QUESTION:  I am a fairly healthy senior and hope to stay that way.  What do you think seniors should concentrate on to remain healthy?

  ANSWER:  I read a lot about keeping healthy and attend seminars about health and from what I have read and heard, I would say the advice given is to look at your daily living activities, review your eating habits and think about your lifestyle choices.

  Daily living habits should include some type of exercise – a 30 minute walk would be a good choice.  Make sure you are getting enough sleep – 7 to 8 hours sleep a night is what to aim for.  Then spend part of each day with a friend or loved one or take part in some sort of group activity.  Socialization is very important to good health, both mental and physical.

  Eating habits are also very important.  Menus should be varied and fast food type meals should be limited.  Include fresh fruit and vegetables in your menu everyday and make sure your drink plenty of water.  Hydration is most important.

  The lifestyle you select will certainly have an effect on your health.  As we have been told for ages smoking is harmful.  Being a couch potato is also unhealthy.   Make sure you socialize.  If you do encounter a health problem or symptom don’t delay in seeing your doctor.

  They say laughter is good for your soul – so try to have a good laugh at least once a day – it is even better if you can laugh at something stupid you did yourself.  It helps you relax and recharge.

  With just a little effort simple changes can be part of your regular routine and will no doubt make you feel great.


  QUESTION:  Do you know if the “OLLI” program at CSUCI is planning any special events this summer?

  ANSWER:  Yes, I’ve just learned that the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)  at California State University Channel Islands in partnership with the Camarillo Public Library are offering a lecture, “Truth to Power:  Investigative Journalism Today” on Sunday August 5 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the Camarillo Public Library.

  The speaker, James Grimaldi, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist with the Wall Street Journal, Washington Bureau will take the attendees into his world of tracing reliable sources, gaining access to information and navigating the challenging landscape facing the investigative reporter today.  What is the current state of investigative journalism and what is its future?

  He has written about global money laundering, government accountability and public and corporate corruption.

  Registration for the event is currently in progress and can be made on-line at The event is free but seating is limited.

  The Camarillo Public Library is located at 4101 Las Posas Road in Camarillo.



  FRIDAY – July 13 – 1:00 to 2:00 pm – Seminar –Ventura County Crime Stoppers – “Senior Safety and Security” – at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.

  SATURDAY – July 14 – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – “Memory Café” – a social gathering for those with memory loss and their family caregivers – at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (805) 497-0189.

  WEDNESDAY – July 18 – 1:30 to 3:00 pm – Seminar – “Walking Down Memory Lane with the Greatest Generation” – at Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village.  For information call the advocate’s office at (805) 495-6250.

  TUESDAY – July 24 – 1:30 to 3:00 pm – Presentation – “Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud” – California Department of Business Oversight will present practices that specifically target seniors – at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley.  Presentation is free but reservations are required – call (805) 583-6363.

  WEDNESDAY – July 25 – 1:00 to 5:00 pm – AARP Smart Driver Refresher Course – at Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnly Street in Camarillo.  Registration must be completed by July 18.  For more information call (805) 482-4881.


  Betty Berry is a senior advocate for Senior Concerns.  The advocates are located at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 or call (805) 495-6250 or e-mail (please include your telephone number.)  You are invited to submit questions on senior issues.



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