QUESTION: The Empowered Caregiver seminar series has been dark for the summer. Will those seminars begin again this month?
ANSWER: The series will return Sept. 27.
September’s topic will be “Relieve Stress and Promote Wellness Through Meditation.” The presentation will be facilitated by Vinay Chhabra, owner of Pacific Senior Care. Chhabra developed an interest in meditation, yoga and other relaxation techniques many years ago and has made these practices an integral part of his everyday life.
The seminar will focus on recognizing caregiver burnout, relaxation techniques and balancing caregiving with your own well-being.
The seminar will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks. Call 497-0189 to make a reservation.
The Empowered Caregiver series will continue in October with “Mindfulness and Your Money” to be facilitated by Paul Noor and in November with “Caregiving During the Holidays” to be facilitated by Carie Salas.
The series will be dark in December but will return in January with an interesting selection of subjects.
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QUESTION: I have always thought that most seniors, if asked, would say the most important concern they have as they age is “staying put” in the home they are comfortable in. The more that can be done in that direction makes sense to me. … That said, I am wondering if there are any activities planned to discuss this subject?
ANSWER: This is a subject that is being looked at and discussed in a number of cities in Ventura County.
The Camarillo Council on Aging has just put out some information on this very subject. It has scheduled a number of community meetings, “Neighbors Together,” to discuss the concept and obtain a level of interest from the community that will become part of a feasibility study.
The concept, often referred to as a Village to Village program, is a community-based membership organization focused on empowering older adults to remain successfully in their own homes as they age.
A series of meetings are scheduled on four dates each at different times and different locations throughout Camarillo.
These meetings are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley St.; 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, Suite 117; 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at the City Council chambers, 601 Carmen Drive; and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road.
Visit www.cityofcamarillo.org and enter “Age in Place” in the search box. You can also pick up an interest survey at City Hall or the senior center or visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/camvillage.
Mark your calendar so you don’t miss the opportunity to hear what is being planned and to provide your input into the planning process.
Sept. 15: 4:15 or 6 p.m., Conejo Valley Village presentation in the Marvin E. Smith Community Room at the Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Visit www.conejovalleyvillage.org for reservations.
Sept. 21: 1:30-3 p.m., “The Pros and Cons in Decision Making” seminar at the Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village. Call 495-6250 for more information.
Sept. 23: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., “Ready, Steady, Balance” forum sponsored by the Ventura County Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.