Q: Are the Senior Concerns Advocate services that are available at the Goebel Center in Thousand Oaks available elsewhere? A: Senior Concerns Advocate services are available at four locations: Agoura Hills, Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. Advocates can help with questions about housing, transportation, legal issues, health-related issues, in-home care, facility placement, senior programs and assistance programs. Advocates also help with completion of forms and applications for programs and services. Advocate services are provided at the Agoura Hills Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Appointments may be made by calling 818-597-7361. An advocate is at the Moorpark Active Adult Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Appointments may be made by calling 517-6261. Services at the Simi Valley Senior Center are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Appointments may be made by calling 583-6363. The main office for the Senior Advocates is at the Goebel Senior Adult Center in Thousand Oaks. Services are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. For an appointment, call 495-6250. The Goebel Center services also include counseling on Medicare , Medi-Cal, Social Security and long-term care insurance. In addition to one-on-one counseling, the advocates program offers seminars on some of these subjects at each location. Q: I am a caregiver for a person who is still fairly independent and wants to live in his home. Where can I find information that will help me help him achieve that? A: The next presentation in the Caregiver “U” series, “Mechanics of Caregiving,” will address ways of providing a safe environment through home modifications and technological advances. The session will be facilitated by Patti Smith, vice president with Evolution, and Holly Spiegal, senior design consultant with Adaptive Design Associates. Smith will discuss technological advances in products that can provide a safer, more healthful environment. Spiegal will present safety design modifications to accommodate changing needs for older people. The presentation will be from 4:30-6 p.m. April 9 at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 497-0189. Q: What is on the agenda for the April meeting of the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging? A: The meeting scheduled for April 3 will focus on the benefits of keeping a “legacy journal.” Senior Concerns President Andrea Gallagher will act as moderator as Jim Seeran, an actor and author, talks about his legacy-writing experience and Annette Broesman, community relations director at the Reserve, will discuss the Legacy Coach Project under way at the Reserve. The presentation will be at 1 p.m. in the boardroom at the Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard. It will be followed by a “Meet the Speakers” reception from 3-3:45 p.m. at which guests may ask the speakers questions. Happenings April 3: “Will You Pass Your Next Driving Test?” presentation. 1:30-3 p.m.; Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley. For information and reservations, call 583-6363. April 6 and 27: Preview of Brain Fitness program. 9-10 a.m.; Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive. No reservations required. April 10: “Identity Theft, Fraud & Scams — What’s New?” seminar. 1:30-3 p.m.; Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive. For information, call 495-6250. More …
Senior advocates are available at four sites to answer questions
About the Author: Betty Berry
Betty Berry brings a deep understanding of senior issues to her position as Senior Advocate for Senior Concerns. She has advocated for seniors since 1993. Through the Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program, known as HICAP, she is registered with the State of California as an Insurance Counselor, a Long-Term Care Insurance Counselor and a Community Educator. She has served on the Area Agency on Aging’s Advisory Council as a member and Chair, has been a member of the Financial Abuse Strategic Team (FAST) and currently serves on the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program (CSVP) Advisory Board and authors the Senior Advocate column that appears in the Ventura County Star. Betty completed her undergraduate degree at California Lutheran University and earned her Juris Doctorate degree at Ventura College of Law.