha-synuclein plays a major role in Parkinson’s disease as well as other brain disorders. In these conditions, the protein misfolds and aggregates (collects and sticks together) to create clumps called Lewy bodies within cells. Lewy bodies are thought to be toxic to certain neurons in […] Read More »

Tips to prevent Medicare fraud

You can report Medicare fraud on any kind of phone. Help prevent scammers from using the coronavirus national emergency to commit fraud by following these do’s and don’ts. Do’s Protect your Medicare Number and your Social Security Number. Use a calendar to record all of your doctor’s appointments and any tests you get. Learn more […] Read More »

Evidence review on dementia care and caregiving intervention now available for public comment

by Dr. Melinda Kelley Office of the Director (OD). A few years ago, NIA collaborated with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to assess the evidence for interventions to prevent cognitive decline and dementia. In 2018, in response to the emerging science presented […] Read More »

A safe space to share updates and receive support

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the risk to the aging population and people with existing health conditions, Americans are being asked to practice sheltering at home and social distancing. Unfortunately, some individuals are taking advantage of this situation by targeting the elderly and vulnerable with scams using fear and concerns about the […] Read More »

Alzheimer's Disease Biomarkers Neuroscience

Stress-induced changes in protein connections in the brain contribute to the cognitive decline seen in Alzheimer’s disease. In mice, this malfunctioning protein network and its associated cognitive decline were reversed by an experimental drug, according to a recent study supported in part by NIA. The findings suggest a new way to look at how Alzheimer’s […] Read More »

AARP helping during the coronavirus outbreak

Find local volunteer groups to help with chores. As the largest interest group dedicated to assist Americans 50 and older, AARP is quickly rolling out a number of initiatives to help during the coronavirus outbreak. One initiative we would like to share from AARP Innovations Labs is helping facilitate the national “mutual aid” group movement […] Read More »

A 5-Step Coronavirus Survival Plan for Seniors

Washing your hands often is very important. by Chris Orestis President of LifeCare Xchange As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, and now is becoming more widespread by the day in the United States, it is critical that the most vulnerable population being impacted understands how to be better prepared. Seniors have been […] Read More »

AARP Tax Aide Services suspended at VCAAA 

The AARP Foundation announced that they will be suspending tax preparation services at the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) effective March 16 due to the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ventura County. AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers began the annual partnership with the VCAAA on February 3, offering free tax preparation services to anyone […] Read More »

Five things people can do to help seniors cope with Coronavirus quarantines

by Melissa Negrin-Wiener, partner at Genser Cona Elder Law The CDC recommends that high-risk individuals avoid crowds and social gatherings and that they should stay home as much as possible. While there is no question that this is of the utmost importance, when dealing with our senior population, there is so much more that must […] Read More »

Stand on one-foot exercise

You can do this exercise while watching TV. For an added challenge, you can modify the exercise to improve your balance. Stand on one foot behind a sturdy chair, holding on for balance. Hold position for up to 10 seconds. Repeat 10-15 times. Repeat 10-15 times with other leg. Repeat 10-15 more times with each […] Read More »

National Council on Aging

It is clear that older adults are at the highest risk for complications and death from COVID-19. Community-based organizations and charitable nonprofit organizations that offer vital services to older adults are struggling under increased demand and changes to their work environments forced by the outbreak. Congress can save lives by acting quickly on legislation already […] Read More »

Coronavirus: What older adults need to know

by Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, and NCOA is taking proactive steps to share the best information we have to protect the public’s health, especially among older adults. Now is the time to stay informed and follow basic tips to protect yourself and those around you. […] Read More »

Follow Flu Tips to Stay Safe From Coronavirus

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles We can’t turn on the news now without hearing about the new virus that’s sweeping the world. Coronavirus, now called COVID-19, is a serious virus that came out of China. At this point the virus has spread to more than 30 countries and there have been over 2,800 deaths. […] Read More »

Tai Chi balance classes seeking volunteers to train

Want to help your community while also helping yourself? Then consider becoming one of RSVP’s trained, certified Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance instructors. Training for new volunteer instructors is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28. The program provides active retirees a way to serve their community by teaching the free classes […] Read More »

Movement disorder specialist to speak at Parkinson’s Group

by Patty Jenkins The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is pleased to invite our members, supportive friends and associates along with the public to attend our meeting on Friday March 20th from 12:30PM to 2:30PM at Ventura City Hall’s Community Meeting Room #202 to join us in welcoming Echo Tan MD, a Movement Disorder Specialist […] Read More »

How many calories do you need?

You may need to make some changes in your food and beverage choices to achieve a healthy eating pattern. It’s easier than you think! A healthy eating pattern is not a rigid prescription. Rather, it is a framework that lets you enjoy food that meets your personal preferences and fits your budget. To encourage healthy […] Read More »

Senior Toons

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Less money despite social security increase

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles I’ll be worse off financially this year, despite the Social Security increase we just received. I won’t be the only one. For the average recipient who receives $1,460 per month, that 1.6% equates to a gain of $23.36 per month. Medicare went up $9.10 to $144.60, so that drops […] Read More »

Less money despite social security increase

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles I’ll be worse off financially this year, despite the Social Security increase we just received. I won’t be the only one. For the average recipient who receives $1,460 per month, that 1.6% equates to a gain of $23.36 per month. Medicare went up $9.10 to $144.60, so that drops […] Read More »

Census Scams

AARP April 1, 2020 is Census Day — the due date for Americans to take part in the decennial national headcount. Until then, and possibly beyond, you’ll probably hear a lot about, and a lot from, the U.S. Census Bureau. But census activity isn’t limited to years ending in 0, and neither is census fraud. […] Read More »

Does providing PT in the home benefit people with dementia?

Dementia is the leading cause of disability for more than 5 million people aged 65 and older in this country. By 2050, that number is predicted to quadruple. Dementia can cause memory, language and decision-making problems, mood changes, increased irritability, depression, and anxiety. Dementia also can cause poor coordination as well as balance problems and […] Read More »

The flu and you

The flu season is in full swing. As of now all 50 states have widespread levels of flu. And at this point far too many people still haven’t gotten their flu shot. The senior version of the shot (for those over age 65) has four times the amount of vaccine of three of the four […] Read More »

4 ways to protect your hearing

From In Health Changes in hearing are a common part of aging. Almost half of adults over the age of 75 will have some degree of hearing loss. Changes in hearing can occur due to damage, illnesses, or even genetics. Although many people will experience hearing loss in their lifetime, there are ways to protect […] Read More »

Partnership will benefit millions of older Latinos

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have announced an unprecedented new partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to offer a wide range of life-changing benefits to the growing number of Latino seniors and adults with disabilities throughout the United States. “LULAC is extremely pleased and excited to form this new relationship […] Read More »

House passes bill helping older workers facing discrimination

On January 15, by a bipartisan vote of 251-155, the House passed H.R. 1230, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. NCOA supports the bill, which restores fairness and well-established pre-2009 legal standards of proof on workplace discrimination undermined by certain court decisions. According to a 2018 AARP survey, 61% of older workers said they […] Read More »

New READ tutoring site for adults in West Ventura

Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program announces the opening of its new tutoring site in West Ventura and is now recruiting adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The next five-week tutor training series will […] Read More »

Senior receiving robocalls

If you own a phone, chances are you’ve been subject to some type of robocall. You might receive one or even multiple robocalls daily. These pesky and unwanted phone calls are not only a nuisance, but they’ve also led to innocent victims being scammed out of their own money. Unfortunately, seniors are among the hardest hit when […] Read More »

VCAAA starts a community conversation on aging with Santa Paula residents

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is partnering with the City of Santa Paula to host A Community Conversation on Aging on February 29 at 9 a.m. at the Santa Paula Community Center. This event is free and open to the public. A Community Conversation on Aging is a platform to address gaps in services and any […] Read More »

Managing the maze of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

by Carol Leish On January 21, 2020, at The Ventura Avenue Adult Center, the Ventura Council on Senior’s chair, Suz Montgomery, said that, ‘The importance of doing this talk about dementia and Alzheimer’s within our community is essential, since we need to find ways to improve things for those, who are affected, in order for […] Read More »

City of Ventura Senior Strategic Plan

by Carol Leish Phase 4, of the Senior Strategic Plan’s community meeting occurred on January 27-28, 2020, and focused on the findings and visioning meetings that were held in December, 2019, which was Phase 3. Phase 2 included a senior needs assessment survey, which was completed after Phase 1, which entailed community engagement meetings. GreenPlay, […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

Glaucoma tests

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers glaucoma tests once every 12 months. You’re at high risk if one or more of these applies to you: You have diabetes. You have a family history of glaucoma. You’re African American and age 50 or older. You’re Hispanic and age 65 or older. You pay 20% of the […] Read More »

Lower handgrip strength associated with cognitive impairment

Older adults with a weaker handgrip were more likely to be cognitively impaired than those with a stronger grip, according to an NIA-funded study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The findings suggest that handgrip strength may be a potential low-cost, easy way to help detect cognitive impairment and, in combination with other measures, to […] Read More »

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and well-being

As you grow older, if you continue eating the same types and amounts of food but do not become more active, you will probably gain weight. That’s because your metabolism (how your body gets energy from food) can slow with age, and your body composition (amount of fat and muscle) may be different from when […] Read More »

The Lexington Assisted Living to hold Sweetheart Dance & Social on Valentine’s Day

Executive Director, Eric Terrill, and Director of Business Development, Ronald Agulto of The Lexington Assisted Living in Ventura are very pleased to invite the senior community to an afternoon of dancing and music, with the possibility of romance for those so inclined. The Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance & Social will take place on Friday, February […] Read More »

Start the New Year on the Right Foot with A Matter of Balance

by Patty Jenkins The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is pleased to invite our Members, Friends and the Public to attend our second meeting of the New Year on February 12, 2020 from 12:30PM to 2:30PM at Ventura City Hall’s Community Meeting Room (#202 ). We are pleased to have the Ventura County Area Agency […] Read More »

Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams

Scammers are pretending to be government employees. Scammers will try to scare you and trick you into giving them your personal information and money. They may threaten you or your family and may demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action. Don’t be fooled! If you receive a suspicious call: 1. Hang up! […] Read More »

VCAAA and AARP partner to offer free tax preparation for Ventura County residents

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging and the AARP Foundation are partnering to offer tax preparation services to residents of Ventura County. This service is free and available to anyone of low to moderate income and may be especially suited to those 50 and older. Services are available beginning February 3. To receive services, individuals must […] Read More »

Reading tutors for adults needed

“Read some more to us grandpa.” Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program is now recruiting adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults in Ventura County improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The next five-week tutor training series will be starting in […] Read More »

Better cardiovascular health may reduce risk of dementia

People with better cardiovascular health at age 50 may be less likely than those with poor cardiovascular health to develop dementia later in life. The findings, published in BMJ, suggest that middle-aged adults may be able to reduce their risk of dementia by controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol and avoiding other risk factors for […] Read More »

What you should be eating

The Dietary Guidelines describes three USDA Food Patterns, each of which includes slight variations in amounts recommended from different food groups. For example, people 50 or older following the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern choose foods every day from the following: Vegetables—2 to 3 cups Fruits—1½ to 2 cups Grains—5 to 8 ounces Dairy —3 cups […] Read More »

Family activities for fun and good health

Being physically active with your family is a great way to stay healthy and make exercise fun. And being physically active can be more fun when you’re with someone you love. Whether you play team sports with the entire family or take brisk walks with your spouse, child, or grandchild, you’ll be rewarded with improved […] Read More »

Yearly "Wellness" visits

If you’ve had Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly “Wellness” visit once every 12 months to develop or update a personalized prevention plan. Your provider may also perform a cognitive impairment assessment. Your costs in Original Medicare You pay nothing for this visit if your doctor […] Read More »

Assessing changes in memory and function

by National Institute on Aging If you do not see an aging friend or relative often, changes in his or her health may seem dramatic. In contrast, the primary caregiver might not notice such changes or realize that more help, medical treatment, or supervision is needed. Or, the primary caregiver might not want to accept […] Read More »

NIA's 2020 vision: Continued advancements in aging research!

by Dr. Richard Hodes Office of the Director (OD). Ready for a new year of tackling the many opportunities and challenges in research on aging related biology, diseases and wellness? NIA is off to another monumental start: Our FY2020 budget indicates continued congressional support for our work that is enabling unprecedented advances, including efforts to […] Read More »

Reading tutors for adults needed

Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program is now recruiting adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults in Ventura County improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The next five-week tutor training series will be starting in February in Ventura and Simi Valley. […] Read More »

Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Jill Swaim visits the Hill Road Library on Thursday, February 6, at 4:30pm to deliver a presentation entitled Road Scholar: Adventures in Lifelong Learning. Do you love to travel? Do you enjoy learning new things, exploring interesting places, and meeting people who share a love of adventure? Join in for a lively discussion of the many programs offered by […] Read More »

Do’s and don’ts for getting some solid shut-eye

From The Lexington Assisted Living blog Getting some shut-eye can be one of the best parts of the day, but as you age, it can become more difficult to do so. Older adults can have a more difficult time getting to sleep, whether it is due to medications, stress, or other factors. Anh Nguyen, PACC […] Read More »

New Tai Chi Balance Classes in Ventura

Enjoy our beautiful sunsets while improving your balance. Free classes improve balance, increase strength & flexibility It’s the new year! Let’s improve our balance together and kick off a year of wellness by enrolling in one of five free senior Tai Chi classes starting in January or February. Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is […] Read More »

Activities for All Seasons: Fun Ideas for Being Active All Year

by the National Institute on Aging Being creative about your physical activity plans and trying new forms of exercise can keep you motivated by preventing boredom. A change in seasons is an excellent time to be creative about your exercise routine and try something new. There are many ways to be active throughout the year. […] Read More »

Alzheimer's Association® to host community forum on Alzheimer's research

With such an exciting year for dementia research behind us – and with 2020 promising to be even more thrilling – the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a Community Research Forum for residents of the City of Ventura. The forum will be held at the NAMBA Performing Arts Space in Downtown Ventura on January 31st at […] Read More »

Parkinson’s overview with Q&A session

by Patty Jenkins The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is pleased to invite our members, friends and the public to attend our first meeting of the New Year. Wayne Pickerell of SC3 Research Group – Neurosearch, will help us start the New Year with an educational overview of Parkinson’s Disease followed by a question and […] Read More »

VCAAA offers free fall prevention classes for Ventura County residents

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s award-winning Fall Prevention Program is offering several classes that focus on increased mobility and balance. New classes are currently scheduled to begin in January in Ventura, Ojai, and Simi Valley. All classes are free and open to the public. Classes currently being offered include Tai Chi: Moving for […] Read More »

Senior Strategic Plan findings and visioning session

The sessions were led by Dr. Teresa Penbrooke of GreenPlay. by Jill Forman On December 9th and 10th Ventura’s Parks, Recreation and Community Programs Department held Community Meetings to reveal and discuss the results of surveys from the community. The sessions were led by Dr. Teresa Penbrooke of GreenPlay, a consulting firm specializing in parks, […] Read More »

How to Prepare for a Doctor's Appointment

Talking with your doctor A basic plan can help you make the most of your appointment whether you are starting with a new doctor or continuing with the doctor you’ve seen for years. The following tips will make it easier for you and your doctor to cover everything you need to talk about. Make a […] Read More »

Get your flu shot

by the National Institute on Aging The flu is very contagious. It spreads from person to person, often just through the air. Regular hand washing and avoiding sick people can help, and so can the flu shot. Flu season is upon us, but it’s not too late to get the shot! There are special flu […] Read More »

Santa to a Senior

Ventura offered an opportunity for residents to give back to senior’s this holiday season by becoming a “Santa to a Senior”. City Officials set up a Christmas tree display covered in paper ornaments outside of room 226 in city hall. On each ornament is a different gift idea for a senior. Those participated chose one […] Read More »

Senate drug plan brings death and taxes

In my opinion by Stacy Washington The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act would stall future drug development and deprive Americans of lifesaving cures — all without reducing patients’ out-of-pocket costs. The bill would alter Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug benefit for seniors and people with disabilities. Today, 45 million Americans receive drug coverage […] Read More »

VCAAA wins national awards

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is the recipient of two National Mature Media Awards for video production. The videos, titled Remembering Ventura County’s Veterans and Ventura County Elder Abuse Call to Action, were recognized as being among the nation’s best marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs produced for older adults. Remembering Ventura County’s […] Read More »

Ventura serving its seniors

GreenPlay, LLC, the consultant hired to develop a Senior Strategic Plan for the City of Ventura, will be hosting community meetings in early December. At the meetings the consultant will b sharing the draft findings from the senior needs assessment survey and community meetings held in October. And facilitating a visioning session and gathering additional […] Read More »

The Lexington Assisted Living presents the mind altered art of Tom Foxmarnick   

The Lexington Assisted Living  Executive Director, Eric Terrill, and the staff of the landmark assisted living community at 5440 Ralston St. in Ventura, are excited to present the artwork of prolific artist and Lexington resident Tom Foxmarnick in the Lexington’s Bijou Theater. A meet the artist and exhibit opening is set for Friday, December 6, […] Read More »

Open Enrollment 2020: How veterans can best maximize health benefits

by Rick Beavin, California Market President Humana If you are a military veteran who is approaching Medicare eligibility, you may have questions about how Medicare and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits differ. It’s important that you understand how the plans complement each other so you can choose the best plan for you and ensure you maximize […] Read More »

Neck Stretch Exercise

This easy stretch can help relieve tension in your neck. Try to stretch after strength training and during any activity that makes you feel stiff, such as sitting at a desk. You can do this stretch while standing or sitting in a sturdy chair. Keep your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Slowly turn […] Read More »

Irene Olson entertainer extraordinaire passes on

Irene Ruth Olson Irene was born on 6/12/1924; she died on October 5, 2019 at age 95.  She was musically inclined at an early age. At seven, she was taking piano lessons.  At nine, she was studying piano with a concert pianist and playing at PTA meetings.  In junior high and high school, she learned […] Read More »

Ventura County’s Ombudsman Program one caring for many

by Jill Forman Do not cast me away when I am old; Do not forsake me when my strength is gone… Psalm 71 In Ventura County there are approximately 8,000 residents of long-term care facilities: nursing homes, assisted living facilities and board and care homes. Almost one-half of all Americans over 65 will spend some […] Read More »

Scientists can beat Alzheimer's. Will short-sighted politicians stand in their way?

by Kenneth I. Moch, President and CEO of Cognition Therapeutics More than 120,000 Americans will lose their battle to Alzheimer’s disease this year. This debilitating condition is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Nationwide, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 65 seconds. Nearly 6 million Americans currently live with this devastating condition. […] Read More »

Expanded open science will advance the pipeline for innovative therapeutics

To help meet the urgent need for therapies that will effectively treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has launched two new research centers with funding expected to total more than $73 million over the next five years. The Alzheimer Centers for the Discovery of New Medicines are designed to diversify […] Read More »

Volunteers Sylvia Fulton, Gordon Dilger and Louise Dilger were recognized by California Park and Recreation Society

Volunteers Sylvia Fulton, Gordon Dilger and Louise Dilger were recognized by the California Park and Recreation Society as volunteers with the RSVP Bone Builders program with the 2019 Service Award of Excellence: Champions of the Community award. RSVP Bone Builders is a free osteoporosis exercise and education program offered in all four local cities served […] Read More »

H.R. 4334 promotes seniors’ ability to live independently in their homes

On October 28, the House of Representatives passed the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019 (H.R. 4334), which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) – key legislation governing the organization and delivery of critical services for senior citizens throughout the nation. H.R. 4334 promotes seniors’ ability to live independently in their homes by supplying Area Agencies […] Read More »

How to stay safe during exercise and physical activity

Almost anyone, at any age, can exercise safely and get meaningful benefits. You can be active even if you have a chronic condition, like heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis. Staying safe while you exercise is always important, whether you’re just starting a new activity or haven’t been active for a long time. Older woman stretching […] Read More »

How to prevent falls and improve your balance

Each year, more than 2 million older Americans go to the emergency room because of fall-related injuries. A simple fall can cause a serious fracture of the arm, hand, ankle, or hip. But don’t let a fear of falling keep you from exercising and being physically active. Overcoming this fear can help you stay active, […] Read More »

The clock is ticking: 4 questions to ask yourself before the Medicare deadline

by Rick Beavin, California Market President Humana People with Medicare have until Saturday, Dec. 7 to select their Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan coverage for 2020. To ensure you have the right Medicare plan in place come January 1 of next year, it’s important to focus on these four key questions: Are my doctors […] Read More »

Parkinson’s Foundation to host Parkinson’s Caregiver Conference

The Parkinson’s Foundation will present an educational conference specifically for caregivers of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Oxnard. The symposium “The Care Partners’ Toolbox: Resources for Now and the Future” features speaker Aaron Daley, MA, of the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic and Research Center at the University of California San Francisco. The conference is free […] Read More »

VCAAA offers free nutrition counseling and Classes to Ventura County residents

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Senior Nutrition Program is offering free nutrition counseling and classes to Ventura County residents as part of an effort to promote healthy living among older adults. Nutrition counseling services and classes include personalized one-on-one or group settings with a registered dietitian and a focus on healthy eating on […] Read More »

Seven tips to help choose your health plan during open enrollment

by Rob Falkenberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California Open enrollment season is here, a time when more than 18.3 million people in California and millions of Americans across the country will have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plan for 2020. To help guide you during this important time, here are some tips […] Read More »

Mall Walking

Walking is great exercise and walking in the mall is second only to walking in neighborhoods in popularity. Malls are great places to walk because they provide a sheltered indoor space free from traffic and bad weather. There are many benefits to walking in the mall: You can walk alone or with a group. Even […] Read More »

Nursing home advocates needed

The Ombudsman Program of Ventura County is looking for volunteers in the west county area to advocate for older, and dependent adults, living in long-term care facilities. Did you know that 60% of all older adult residents in skilled nursing facilities have no family or friends to speak for them? Join the LTC Ombudsman Program […] Read More »

Holiday Magic and Laughter with the Ventura Parkinson’s Support Group

by Patty Jenkins Get into the Holiday spirit on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, from 12:30-2:30PM, with the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group as we host one of Ventura County’s most talented magicians, Mr. Paul Dwork of Merlin Medical Supply. Join us as we celebrate making it though another year of “the seriousness of Parkinson’s” with […] Read More »

VCAAA’s HICAP team tackles Medicare Open Enrollment questions and concerns

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) is tackling all questions and concerns related to Medicare Open Enrollment by hosting a variety of one-stops throughout Ventura County through December 6th. All services are free and open to the public. The transition to Medicare can be daunting and understanding […] Read More »

Senior Strategic Planning Committee is looking for seniors to do an online survey

Ventura has a Senior Strategic Planning Committee that would love to hear from you. There is a survey online where people can express their opinions, they can also fill out a paper form in a few places around town, and they can even write a letter. Here is the link to the city site that tells people […] Read More »

Staying at Home as You Get Older

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles Aging in place means that we remain in our home as we get older. Many of us want that … to stay where we’re comfortable and things are familiar. With enough advance planning and a few changes, it’s possible, but it means anticipating what our needs will be as […] Read More »

Volunteers needed to train as instructors for senior exercise programs

Volunteer leaders are needed for both RSVP Bone Builders and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. No experience is necessary to become an instructor for either program, although the first training step is to attend a class and observe. Interested volunteers will need to attend training dates scheduled in October. RSVP is an age 55+ […] Read More »

How to prevent falls in the home

by Lisa M Cini Each year in the U.S. one in four people over 65 experiences a fall. It’s a common problem and can lead to a loss of independence, hospitalization, lack of confidence, and in some cases death. Avoiding falls in the first place is a vital aspect of living independently. Here’s how to […] Read More »

Why family members wait too long to call hospice

by Anne-Marie Botek It can be difficult to admit that a loved one’s health has declined so much that pursuing further curative treatment is either impractical or impossible. Choosing comfort care is usually the next step, but many patients and their family members hesitate or second-guess themselves when this delicate decision arises. However, families can […] Read More »

Help fight Medicare fraud

Con artists may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone. Protect yourself from Medicare fraud. Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card. Remember: Medicare will never contact you for […] Read More »

Born before 1955 or living with a disability?

by Rick Beavin, California Market President Humana If you’re one of 56 million Americans eligible for Medicare, it’s important to understand coverage options when selecting your health plan for 2020. Research can take time, and many people find working with a licensed health insurance agent helpful when deciding between Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Prescription […] Read More »

Senior strategic plan information meeting held at City Hall

Teresa Penbrooke led the meeting as GreenPlay’s project manager. by Richard Lieberman A public information gathering, and engagement meeting was held recently at City Hall. The meeting conducted by GreenPlay, an organization specializing in parks, recreation and open space consulting has contracted with the city to create a strategic plan for providing senior services now […] Read More »

Clarice and Cookie who reside at Pacifica Senior Living in Oxnard are indeed seniors.

Clarice was born October 9th, 1916 in New York City and was raised in New Jersey. Clarice is an amazing 103 years young. Clarice married an Army man, Harry Peters and had 3 children. Clarice has 6 grandchildren, a few in college and mostly all professionals. Clarice worked as a nurse’s aid for almost 30 […] Read More »

How to bathe someone with dementia?

by Aging Care Question: My husband has dementia and he hates to shower or to wash. He fights with me every time I take him to the shower. Yes, I wipe him and give him sponge baths, but that can only go far. Everyone needs a shower to wash away the odor and dead skin. […] Read More »

If you fall stay as calm as possible

Whether you are at home or somewhere else, a sudden fall can be startling and upsetting. If you do fall, stay as calm as possible and follow these steps: Take several deep breaths to try to relax. Remain still on the floor or ground for a few moments. This will help you get over the […] Read More »

Tutor training workshop in Ventura

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County is offering a free ESL tutor training workshop on Saturday, October 19, from 9am to 4pm at 1500 Palma Drive, Ventura. Various methods and materials will be demonstrated and taught during the workshop enabling the new tutor to begin right away. Neither prior teaching experience nor knowledge of a foreign […] Read More »

From the Lexington blog

Change can be difficult and stressful, and everyone handles it differently. Like with any change, making the transition to senior living can be made easier on everyone by keeping a positive outlook, patience and understanding, and if possible, as many family and friends involved as possible. When planning on a move into as assisted living […] Read More »

Lower risk of dementia

Following a healthy lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of dementia in cognitively healthy older adults at varying levels of genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, according to a study published online July 14 in JAMA. Funded in part by NIA, the study is the first to examine the relationship between multiple […] Read More »

City Council approves Senior Strategic Planning Committee

by Richard Lieberman In a recent City Council meeting the council approved a new ad-hoc committee designed to develop a senior strategic plan. The new committee will be managed by the Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships staff. The strategic Planning Committee will consider where the organization is currently on senior issues, and what the committee […] Read More »

Your Medicare card

When you’re enrolled in Medicare, you’ll get your red, white, and blue Medicare card in the mail. If you’re automatically enrolled, you’ll get your red, white, and blue Medicare card in the mail 3 months before your 65th birthday or your 25th month of getting disability benefits. Your Medicare card shows that you have Medicare […] Read More »

Sharing and caregiving with the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

by Patty Jenkins On Wednesday, October 9, from 12:30-2:30PM, the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is getting the jump on November’s National Caregiver Month by joining the National Alliance for Caregiving in “recognizing that the nearly 44 million family caregivers in the U.S. – nearly 20% of the U.S. adult population – provide important societal […] Read More »

The Pay Gap is an Aging Issue

by Lauren Popham, PhD We weren’t surprised when more than half of women responding to a survey we conducted with Ipsos said they are worried about outliving their savings. Income is tied to lots of aspects of aging, but the way that plays out once you turn 60 is very different for men and women. […] Read More »

Measure O funding to develop a Senior Strategic Plan

The City of Ventura needs your input. City Council allocated Measure O funding to develop a Senior Strategic Plan. To start the process, two public forums will be held on Tuesday, October 1st to gather community input on senior services and needs in the City of Ventura. Public Forum #1, Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11 […] Read More »

Lexington Assisted Living holds BBQ lunch to honor Ventura’s first responders

On Sept. 13, The Lexington Assisted Living held a BBQ lunch to honor Ventura’s first responders. Enjoying the event were Ventura Chief of Police Ken Courney (on the right), fellow officers, residents of Lexington and Lexington Executive Director Eric Terrill. 5440 Ralston Street. Ventura, CA 93003(805) 644-6710 contact-lexington@lexingtonliving.net. Read More »

Would you like to help non-readers?

Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program is now recruiting adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The next five-week tutor training series in Ventura will be starting in September. The READ program trains adult volunteers […] Read More »

Workshops helps families understand the late stages of dementia

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Join us for this 2-part series and hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families. Caregiving responsibilities often persist […] Read More »

CMH presents a pilot program that offers individuals living with dementia services that extend beyond medical needs

There is no doubt that Community Memorial Hospital’s (CMH) Centers for Family Health have made healthcare more accessible to residents throughout Ventura County. The Santa Rosa Health Center is no exception and has taken that accessibility to a new level with a pilot program that offers individuals living with dementia services that extend well beyond […] Read More »

Don’t be fooled by a scheme involving genetic testing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud. Genetic testing fraud occurs when Medicare is billed for a test or screening that was not medically necessary and/or was not ordered by a Medicare beneficiary’s treating physician. Scammers are offering Medicare beneficiaries “free” screenings or […] Read More »

Spending time with pets provides benefits for older adults

Social isolation is becoming an increasingly common issue, with one in five Americans reporting they feel lonely. Seniors are especially vulnerable to these feelings. In fact, 43 percent say they experience loneliness regularly. A new survey of adults age 65 and older by Home Instead, Inc. found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce […] Read More »

No end to summer heat (now that it has started)

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles No end to summer heat (now that it has started) Summer heat … although the days are getting shorter, it’s just not ending. As seniors, we need to beware the impact that heat can have on us, especially on our hearts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has […] Read More »

Spending time with pets provides benefits for older adults

” The pigeons should be here shortly to join us.” As loved ones get older, it’s important to find good senior care in Rochester, MN (or wherever you’re located) for them to live out their golden years as happily and as comfortably as possible. However, growing old can be challenging for people because they see […] Read More »

Overcoming Barriers to Exercise: No More Excuses

Exercise is good for almost everyone, but there are so many things that can get in the way of staying active. It’s time for some positive thinking. No more excuses! Older woman holding an exercise ball in a group exercise class Here are some tips to help you overcome those barriers and improve your health. […] Read More »

Forum highlights life-saving techniques for fall prevention

The Ventura County Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition will be hosting a Fall Prevention Forum that will focus on life-saving strategies and offer a variety of other services, including health assessments and immunizations. The event will be held at the South Oxnard Senior Center on September 20 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration begins at […] Read More »

Public charge rule threatens health, security, and dignity of older communities of color—and will harm non-immigrant seniors

The following is a statement from James Firman, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), in response to the U.S. Department Homeland Security (DHS) Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds rule scheduled to take effect on October 15, 2019. “The National Council on Aging is extremely concerned about the effects the new DHS […] Read More »

There is another threat to the elderly self-neglect

Imagine entering the home of an elderly loved one and being greeted by a foul-smelling odor that seems to have no identifiable source. The house is in disarray and there are papers, dirty dishes and other debris covering most of the countertops. Your loved one is wearing soiled clothing and appears as if they haven’t […] Read More »

Ventura Parkinson's Disease Support Group to host the Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group invites our members and care-partners, families, visitors and new friends who find themselves navigating Parkinson’s disease to join us on Wednesday, September 11th from 12:30-2:30 PM for a very special presentation. We will be hosting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at Ventura City Hall in Community […] Read More »

New policy proposal could save thousands of lives per year

by Peter J. Pitts, a former FDA Associate Commissioner, is president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. Roughly 125,000 Americans will die this year as a result of not taking their medications. This phenomenon — known as “medication non-adherence” – is the cause of 10 percent of all hospitalizations nationwide. It also […] Read More »

Elder abuse prevention and reporting

In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts that lead to, or may lead to, the harm of an older adult. The abuse may be physical, emotional, psychological, verbal, sexual, or financial. Neglect and abandonment are also types of elder abuse and, in many states, self‐neglect is also considered a form mistreatment. Elder […] Read More »

50% of nursing home residents, have alcohol-related problems

A new study estimates more than one in 10 older Americans binge drink. That’s an increase from the previous decade. The study, from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, determined binge drinkers 65 and older were more likely to be men; they’re also more likely to use tobacco or cannabis. Binge drinking is defined as […] Read More »

Midlife functional impairment raises risk of hospitalization, nursing home admission

Clinical ResearchGerontologyHealth Care Research Middle-aged adults who develop functional impairments—difficulty performing activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing and dressing—are at higher risk for hospitalization and nursing home admission than unimpaired adults the same age, according to an NIA-supported study. The findings, published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, raise questions about how clinicians can […] Read More »

Burning, Itching Blisters: 5 Things to Know About Shingles

by in Health You probably don’t remember having chickenpox as a child or getting a chickenpox vaccine. You probably haven’t given the illness a passing thought in decades. But you might want to think about it now. While chickenpox is usually an illness reserved for children, it can come roaring back in adulthood as shingles. […] Read More »

Trump fails to deliver on promised health care savings

by Sally C. Pipes Earlier this year, the Trump administration proposed a rule that would have ensured that tens of billions of dollars of hidden rebates and discounts went to patients. Sadly, the White House just chose to abandon this sensible, bipartisan reform.  It’s a shame President Trump did not see this effort through. Millions […] Read More »

Knock out Parkinson’s Disease with NeuroBoxing!

Attend the support group at their new location at City Hall. by Patty Jenkins Everyone knows exercise in some form is essential for good overall health. With Parkinson’s Disease it is even more vital. Research has proven that exercise can augment the benefits of Parkinson’s medications and slow the progression of this challenging disease. Non-contact […] Read More »

Each of these drugs blocks an important chemical messenger in the brain

by Judith Graham By all accounts, the woman, in her late 60s, appeared to have severe dementia. She was largely incoherent. Her short-term memory was terrible. She couldn’t focus on questions that medical professionals asked her. But Malaz Boustani, a doctor and professor of aging research at Indiana University School of Medicine, suspected something else […] Read More »

Feeling dizzy? One of these culprits could be to blame

by in Health Bouts of dizziness are common for seniors, with 30 percent of people over age 60 and 50 percent of people over age 85 experiencing dizziness. But while this issue is common, that does not mean it can be shrugged off as a natural part of aging. With the right care, dizziness can […] Read More »

Help your eyes stay as healthy as possible.

by Dr. Linda Chous, OD, chief eye care officer with UnitedHealthcare Are my eyes going to keep getting worse as I age? Is there anything I can do to slow the progression of vision decline? By no means is your eyesight guaranteed to deteriorate with age, but it is perfectly normal to notice changes to […] Read More »

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)

The purpose of HICAP is to provide free unbiased counseling and community education on Medicare A, B, C, & D. HICAP completes comparisons on all products of C & D, retiree/employer Group vs. Medicare. HICAP resolves billing issues and to help apply for appeals. HICAP’s speaker bureau gives presentations on Medicare 101, Prevention Services, Long […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s disease

by Geri Piazza, assistant editor, NIH Research Matters Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain disorder that affects more than 5 million Americans. It slowly worsens and destroys memory and thinking skills. Previous research has linked memory and thinking problems with visible changes that take place in the brain. People with Alzheimer’s have abnormal deposits of […] Read More »

Clearwater at Riverpark offers the following classes that are open to the public:

Mondays- Bone Builders strength building class (9am-10:30am), Gentle Yoga with Nate (2pm-3pm) Tuesdays- Find your Fit with Heidi (11am-11:45am), Aquatics with Mary from 1:30-2:30pm (2nd and 4th Tuesday/monthly) Wednesdays- Gentle yoga with Nate (2pm-3pm) Thursday- Bone Builders strength building class 9am-10:30am, Find your fit with Heidi (11am-11:45am) They will be having their second annual family day with […] Read More »

A dangerous new policy is blooming in Washington. 

by George Landrith President of Frontiers of Freedom, a public policy think tank Congressional leaders and some White House officials reportedly favor “binding arbitration.” This proposed reform would allow government-appointed officials to dictate how much Medicare pays for new medicines. Proponents say arbitration could slash what the government spends on drugs.  Binding arbitration is just […] Read More »

Fear of outside caregivers

by Carol Bradley Bursack Many times, in-home caregivers’ best efforts are met with anger or even abuse dished out by the elder they are intended to care for. It is crucial for the family and hired caregiver(s) to determine the underlying reason for a senior’s lack of cooperation and find ways to remedy the situation. […] Read More »

Elderly temper tantrums: What's behind the outburst?

As an adult, it’s unsettling when you witness your parent having a temper tantrum for the first time. We tend to think of tantrums as only pertaining to small children or teenagers, but the truth is that emotional outbursts can occur at any time in life. Acting out merely boils down to a loss of […] Read More »

Man pursues his dream to dance after 46 years

That’s Ron on the right with a few of his happy dancers. by Maryssa Rillo It has been Ron Perkovich’s dream to dance since 1964. In 2010, in Ventura, Perkovich finally made that dream come true. Now, nine years later, at the age of 71, he is a part of three dance clubs, is vice […] Read More »

Cypress Place awards scholarships

When the owner’s 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 »

Fall-proofing your home

Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. There are many changes you can make to your home that will help you avoid falls and ensure your safety. Fall hazards in the home, including a scatter rug, […] Read More »

Are you concerned about health care costs?

by National Council on Aging Almost sixty percent of Americans aged 60 and over are concerned that health care costs (56%) and 43 percent are concerned that prescription drug costs are outpacing retirement savings, according to a new NCOA/Ipsos survey. The national survey also finds that women are even more concerned than men about these costs […] Read More »

Medicaid HCBS program funding extensions clear the House

More good news from the House of Representatives, which passed legislation provide funding to expiring Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs. The Money Follows the Person program, as well as spousal impoverishment protection program, would receive enough funding to run to October 2023. The bill providing the funding passed by a 371-46 margin. We […] Read More »

Round Table and guest speaker highlight Parkinson’s meeting

by Patty Jenkins The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is excited to invite our Members, Friends and the Public to attend our “inaugural” meeting on July 10th from 12:30PM to 2:30PM at our new location: Ventura City Hall’s Community Meeting Room (501 Poli Street #202 ). At this “Round Table” meeting we will have the […] Read More »

Show your art at the craft shop

The Seniors Craft Shoppe at 429 E. Main St. is seeking new members. Do you have a craft or artistic flair? Do you want a place to sell your arts and crafts? Are you 50 years or older and live in Ventura County? Stop by the shop to become a member or to buy some […] Read More »

“Salute Our Veterans” at Cypress Place Senior Living

On June 26, “Salute Our Veterans” celebration was held at Cypress Place Senior Living. Cypress living held their 11th annual celebration of Veterans with a ceremony recognizing residents of Cypress Place, as well as members of the public, who served their country. Leading the tribute was a bagpipe processional and a military Color Guard presentation […] Read More »

Activities for elderly men at senior living facilities

by June Fletcher According to the 2015-2016 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), more than twice as many women live in residential care communities compared to men. Often, the activities, décor and social events at assisted living facilities and nursing homes seem to appeal overwhelmingly to female residents. However, the baby boomer generation is […] Read More »

Free Women’s Symposium explores women’s health issues and ‘Aging Gracefully’

A range of health issues that women face as they age, from hormonal imbalances to cognitive issues to good nutrition, will be the focus of a free half-day symposium on Saturday, June 22, at the Ventura Beach Marriott. Community Memorial Health System is hosting the Women’s Symposium as part of its 2019 Speaker Series. The […] Read More »

Curb to Curb door-to-door service for seniors

Curb to Curb is a door-to-door service provided by the City of Ventura, that takes seniors to a different place for lunch or dinner every month. Curb to Curb is reserved for people who no longer drive but want to have a fun day out with friends. They are picked up at their homes.This lunch […] Read More »

Former supermodel to help honor local veterans with military flyover

Matt Norklun wasn’t looking to become a supermodel – his dream was always to be a stuntman. He got his start in the movie “So Fine” starring Ryan O’Neal. But after a chance encounter with renowned fashion photographer, Bruce Weber, Matt was swept up in the fashion world and became an international supermodel, best known […] Read More »

Come join Genesis Programs in support of our community

On Friday, June 21, Genesis Programs invites you to stop by from 1 to 4pm at their Ventura office at 1732 Palma Dr Ste 208. You’ll receive a no cost Health and Safety Goodie Bag. Bags will include such things, as a “How to Dispose of Prescription Drugs” – By Addiction Policy Forum. Prescription Drug […] Read More »

Support group has new location

The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is excited to announce that starting with their meeting on July 10th , they will be meeting at the Ventura City Hall’s Community Meeting room on the second floor from 12:30pm to 2:30 the second Wednesday of each month (except December). Please watch for more details in the July 3rd edition of the Ventura […] Read More »

Tips for safe, easy travel with a senior

by Renata Gelman, RN, B.S.N., is assistant director of clinical services at Partners in Care Traveling can be an extra source of stress for caregivers and seniors alike. The idea of handling a loved one’s limited mobility, chronic illness, depression or other health conditions while away from home can lead to anxiety rather than anticipation. […] Read More »

Programs to help pay for assisted living are limited

Many people mistakenly think that Medicare will help cover these costs, but Medicare does not pay for assisted living. On the other hand, Medicaid does cover certain types of long-term care services. Specific programs vary by state, but most state Medicaid programs offer some sort of financial assistance with the costs of assisted living. However, […] Read More »

WWII aircraft flyover to honor veterans at upcoming event

This WW II Navy aircraft will honor Veterans with a flyover at the “Salute Our Veterans.” Photo courtesy of CAF SO CAL Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura has a history of honoring Veterans. On Wednesday June 26, 2019, the senior living community will host their 11th annual “Salute Our Veterans” celebration with a ceremony […] Read More »

Neurological specialists to speak to Parkinson’s Group

The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group and Abbott are pleased to host UCLA neurology and neurosurgery specialists Adrienne Keener, MD, and Ausaf A. Bari, MD, PhD, on Wednesday, June 12th from 1:00-3:00PM at the Four Points Sheraton in Ventura. Members of the public are also welcome to attend this special presentation by Dr. Keener and […] Read More »

Phone scams aimed at the elderly

by Esther Cole As if it isn’t enough punishment to get old. It’s much worse to get old and sick. And it’s terrible to be old and unwary. Innocent, actually. To be unaware of all the mean-hearted, crooks, young people, who would make victims out of the old, and elderly, and ill, and unwary folk. […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s well established that having a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s increases a person’s risk of developing the disease. A new, NIA-supported study shows that even in the absence of close family members with Alzheimer’s, having extended family members with the disease increased a person’s risk. The findings, published April 9 in Neurology, could have […] Read More »

The arts creates paths to healthy aging

We all know to eat right, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep to stay healthy. But can flexing our creative muscles help us thrive as we age? Ongoing research looking at singing group programs, theater training, and visual arts for older adults suggest that participating in the arts may improve the health, well-being, and […] Read More »

Some Seniors Qualify for Both Medicare and Medicaid

by Ralph S. Robbins, CFP A great deal of confusion surrounds Medicare and Medicaid. They’re often mistaken for one another, but they are two very different programs that provide health care benefits for Americans. While many people believe that participation in these programs is mutually exclusive, the truth is that some seniors do qualify to […] Read More »

Benefits of hiring in-home care for an elderly parent

by Michele Teter When a loved one is still living at home but struggling with the effects of getting older and losing their independence, hiring in-home care can be a great solution. Professional caregivers provide seniors with physical assistance, as well as help with the emotional and routine aspects of daily life. In addition to […] Read More »

Helping a senior adjust after moving to independent living

by Anne-Marie Botek Moving is a notorious source of stress, regardless of an individual’s age or life situation. Disrupted routines, the challenge of finding a new home, and the hassle of packing and unpacking all of one’s personal belongings are just a few factors that contribute to the overwhelming amount of work that goes into […] Read More »

Mom’s Moving In: How to Adapt Your Home for an Elderly Parent

by AgingCare.com Whether it’s due to a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, low vision or simply old age, eventually everyone reaches a point in their lives when they must rely on someone to help them with activities of daily living (ADLs). Depending on a person’s specific situation, that could mean it is time to move into […] Read More »

Yoga and older adults

Yoga is a mind and body practice that typically combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation. Researchers are studying how yoga may help improve health and to learn more about its safe use in older adults. Recent studies in people in their late 40’s have found that yoga is helpful in reducing chronic low-back pain […] Read More »

Help fight Medicare fraud

Medicare fraud wastes a lot of money each year and results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone. There are con artists who may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card. Give […] Read More »

Answers to Questions About Medicaid Paying for Long-Term Care

Marlo Sollitto contributing writer Aging Care Seventy percent of people over the age of 65 will need long-term care services. Many people believe that Medicaid will cover all the costs of long-term care. However, while Medicaid does cover some of the costs of long-term care, you must meet many eligibility requirements – and they vary […] Read More »

Facts about aging and alcohol

Anyone at any age can have a drinking problem. Uncle George always liked his liquor, so his family may not see that his drinking is getting worse as he gets older. Grandma Betty was a teetotaler all her life until she started having a drink each night to help her get to sleep after her […] Read More »

Administration's drug rebate plan provides welcome relief to the chronically ill

by Kenneth E. Thorpe The Trump administration has a new plan to reduce Americans’ out-of-pocket drug bills. It’s sure to face opposition from entrenched special interests. But if the administration succeeds in implementing the plan, patients will greatly benefit. The proposed rule would reform how drug companies and insurers interact, especially in Medicare’s Part D […] Read More »

Help others to learn to improve their reading and writing skills

Ventura County Library Adult Literacy READ Program is now recruiting adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The next five-week tutor training series in Ventura will be starting soon. The READ program trains adult volunteers to […] Read More »

Do’s and don’ts for getting some solid shut-eye

Getting some shut-eye can be one of the best parts of the day, but as you age, it can become more difficult to do so. Older adults can have a more difficult time getting to sleep, whether it is due to medications, stress, or other factors. Anh Nguyen, PACC Resource for Ensign Services, says many […] Read More »

Senior Nutrition Lunch Program

Ventura provides nutritious meals for older adults. The Senior Nutrition Lunch Program (SNP) is a partnership between the City of Ventura and the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA). The City of Ventura provides nutritious meals for older adults in Ventura County through the Senior Nutrition Program (SNP), which includes Congregate and Home-Delivered Meal […] Read More »

Food for Thought at Cypress Place Senior Living

Are you thinking about an Independent Living lifestyle outside of your own home? One where you no longer need to cook, take care of the water heater, leaky roof, or overgrown yard? Or perhaps you are just looking for a retirement living environment that provides more social interaction, and the opportunity to develop new friendships. […] Read More »

The report outlines six key areas to support continued independence for the aging

On March 5, 2019, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report designed to identify innovations with the potential to improve the lives of older adults and persons living with disabilities. The report, Emerging Technologies to Support an Aging Population, was drafted by experts convened by the National Science and Technology […] Read More »

Local World War II veteran turns 100

by Maryssa Rillo Donald Knapp, a Ventura local who served as a tank commander in World War II, celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday, April 20th, 2019. Knapp served in the military for three years and was in combat for 11 months during World War II. At first, Knapp tried to avoid combat, but was […] Read More »

Livingston receives “Nonprofit Organization of the Year” award

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association has received the award for “Nonprofit of the Year” from the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. The award selection committee consists of representatives from event sponsors, including Umpqua Bank, CSU: Channel Islands, DCH Auto Group, Kaiser Permanente, Procter & Gamble, SoCal Edison, Spherion and Dignity Health. Since 1947, Livingston Memorial Visiting […] Read More »

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

At the April 16, City Council meeting the council presented the Ventura County Parkinson’s Disease Support Group a proclamation in support of April being “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.” In presenting the honor Mayor Matt LaVere stated “It is my honor to recognize April as National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, as this is a way for communities […] Read More »

Adult Day Care includes Brain Max – no “vegging out” here!

by Patty Jenkins – Volunteer Coordinator for the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is excited to announce a “Field Trip” on May 8th for our members and our supportive community friends to the Oxnard Family Circle Adult Day Health Care Center in Oxnard. Participate in one of their special […] Read More »

Price controls put Americans' health at stake 

by Peter J. Pitts Scientists searching for cures to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other deadly illnesses may soon lose their funding, due to a misguided proposal from Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.  The proposal would gradually reduce Medicare’s reimbursement rate for advanced drugs administered in hospitals and doctor’s offices by 30 percent.  […] Read More »

What is the Ventura Council for Seniors?

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 a non-voting City […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s Association releases facts and figures

On Tuesday, March 5, the Alzheimer’s Association released its 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, which provides an in-depth look at the latest statistics and information on Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality, costs of care and impact on caregivers across the country and in California. It also reveals an important health assessment seniors are not […] Read More »

Local music therapist receives national award

Lori Sunshine has been working as a Professional Music Therapist since the first year that Board Certification was established, in 1983. She is currently working full time here in Ventura County: part time in private practice and part time with Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association. On March 29, 2019, she received the Professional Practice Award […] Read More »

An afternoon to honor and remember mom

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association is having Mother’s Day Luncheon as an opportunity to honor mothers — both living and deceased — for the love, understanding, and hope they bring to our families and to the community. This year they are delighted to honor Nan Drake and remember Helen A. Olson, for their commitment to […] Read More »

Keep Medicare Part D's Six Protected Classes protected

by Linda Stalters and Raymond Y. Cho Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a troubling regulation that would weaken Medicare Part D, the federal program that helps 45 million American seniors and people with disabilities afford prescription drugs. Part D is unique among government programs. The federal government allows people to […] Read More »

No dog for me?

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles Three years ago I started thinking about getting a dog. My friends had told me about sites like shoppok that have dogs listed for sale and rehoming, but I wasn’t sure whether to buy a younger dog, or whether to rehome an older dog. All I knew was that […] Read More »

NIH Inclusion Across the Lifespan policy has been in effect since the Jan. 25, 2019

by Barbara Radziszewska Health Scientist Administrator, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology. Starting this year, a new NIH inclusion policy mandates that participants of all ages be included in human subject’s research, unless there is a scientific or ethical reason for exclusion of any age category. The NIH Inclusion Across the Lifespan policy, developed in […] Read More »

Azar's drug price controls put Americans patients last

by Stacy Washington President Trump thinks Americans pay too much for prescription drugs — and says foreign countries are to blame. In a speech, he criticized nations that use socialist price controls to artificially hold down the cost of pharmaceuticals. “For decades,” he noted, “other countries have rigged the system so that American patients are […] Read More »

VCAAA’s Fundraising Arm has a new name, logo, website, and expanded purpose

Obtaining legal services from the VCAAA is very helpful. The Board of what was called the Senior NutritAction Council (SNAC) announced a name change for the organization: Ventura County Area Agency on Agency Foundation (VCAAAF). Along with its new name, logo and website at www.vcaaafoundation.org, the nonprofit has an expanded mission to provide support beyond […] Read More »

Volunteer caregiving marks 35 years helping frail, homebound seniors

Volunteers Assisting the Elderly, one of 25 original pilot programs launched in 1984, now joins hundreds of volunteer caregiving organizations across the nation in celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Volunteer Caregiving starting in April with National Volunteer Month. (https://nvcnetwork.org/wp/index.php/program-map/) “It’s comforting to know that there is an entire month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing volunteers,” […] Read More »

Local inspirational author to speak at Senior Health Expo

Have you ever asked yourself why you are on the earth? Have you ever asked why you, you very specifically, are alive? Local Ventura County author Fawn Parish has. According to Parish, your story, your past, your personality, your treasure map of life, is intended to outlive you as you embrace another generation into their […] Read More »

Announcing new and exciting changes at Genesis Programs, Inc

by Genesis staff Last year marked our silver anniversary; we are pleased to be serving families in Ventura County for over 25 years. We have been fortunate, a fantastic and dedicated staff which allows us to continue to grow in community events and additional insurance contracts to keep reaching families in need. While we continue […] Read More »

Halt the assault on Medicare

by Thair Phillips President of RetireSafe. At his campaign rallies, President Trump promised to protect Medicare. But now, his administration is quietly embracing drastic changes that could choke off seniors’ access to lifesaving treatments. Consider the administration’s new guidance for Medicare Advantage, which enables about 20 million Medicare beneficiaries to obtain subsidized health plans from […] Read More »

Every 9 minutes someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

“In 2018, Jim was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Every nine minutes since he was diagnosed, another person received the same devastating news. Unfortunately, each year more and more people are touched by Parkinson’s Disease. A staggering one million people live with PD today in the United States and millions of family members, caregivers, friends and […] Read More »

Ventura and Oxnard advocates needed

The Ombudsman Program of Ventura County is looking for volunteers in the Ventura/Oxnard area to advocate for older, and dependent adults, living in long-term care facilities such as skilled nursing and assisted living facilities for the elderly. Did you know that 60% of all older adult residents in skilled nursing facilities have no family or […] Read More »

Bingo for you?

Who loves bingo? Everyone loves bingo! Play at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center; all residents over the age of 18 are welcome! Bingo with a 50 cent buy-in! For more information contact 805-648-3035. Mondays & Fridays, 12:30-3:30 pm. Ventura Avenue Adult Center located at 550 N. Ventura Ave. Read More »

Hundreds of Ventura County seniors will attend expo that promotes healthy lifestyle

Cypress Place senior living community is pleased to announce the 11th annual Health and Wealth Expo. The annual event promotes the active and engaging lifestyle of Ventura County seniors. This year’s event features 35 local vendors as well as local author, Fawn Parish as keynote speaker. The Health and Wealth Expo is from 11 a.m. […] Read More »

Overcoming barriers to exercise: no more excuses

Exercise is good for almost everyone, but there are so many things that can get in the way of staying active. It’s time for some positive thinking. No more excuses! Older woman holding an exercise ball in a group exercise class Here are some tips to help you overcome those barriers and improve your health. […] Read More »

More seniors recover from hip fractures if they're treated as emergencies

by Stacey Burling There are good reasons that older people fear hip fractures. They can remember the days when a broken hip was often the beginning of the end. Even today, up to 30 percent of seniors who break a hip are dead in a year. Many others never get around quite as well as […] Read More »

Threats to Medicare continue in 2019 

by Bob Blancato  Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs Medicare faces numerous threats in 2019. It’s time for lawmakers and healthcare advocates to attack these challenges head-on. One threat stems from the Trump administration, which has suggested weakening the so-called protected classes provision in Medicare “Part D.” Medicare’s Part […] Read More »

A Walk for Parkinson’s

The Parkinson’s Foundation will host its annual Moving Day, Ventura, A Walk for Parkinson’s to unite the community in the fight against Parkinson’s. Funds raised through Moving Day will support cutting-edge research and community programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. On April 13, 9am -12pm at the Ventura […] Read More »

New Tai Chi Balance Classes in Ventura

Join as a participant or attend training and serve as an instructor Whether your goal this Spring is to do something for your community or something about that prickly balance problem, Tai Chi could be the answer! Two new free senior Tai Chi classes start in April as does training to become a certified volunteer […] Read More »

Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo March 2nd

Golden Future Expos Inc. is pleased to announce a new and exciting change to the 8th Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo. We have moved to the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center located at 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. This annual event has also moved to the month of March and will be held on […] Read More »

The executive order on retirement savings

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday, August 31, that proposes asking for reviews on changing certain rules for tax-deferred retirement savings such as 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts, or IRAs. Trump signed the order during a scheduled visit to Charlotte, N.C., and asked the Treasury Department to review the […] Read More »

Food for thought at Cypress Place Senior Living

Are you thinking about an Independent Living lifestyle outside of your own home? One where you no longer need to cook, take care of the water heater, leaky roof, or overgrown yard? Or perhaps you are just looking for a retirement living environment that provides more social interaction, and the opportunity to develop new friendships. […] Read More »

Exercise is fun and healthy

Exercise is safe for almost everyone. In fact, studies show that people with arthritis, high blood pressure, or heart disease benefit from regular exercise and physical activity. In some cases, exercise actually can improve some of these conditions. Your heart keeps your body running. As you grow older, some changes in the heart and blood […] Read More »

Grey Law provides residents 60 years or older private, one-on-one legal consultation

Grey Law provides Ventura County residents 60 years or older private, one-on-one legal consultation via phone or in-person. Call 805-658-2266 for more information and to make an appointment. Social Security Questions, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Healthcare Directives, Landlord Tenant Questions and other issues which concern our county’s seniors. Read More »

Parkinson’s Disease…more than Motor Symptoms

by Patty Jenkins If you are like a lot of people, when you hear the words Parkinson’s Disease you are likely to think of someone who has shaking arms and/or hands or other involuntary bodily movements. That is usually just the tip of the iceberg for people who have this disease. The Parkinson’s Association of […] Read More »

Things to know about Shingles

You probably don’t remember having chickenpox as a child or getting a chickenpox vaccine. If you have had chickenpox, you are at risk of shingles, and you won’t soon forget the severe pain it can cause. The first sign of shingles is usually pain, which can be severe. After a few days, a person with […] Read More »

When it comes to vision coverage, beneficiaries’ options are extremely limited

by The My Medicare Matters Team About 1.3 billion people in the world live with some form of vision impairment. The reasons vary but the fact is, your risk of developing vision problems drastically increases as you age. Over 91% of people age 55+ use some form of vision correction, so having access to quality […] Read More »

VCAAA and AARP Partner to Offer Free Tax Preparation for Ventura County Residents

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging and the AARP Foundation are partnering to offer tax preparation services to residents of Ventura County. This service is free and available to anyone of low to moderate income and may be especially suited to those 50 and older. To receive services, individuals must bring all necessary documentation, including […] Read More »

New app displays what original Medicare covers

The Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new app that gives consumers a modernized Medicare experience with direct access on a mobile device to some of the most-used content on Medicare.gov. The new “What’s Covered” app lets people with Original Medicare, caregivers and others quickly see whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or […] Read More »

Feeling dizzy? One of these culprits could be to blame

Bouts of dizziness are common for seniors, with 30 percent of people over age 60 and 50 percent of people over age 85 experiencing dizziness. But while this issue is common, that does not mean it can be shrugged off as a natural part of aging. With the right care, dizziness can often be treated. Here are […] Read More »

Retirement should not scare women

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions Halloween may be an appropriate time for a good scare, we should limit unwanted surprises in retirement!  Generalizations may not necessarily reflect your individual circumstance although there are fact-based reasons why the average woman faces greater hurdles than the average man does in securing her retirement. However, an awareness of the […] Read More »

Valentine's Day luncheon

Join the City of Ventura Senior Nutrition Program for a Valentine’s Day luncheon. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling or visiting the Ventura Avenue Adult Center at 805-648-3035. A suggested donation for patrons 60+ is $3.00, and a $6.50 fee applies to patrons under 60. Café Days Valentine’s Day Luncheon Thursday, Feb. […] Read More »

Become a reading tutor for adults

Ventura County Library Adult Literacy READ Program is now recruiting Adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The next five-week tutor training series will be starting in February. The READ program trains adult volunteers to provide […] Read More »

VCAAA award-winning Fall Prevention Program opens course registration in Ventura

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. Registration is now open for a class at the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura. The class is free and open to all individuals 60 […] Read More »

A vaccine for Alzheimer's could be within reach

by Matthew R. Bailey President of the Foundation for Biomedical Research In November, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center announced that their experimental vaccine had prevented the development of substances associated with Alzheimer’s in mice. The scientists hope to start clinical trials in humans soon. If the vaccine lives up to its […] Read More »

Retirement planning mistakes to avoid

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions Retirement should be a time of rest, relaxation, and play. It should be about focusing on those pursuits that you wanted to do when you were younger, but you have yet to cross them off of your bucket list. Failing to plan for a comfortable retirement, however, can be […] Read More »

How to make an exercise plan

Some people can plunge into a new project without planning ahead. Others find that writing a plan is helpful and keeps them on track. When it comes to motivation, the first few months are crucial. If you can stick with physical activities you enjoy, it’s a good sign that you will be able to make […] Read More »

The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP)

Beginning in 2019, there will be a Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) from January 1 through March 31 each year. During this time, MA-eligible beneficiaries will be able to change their MA Plan or elect Original Medicare and coverage under Part D. Changes are effective the first of the following month. The MA OEP replaces […] Read More »

New Congress begins slowly, but seniors’ priorities remain on the docket

by Marci Phillips NCOA Public Policy and Advocacy As the partial government shutdown extends and becomes the longest one on record, we continue to monitor the effects on benefits and services that older adults rely on. Only 5 of the 12 FY19 appropriations bills have been enacted into law. Those 5 bills provide 75% of […] Read More »

Nia technique arrives at Avenue Adult Center!

by Nia Green Belt Teacher (and native Venturan) Christy Cantrel The dance fitness modality called Nia has been practiced in Ventura for more than 15 years. Starting in February, the movement form for will be available through the city of Ventura Parks and Recreation at the Avenue Adult Center, offered several times per week. Nia […] Read More »

Am I the only one who feels this way?

by Patty Jenkins You are not the only one! Come join us and meet others who live daily with the challenges of a disability. The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is having a Round Table Discussion on Wednesday, February 13th from 1PM to 3PM at the Lexington Assisted Living (5440 Ralston Street, Ventura). Come share […] Read More »

VCAAA, Alzheimer’s Association challenge local businesses to become dementia friendly

Dementia Friendly Ventura County is designed to help educate the public. A new movement was introduced to Ventura County as the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other partnering agencies rolled out Dementia Friendly Ventura County to provide better service to local residents living with dementia and to their caregivers. Initial […] Read More »

Procrastinating; The Cost To Your Retirement

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions If you are like many other hardworking adults, you may find yourself periodically dreaming about what life will be like after you leave the workforce and enter retirement. Of course, this is an important topic to think about, especially as doing things such as financing later life care can […] Read More »

How to set your fitness goals

Many people find that having a firm goal in mind motivates them to move ahead on a project. Goals are most useful when they are specific, realistic, and important to you. Be sure to review your goals regularly as you make progress or your priorities change. STEP 1: Write Down Your Short-Term Goals Write down […] Read More »

New Medicare drug policy is a step down for seniors

by Peter J. Pitts Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently issued a shocking pronouncement. They’ve decided to prioritize insurers over patients. The agency recently released new instructions to insurers that participate in Medicare Advantage, allowing them to require patients to take “the most preferred drug” on the market for their condition […] Read More »

Alzheimer’s Association care training

Alzheimer’s Association Savvy Caregiver Workshop Series for 2019 begins in February. A professional-level dementia care training for the non-professional caregiver. On Wednesdays in February (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) from 1 – 4 p.m.To be held at Alzheimer’s Association Ventura County Regional Office located at 2580 E. Main Street, Ste. 201. Park behind the office. The […] Read More »

Getting started with long-distance caregiving

Anyone, anywhere, can be a long-distance caregiver, no matter your gender, income, age, social status, or employment. If you are living an hour or more away from a person who needs your help, you’re probably a long-distance caregiver. What can I really do from far away? Long-distance caregivers take on different roles. You may: Help […] Read More »

Life insurance- it is better to be prepared

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions Life insurance is one of those things that many people prefer to avoid thinking about because it often conjures up dark images.  Many people are jarred into realizing the importance of buying life insurance after a close friend or family member has passed away or even after hearing a […] Read More »

Fitting exercise and physical activity into your day

Don’t let a busy day stop you from exercising! There are many ways to squeeze a little physical activity into your day. To get the most out of exercise and physical activity, they need to be a regular part of your life. Here are some ideas to help you fit physical activity into your day: […] Read More »

Begin the New Year with hope and insight on Parkinson’s Disease

by Patty Jenkins Start the New Year with hope for better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s Disease! Join the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group as we kick off the New Year with Wayne Pickerell, Vice President and Clinical Research Manager of Neurosearch, Inc., at our meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 […] Read More »

Does a full house beat 4-of-a-kind?

Wanted 1-3 retired men to play nickel, dime, dealer’s choice fun poker with very nice retired men at my home on Tuesdays noon to 4 pm. Our ages are 65-80. Great way to pass time and enjoy bunch of fun guys. If interested call Al at 954-987-6670, my home is on Pierpont Beach. Read More »

Help adults improve their reading and writing skills

Ventura County Library Adult Literacy READ Program is now recruiting Adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The five-week tutor training series will be starting soon! The READ program trains adult volunteers to provide free one-to-one […] Read More »

Become a volunteer to seniors

Want to start the New Year right by checking two resolutions off your list? You can do just that by attending one of two volunteer trainings offered by RSVP soon. The senior volunteer program oversees two distinct exercise programs designed for those 55 and over, both of them free, and they are seeking volunteers to […] Read More »

New Tai Chi Balance Classes in Ventura

Join as a participant or attend training and serve as an instructor. It’s the new year! Let’s improve our balance together and kick off a year of wellness by enrolling in one of three free senior Tai Chi classes starting in January. Registration is open now by calling 805-385-8019. Or consider joining the program as […] Read More »

The California Senior Legislature announces top legislative priorities for 2019

“Listing the purpose for which the medication is prescribed is very helpful.” The California Senior Legislature (CSL) adjourned its 38th Annual Legislative Session and announced the Top Ten State Legislative Proposals and Top Federal proposals earlier this week. Members will advocate diligently during the 2019 legislative session to have state lawmakers carry and support these […] Read More »

A possible way to reduce dementia

Older African Americans with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who got help setting goals to be more socially, physically, or cognitively active had slower memory decline than those who did not receive such help, concludes an NIA-funded study published Sept. 10 in JAMA Neurology. The results point to a possible way to reduce dementia risk in African Americans, who […] Read More »

Eligible for the Medicare Special Enrollment Period Due to the California Wildfires?

by Rick Beavin, California Market President Humana The federal government has announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for people with Medicare impacted by the wildfires in California and who live (or did live at the time of the disaster) in impacted areas where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared an emergency or major disaster. […] Read More »

Start your year end planning now

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions It may seem as if the end of the year is very far away and that there is no need to start making end of the year financial plans as of yet. However, the reality is that the end of the year, and the activities which surround it are […] Read More »

6 ways to stay physically active in winter

by Kathleen Zuke The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines recommend that adults move more and sit less throughout the day by engaging in a combination of aerobic activities, as well as balance training and muscle strengthening. Exercising during the winter months can […] Read More »

Alzheimer's Disease Neuroscience

Capitalizing on recent advances in neuroimaging and genetic biomarker research, scientists have been able to identify specific pathways by which tau and beta-amyloid, two proteins that are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, accumulate in the brain over time. The NIA-supported researchers also found that the patterns of tau and beta-amyloid accumulation were related to specific genetic […] Read More »

Should you update your will and estate plan?

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions Everyone should have a will; it ensures that your loved ones will receive the assets you wish them to have in the event of your death. Ideally, it’s best to make a will face to face with a local law firm so that you can thoroughly discuss exactly what […] Read More »

Senior centers are on the frontline to end local hunger

by Beverly Ferry In Wabash, Indiana, the senior center is fully engaged in the war to end local hunger. Living Well Winchester Center’s food distribution is our senior center’s largest civic engagement program led by self-directed teams of volunteers. Together, we fight the war on five fronts. The center’s pantry, the Community Cupboard, is part […] Read More »

What you need to know this Medicare enrollment season

by Rick Beavin, California Market President Humana It’s that time of year when people with Medicare review their health insurance choices and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan for the coming year. People typically have a lot of questions as they research their Medicare options, which primarily include Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage […] Read More »

How the midterm elections will affect aging policy

by Howard Bedlin Democrats could pick up as many as 40 new seats, establishing an anticipated 234-201 margin in the House. That means, House Democrats can lose only 16 votes within their party to pass legislation. So, the 20-25 conservative Democrats, also known as “Blue Dogs,” who could represent swing votes, will likely have increased […] Read More »

Helping our nation’s senior heroes

There are more than 1.3 million World War II veterans over the age of 85. According to Census data, more than 20 million Americans are veterans of foreign wars. Roughly half of those veterans (9.2 million) are aged 65 and older, including more than 1.3 million World War II veterans over the age of 85. […] Read More »

Be a Santa to a homebound senior

Help spread holiday warmth and cheer by adopting one of the 70 homebound seniors that participate in the Ventura Avenue Adult Center (VAAC) Home Delivered Meal Program (HDM). The VAAC has partnered with Home Instead Senior Care of Thousand Oaks to collect “wish list” items for needy homebound seniors. A tree will be placed in […] Read More »

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back” is the famous Chinese proverb although for this article it may be more fitting to say, to know the road ahead, ask those looking back. Everyone has different ideas of what it is like to retire. However, their ideas may be based […] Read More »

Three common ways your social security payment can grow after retirement

by Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications You made the choice and now you are happily retired. You filed online for your Social Security benefits. They arrive each month in the correct amount exactly as expected. But, did you ever wonder if your Social Security check could increase? Once you begin receiving benefits, there are […] Read More »

Ventura Townehouse annual Veterans Day Ceremony

On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, the Ventura Townehouse presented its annual Veterans Day Ceremony out doors at the front of the Townehouse. The large patriotic gathering included residents, veterans and guests. The salute to all our men and women in uniform included patriotic concert music by the Ventura British Brass and a color guard. […] Read More »

Dangerous cooking mistakes to avoid

by Adam Ghering Public Affairs Specialist with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from foodborne poisoning each year. Older adults are at an increased risk of more serious infections from food poisoning due to medications, age-related weakening of […] Read More »

Helping our nation’s senior heroes

According to Census data, more than 20 million Americans are veterans of foreign wars. Roughly half of those veterans (9.2 million) are aged 65 and older, including more than 1.3 million World War II veterans over the age of 85. Though our nation’s heroes may have the gift of longevity, with more years often comes […] Read More »

Sharing caregiving responsibilities

by the National Institute on Aging Caring for an older family member often requires teamwork. While one sibling might be local and take on most of the everyday caregiving responsibilities, a long-distance caregiver can also have an important role. First, try to define the caregiving responsibilities. You could start by setting up a family meeting […] Read More »

You’re Invited to Clearwater’s Santa Photo & Charity Event

CARL will be onsite with adoptable dogs! Bring your family and pets, and support CARL (Canine Adoption and Rescue League). $10 donation or bring an item from CARL’s wish list: Carldogs.org/wishlist. Donation gets you 2 poses with Santa and the digital rights to order your photos after the event. CARL will be onsite with adoptable […] Read More »

Then the mic was opened; tributes and tears flowed

Community members came together to honor Neal Andrews. Photos by Bernie Goldstein by Jill Forman “Pay Tribute to This Wonderful Man” that is how Kathy Powell, the chair of Lift up Your Voice, worded a reminder for a celebration of the career of Neal Andrews. Andrews has served on the Ventura City Council since 2001, and […] Read More »

Are you one in over 40 Million? November is National Family Caregivers Month!

by Patty Jenkins The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group and the Camarillo Health Care District welcome all Caregivers and their Care-Partners to join us in observance of National Family Caregivers month on Wednesday, November 14h from 1 to 3pm at the Lexington Assisted living; 5440 Ralston, Ventura. We hope to help raise awareness of the […] Read More »

Large NIH-funded study examined outcomes in United States and Australia

In a large clinical trial to determine the risks and benefits of daily low-dose aspirin in healthy older adults without previous cardiovascular events, aspirin did not prolong healthy, independent living (life free of dementia or persistent physical disability). Risk of dying from a range of causes, including cancer and heart disease, varied and will require […] Read More »

Aegis Living to Receive Award for Community Impact Program

The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) announced today that Aegis Living will receive its prestigious Elevate Award at the Fall Conference & Trade Show in Palm Springs. The Elevate Award recognizes assisted living, memory care, and CCRC providers who create and implement programs that elevate residents’ and staff members’ quality of life and engage the […] Read More »

Procrastinating: The cost to your retirement

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions If you are like many other hardworking adults, you may find yourself periodically dreaming about what life will be like after you leave the workforce and enter retirement. Maybe you already know of someone who is taking this step and you want to know does anything on this list […] Read More »

Seniors Craft Shoppe celebrates 40 years in Ventura

This non-profit stands out as a place for seniors to design and make products. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman The Seniors Craft Shoppe recently celebrated its anniversary. Located in downtown Ventura at the Zander Alley shopping area, at 4333 E. Main, the shop has been operating for the past 40 years. Seniors Craft Shoppe […] Read More »

What you need to know this Medicare enrollment season

by Rick Beavin, California Market President Humana It’s that time of year when people with Medicare review their health insurance choices and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan for the coming year. People typically have a lot of questions as they research their Medicare options, which primarily include Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage […] Read More »

Large NIH-funded study examined outcomes in United States and Australia

In a large clinical trial to determine the risks and benefits of daily low-dose aspirin in healthy older adults without previous cardiovascular events, aspirin did not prolong healthy, independent living (life free of dementia or persistent physical disability). Risk of dying from a range of causes, including cancer and heart disease, varied and will require […] Read More »

Several Ventura County residents recently participated in table tennis tournaments

Several members of the Camarillo Senior Table Tennis Club recently competed in table tennis tournaments in Nevada and Utah. On October 5th and 6th, Alan Hammerand (from Ventura) and Chuck Jaseph (Camarillo) competed in the Nevada Senior Games. They won a bronze medal competing in the men’s doubles competition. On October 8th through 11th, Alan […] Read More »

Ventura Townehouse hosts "Bling" Bingo Scholarship Fund Raiser

The Ventura Townehouse hosted a “Bling” Bingo Scholarship Fund Raiser event for Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) to benefit Ventura’s graduating senior high school girls. They packed the “House” with residents and was open to the public showering them with gifts, baskets, cash and a grand prize for most bling. This fun event raised over $2,000.00 […] Read More »

Cypress Place presented program on avoiding senior scams

In collaboration with the Ventura County Adult Abuse Prevention Council (VCAAPC), Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura presented a fun, free and educational program on avoiding senior scams. The Stop Senior Scams (SM) Acting Program used theater to dramatize senior scams. Members of the troupe, ranging in age from 60 – 97 years-old, write and […] Read More »

Homeless at 81

by Jennifer Tipton Joan Lucas has worked hard all her life, she managed a training program for many years with Budget Rental Car and at 64, she started her own business. She worked 7 days/week taking only one Monday off per month to “sleep and recover – I am not a deadbeat!” she said. Collecting […] Read More »

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program’s Open Enrollment/One Stop Shops

An important message on Medicare Annual Election Period (AE) or known as Medicare Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2019 Medicare: Open Enrollment/One Stop Shops is from October 15 – December 7, 2018. Stay with your current plan if it meets your needs. You can look for a new one with better coverage, higher quality and […] Read More »

LIVEWell was selected for a Merit award for design and content by a distinguished panel of judges

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s LIVEWell resource guide earned recognition from the 27th annual National Mature Media Awards, which honors the nation’s best marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs produced for older adults. LIVEWell was established in 2017 to serve as the premiere resource guide for the more than 175,000 Ventura County residents 60 and over, individuals […] Read More »

100 and going strong

Mary Jane Mitchell was born on October 11, 1918 in Oxnard and is turning 100.  She was raised in Somis and graduated from Oxnard High School.  Her father was the manufacturer of the Ventura Bean Planter used by farmers in Ventura County, across California and in other agricultural states.  At Ventura College she met Jack […] Read More »

One Basket, All Eggs. Risky!

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions Achieving a high income and net worth is half the battle in the quest for financial security. The other half is trying to keep and grow your assets once you have them. While this latter half is perhaps a nice problem to have, it has been the cause of […] Read More »

Shopping for food that's good for you

If you have a choice of where to get your groceries, pick a store that is clean and well supplied. If it is also busy, the stock is probably more likely to turn over quickly. Many people say a successful trip to the grocery store starts with a shopping list. Throughout the week, try to […] Read More »

Healthy aging in winter and beyond: 4 important vaccines for seniors covered by Medicare

Fall is in full swing, meaning colorful foliage, delicious pumpkin treats, and—perhaps best of all—cooler weather! While you may be celebrating the end of an unbearable summer, it’s important to remember that cooler weather can also mean greater risk of getting sick. Here’s a list of four vaccines that Medicare helps pay for and that […] Read More »

Senior Tai Chi Balance Classes seeking volunteers

Want to help your community while also helping yourself? Then consider becoming one of RSVP’s trained, certified Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance instructors. Training for new volunteer instructors is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13. The program provides active retirees a way to serve their community through teaching the free classes while also improving their own […] Read More »

Are seniors prepared for natural disasters?

Help might not always be there for you, so be prepared. From the wildfires raging across our state to the Hurricanes on the East Coast, there is no shortage of recent news about natural disasters, but are seniors prepared? Studies have found that older adults are especially vulnerable, often from being socially isolated and facing chronic conditions […] Read More »

A thriving social life will do wonders for your body and mind

As people get older and circumstances change, their social lives can suffer. From the death of a spouse to family and friends moving on to new endeavors, a person may find him or herself suddenly socially isolated. Eight percent of American seniors live in social isolation, and the situation can have a big impact on physical […] Read More »

VCAAA announces fall line-up of free community classes

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Fall Prevention Program is now registering individuals 60 and older for a variety of evidence-based classes scheduled throughout Ventura County. All classes are free of charge and range in focus from strengthening mobility and balance to empowering information for individuals with pre-diabetes and diabetes. Classes offered include Tai Chi: […] Read More »

A cure for Alzheimer’s will be developed in their lifetime

Most Americans believe a cure for Alzheimer’s will be developed in their lifetime A new Harris survey finds a majority are willing to take part in medical research . A new survey released by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), Novartis, and Amgen, in association with Alzheimer’s Disease International, finds that most U.S. adults (54%) are worried […] Read More »

Senior troupe to put on show about avoiding senior scams

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, […] Read More »

Genesis Programs helps seniors overcome an invisible epidemic in Ventura County

Genesis Programs launched its outpatient substance misuse, specialty program, for those over the age of 60 on September 26th. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Ventura Office location located at 1732 Palma Dr. It’s common for a health care provider or a loved one to overlook the possibility of substance abuse in seniors. […] Read More »

Meds, mobility and magic!

by Patty Jenkins Come to the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group on Wednesday, October 10th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston St, Ventura to find out about the latest and greatest medications and devices for treating Parkinson’s and also the latest and greatest mobility aids to help you navigate your […] Read More »

The Lexington Assisted Living was honored to host its 5th Annual First Responder BBQ luncheon.

Several participants from the Ventura Police Department, Ventura City Fire Department and Ambulance Services enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch in The Lexington courtyard. Including Ventura Chief of Police Ken Courney. “This is a time we can show our appreciation towards the great men and women that serve our community, our residents, staff and families are all […] Read More »

New Tai Chi Balance Classes in Ventura 

Tai Chi focuses on improving the mobility and balance of older adults. Three new senior Tai Chi classes are forming in Ventura over the next few weeks and registration is now open. Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week program offered by Oxnard RSVP and focuses on improving the mobility and balance of […] Read More »

A 1035 Exchange, know the facts 

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions A common problem faced by insurance and annuity holders relates to a need to upgrade to a better financial option without paying taxes on gains earned on the old policy. There are many legitimate reasons for wanting to upgrade. AAFMAA recommends a 1035 exchange to accomplish this objective. A 1035 exchange […] Read More »

Clearwater at Riverpark invites local community to honor Active Aging Week with Wellness Festival

Clearwater at Riverpark invites local community to honor Active Aging Week with Wellness Festival Clearwater at Riverpark is hosting a community event on Saturday, September 29th from 11 to 3 pm to advocate for Active Aging Week. Festivities will embody Clearwater at Riverpark’s Empowered Living philosophy that encourages residents to pursue their passions through a wellness lifestyle. Active […] Read More »

Keep going! Stay motivated to be active

Physical activity is a great way for older adults to gain substantial health benefits and maintain independence. To make physical activity a routine habit, choose activities and exercises that are fun, motivate you, and keep you interested. Keep It Going If you can stick with an exercise routine or physical activity for at least 6 months, […] Read More »

Why having a Medicare Advantage Plan may make sense

by Rick Beavin, California Market President, Humana Health benefits can be confusing to navigate, particularly as you become eligible for additional support services. While most Americans 65 and older—or those who qualify due to disability—are eligible for Medicare, some may also be eligible for MediCal, California’s Medicaid program, based primarily on financial need. Individuals who […] Read More »

How do I know if an aging friend or relative needs help?

by National Institute on Aging When caring for an aging friend or relative from afar, it can be hard to know when your help is needed. Sometimes, your relative will ask for help. Or, the sudden start of a severe illness will make it clear that assistance is needed. But, when you live far away, […] 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: Diabetes Class Ventura: Tuesday, September 4th, from 1-2:30pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, 1996 Eastman Ave, Suite 109. These meetings are held on the […] Read More »

The qualities that make us different are the qualities that make us special

by Patty Jenkins Those with Parkinson’s Disease and those who live with someone who has Parkinson’s Disease know that it is not “one size fits all”. The medication that works for Allen may not work the same for Robert or Rudy. Allen might have a regular exercise routine that works well for him but it […] Read More »

Top 5 things you could spend less on in retirement

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions In retirement it’s not always about the money you have, it’s about how much you are spending. As you prepare or revise your retirement plan, one of the most important steps that you can take is to ensure that your projected future budget is accurate. Any oversights or poor […] Read More »

Building a place of gathering and connection

by Shannon Holsey Within the Native American community there is an abiding tradition of respect for the importance of family and the honoring of elders. The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians recently opened its new 7,200-square-foot, $1.7 million Elder Center and dedicated it as the “Eunice Stick Gathering Place.” Eunice, an enrolled tribal member, was […] Read More »

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure, a mineral that was used extensively in practically anything for its heat-resistant properties. After the dangers of asbestos were known, its use has been strictly regulated. Unfortunately, plenty of damage has already done and mesothelioma has a latency period of 20-50 years, making seniors the primary demographic […] Read More »

The book is written as a 31 day devotional

Chaplain Harold Christmann presented his newly published book of devotionals at a book signing event held at the Ventura Townehouse Active Senior Living Community located at 4900 Telegraph. Chaplain Christmann is a retired Navy Chaplain . The book, Moments of Divine Intimacy has been released by Christian Faith Publishing and is available on Amazon and […] Read More »

Clearwater at Riverpark

Clearwater at Riverpark invites local community to Honor Active Aging Week with Wellness Festival Clearwater at Riverpark is hosting a community event on Saturday, September 29th from 11 to 3 pm to advocate for Active Aging Week. Festivities will embody Clearwater at Riverpark’s Empowered Living philosophy that encourages residents to pursue their passions through a wellness lifestyle. Active […] Read More »

Do coffee drinkers live longer?

by Matilda Charles A new study looked at data to determine whether consuming coffee lowered the risk of premature death. This was not a small, short-term study. The data was collected for over a decade on a half-million people who’d been part of the U.K. Biobank study. It looked at all manner of health information […] Read More »

90 for 90!

by Jennifer Tipton When Susie Curtis first reached out to social media on July 16th to surprise her dad, Richard Crummie with 90 cards for his 90th birthday on August 2nd, she had no idea of the terrific response she would get! Cards came in from Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Canada, to name a few […] Read More »

Sports are a great way to be active!

by National Institute on Aging Competition and teamwork can inspire you to work harder and keep up your commitment to exercise. Try one of these sports: Tennis Golf Seated volleyball Wheelchair basketball For more sports ideas, visit the Go4Life website! Exercising in hot weather? Stay safe with these tips! Don’t let hot weather stop you […] Read More »

Become a one-on-one Reading Tutor for adults!

Ventura County Library Adult Literacy READ Program is looking for Adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The five-week tutor training series will be offered in Ventura in August through September, and in Simi Valley in […] Read More »

STEMbassador Kids Kick off STEM Workshop Series with Ventura teachers

Teachers, STEMbassadors students and Alex Wulff love what they are doing. Beginning Monday, June 18, 2018 STEMbassadors taught a 3-day workshop to train 16 teachers from several Ventura County schools ( De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA), Junipero Serra elementary school, Rio and Elmhurst elementary, along with Oxnard elementary school ) in […] Read More »

Studio Channel Islands Receives Grant for Arts and Health Program

Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has awarded Studio Channel Islands (SCI) a grant in the amount of $28,820 to support its Arts and Health programming. Funding will be used to expand its Memory Cafes (creative social events for individuals with memory loss and their caregivers), art classes with hospice (workshops for children in bereavement counseling) […] Read More »

Lunch at Clearwater at Riverpark Active Adult Community

Breeze Publisher Brown and Senior Account Executive Breezy Gledhill enjoying a fine lunch at Clearwater at Riverpark Active Adult Community. Residents at Clearwater have a world of options on the menu as planned by Chef Thomas Dado.. Residents can savor fresh modern American cuisine in the restaurant-style dining room offering a full menu of options […] Read More »

Special employee training session at Cypress Place

Random attacks have been occurring across the country and are documented daily in the news. Because of the frequency of the attacks it has become critical for residents to equip themselves with safety skills and knowledge, especially while on the job. On August 14th, Gloria Marcott, self-defense expert and law enforcement officer, will be holding […] Read More »

What to tell your doctor

by National Institute on Aging When you are planning for a doctor’s visit, these are some ways you can make the most of your time there: It is tempting to say what you think the doctor wants to hear, for example, that you smoke less or eat a more balanced diet than you really do. […] Read More »

Controlling high blood pressure

You can have high blood pressure, or hypertension, and still feel just fine. That’s because high blood pressure often does not cause signs of illness that you can see or feel. But, high blood pressure, sometimes called “the silent killer,” is very common in older people and a major health problem. If high blood pressure […] 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: Diabetes Class Ventura: Tuesday, August 7th, from 1-2:30pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, 1996 Eastman Ave, Suite 109. These meetings are held on the […] Read More »

Alphabet Soup: What is the Parkinson’s Foundation?

We hear about so many great local and national Parkinson’s organizations that at times it can become confusing! We call it “Alphabet Soup” when you hear people talk about PF, NPF, PDF, MJFF, APDA, PAN, PMD and the list goes on… Each organization offers something in service to the community, but who’s on first and […] Read More »

7th Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo

Golden Future Expos presented their 7th Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo on Saturday, July 14. at the Ventura County Fairgrounds inside the San Miguel Expo Hall. The event featured over 60 vendors with products, services, and resources tailored for Baby Boomers, Seniors, Caregivers, and Friends/Family. The Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo connects local seniors, […] Read More »

Healthy habits can lengthen life

Physical activity is one of five healthy lifestyle factors that can lower your risk for several diseases and lengthen your life. Have you heard the advice to exercise, choose a healthy diet, keep a lean weight, never smoke, and limit alcohol? Researchers wanted to find out whether people who follow this advice live longer than […] Read More »

Senior News Line

by Matilda Charles I know what my project is going to be when it’s too hot to go out this summer: I’m going to complete a Bio Binder Cherished Memories book. The purpose of the 100-page Cherished Memories book is to leave for your family a record of all your memories. Better than that, however, […] Read More »

Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder

Analysis of large data sets from post-mortem brain samples of people with and without Alzheimer’s disease has revealed new evidence that viral species, particularly herpesviruses, may have a role in Alzheimer’s disease biology. Researchers funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, made the discovery by harnessing data […] Read More »

Fall-proofing your home

by National Institute on Aging Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. There are many changes you can make to your home that will help you avoid falls and ensure your safety. Fall hazards in the […] Read More »

The Alzheimer’s Association Confident Caregiver Series presents free legal and financial issues classes

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. Concerns about care provision and programs that can help offset costs mean that families need accurate information about legal and financial planning specific to the disease. A lot of the time, families are not prepared to make financial plans themselves due […] Read More »

Cypress Place honored our veterans

The First Memorial Honors Detail is followed by Pipe Major Bill Boetticher during the Salute Our Veterans celebration. Photo by Michael Gordon The Salute Our Veterans celebration was held at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura on June 27. The ceremony not only honored veterans living at Cypress Place, but also all veterans in attendance, along […] Read More »

Event will feature 60 vendors with products, services and resources

Golden Future Expos is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo to be held on Saturday, July 14. at the Ventura County Fairgrounds inside the San Miguel Expo Hall from 10:00am – 3pm. The event will feature 60 vendors with products, services, and resources tailored for Baby Boomers, Seniors, Caregivers, and […] Read More »

Pacifica Senior Living Oxnard provides luxury Assisted Living

Grand opening featured 3 ribbon cuttings. Photo by Michael Gordon On Thursday, June 28 Pacifica Senior Living Oxnard held their grand opening featuring ribbon cuttings by the Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo Chambers of Commerce. The hundreds of people attending the event enjoyed live music, great food and drinks and tours of the facility. Pacifica Senior […] Read More »

Remember when you couldn’t wait for the bell to ring for recess?

by Patty Jenkins Remember how disappointed you felt when the bell rang signaling recess was over? Being active was fun back then and we couldn’t get enough of running, jumping, playing on swing sets and playing all kinds of ball games! So maybe it is time to make “exercise” fun again, especially if you are […] Read More »

10 powerful Ways to Use Social Security Online

Social Security Column by Jacqueline Zaragoza Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area Chances are good that you use the internet or a cell phone app every day. Social Security has you covered. We’ve created online tools to make the lives of millions of people easier. We’ve put together a top ten list […] Read More »

Cognitive health and older adults

by the National Institute on Aging Cognitive health—the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember—is an important component of brain health. Motor function—how well you make and control movements Emotional function—how well you interpret and respond to emotions Sensory function—how well you feel and respond to sensations of touch, including pressure, pain, and temperature Manage […] Read More »

Cypress Place Senior Living is hosting its 10th annual “Salute Our Veterans” event.

The event is free and open to the public. A complimentary barbecue lunch will be provided, courtesy of the community. Fallen soldier display and Huey Army Medevac helicopter provided the backdrop for last year’s Salute Our Veteran’s event at Cypress. This year’s event will take place on June 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, […] Read More »

Is the Medicare Plan Finder really helpful?

by the National Council On Aging Older Americans are told they can rely on the Medicare Plan Finder tool to compare and choose the plan that best meets their needs. However, a new report co-authored by the National Council on Aging and the Clear Choices Campaign finds that the Plan Finder tool is not delivering […] Read More »

Three common ways your Social Security payment can grow after retirement

by Jackie Zaragoza Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area You made the choice and now you are happily retired. You filed online for your social security benefits. They arrive each month in the correct amount exactly as expected. But, did you ever wonder if your Social Security check could increase? Once you […] Read More »

Here's how to stay cool this summer

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, but there are locations in the country where the temperature is reaching 100 degrees. Much of the Sunbelt already is seeing highs in the 90s. All of those numbers are going to rise in the coming weeks. It’s the time of year […] Read More »

Local surgeon shares secrets

by Sheli Ellsworth Like so many Ventureans, Dr. James Woodburn II fled the Thomas fire. He evacuated in the middle of the night after receiving panicked phones calls from his daughter and daughter-in-law. He left with the clothes on his back while his home of 45 years was destroyed. “I knew I was in trouble […] Read More »

Nationwide, knitters unite on The Longest Day

by Lori Harasta Five years ago, Teresa Valko participated in the first Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” by walking from dawn to dusk. Sixteen hours and 36 miles later, she unlaced her shoes, examined her blistered feet, and said, “There’s got to be a better way.” Valko is not just passionate about ending Alzheimer’s disease, […] Read More »

Regency Palms Oxnard Senior Living

On May 29, at the Tower Club in Oxnard a VIP invitation only event was held to introduce the Regency Palms Oxnard Senior Living Oxnard’s newest senior living community. Representing the Regency Palms were Martha Bishop, Linda Hardy, Maria Kauten, Theresa Wheeler, Michael Bardelmeier and Christine Hann. Scheduled to open in Fall, 2018 it will […] Read More »

Online course provides an in-depth look about the safety of older drivers

Driver Safety and Transition: Understanding Shared Interests, Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration in Supporting Transportation Independence June 8 – July 6. The course will be launched on June 8. Course registrants will have until July 6, 2018 to complete the course. NADTC’s (National Aging and Disability Transportation Center) Spring 2018 online course provides an in-depth […] Read More »

Three common ways your Social Security payment can grow after retirement

by Jackie Zaragoza Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area You made the choice and now you are happily retired. You filed online for your Social Security benefits. They arrive each month in the correct amount exactly as expected. But, did you ever wonder if your Social Security check could increase? Once you […] Read More »

Hundreds of Ventura County residents will attend ceremony honoring local service members

Cypress Place Senior Living, a Ventura County retirement community, is hosting its 10th annual “Salute Our Veterans” event. Captain Douglas W. King, Chief Staff Officer for Naval Base Ventura County, will be the keynote speaker. Other headliners include County Veteran Services Officer Mike McManus, Ventura City Fire Chief David Endaya, Ventura Chamber of Commerce President […] Read More »

Living with diabetes

Learn about living with diabetes in a special seminar presented by the Ventura Council for Seniors in collaboration with the Lexington Senior Living. Speakers include Dr. Wallace Baker, Medical Director of Academic Family Medicine Clinic and Family Medicine Residency at Ventura County Medical Center, Andrea Ricketts, RN, CDE, PHN, MSN, ACNP-BC, Manager of Healthaware and […] Read More »

What you can do to minimize the cognitive effects of aging, Parkinson’s dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?

by Patty Jenkins The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is pleased to welcome the Alzheimer’s Association as our guests to our monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 13, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston St, Ventura. Phil Chandler, Community Voices Speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Chapter at the […] Read More »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

by Jackie Zaragoza Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. This is an opportunity for everyone, all over the world, to voice their opposition to abuses inflicted on some of the most vulnerable members of our society. For more than 80 years, Social Security has […] Read More »

Music that comforts the soul

Board-Certified Music Therapist Lori Sunshine strums the harp for hospice patient Geneva Fergusson. Geneva Fergusson, diagnosed with bone cancer, was given six months to live, and was placed on hospice care. Three years later, she was holding strong at age 95, as she and her husband Fergie enjoyed a music therapy session with Livingston Memorial […] Read More »

Joan Egeris is always busy

by James Francis Gray Joan Egeris lost everything in the Thomas Fire. She received a phone call from her handy man, the caretaker of her Ondulando neighborhood home while on vacation, informing her of the December 4th Ventura tragedy. Joan left the Seychelles Indian Ocean island resort and headed back home to view the damage—a […] 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: Diabetes Class-Tuesday, June 5th from 1-2:30pm. These meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month. General information is provided about Type 2 Diabetes […] Read More »

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones to the point where they break easily—most often, bones in the hip, backbone (spine), and wrist. Osteoporosis is called a “silent disease” because you may not notice any changes until a bone breaks. All the while, though, your bones had been losing strength for many years. Bone is […] Read More »

Millions of older adults fall prey to financial scams every year

Use these tips from NCOA and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement to protect yourself or an older adult you know. Be aware that you are at risk from strangers—and from those closest to you. Over 90% of all reported elder abuse is committed by the older person’s own family members, most often their […] Read More »

Tai Chi Balance classes seeking volunteers to train in June

RSVP will offer volunteer instructor training in June for a senior Tai Chi program, providing active retirees a way to serve their community through teaching classes while also improving their own balance and staying fit. The two-day training with the Master Trainer for Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, […] Read More »

You are never too old to eat healthy, get active and be social

On May 30 from 10am – 12pm, the Ventura Family YMCA hosts Senior Health and Fitness Day in celebration of Older Americans Month. The event is free, open to the community and will take place in the outdoor sportsplex. A free lunch is provided. Dr. Dial, former Director of the Family Practice Residency at the […] Read More »

Complexities, combinations of age-related brain conditions are a challenge

by National Institute on Aging The decline of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, learning and reasoning—involves a complicated mix of different disease processes in the brain. A study by NIA-funded researchers has shown that common brain diseases often overlap but impact cognitive impairment differently for different people. The findings, published online Dec. 15, 2017 in the journal […] Read More »

Parkinson's Disease Support Group hosts Michael J. Fox Foundation May 9 at 1pm

Michael J. Fox has done much to support Parkinson’s disease research. The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group invites their members and care-partners, visitors and new friends who find themselves navigating Parkinson’s disease to join them on Wednesday, May 9 from 1-3pm for a special presentation to be held at Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston St. […] Read More »

Community urged to be aware of stroke symptoms

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, Community Memorial Health System encourages people to better understand the risk factors and symptoms of stroke, a leading cause of death and serious long-term disability in the United States. Not many people know that for stroke sufferers, the idea of life insurance is one worth looking […] Read More »

Annual Health & Wealth Expo

Local comedian Randy Lubas entertains the crowd at Cypress Place Senior Living on Wednesday April 11. He was the keynote speaker for the annual Health & Wealth Expo held at the senior community. The theme for the expo this year, it’s tenth, was “Laughter Is The Best Medicine.” Read More »

What Californians need to know about new Medicare Cards

by Rick Beavin, California Medicare President for Humana What is happening To combat identity theft, CMS will be changing the format of all Medicare numbers, which means that every existing Medicare beneficiary will get an updated Medicare Card that lists their new Medicare number. What is changing Instead of being based on a beneficiary’s Social […] Read More »

Parkinson's Disease Support Group to host The Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group invites their members and care-partners, visitors and new friends who find themselves navigating Parkinson’s disease to join them on Wednesday, May 9 from 1 to 3PM for a special presentation. The presentation will be held at Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston St. Advancement Officer Mary McQuillen of The Michael […] Read More »

Older Americans Month 2018

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the […] Read More »

Forum highlights life-saving techniques to live “stronger together”

The Ventura County Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition will be hosting a bilingual Fall Prevention Forum that will focus on life-saving strategies and offer a variety of other services, including health assessments, pneumonia and flu vaccinations. The event will be held at Oxnard Family Circle on Saturday, April 28th, from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. This event […] 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: Diabetes Class-Tuesday, May 1st from 1-2:30pm. These meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month. General information is provided about Type […] Read More »

New Medicare cards arriving

by The My Medicare Matters Team Beginning in April the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be sending new Medicare cards to beneficiaries. The new cards are being sent to decrease Medicare beneficiaries’ vulnerability to identity theft by removing the Social Security-based number from their Medicare identification cards and replacing it with a new […] Read More »

New READ tutoring site for adults

The Ventura County Library Adult Literacy READ tutoring site at the Hill Road Library is now open and accepting new students! The READ program provides free help with reading and writing for English speaking adults. Tutors are available for free one-to-one tutoring, and new students are always welcome. The READ program is also looking for […] Read More »

Keep your Social Security address up-to-date with my Social Security

by Essie L. Landry Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in West Los Angeles Keeping your address up to date with a my Social Security account helps us mail your important documents to the correct place. If you receive benefits, you can use my Social Security to update your address. If you’ve moved recently, updating your […] Read More »

Fly research (really) could help neurodegenerative disorders

To understand the link between aging and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, scientists from the National Institutes of Health compared the genetic clocks that tick during the lives of normal and mutant flies. They found that altering the activity of a gene called Cdk5 appeared to make the clocks run faster than normal, and […] Read More »

Make sure you are exercising safely

Don’t derail your exercise progress with a preventable injury! Here are some things you can do to make sure you are exercising safely: Start slowly, especially if you haven’t been active for a long time. Little by little, build up your activities and how hard you work at them. Don’t hold your breath during strength […] Read More »

Shopping for food that's good for you

If you have a choice of where to get your groceries, pick a store that is clean and well supplied. If it is also busy, the stock is probably more likely to turn over quickly and items won’t be near their sell-by or use-by date. But don’t depend on that—always check the dates. Many people […] Read More »

10th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon honors and remembers

In recognition of mothers being the primary caregivers in our lives and the community, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will honor Carolyn Daily Menne and remember Helen Kimball Pidduck at a Mother’s Day Luncheon, Friday, April 27 at the Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo. Proceeds from the event support Livingston’s home healthcare programs and […] Read More »

Yes, you can stop smoking

I’ve smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for 40 years—what’s the use of quitting now? Will I even be able to quit after all this time? No matter your age, quitting smoking improves your health. Consider vaping to ease your transition, for example you could buy the davinci vaporizer. If you quit smoking, you […] Read More »

Area Agency on Aging seeks six advisory council members-Apply by April 15

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on its Advisory Council. The purpose of the Advisory Council is to recommend the direction of senior services and programs in Ventura County. New appointments are now being considered for two-year terms beginning July 1, 2018. There are currently […] Read More »

Zumba is gold

Zumba Gold at the Barranca Vista Center (7050 East Ralston Street) from 10:30 to 11:30 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Zumba Gold is a Latin-inspired modified dance-fitness program for people over 55 or just in search of a modified workout. The current class goes until May 3 and are taught by Alison Oatman. Registration number 10641. Then […] Read More »

The Ventura Townehouse holds Monthly Community Appreciation Breakfast

On Thursday, March 22 they “appreciated” the Ventura Breeze. Representing the Breeze were Publisher Sheldon Brown and Senior Account Executive Breezy Gledhill. “Come enjoy and honor our local contributing hometown newspaper. This paper gives so much to all of Ventura’s seniors and citizens” stated their invitation to residents and family members. The MC for the […] 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: Diabetes Class Ventura: Tuesday, April 3rd from 1-2:30pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, 1996 Eastman Ave, Suite 109. These meetings are held on the […] Read More »

New Medicare cards are coming!

by Greg Dill Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Territories Starting in April 2018, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, to help protect you from identity fraud. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number, so we’re removing those numbers from […] Read More »

Expert physicians to speak to Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

by Patty Jenkins The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Neda Heidari and Dr. Indu Subramanian will be our guests at our meeting held at the Lexington Assisted Living. These expert doctors will answer our questions and endeavor to help us understand more about how to live with and treat […] Read More »

VCAAA offers free fall prevention classes for Ventura County residents

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s award-winning Fall Prevention Program is offering several classes that focus on increased mobility and balance. Classes are currently scheduled to begin in April in Ventura, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo. All classes are free and open to the public. Classes offered include Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance, […] Read More »

Senior seminar at Clearwater at Riverpark

On March 13 a seminar was held at Clearwater at Riverpark. A move to senior living can be an opportunity for a fresh new beginning. The seminar presented professionals who can assist in making the right decision for seniors. Speakers included Realtor Betty Fernandez from Coldwell Banker, Lorine Stoikowitz from Gentle Transitions and the Clearwater […] Read More »

Local comedian to headline Senior Expo

Comedian Randy Lubas has a soft spot for senior citizens. Owner of the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, Lubas will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 10th annual Health & Wealth Expo at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura. The proud son of a decorated veteran of WW II, Lubas was inspired by his father’s […] Read More »

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

It has been just over two centuries since Dr. James Parkinson first extensively characterized the major symptoms of the disease that came to bear his name in 1817. Slowly but surely our understanding of the disease has improved and effective treatment has been developed, but Parkinson’s disease remains a huge challenge to those who suffer […] Read More »

It’s national social security month!

by Essie L. Landry Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area National Social Security Month is celebrated in April and is dedicated to educating you about Social Security programs and services.  From programs that help support you through life’s journey, to services that help put you in control, to systems that help protect […] Read More »

Cypress Place accepting scholarship applications

Ventura High School students Daniela Aranda and Sierra Conboy) were awarded “Senior to Senior Legacy Scholarship” in 2016. When the owners of Cypress Place Senior Living 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. […] Read More »

A Call to Action: Disaster preparedness forum

by Carol Leish This important forum, ‘A Call to Action,’ was presented on February 20, by the Ventura Council For Seniors. It was very timely after the Thomas Fire in Ventura and then the mudslides in Montecito. Chief David Endaya, of the Ventura Fire Department, moderated the forum. He said that the evacuation of 27,000 […] Read More »

Confronting the challenges of Alzheimer’s

by Sue Carrington It’s a force to be reckoned with. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) are debilitating conditions that impair memory, interfere with thought processes, and limit day-to-day functioning. As the disease continues to surge—affecting more than five million Americans and as many as 16 million by 2050—the nation is seeking new ways to […] Read More »

Barbara Leonard celebrates 92

Even though retired nurse Barbara Leonard just turned 92 she still feels that she could be a great nurse. Read More »

Cypress annual Health and Wealth Expo

What started as a simple idea to get area seniors involved in learning more about their health, has now become an annual staple across Ventura County. Cypress Place Senior Living is announcing its 10th annual Health and Wealth Expo. This year’s event, titled “Laughter Is the Best Medicine,” features 35 local vendors, as well as […] Read More »

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association helping the community

In recognition of mothers being the primary caregivers in our lives and the community, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will honor Carolyn Daily Menne and remember Helen Kimball Pidduck at a Mother’s Day Luncheon, Friday, April 27 at the Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo. Proceeds from the event support Livingston’s home healthcare programs and […] Read More »

The better we manage our Parkinson’s Disease today, the better quality of life we will have

by Patty Jenkins Research from Parkinson’s Disease Studies show that increasing physical activity to at least 2.5 hours a week can slow decline in quality of life. (Parkinson’s Foundation). Because people with Parkinson’s Disease may have a number of different symptoms, the right exercise prescription may include some combination of endurance, strength and balance training […] Read More »

Zumba Gold is perfect for all active adults

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 beginning March 26, and a Friday class beginning March 30. Zumba Gold is perfect for all active adults, 50+, looking for a Zumba class at a lower-intensity level. This easy […] Read More »

Dementia 101 Seminar: what you need to know

by Mike Macke, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Cypress Place Senior Living. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2050 this number could reach as high as 16 million. These numbers are staggering, but according to one local expert, these numbers don’t tell the […] Read More »

Senior discounts for the asking

by Jennifer Tipton When I first started to research this, I came across one source that listed a senior as anyone over 50 and I thought – what??? Be aware that different sources will have different age specifications when it comes to what qualifies you for a senior discount and many don’t offer it, you […] Read More »

NIH launches international study of AMD progression

A new clinical study led by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, will follow 500 people over five years to learn more about the natural history of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By using the latest technologies to visualize structures within the eye and measure their function, researchers hope […] Read More »

Stuck Indoors? Try Photography

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles The most fun I’ve had this winter is studying digital photography as I stay home avoiding the cold weather, and the flu and crowds. Setting up indoor studios, experimenting with lighting on vintage glassware and corralling the pets for a photo shoot — it’s been a great way to […] Read More »

Scammers at the door

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles The guy who showed up today came to the wrong door: mine. I pegged him for a scammer before he even said a word. And I was right. The only thing I didn’t know was what kind of scam it was. Turned out it was utilities. The guy claimed […] Read More »

Women’s history and social security

by Essie Landry Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area March is Women’s History Month. This is a time to focus not just on women’s achievements, but on the challenges women continue to face. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than […] Read More »

New attitude towards aging

by Robert Stewart, Facilitator The words “Anti-Aging” are falling out of favor and being replaced with celebrating and embracing “Growing Older”. A pro-aging movement is taking hold in Ventura. In 2014 a small group of men gathered together to share with each other, in a confidential environment, what they are experiencing as we age. Women […] Read More »

Scammers at the door

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles The guy who showed up today came to the wrong door: mine. I pegged him for a scammer before he even said a word. And I was right. The only thing I didn’t know was what kind of scam it was. Turned out it was utilities. The guy claimed […] Read More »

Tai Chi Balance Classes seeking volunteers to train to teach seniors

Improve Balance, Increase Strength, Help Others RSVP will offer volunteer instructor training in February for a senior Tai Chi program, providing active retirees a way to serve their community through teaching classes while also improving their own balance and staying fit. The two-day training with the Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Master Trainer is […] Read More »

Donald is looking for a new girlfriend at 104

by Jennifer Tipton Donald Gay Wright born November 11, 1913 in South Sutton New Hampshire resides at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura. I first met Don at Cypress when I did a wellness clinic there and he and many of his neighbors would line up to get their blood pressure checked. Don was 102 […] Read More »

Women’s history and social security

by Essie Landry Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area March is Women’s History Month. This is a time to focus not just on women’s achievements, but on the challenges women continue to face. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than […] Read More »

Free tax preparation for Ventura county residents

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging and the AARP Foundation are partnering to offer tax preparation services to residents of Ventura County. This service is free and available to anyone of low to moderate income, and may be especially suited to those 50 and older. To receive services, individuals must bring all necessary documentation, […] Read More »

95th birthday celebration held for Rae who is still fiddling around

Rae Huffman playing with Wayne Agnew who is just getting started at 75. by Amber Hansen The Old Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Association celebrated member Lady Rae Huffman’s 95th birthday during their meeting-concert held at the Poinsettia Pavilion on February 4th. Rae is a native Californian with a deep-rooted love for music- from classical […] Read More »

Forum examines community disaster preparedness

How prepared are we for the next disaster? Attend “A Call to Action”, a community-wide disaster education forum, presented by the Ventura Council for Seniors on Tuesday, February 20th. It will take place at Ventura Adult and Continuing Education, 5200 Valentine Rd. Registration will begin at 9:00 am. The program will be from 9:30 to […] Read More »

Free income tax assistance from AARP Tax Aide

“After reading the 1,700 pages of the new tax code we may still need to call Trump.” 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 5 through April 12, 2018. AARP membership is not required. […] Read More »

There is no age limit on being a volunteer

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” These words by Edward Everett Hale clearly reflect the attitude of LaVonne Askay as she returns to volunteer for Community Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary. Askay began working as a volunteer in 1978 after retiring from the Ventura Unified School […] Read More »

Elders and companionship

by Connie De La Rosa After spending time speaking with many seniors at senior centers, assisted living places and elder events, many find themselves quite content in being part of a community that can relate to their present situation such as illnesses, losses, changes and challenges. Not only do they feel accepted and understood, they […] Read More »

Doctors need to know a lot about you

by National Institute of Health Patients and health care providers share a very personal relationship. Doctors need to know a lot about you, your family, and your lifestyle to give you the best medical care. And you need to speak up and share your concerns and questions. Clear and honest communication between you and your […] 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: Social Services/Bereavement Groups Ojai Caregiver Support Group: Monday, February 5th and Tuesday, February 13th (1st & 3rd Mondays, unless it falls on a holiday) from 10:00 am – 11:30 am […] Read More »

Share your heart on Valentine’s Day

by Patty Jenkins “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “ Martin Luther King, Jr. This Valentine’s Day, come and share what is in your heart and how you make it through your days living with Parkinson’s Disease; you just might end up helping someone more than you can […] Read More »

You are never too old to exercise

by National Institute of Health We’ve all heard that exercise is good for you. Did you know that it’s as true for older people as it is for any age group? You’re never too old to get moving, get stronger, and improve your health, especially with options like functional training which helps improve your strength, […] Read More »

Ask family or friends to check on you during cold weather

Living in a cold house, apartment, or other building can cause hypothermia. In fact, hypothermia can happen to someone in a nursing home or group facility if the rooms are not kept warm enough. If someone you know is in a group facility, pay attention to the inside temperature and to whether that person is […] Read More »

Cypress Place to host alzheimer’s & dementia caregivers support group

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 them for these informative meetings and gain support from others […] Read More »

Eating healthy for seniors

by Jennifer Tipton (RN Jenn) Eating healthy is something we all struggle with; however, seniors are often faced with extra challenges. Sometimes food just doesn’t taste the same, there may be a loss of appetite, difficulty chewing, or the inability to go food shopping, and there’s also the consideration of certain dietary restrictions. Here are […] Read More »

Our hearts go out to each and every one of you

by Livingston Memorial staff As we all begin to find our footing again after the impact of the Thomas fires, we at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association would like you to know that our hearts go out to each and every one of you. We are here to acknowledge, hold and honor all of the […] Read More »

Some medicines can keep you awake

by the National Institute on Aging Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as all adults—7 to 9 hours each night. But, older people tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier than they did when they were younger. There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep […] Read More »

Social Security

by Essie L. Landry- Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration Sierra West Area With the arrival of the New Year, many people take the opportunity to make life-changing decisions. No matter where you are in life’s journey Social Security is there. One of our priorities is sharing information to help you save time and put […] Read More »

Zumba classes offered at several locations

The City of Ventura Parks and Recreation is offering Zumba classes. Zumba Gold and a new Chair Zumba Gold. Both classes are being offered at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center beginning January 22nd. Zumba Gold is perfect for all active adults, 50+, looking for a Zumba class at a lower-intensity level. This easy to follow […] Read More »

VCAAA helping the community

Homeowners interested in participating must have one or more vacant bedrooms or a full home available to rent. The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s award-winning Fall Prevention Program will welcome the New Year by offering several classes that focus on increased mobility and balance. All classes are free and open to the public. Classes […] Read More »

A Happy New Year is possible – even with Parkinson’s Disease!

by Patty Jenkins Start the New Year with hope for better treatments, a cure for PD and the knowledge that you are not alone! Join the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group as we kick off the New Year by again hosting Wayne Pickerell, Vice President and Clinical Research Manager of Neurosearch, Inc. at our meeting on Wednesday, […] Read More »

America is a super team of diverse members

by Essie L. Landry Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration Sierra West Area Celebrating Our Nations Diversity – Diversity of skills, knowledge, and perspective is what you want when putting together a strong team. In a way, America is a super team of diverse members, all of whom dream of prosperity and success. Many people […] Read More »

Livingston patients continue to receive in-home care during the Thomas Fire disaster

Despite blazes, blackouts, and evacuations due to the Thomas fire, Livingston’s nurses, social workers, therapists and caregivers continued to keep patients safe and as comfortable as possible as they performed their clinical and custodial duties. They helped some patients evacuate, packing up precious mementos and personal items, and even drove one client to a safe […] Read More »

Helping aging loved ones with goal setting

by Connie Perez Family Caregiver Resource Center Catholic Charities(OASIS) As we enter a new year, we also start planning and preparing ourselves on how we can achieve our goals. Whether it’s a buddy system such as going to the gym or finding other ways that help us in trying to achieve before the next year […] 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: Social Services/Bereavement Groups Adult Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 6:30-8:00 pm These groups are open to individuals who […] Read More »

VCAAA’s Homeshare Program seeks to assist residents affected by Thomas Fire

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Homeshare Program is actively seeking local homeowners who are interested in assisting families and individuals displaced by the Thomas Fire. Homeowners in the Ventura area who have vacant bedrooms or homes to rent under short-term agreements are encouraged to apply. The VCAAA and Homeshare are an entity of […] Read More »

People with health problems face particular challenges

by Amelia Karraker, Health Scientist Administrator, Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR). ResearchScientific Resources Harvey … Irma … Maria … hurricanes that won’t be forgotten any time soon. And, although they don’t have names, let’s not forget the Mexico City earthquake in September and the northern California wildfires in October. We know that the […] Read More »

You are what you eat

A healthy, balanced diet can help you feel better and promote long-term health. See this summary of the important nutrients you need in a healthy eating plan: Proteins – Your body uses proteins to build and repair tissues, fight infection, and give you energy. Protein is found in meat, eggs, beans, nuts, and dairy. Carbohydrates […] Read More »

Fall Prevention Program awarded $50,000

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s (VCAAA) Fall Prevention Program was recently awarded $50,000 from the Camarillo-based Gold Coast Health Plan. The funds will be used to continue efforts to address the crisis of fall incidents throughout Ventura County. The VCAAA’s Fall Prevention Program offers a variety of programs backed by evidence-based material to […] Read More »

Finding a nursing home

Nursing homes provide a wide range of health and personal care services for people in need of short-term rehabilitation or long-term care. If you are looking for a nursing home, your doctor may be able to recommend a few to consider, but there are several questions you should ask to ensure you find a facility […] Read More »

Seniors fall into a gap on Ventura’s East End

by Lori Harasta A huge hole is left after SCAN Health &Wellness Center closed its doors on December 15th. For 11 years, the center provided a meeting place where patrons enjoyed evidence-based exercise classes, guided meditations, technology training, nutrition and weight loss groups, performing arts and Zumba to name a few. Rosemary Molloy was both […] Read More »

Updated 2018 taxable maximum amount announced

In October of each year, the Social Security Administration announces adjustments that take effect the following January that are based on the increase in average wages. Based on the wage data Social Security had at the time of the October 13, 2017, announcement, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable […] Read More »

Cypress Place Senior Living residents visit Ventura’s newest library

Cypress Place Senior Living took some of their residents to the grand opening to check out Ventura’s newest library. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

Senior Song Circle

Dec. 12 (2nd Tues. of each month), 1:30 – 4 p.m. and Dec. 26 (4th Tues. of each month), 1:30 – 4 p.m at SCAN Health and Wellness Center, 6633 Telephone Rd., Ste., led by Marty Capsuto. Center is for those 55+ and guests, Marty will guest sponsor all Songmakers under 55. Plenty of parking […] Read More »

Scam alerts

Scam artists set up fake websites offering anything you could want to buy as gifts around the holidays, at prices that are too-good-to-be-true. And guess what? They are! You’ll never receive the gift you thought you bought, and the scammers could turn around and use your credit card information for their own purchases. Stick to […] Read More »

VCAAA’s Fall Prevention Program receives $50,000 from Gold Coast Health Plan

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s (VCAAA) Fall Prevention Program was recently awarded $50,000 from the Camarillo-based Gold Coast Health Plan. The funds will be used to continue efforts to address the crisis of fall incidents throughout Ventura County. The VCAAA’s Fall Prevention Program offers a variety of programs backed by evidence-based material to […] Read More »

Café Days Holiday Luncheon

Join the City of Ventura Senior Nutrition Program for a holiday luncheon that is bound to be festive with a meal that includes many of your favorite holiday trimmings. Seating is limited so pre-registration is required by calling or visiting the Ventura Avenue Adult Center at 648-3035. A suggested donation for patrons 60+ is $3.00 […] Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions About Alzheimer's Disease

by the National Institute on Aging What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. Dementia is a loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning skills that interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. Other types […] Read More »

Holiday depression in aging loved ones

by Connie De La Rosa – Family Caregiver Resource Center Catholic Charities During the Holidays, we often think of joyful times with family and friends but for 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 […] Read More »

It’s that time of year—time for your flu shot!

“Doesn’t hurt at all if you have a young good looking doctor.” Getting a flu shot every year can help you stay healthy. A flu shot contains the flu vaccine, which could keep you from getting the flu. Medicare will pay for the shot, and so will many private health insurance plans. You can get […] Read More »

What did you say?

Hearing loss is very common in older adults. It can be especially hard for them to hear when more than one person is talking or there is a lot of background noise. Here are some tips you can use when talking with someone who has a hearing problem: In a group, include people with hearing […] Read More »

California Central Chapter at the Alzheimer's Association opens new offices

Stephanie Caldwell, Chamber President & CEO is holding one end the ribbon while it was being cut by Monica Schrader, Ventura County Regional Director and Rhonda Spiegel CEO for the California Central Chapter at the Alzheimer’s Association opening of their new offices located at 2580 E. Main St. The cutting took place on Nov.16. There […] 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: Social Services/Bereavement Groups Ojai: Caregiver Support Group Monday, December 4th and 18th from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at Continuous Care Center, Fireside Room, 1306 […] Read More »

Retired Army Capt. Donald Wright celebrates 104th birthday

Retired Army Capt. Donald Wright, a resident of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura, celebrated his 104th birthday on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2017. A celebration in his honor, as well as honoring all the Veteran residents at Cypress Place, included food and entertainment, and a drum solo by Cpt. Wright, which delighted the large […] Read More »

It’s open enrollment time!

by Carol Chybowski American Legacy Solutions We have all been bombarded lately with TV ads and mailed circulars the last month or so touting various plans and companies to choose from during the Annual Open Enrollment Period for Medicare. Just what is Open Enrollment and who should utilize it? The Annual Open Enrollment Period for […] Read More »

Spreading positivity: Just how impactful volunteers can be

by Katie Dawes 80-year-old James Rochow was a well-known resident in his assisted living community. Preferring to go by Jimmy, he was friendly with the staff, social with other residents and stole the hearts of many volunteers. Despite his approachable nature, he was not always so willing to engage. James had Parkinson’s disease, a disorder […] Read More »

The Townhouse thanked all participants in their Veterans Day Celebration

The Ventura Townehouse has been home to many Veterans and spouses over the years. They have enjoyed the company of Veterans from every branch of the armed services, including Veterans of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Regardless of service type, rank, or role, they sincerely appreciate the service of all Veterans. On […] Read More »

Livin’ the dream: The sky’s no limit

It was her actual 94th birthday on the day of the jump. by Mike Macke, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing Cypress Place Senior Living Have you ever had a dream? Winifred “Winnie” Lester did. Winnie is a resident at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura. She resides in their Independent Living community, a specially […] Read More »

“Giving Back”

Family Caregiver Resource Center Catholic Charities/OASIS by Connie De La Rosa There are many ways of “Giving back” that makes a difference especially for those who are lonely during the fast approaching holiday season and daily basis with very little to no communication with family or friends. Family caregivers who do not live close by […] Read More »

Understanding hospice and palliative care

Learn how hospice and palliative care support a person and their loved ones. Understand what transitions, challenges, and choices there are at the end of life. Identify when a person might be ready for palliative or hospice care. Thursday, November 9, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Fremont Junior High School Cafeteria, 1130 N. “M” St., […] Read More »

Is it Medicare Or Medicaid?

by Essie L. Landry Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Sierra West Area A lot of people have a difficult time understanding the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. Both programs begin with the letter “M.” They’re both health insurance programs run by the government. People often ask questions about what Medicare and Medicaid are, what […] Read More »

Senior happenings in Ventura

Join the Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) on the third Wednesday of each month from 9:30-11 am. The next VCS meeting will be held Wed., Nov. 15 at Ventura Adult Continuing Education (VACE), 5200 Valentine Rd., Ventura. The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) is a resource we encourage Ventura adults to utilize. The […] Read More »

Steve Spira recipient of Award for Outstanding Executive Director

The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) is pleased to announce that Steve Spira with Cypress Place Senior Living, an Integral Senior Living community, has received the organization’s prestigious Outstanding Executive Director award at their Fall Conference & Trade Show in Rancho Mirage. CALA chooses recipients of these awards based on their commitment to providing outstanding, […] Read More »

City of Ventura Parks and Recreation offering Zumba Gold series

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 until January 17, 2018. 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 […] Read More »

Senior Profile - Jerry Mahoney

by James Francis Gray Jerry lived a storied life as a world traveler, businessman, explorer, military veteran and college graduate. Now in retirement, 70-year old Jerry is as busy as ever as a volunteer in Yosemite and teaching watercolor classes to seniors at the Ventura Marina Mobile Home Park on the shores of Pierpont Bay […] Read More »

Treacy Villa Residential Care Facility helds open house honoring founder Mr. Patrick Treacy

Treacy Villa Residential Care Facility held an open house on Friday, November 3 in celebration of the memory care facility’s thirtieth anniversary and to honor its founder, Mr. Patrick Treacy, who was the Guest of Honor at the three-hour long party. A food buffet offered plenty to eat plus live entertainment was provided. Treacy Villa […] Read More »

Giving a face to the homeless William Kimball - 1948 - 2017

William Michael Kimball, son of Eileen M Coogan Benesch and William Frances Kimball, was born in St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell NY on January 10, 1948. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Mark Kimball, and maternal grandmother Lena Kinne, both of whom he adored, and loving brother Richard Benesch and nephew Christopher Boisvert. Bill […] Read More »

Cypress Place resident still a country girl at heart

Cypress Place Senior Living memory care residents visited Prancer’s Pumpkin Village in Ventura on October 18 for pumpkin picking, hay rides, a petting zoo, and an exciting ride on a mechanical bull. The seniors reside in the “Generations” Memory Care community at Cypress Place, a specially designed area for residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms […] 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: Social Services/Bereavement Groups Ojai: Caregiver Support Group Monday, November 6th and 20th from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at Continuous Care Center, Fireside Room, 1306 […] Read More »

Are you ready for open enrollment?

by Bill Decker American Legacy Solutions As open enrollment approaches for Medicare recipients, here are a few ideas that may help you get the most from the options available to you this year. As you know if you have been dealing with Medicare for any amount of time you are familiar with how Medicare has […] Read More »

Pacifica Senior Living announces new Executive Director

Pacifica Companies, a senior living operator with 70 communities throughout the United States, has announced a new Executive Director. The company named Stacie Dawes as Executive Director of its luxury Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Oxnard. Dawes, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in senior care for over 18 years, was the Community Relations Director […] Read More »

November is National Family Caregivers Month

During National Family Caregivers Month, the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group joins with the Caregiver Action Network and many local and national Caregiver Support organizations who recognize the challenges family caregivers face when their loved ones need Caregiving Around the Clock! Everyone is welcome to join the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group on Wednesday, November […] Read More »

Senior Song Circle

Nov. 14 (2nd Tues. of each month), 1:30 – 4 p.m.,and Nov. 28 (4th Tues. of each month), 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 […] Read More »

Treacy Villa to hold 30th Anniversary Open House

Treacy Villa Residential Care Facility will hold an open house in celebration of the memory care facility’s thirtieth anniversary and to honor its founder, Mr. Patrick Treacy, who will be the Guest of Honor at the three-hour long party. Free to local community members, medical providers and business people, the open house will take place […] Read More »

Breast cancer survivor tells her story

Ellen Johnson (lower right) is joined in solidarity with colleagues Stephanie Montenegro, Marc Wilde, Lynda Frank, and Katie Furlong. by Lori Harasta Asked how Ellen Johnson felt when she first found out she had breast cancer, she said, “Numb. Later that night, I asked my husband, ‘Did he say I have cancer?!’” It started with […] Read More »

Lexington hosts 3rd annual special luncheon for first responders

On Friday, September 22 The Lexington hosted their 3rd annual special luncheon for our first responders to salute the men and women who serve our community every day. Those attending included the Ventura Police Department, Ventura Fire Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and ambulance companies. Enjoying their company were Lexington residents and guests. Lunch was […] Read More »

Foundation supports merger of two beloved hospice organizations

The Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has awarded Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association (Livingston) a $105,000 grant to cover the costs of its merger with Camarillo Hospice. Vanessa Bechtel, President/CEO of VCCF said of the gift, “The Foundation’s commitment to strategic grant making could not be better represented than through this $105,000 grant to Livingston […] Read More »

94-year old was born to be wild

Have you ever had a dream? Hope Jeter did. Hope is a resident at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura. She resides in their Generations Memory Care community, a specially designed area for residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Just shy of her 95th birthday, Hope shared that her dream was to ride […] Read More »

Cypress Place to host dementia 101 seminar and support group

Norma Featherston, R.N., M.S. Gerontolgy, will be the guest speaker for the Dementia 101 seminar. Photo by Michael Gordon In collaboration with New Hope Senior Services, please join Cypress Place Senior Living for a Dementia 101 Seminar – “Exciting Breakthroughs & Practical Tips”. Guest speaker for the seminar will be Norma Featherston, R.N., M.S., Gerontology. Featherston […] Read More »

Forum to raise awareness on medications and driving

Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH) and the Ventura Council for Seniors (VCS) will present a panel discussion to be held on Thursday, September 28 at Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE), 5200 Valentine Road. The program starts at 9:30 am and lunch will be provided afterward, compliments of the Downtown Ventura Rotary. The Forum will […] Read More »

Livingston presents “Understanding Hospice”

by Lori Harasta “I wish I had known about hospice sooner.” For those who have experienced it, this is probably the most common comment expressed. Too many people wait too long to discover what hospice is and what it can do for a patient and his/her loved ones. Discover what it’s really all about at […] Read More »

Two ways to get your Medicare benefits

by Greg Dill- Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage have different benefits and costs that you should consider based on your personal needs. So grab a cool drink and I’ll go over some of the differences. Medicare open enrollment season runs from Oct. 15 […] Read More »

What is the purpose of a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group?

by Patty Jenkins Because you are not alone and this meeting is all about you! And you just might end up helping someone, too, by sharing your own experiences battling this more-than-challenging disease. The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets every second Wednesday of the month (except December) to learn more about Parkinson’s Disease, the […] Read More »

Scam alerts

by AARP Scammers across the country are calling Social Security beneficiaries, claiming they are due a cost of living increase. They just need to verify your Social Security number and bank routing information, along with other personal information. Then, the scammers contact the real Social Security Administration to try to change your direct deposit to […] Read More »

Healthcare information brought to seniors with a little fun mixed in

Ventura Post Acute, a local skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, is hosting a Carnival to bring seniors to their community in order to provide much needed information on healthcare options like which clinic would be best to register with, for example, if you are in New Mexico you may turn to Southwest Care, compared to […] Read More »

Channel Islands “Live Dive” at the Ventura Townehouse

Explore the ocean floor Come and enjoy live broadcasting in Real-Time as Kelly Moore, National Park Service Ranger, deep sea dives the Channel Islands National Park as we watch her on Ventura Townehouse’s three big screen TV’s. Using Channel Island’s wireless technology we will be able to speak directly to Kelly as she shows us […] Read More »

First responder appreciation day luncheon at the Lexington

The Lexington will be hosting their 3rd annual 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, sheriff’s department and ambulance companies. The Lexington is located at 5440 Ralston Street. The event will be held Friday, September […] Read More »

Elderly scam prevention tips

by Connie De La Rosa Here are some things you might notice in an elderly loved one which could indicate financial abuse or being the victim of scams: Worrying about finances, having unanticipated financial problems Unexplained purchases, missing cash or valuables Difficulty explaining purchases or confusion over a purchase or service contract, excessive repairs or […] Read More »

How much life insurance is enough?

by Jayson Cohen, American Legacy Solutions The average adult American has coverage less than four times his or her annual income. When you consider all the things that life insurance proceeds need to find and how long the money will be needed, you begin to realize that your try need for coverage is often 10 […] Read More »

You are Invited to a lecture on Medicare & Hospital Care

Bruce A. Woodling, M.D. is a graduate of the USC KECK School of Medicine in 1972. Dr. Woodling completed an 18-month internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology/Internal Medicine at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, and a 2-year Family Practice Residency at the Ventura County Medical Center. Dr. Woodling is Board Certified and […] Read More »

Zumba Gold series at Ventura Avenue Adult Center

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 beginning September 18 through November 15, 2017. Zumba Gold is perfect for all active adults, 50+, looking for a Zumba class at a lower-intensity level. This easy to follow class […] Read More »

Knit-a-thon for Alzheimer’s benefits memory care residents

Teresa Valko and Lois Perry offer an afghan to a Greenfield Care Center resident. by Lori Harasta Eighty participants knitted and purled together to raise money for research on “The Longest Day”, an Alzheimer’s fundraising event that took place at Anacapa Fine Yarns in Ventura on June 21. The event was the brainchild of a […] Read More »

Facility expands program for retired or disabled veterans

Treacy Villa Residential Care Facility is proud to announce the expansion of their Veterans Administration “Aid & Attendance Program” for retired or disabled veterans. Treacy Villa has dedicated additional single and double rooms for qualified veterans who can now apply for a monthly benefit payment that is made in addition to other pensions. This additional […] Read More »

Tips on helping elders and kids stay cool

Family Caregiver Resource Center- Catholic Charities by Connie De La Rosa During the fall season, hot windy weather can be miserable for Elders, or children. Many people use this season to get the common air conditioning problems resolved to help them stay cool, but sometimes you may want to take a few extra steps to […] Read More »

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: All at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association office, 1996 Eastman Ave., Suite 109 unless noted. Call 642-0239 for more information or email griefinfo@livingstonvna.org. Social Services/Bereavement Groups Ojai: Caregiver Support Group […] Read More »

How Medicare helps people with diabetes

by Greg Dill Greg Dill is Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. At a recent meeting of my staff, the topic of diabetes came up. When we went around the table, it turned out that 25 percent of them have problems with blood sugar. That figure exactly matches the […] 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 »

Keep living, laughing and moving with Parkinson’s disease!

by Patty Jenkins How do I do that, you ask?? Well, it’s by employing the “dreaded E word”, the magic medicine for everyone, but especially for people with Parkinson’s Disease: it’s “exercise!” Every Doctor, Movement Disorder Specialist, Neurologist, fitness professional and Parkinson’s Disease web site emphasize how important it is for people with PD to […] Read More »

Preventing falls

On Friday, September 22 the Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition (EFPC) of Ventura County, in association with Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) will host a prevention Forum: “United we Stand to Prevent Falls”. The format will consist of speakers interspersed with balance enhancement activities and demonstrations. Also health assessments, including vision, hearing, and balance. […] Read More »

Senior’s enjoying music

Sept. 12 (2nd Tues. of each month), 1:30 – 4 p.m., at SCAN Health and Wellness Center, 6633 Telephone Rd., led by Marty Capsuto. For those 55+ and guests, so Marty will guest sponsor all Songmakers under 55. Plenty of parking behind building. For more information, contact Marty at 658-0365 or mcapsuto@scanhealthplan.com. Sept. 22 (4th […] Read More »

Combat the dangers of hot weather (even in Ventura)

“This should keep us cool until the margarita’s arrive.” With summer here and the temperatures rising(even in Ventura), it is important to understand the health risks that excessive heat can bring and know the signs of heat-related illnesses. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses. […] Read More »

Why it pays to keep a careful eye on your earnings records

by Essie L. Landry Public Affairs Specialist Social Security Administration Sierra West Area Whether you’re ready to retire, just joining the workforce, or somewhere in between, regularly reviewing your Social Security earnings record could make a big difference when it’s time to collect your retirement benefits. Social Security prevents many mistakes from ever appearing on […] Read More »

How aging affects driving

As people get older, their driving patterns change. Retirement, different schedules, and new activities affect when and where they drive. Most older adults drive safely because they have a lot of experience behind the wheel. But when they are involved in crashes, they are often hurt more seriously than younger drivers. Age-related declines in vision, […] Read More »

Livingston Hospice plants Memory Trees

by Lori Harasta It has been said trees are the earth’s effort to speak to heaven. Livingston Hospice is a participating sponsor of the Los Padres National Forest’s Penny Pines Reforestation Program. This conservation program began in the early 1960s and has been meeting the ongoing need of restoring fire-and-pest devastated areas of the magnificent […] Read More »

Is Plan F and C going away?

by Jayson Cohen, American Legacy Solutions. You may have heard about new legislation affecting Plan F and C. It’s called the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) in the following article we will discuss some key point that you need to know. FACT: Consumers currently enrolled or looking to enroll in Plan […] Read More »

Vaccine approved to prevent shingles

In May 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine to prevent shingles in people age 60 and older. The vaccine is designed to boost the immune system and protect older adults from getting shingles later on. Even if you have had shingles, you can still get the shingles vaccine to help prevent […] Read More »

“Coping With Guilt And Your Aging Loved One”

Family Caregiver Resource Center Catholic Charities-OASIS by Connie De La Rosa Many family caregivers are overwhelmed by the medical attention or physical care required by their loved ones in addition to family members who are unfamiliar with the type of care required. This may cause quite a bit of stress along with some anger and […] Read More »

Camarillo Hospice fall training

Camarillo Hospice is pleased to announce their Fall 2017 hospice volunteer. Hospice volunteer support is sought to serve cities throughout Ventura County including Ventura. Reservations currently are being accepted for the class, which will meet eight consecutive Tuesday mornings from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm starting September 12th through October 31st. Participants will: become familiar […] Read More »

Old term vs new term?

by Jayson Cohen, American Legacy Solutions At the core of Life insurance, the most basic feature is to pay a death Benefit: they lump sum payment your beneficiaries would receive if you were to die. It’s the Core reason to own life insurance – but not the only one. Some types of life insurance offer […] Read More »

What is Parkinson’s Disease and how do I know I have it?

by Patty Jenkins There are many nuances and varying symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease which make it one of the most challenging diseases not only to live with, but also for doctors to diagnose early and treat properly. That is why it is vitally important to learn what those early symptoms are and to find the […] Read More »

Senior Song Circle

Aug. 8 (2nd Tues. of each month), 1:30 – 4 p.m. Aug. 22 (4th Tues. of each month), 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. . Plenty of parking behind building. […] Read More »

Zumba

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 through September 13. 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, […] Read More »

When home bound senior citizens need groceries they think “SHOP AHOY.”

by Tony Miller, President of Shop Ahoy Every Tuesday morning around 9:00 am in Von’s at Victoria and Telegraph you’ll see the result of their calls. As many as 25 shopping carts filled with groceries lined up waiting to be delivered to seniors. SHOP AHOY is a non-profit volunteer program in Ventura County which has […] Read More »

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 »

Instructors needed for award-winning fall prevention course

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) and Oxnard RSVP are partnering to offer volunteer training for individuals interested in teaching courses in Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. No experience is needed. A six-month commitment to teaching the program is requested of volunteers. Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance follows curriculum developed to […] 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 »

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 »

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. While there are obviously luxury drug rehab centers available to those struggling from addiction, it is always best to focus on prevention. However, there are many different reasons why people abuse drugs and become addicted to them. It’s not the […] 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. This includes if you have your own website. You also need to make sure your site […] 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, and can even seriously put your feet at risk through peripheral vascular disease. This is why people with diabetes should make sure they have a […] 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, so they’re able to know the […] 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 and there are so many ways to. Some people quit by doing more exercise, some use nicotine patches while others use sites like www.gourmeteliquid.co.uk to help them slowly decrease their nicotine intake. […] 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. Medication like valtrex can be used to treat this viral infection. 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 […] 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 (if you take […] 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 were […] 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. Many smokers try every year to stop smoking but often find that it is extremely difficult to do so. Some […] 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. Its services are very similar to those of […] 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? There are so many benefits to 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 […] 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. For […] 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. Most of the time, when people take drugs, they have a clear idea about what they’re taking, however on other occasions, you may be taking a completely unknown drug, […] 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 favourite drink of senior citizens and […] 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 in all aspects, especially as we age, whether it is in exercise, being active in the community to maintain social interaction, or regular doctor visits, is more vital. Today, there are many educational classes and outreach programs that assist in making better choices for a much […] 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. This means that you need to ensure you’re well organized when it comes to things like your probate valuation, wealth […] 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 »