Q: A family member just told me she is a prediabetic. I would like to learn more about this condition and what one should do if they are diagnosed with it. Do you know where I start my search for information?
A: The Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association provides free diabetes classes at a number of locations.
The sessions introduce basic information about pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes with an emphasis on the development of an individualized plan of care that includes diet, medication, exercise and blood sugar monitoring. This information is easy to understand and questions are welcome.
New developments in diabetes and common management problems also are addressed.
These classes are offered in Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.
The class in Ventura is offered from 1-2:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at 996 Eastman Ave., Room No. 109. The next session will be Sept. 6.
Classes in Camarillo are scheduled from 2:30-4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the community center, 1605 E. Burnley St. in Room No. 3. There is a class scheduled this Wednesday and another Sept. 7.
Classes in Simi Valley are offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday of each month at the senior center, 3900 Avenida Simi. There is a class scheduled this Wednesday and one planned for Sept. 7.
Classes in Thousand Oaks are held from 1:30-3 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Foothill Room at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road. The next class will be Aug. 24.
Registration for the classes is not required; you can just drop in.
I have attended several of these sessions at the Thousand Oaks location and have found them informative.
While this is listed as a class, I also found it to be a workshop or support group. It is one of the best classes I have attended.
Call 642-0239 for more information.
I hope you take advantage of this program, which provides an enormous amount of information.
Q: I usually attend the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute speaker series and am wondering if there will be one during this semester break?
A: I just received the information you are asking about.
A speaker series will take place Aug. 10 and 17 in Del Norte Hall, Room 1500, on the Camarillo campus of CSU Channel Islands.
From 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10, James Grimaldi, investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Pulitzer Prize winner, will present “Is Investigative Reporting Dead?”
From 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 17, Susan Biniaz, lead climate lawyer with the U.S. State Department, will present “An Insider’s View on the Outcome of the Paris Climate Agreement.”
From 12:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Robert Harris, an assistant legal adviser with the State Department, will present “Contemporary Flash Point: Legal and Policy Issues in the South China Sea.”
These events are free, but you need to register. You can do so by going online at http://go.csuci.edu/olli-speaker-series or you calling 437-2748.