Q: I live in Thousand Oaks, am a young senior and have time. How can I learn about activities for my age group? A: On Aug. 24, the Goebel Adult Community Center in Thousand Oaks will have an open house to showcase activities offered throughout the year. The center provides activities such as dancing, yoga, oil painting, Shakespeare and opera. Instructors will be present to demonstrate their classes and show samples of the work produced in their workshops. The event will run from 9-11 a.m. and include a free continental breakfast, door prizes, tours and class registration. The center is at 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. To RSVP or receive more information, call 381-2744 or write firstname.lastname@example.org . Q: In researching long-term care, I have encountered the term “activities of daily living.” Can you provide a list and definitions of those activities? A: “Activities of daily living” refers to the basic personal activities each of us must perform daily. The list typically includes bathing, dressing, eating, continence, using the toilet, transferring and ambulation. Bathing is defined as having the ability to wash oneself on a routine basis in the tub, shower or by sponge bath. Dressing is the ability to put on and take off all garments and medically necessary braces or artificial limbs. Eating is the ability to get nourishment into the body by any means once it has been prepared and made available. Continence is defined as the ability to control bowel and bladder functions and to maintain a reasonable level of personal hygiene. Using the toilet includes the ability to go to and from the toilet. Transferring is the ability to move into and out of a bed or chair, and ambulating refers to a person’s ability to move about in the home. The need to discuss these activities comes into play when a care plan is being prepared for someone who needs assisted or long-term care. HAPPENINGS Wednesday: “Will You Pass Your Next Driving Test?” seminar. 1:30-3 p.m.; Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. Saturday: “Tell Me the Truth — Am I Losing My Memory?” seminar. 2 p.m.; Meadowbrook Senior Living, 5217 Chesebro Road, Agoura Hills. For information and reservations, call 818-462-5987. Sunday: “The Voice Behind Scarlet O’Hara,” facilitated by Martha Abbey Miller. 2 p.m.; Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. $5 per person. For information, call 381-2744. Lawyers at the Library speaker series: Ventura County Law Library, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For information, call 642-8982. – 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday — “OMG! — Someone Died.” Facilitated by Cheri Elson, certified specialist, estate planning, probate and trust law. – 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 — “Clearing Your Criminal Record.” Facilitated by Ron Bamieh, criminal defense attorney. Medicare seminars: “Is Your Medicare Coverage Working for You?” and “Medicare Fraud Updates.” – 1-3 p.m. Thursday at Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 Las Posas Road, Suite 117, Camarillo. For information call 388-1952. – 1-2 p.m. Aug. 20 at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Road, Moorpark. For information, call 517-6261. – 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 22 at the offices of the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, 646 County Square Drive, Ventura. For information, call 477-7310. More …
Goebel Center has a lot to offer active seniors
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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