Q: I seem to be getting more forgetful. I am wondering whether this is just part of getting older or is the start of a serious problem. Do you know where I might go for answers?
A: November is National Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Month, and National Memory Screening Day is an event that will be offered at more than 2,000 sites nationwide. Senior Concerns will offer memory screening Nov. 17 at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks. A presentation and brain fitness games will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individual memory screenings will be offered by appointment from 9:45- 11 a.m. The event is free. To register, call Senior Concerns at 497-0189.
The presentation will be facilitated by Dr. Lisa Hayden, who will address “Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases: A Family Education Program.”
The memory screening will be done by health care professionals and will consist of questions and tasks that will take five to 10 minutes. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and people with below normal scores or who have concerns will be encouraged to pursue a full medical examination.The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America urges people concerned about memory changes, at risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to family history or interested in checking their memory now for future comparison to get screened.
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is rising.
Q: I am looking for information on osteoporosis. Does anything coming up address this subject?
A: The Thousand Oaks Council on Aging and Senior Adult Master Plan Health Team are presenting a “T-Score” seminar at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.
Free bone density screenings will be available from 6-7 p.m. courtesy of Alta California Medical Group.
At 7 p.m., Dr. Cheryl L. Lambing from Ventura County Medical Center will speak on bone health and osteoporosis. This program will be of interest people of both sexes and all ages.
The program is free and will include refreshments.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 381-7362.
RSVP Holiday Boutique: Through Nov. 16; Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.
Wednesday: “Medicare 2013 — What’s New?” seminar. 1-3 p.m.; Thousand Oaks Council on Aging meeting, Civic Arts Plaza, Board Room, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
Nov. 13: “Social Security 101” seminar. 1:30-3 p.m.; Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. For information and reservations, call 583-6363.
Nov. 14: “Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams” seminar. 1:30-3 p.m.; Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. For information, call 495-6250.
Nov. 15: “Strategies for Beating the Blues” seminar. 3:30-5 p.m.; Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks. For reservations or information call 497-0189.
Shops will assist with Medicare questions and Part D Prescription Drug Selections for 2013 at the following locations. Call 477-7310 for details:
Nov. 8: Wilson Senior Center, Oxnard;
Nov. 14: Simi Valley Senior Center, Simi Valley;
Nov. 15: Goebel Senior Adult Center, Thousand Oaks; and
Nov. 16: Area Agency on Aging Office, Ventura.