By Betty Berry, Tuesday, December 28, 2010  Q: In November, Senior Concerns gave a seminar in the Solving the Aging Puzzle series. The series went dark in December but it was stated the series would resume in January.

I am looking for information about the January subject. Do you have any information yet?

A: You are 100 percent correct and yes I do have the details about the January presentation.

The subject Eat Well — Live Well will be presented from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Senior Concerns Day Center, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.

Patti Jaeger, registered dietitian with Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, will facilitate the presentation and will cover a number of aspects of nutrition.

She will provide information on what nutrients seniors should focus on when planning menus and meals.

She will also address serving sizes. This seems to be an area that gets all of us in trouble.

Since many seniors do live alone, Jaeger will talk about eating alone and offer some handy tips to make that event more satisfactory.

The evening also will include information about the Shop Ahoy program, which is a resource that will do your marketing for you.

This program has been in Ventura County for a number of years and has been found most useful by many seniors when they were unable to shop for themselves.

It is a unique program that we are very lucky to have in our area.

There will also be information about our Meals-on-Wheels program and the Brown Bag program.

This should be a very interesting program.

Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Senior Concerns at 497-0189. If you forget to make a reservation, walk-ins are always welcome.

If you need respite care for a special-needs senior so you can attend the seminar, make arrangements for that care at the center when making your reservation.

Reservations for respite care are required.

There are no fees for these informative discussions; however, donations are always welcome.

Q: I am a caregiver for an aunt who is living alone.

While she is still managing, but with some difficulty, I am beginning to think that the time is not far off when this will no longer be possible. I would like to start gathering information on my options. Any suggestions?

A: I think I can help. The Thousand Oaks Council on Aging will present this subject at its next TOTV program, which is scheduled for Jan. 5 at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks.

A panel of speakers will address different aspects of what to consider when living alone is no longer an option.

Speakers for the 90-minute program will include Viki Kind, author and bio-ethicist; Carol Knowles, long-term care insurance specialist; Kathy Terry, long-term care ombudsman; and Robert Triplett, a lawyer and estate planning specialist.

The meeting will start promptly at 1 p.m. with a free “meet the speakers” light lunch reception from noon to 12:45 p.m. Reservations are required for the reception and can be made by calling 449-2743.

This promises to be a very informative presentation on a subject that we all must think about not only for those we are caring for but also for ourselves.

Plan to attend and have your questions answered by the panel.

— 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; phone 495-6250 or e-mail (please include your telephone number). You are invited to submit questions on senior issues.

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