By Betty Berry, April 27, 2010  Q: My friends and I are closing in on the magic age of retirement and thinking about our plans for the future. Some of us are considering retirement while others are not. We are looking for a class, workshop or seminar that might address our options. Do you know of any?

A: It is never too early to start planning for the rest of your life. Because we are living longer, millions of people can expect to live many healthy active years after reaching “retirement” age.

“Rewired, Not Retired!” is the final presentation in Senior Concerns’ 2009-10 Solving the Aging Puzzle Series. It’s scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 11 at the Senior Concerns Day Care Center in Thousand Oaks, 401 Hodencamp Road.

Andrea Gallagher, a certified senior adviser and principal founder of Rethinking Your Future, is the facilitator. She will explore planning for the next 30 years of your life. Discussion topics include realizing your potential, discovering your next calling, taking charge of your life and pursuing your dreams.

Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Senior Concerns at 497-0189. If you forget to make reservations, walk-ins are always welcome. If you need respite care for a special needs senior to attend the seminar, you can make arrangements for that care at the center when making your reservation. Reservations for respite care are required.

Committee members are already working on the Solving the Aging Puzzle program for 2010-11 and developing another series of topics that are of vital interest to seniors, their families and their caregivers.

The 2010-11 series will start in the fall, with the first event scheduled for October.

Q: Are there any presentations on the horizon that could answer some questions that I have about Medicare?

A: Oh, is your question timely. Yes, there are several workshops scheduled in May.

“Do You Understand Your Medicare Coverage? Is It Working For You? Are You Aware of the Preventative Health Care Options that are Available?”

These questions will be addressed from 9 to 11 a.m. May 10 at the Goebel Senior Adult Center in Thousand Oaks. Call 381-2744 for information and reservations.

The workshop is also scheduled at the Simi Valley Senior Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 24. Call 583-6363 for information and reservations.

Q: If I remember correctly, last year Cypress Place Senior Living held a fundraiser for the Police Dog Foundation. Do you know if that is to be repeated?

A: I just received a flier that announces a Cinco de Mayo Celebration scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cypress Place Senior Living, 1200 Cypress Point Lane, Ventura.

The event raises funds for the National Police Dog Foundation. Make reservations by Friday by calling 650-8000.

— 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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