QUESTION:  Last year I attended a health and wellness event at the Goebel Center.  Do you know if that event is being offered again and if so when?

  ANSWER:  Yes.  The Conejo Senior Volunteer Program’s (CSVP) 4th Annual Wellness Fest is scheduled for Wednesday January 17 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.

  This festival brings together over 65 local businesses and public service agencies that will provide valuable information about resources and services that are locally available.  Vendors include assisted care facilities, in-home care agencies, financial information, legal referrals, insurance coverage information, nutrition and fitness resources and recreation and entertainment activities.

  There will be health care professionals to perform screenings to test hearing, take blood pressure and RMI.   There will be high tech services to provide information on managing pain and understanding dementia.

  This is a free event, but those wishing to have a free bagged lunch must obtain a lunch ticket at the Goebel Center.  These free lunch tickets will be available starting January 2nd.

  Each year the Wellness Fest features a unique theme – 2018 will be western –complete with a photo op with John Wayne!  Look for roaming cowboys, ukulele entertainment, miniature horses, comfort dogs and even a gigantic therapy bunny and  the Stagecoach Inn Museum will display one of their many fabulous  Western Collections on the stage.  If you haven’t visited the museum you should put in on your list of things to do in 2018.

  Guests can also tour the Goebel Garden Center, test out new virtual reality technology for seniors and take a virtual dementia tour.

  Sponsors of this popular event include Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, Sunrise Senior Living and Home Helpers.  Proceeds from this event help support the volunteer program.

  Conejo Senior Volunteer Program has worked for over forty years to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults age 55 and over in the Conejo Valley.  Last year over 1,000 CSVP volunteers worked more than 180,000 hours.  This time allotment of meaningful community engagement provides physical and mental stimulation.  This is proven to be essential for maintaining health and wellness in retirement.

  In addition independent research estimates this volunteer work to be valued at nearly $5,000.000 in human resource contribution.

  This undertaking creates a win-win result with the senior staying active and healthy and the public services able to better serve the community.

  This event should be both an educational and fun day.  For more information call (805) 381-2742.

  Remember to pick up your free lunch ticket (limited to the first 300 attendees) at Goebel’s front desk before the day of the event.  Hope to see you there.



  TUESDAY – January 9 – 4:00 to 5:30 pm – Seminar – The Path to Positive Aging Series – “Navigating Placement Choices” – at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks.  For reservations call (805) 497-0189.

  WEDNESDAY – January 10 – 1:00 – Presentation – Dr. Bader Iqhal will address “Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia” at Thousand Oaks Council on Aging Meeting – at Civic Oaks Plaza Board Room, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

  WEDNESDAY – January 10 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm – Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting at the Lexington Assisted, 5450 Ralston Street in Ventura.  For more information call Patty at (805) 766-6070.  No reservations required.

  SATURDAY – January 13 – 2:30 to 4:45 pm – Presentation – In Honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday, The Oxnard Public Library will present a docudrama which chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.


  I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my readers and their families a very happy, peaceful and productive New Year.


  Betty Berry is a senior advocate for Senior Concerns.  The advocates are located at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 or call (805) 495-6250, FAX (805) 373-1853 or e-mail (please include your telephone number.)  You are invited to submit questions on senior issues.)



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