By Betty Berry, Tuesday, May 18, 2010  Q: In the past I have participated in Senior Concerns’ Love Run. It seems that this is about the time of year it usually takes place. Can you give me details for this year’s event?

A: The 17th annual Love Run is scheduled for June 6. Registration and the start of activities will take place at 3011 Townsgate Road (corner of Townsgate and Lakeview Canyon roads) in Westlake Village.

The event offers something for every member of the family. Race-day registration is at 7 a.m., with a 5K run at 8 a.m., 10K run at 8:50 a.m. and one-mile run/walk at 9 a.m. Races will be timed using microchips; the top three male and female finishers will receive awards. Medals will be awarded to all children younger than 11.

Registration is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. For more information, visit and click on the Love Run logo.

The Love Run is a major fundraiser for Senior Concerns’ Meals On Wheels program. All proceeds go toward providing meals to the area’s homebound, frail elderly who cannot shop or prepare food for themselves.

There are many ways that individuals, businesses, other organizations, families and neighborhood groups can support the Love Run. Volunteering time and making monetary donations is of course helpful, but participating in the event itself also offers support. Forming a team can be fun and a great way to promote teamwork, spotlight a business and increase community awareness of the event.

For more information about forming a team, contact Ashley at 497-0189 or

Participation in this annual event is a win-win opportunity. Meals On Wheels wins because of the proceeds, and you win because you get good exercise plus quality time with family and friends.

Q: I have some questions about Medicare coverage and wonder where I can get help with answers.

A: Medicare is a complex plan with many parts, and rules and regulations for each part.

People who are approaching retirement age usually have questions about enrollment and options. Those with Medicare fee-for-service (original Medicare coverage) want to know about supplemental insurance and separate coverage for prescriptions. Beneficiaries who have assigned their Medicare coverage to a Senior Advantage Plan have inquiries about that coverage.

All these questions can be addressed at a workshop scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi.

The workshop facilitator also will point out preventive health care options available under Medicare.

For reservations or information, call the center at 583-6363.


Saturday: Information Fair and Expo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For information, call 381-2744.

Sunday: Ms. Senior Conejo Valley Preliminary Pageant, 1:30 p.m. at Goebel Senior Adult Center. For ticket information, call 381-2744.

— 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; or call 495-6250 or e-mail, You are invited to submit questions on senior issues.


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