By Betty Berry, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Q: Some time ago, you wrote about a Brain Fitness Program being offered by Senior Concerns. Is that program still available?

A: What a good memory. Yes, the Brain Fitness Program is still being offered, and a new four-week session is scheduled to begin March 28. The program is designed to improve and maintain brain health by making smart lifestyle choices and exercising the brain.

Senior Concerns has developed a fitness program and teamed with the Dakim Brain Fitness System to bring the most advanced system to fight the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The program consists of brain games, brain/body exercises and brain nutrition.

Three times a week, enrollees will have private 20-minute sessions on the Dakim System, which is a touch-screen program designed to exercise the six cognitive areas of the brain. Enrollees need no computer skills.

Once each week, participants will take part in a 50-minute group fitness session. This is designed to increase blood flow to the brain and help relieve stress. Physical exercise not only keeps the heart healthy but also the brain.

The exercise program is designed for people of all abilities, so no experience is required.

The four-week program also includes a one-hour seminar on nutrition. It covers information about foods that increase brain function and improve brain health.

The fee for this four-week program is $129. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Senior Concerns at 497-0189 or

Why not plan to give it a try? It is never too early or too late to get started.

Q: I am going to have to renew my driver’s license this year and am wondering when the seminar “Will You Pass Your Next Driving Test?” will be offered. Can you give me dates and locations?

A: The seminar you are asking about is offered every other month at different locations.

The next offering will be May 18 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. The seminar will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The seminar also will be offered July 18 at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Again, the time will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The Moorpark Active Senior Center will host the seminar from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 7. The center is at 799 Moorpark Ave.

The final seminar of the year is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive.

To be effective, you should try to attend the seminar four to six weeks before your license renewal date. This gives you sufficient time to study for the big day.

For more information, call the Senior Advocate’s office at 495-6250.


March 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Toxic Medicine Symposium, Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. To reserve your seat, call 656-1986 or e-mail admin@ombudsmanventura. To register, visit The $25 registration fee includes materials and lunch. Mail checks to Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, 2021 Sperry Ave., Suite 35, Ventura, CA. 93003.

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