QUESTION: I am trying to collect information on services available to seniors who want to remain in their homes. Is there one location where I can start my search?
ANSWER: The Camarillo Council on Aging is offering a panel presentation, “Local Safety Nets for Seniors,” that seems to fit your need.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 in the City Council chambers at 601 Carmen Drive in Camarillo.
Each presenter will speak about the services their organization provides:
A Catholic Charities of Ventura County representative will explain the organization’s in-home assessment program and information and referral service.
Someone from Caregivers: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly will talk about case assessment, transportation, check-in calls, and light yard and household assistance services.
Interface Children and Family Services will explain 2-1-1 Ventura County Resource Program referrals to Health and Human Services.
Ventura County Jewish Family Services will provide information on clinic counseling, low-cost legal services and senior case management.
The Wellness and Caregiver Center of Ventura County will talk about caregiver support, the senior support line and evidence-based health programs.
At the end of the presentations, there will be time for questions, and brochures from each organization will be available.
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For more information, call the Camarillo City Hall at 388-5397 or Camarillo Senior Center at 482-4881. This should be a very informational presentation, so plan to attend.
QUESTION: My aunt lives alone but needs assistance getting to appointments, the market, etc. I am willing to make time in my schedule, but she is never satisfied with the time I can provide and claims I don’t want to help. What can I say or do to make her understand I do want to help her, but I also have other family commitments?
ANSWER: You are not alone. There are many families facing a tight scheduling juggle.
Unfortunately, you both are looking at time in a different way. When your aunt knows you are coming to assist her with a particular chore, she probably feels that since you are going to be there anyway, a few more stops or chores along the way won’t create a problem.
You, on the other hand, expect to help with a specific chore or two and have estimated the time needed and then expect to go on to your own appointments. Obviously, there is a lack of communication.
You and your aunt need to sit down and discuss how to make your schedules work together. Then when she asks for assistance, explain what time you have available and what you can accomplish in that time frame.
On the days you are going to assist her, try to schedule your activities first — then if her needs take a little longer or if an emergency needs to be worked into the time, you will less likely run into time constraints.
If she has additional chores she wants done, give her options on which things can be accomplished in the time you have available. Then let her select which items she wants you to work on.
If you must assist your aunt between your commitments, remind her when you arrive what you have agreed to do and the amount of time you have set aside. If chores are left over, try to schedule another time for them to be done.
MEDICARE 2017 SEMINARS:
Friday: 1:30-3 p.m. at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. Call 517-6261 for reservations.
Friday: 1-3 p.m. at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Call 381-2744 for reservations.
Oct. 19: 1:30-3 p.m. at the Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village. Call 495-6250 for information and reservations.
Thursday,: 10 a.m., a Camarillo community meeting about “Neighbors Together” – a new concept for aging in place, sponsored by the Camarillo Council on Aging, in the City Council chambers, 601 Carmen Drive in Camarillo.
Sunday, 2 p.m., Julie Tumamait will present “From Acorns to Tomols,” the life and times of the Chumash, at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Tickets are $5 at the Goebel Center.
Oct. 20, 10:30 to noon, “Will You Pass Your Next Driving Test?” seminar at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Call 381-2744 for reservations.
Oct. 25, 5:30-7 p.m., Empowered Caregiver Series’ “Mindfulness and Your Money” seminar at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks. Call 497-0189 for reservations.
Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., a Camarillo community meeting about “Neighbors Together” — a new concept for aging in place, sponsored by the Camarillo Council on Aging, at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road.