By Betty Berry, Oct. 5, 2010 Q: A few weeks ago you wrote about Senior Concerns’ 2010-11 Solving the Aging Puzzle seminar series. Toward the end of the article you mentioned that the first seminar would be in October. Could you provide more details?
A: Yes, I certainly can. The article you are referring to was mostly about the kickoff event — Senior Emergency Preparedness — that took place Saturday.
The Solving the Aging Puzzle series will begin Tuesday and continue monthly (except in December) through June. The theme of the 2010-11 series is Help — Who Are You Going to Call.
Each presentation will focus on understanding program benefits and resources important to seniors and soon-to-be seniors.
The first presentation, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, is titled Lifelong Learning.
Speaker Marty Kaplan of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will provide details about this program that offers mature students the opportunity to enhance their well-being and continue their education without the stress of grades or tests.
The Osher program promotes “learning for learning’s sake” and offers classes on subjects including the arts, science, literature, religion and culture.
Something is available for everyone.
The seminar will take place at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.
Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Senior Concerns at 497-0189.
If you forget to make reservations, walk-ins are welcome.
If you need respite care for a special-needs senior so that you can attend the seminar, you can make arrangements for that care at the center when making your reservation.
Reservations for respite care are required.
The series will continue in November with Home Mods and Handy Gadgets.
There are no fees for these informative discussions, but donations are welcome.
Q: Some time ago I completed a questionnaire that sought information to help plan for the future senior adult community in Thousand Oaks. I’m sure much has happened since then.
Do you know where that project stands?
A: You have a very good memory and ask a timely question. The Senior Adult Master Plan, known as SAMP, has been completed. Committees have been formed and great progress has been made.
The Thousand Oaks City Council has approved the SAMP implementation plan for the next phase. To set plans in place for the next year, the Council on Aging is planning a kickoff breakfast Tuesday for members of the team and any newcomers who would like to become part of that team.
For more information or to RSVP for the breakfast, call 449-2743 or e-mail Councilonaging@toaks.org. This is your opportunity to be part of what is to come.
Oct. 13: Supplementing Medicare Coverage seminar, 1:30-3 p.m. at Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. For information, call 495-6250.
Oct. 16: Rethinking Your Future; Life Planning Tools Seminar, 9-11:30 a.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 588 Camino Manzanas (corner of Lynn Road), Thousand Oaks. Reservations are required; call 498-4502.
— Betty Berry is a senior advocate for Senior Concerns. The advocates are at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362; call 495-6250 or e-mail email@example.com (please include your telephone number). You are invited to submit questions on senior issues.