QUESTION: If I remember correctly, there has been some activity in the past regarding a possible Village to Village program in Thousand Oaks. Is there any update on that potential program happening in the Conejo Valley?
ANSWER: You recall correctly. The committee that was researching the possibility has done extensive work on this project and is ready to tell us what they have accomplished.
Conejo Valley Village is getting closer to being launched, and those who made it possible would like to tell you about it at either 4:15 or 6 p.m. Sept. 15.
The meetings will be in the Marvin E. Smith Community Room at the Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Seating will be limited, so register at www.conejovalleyvillage.org to ensure you have a seat reserved.
Plans call for Conejo Valley Village to launch its services in April 2017.
At the meetings, you will learn about:
The benefits of membership and volunteering.
How member services and activities will work.
Membership and volunteer drives to begin in October.
Building local support across service organizations and businesses.
Ways you can get involved in Conejo Valley Village.
There will be question-and-answer sessions after the presentations.
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The mission of Conejo Valley Village will be to provide supportive services and social activities to help older members stay in their homes and enjoy our community.
Visit www.conejovalleyvillage.org for more information. Don’t miss out on this informative meeting; make your reservation today.
QUESTION: Since we are now entering the fall season, I am looking forward to more seminars, expos and health fairs. Are there any such events on the books for September?
ANSWER: Yes. The Ventura County Elderly Fall Prevention Coalition will sponsor “Ready, Steady, Balance!” Sept. 23 at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The forum will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will begin with a welcome from county Supervisor Linda Parks. Speakers will be Dr. Thomas Duncan, the chief of staff and trauma medical co-director at Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital, and Dr. Cheryl Lambing of the Ventura County Health Care Agency.
Before the forum (8-10 a.m.) and after the forum (1-2 p.m.), attendees can visit with exhibitors and take advantage of health assessments. Shingles and pneumonia vaccines will be available while supplies last.
The day also will include lunch, drawings and a nutrition presentation. There will also be demonstrations of Zumba, tai-chi, moving for better balance, stepping on and balance exercise routines.
Statistics about falls are startling. In a 24-month period (2014-15), more than 12,000 falls by Ventura County residents ages 65 and older were recorded. Of those who fell, 69 percent suffered injuries requiring treatment and 65 percent were at home when the fall occurred.
Plan to attend this expo and learn about how to protect yourself from a health-threatening fall.
Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association: Diabetes classes will be offered from 1-2:30 pm Tuesday at 1996 Eastman Ave., No. 109, in Ventura; 10:30 am to noon Sept. 7 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley; and 2:30-4 p.m. Sept. 7 in Room 3 of the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 Burnley St. in Camarillo. No registration is required.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Classes begin the week of Sept. 5 for those age 50 and older with an interest in continuing to learn. Classes will be offered in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Ventura and Agoura Hills. Call 437-2748 for more information or to register.
Betty Berry is a senior advocate for Senior Concerns. The advocates are located at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Call 495-6250 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your telephone number). You are invited to submit questions on senior issues.