QUESTION: In the past you have provided information about special activities offered by Cypress Place. I am wondering if there is anything scheduled in the next few months?

ANSWER: A very timely question. Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura will be hosting its annual Health & Wealth Expo on May 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The keynote speaker at the event will be Gabriel Cordell, whose incredible true life story is the inspiration for the upcoming documentary film “Roll With Me: A Journey Across America.”

After losing the use of his legs in a car accident, Mr. Cordell made history by becoming the first person to roll across the United States in a standard manual wheelchair — a 3,100-mile journey from ocean to ocean — in just 99 days.

The Health & Wealth Expo will include more than 30 vendors who will be offering free blood pressure readings, mini stroke evaluations, balance tests, hearing tests and many more services and information of interest to seniors. There will also be veteran benefit information and free wealth management consultations. Raffle prizes will be given away throughout the event, including one grand prize – a 50-inch HD flat screen TV. You will also enjoy a healthy gourmet lunch.

The event is free and open to the public. Free shuttle parking is also available at the Ventura Baptist Church at 5415 Ralston St.

To make your reservation or for more information call 650-8000. Cypress Place Senior Living is located at 1200 Cypress Point Lane in Ventura.

QUESTION: I recently encountered a problem that resulted in penalties and interest because of a lost check I attached to correspondence regarding payment of an account. Please tell your readers how important it is to make a copy of everything of importance that you mail.

ANSWER: When sending mail of importance — tax returns, applications or merchandise orders — the entire package, including any check or money order, should be duplicated. The check or money order should contain identifying information such as an account number or transaction number on its face. If there is a due date or deadline involved, the correspondence should be sent by certified mail with a return receipt.

By making a complete copy of the package you can refer to it if a question arises. You can determine what you said or sent.

By sending the package certified mail with return receipt requested, you can show proof of date mailed as well as proof of mail received by the addressee if a question surfaces.


Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Memory Café, a social gathering for those with memory loss and their family caregivers, at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. Reservations are required and can be made at 497-0189.

May 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: “Celebration – It’s Older Americans Month” at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley.  For reservations call 583-6363.

May 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Seminar – “What Happened to Please, Thank You and You’re Welcome…?” – at Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. For information call 495-6250.

May 18, 1 to 2 p.m.: Presentation – “How to Prepare for Old Age…Without Taking the Fun Out of Life” – Bernard S. Otis will present a humorous and informative talk about the journey of life, at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  For reservations call 381-2744.

May 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Music Comes Alive – “Mirage – Visions of Fleetwood Mac” at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Tickets are $5 and available at the center. For more information call 381-2744.

May 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Seminar – “Communication and Managing Difficult Behaviors” – at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For reservations call 497-0189.


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