Q: I am looking for something different to do to celebrate a very good friend’s special birthday. Have you heard of anything coming up in the next few weeks? A: Your timing couldn’t be better. The “2nd Chance Fashion Show” benefiting Senior Concerns programs would be an excellent event. It will take place at 11:30 a.m. April 23 at Muvico at The Oaks shopping center at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. The event will include lunch, a silent auction, a fashion show featuring clothing and accessories from the Westlake Village boutique Sugar and a drawing. It will end with the showing of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at 1:30 p.m. Funds raised will go toward Senior Concerns programs and services aimed at helping people remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Tickets are $55 per person. Reserve a spot by calling 497-0189 today. Q: My husband lost his wallet, and I’m trying to replace the contents. This is difficult because he doesn’t remember everything he carried. Please tell others to inventory what they carry in case they have to replace a wallet’s contents. A: This is a difficult job. I’m not sure that most of us could accurately list the contents of our wallets from memory. An inventory can provide an accurate record of your wallet’s contents and give you an opportunity to weed out what you carry. Experts say a thinner wallet is safer as potential thieves would have less information and less opportunity to commit fraud. To do your inventory, set aside a block of time, sit at a desk or table with pen and paper and empty everything from your wallet. Review each item to determine whether you need to carry it with you, should put it away for safekeeping or should get rid of it. For example, your Social Security card should not be carried with you. The Social Security Administration recommends it be placed in safekeeping and carried only when you need to present it. List all items to be carried in your wallet on an inventory sheet. Your inventory information should include the identity of the item, such as “XYZ credit card” or “California driver license,” the account or registration number, name of registrant, expiration date and the number to contact to report its loss. Date the list and file it with your important papers. Update your inventory list when you change any of the contents of your wallet. Happenings Wednesday: “Will you Pass Your Next Driving Test?” seminar. 1:30-3 p.m.; Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley. Wednesday: “Creating a Legacy” presentation at Thousand Oaks Council on Aging meeting. 1 p.m.; Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks. Saturday and April 27: Preview of “Brain Fitness Program.” 9-10 a.m.; Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village. No reservations required. April 9: “Mechanics of Caregiving” seminar. 4:30-6 p.m.; Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks. For reservations, call 497-0189. April 10: “Identity Theft, Fraud & Scams — What’s New?” seminar. 1:30-3 p.m.; Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village. For information, call 495-6250. More …
Fashion show can be birthday celebration, way to support cause
About the Author: Betty Berry
Betty Berry brings a deep understanding of senior issues to her position as Senior Advocate for Senior Concerns. She has advocated for seniors since 1993. Through the Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program, known as HICAP, she is registered with the State of California as an Insurance Counselor, a Long-Term Care Insurance Counselor and a Community Educator. She has served on the Area Agency on Aging’s Advisory Council as a member and Chair, has been a member of the Financial Abuse Strategic Team (FAST) and currently serves on the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program (CSVP) Advisory Board and authors the Senior Advocate column that appears in the Ventura County Star. Betty completed her undergraduate degree at California Lutheran University and earned her Juris Doctorate degree at Ventura College of Law.
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