Q: In past years Simi Valley has offered a health expo. Will that be on the agenda again this year?

A: A very timely question. Yes, the Simi Valley Wellness Expo for 2015 is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon May 20.

The Simi Valley Council on Aging, Simi Valley Hospital and Kaiser Permanente have teamed up to offer this popular and important event,

The event will be held at the Simi Valley Senior Center at 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley. More than 60 exhibitors will have information about services for seniors.

In addition, there will be screenings for balance, blood pressure, body-mass index, bone density, carotid artery, depression, glucose, hearing and thyroid. These screenings will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The California Telephone Access Program will offer free adaptive telephones to those who qualify for the program, and the Simi Valley Police Department will provide a “drug drop-off box” for safe disposal of prescription drugs.

Admission is free. All seniors and their families are encouraged to attend just for “the health of it.” For more information please call the senior center at 583-6363.

Q: I and a number of my friends are now facing the need to assist senior family members with a variety of health and living arrangement issues. We find the need for information overwhelming. Can you suggest a place to start our questions?

A: There are many places one can go to learn what type of assistance is needed and available to family members who are helping elder members of their families. The leaders of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Thousand Oaks are aware of the need for this type of information and have asked Senior Concerns Senior Advocates to facilitate a seminar covering this type of information.

The seminar is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. May 21 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church at Camino Manzanas and Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks. The seminar is open to the public and reservations are not required.

Senior Concerns Senior Advocates Betty Berry and Charna Posin will share information about hospice care, palliative care and patient advocacy. They will also cover the different types of care facilities and what financial assistance is available.

There will be time for individual questions. This is an excellent opportunity to start your education about what is available when help is needed,

Each year the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church sponsors a seminar of this type to educate those family members who take on the responsibility of caregiving for the senior members of their families and loved ones.


Tuesday: Empowered Caregiver Series presentation “Optimal Nutrition During Challenging Times for Caregivers,” 5:30-7 p.m. at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks. For reservations call 497-0189.

May 20: Senior Issues Series seminar “Self Assessing Your Driving Skills,” 1-3 p.m. at Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village. For information call the Advocate’s Office at 495-6250.

May 20: Transit workshop, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. For reservation call 381-2744. Seating is limited.

May 23: Fundraiser for Conejo Senior Volunteer Program at Conejo Players Theatre screening of “The Graduate.” Reception is at 1 p.m., curtain call is at 2 p.m. followed by a raffle. Tickets are $20 and include a raffle ticket and can be purchased at the Goebel Center front desk. For more information call 381-2742.

May 27: Senior/Teen Prom, 5-8 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center in Thousand Oaks. For more information call 381-2744.

June 7: Senior Concerns Love Run 10K, 5K and 1-mile run/walk at 3011 Townsgate Road in Westlake Village. For information call 497-0189.

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