Practicing Good Bone Health

When you think about fitness, you probably focus on your weight. Who doesn’t? And you might think about your muscles. But what about your bones? For most women, out of sight means out of mind, unless you’re one of the estimated two million Canadian women with osteoporosis or low bone mass. Join Curves of Fillmore for a free class designed to help you assess your risks for osteoporosis and discuss simple strategies to help prevent it.

“Practicing Good Bone Health” will be taught by Curves’ VP of Continuing Education and Research, Cassie Findley, and facilitated by weight management coaches from Curves of Fillmore, through a DVD that will alternate teaching with hands-on activities. “Most of us never think about how important our bones are to our health,” said Denise Johnson, owner of Curves of Fillmore. “They serve as a structural frame for our skeletons, work with ligaments and joints to allow us to move, protect our internal organs, and house bone marrow — our main source of blood formation. We’d be in big trouble without them! It’s never too late to start practicing good bone health.”

“Practicing Good Bone Health” is part of a free series of special topics classes offered monthly at Curves. Other free classes also offered each month include a 90-minute Start-Up Class to teach the basics of the Curves Weight Management Plan, and a 30-minute Phase 3 Class to teach the last and most important phase of the plan — and the secret that makes the plan work. More studied than any other program, Curves’ classes are based on the groundbreaking new research findings of the Exercise & Sport Nutrition Laboratory at Texas A&M University.

Now, the women of Fillmore can learn the powerful secret that has helped millions of women lose millions of pounds and keep them off for good. Classes are free to members and non-members. For more information and a
full schedule of class dates and times, contact Denise Johnson at 805 524-0337 or



When: Thursday, June 25, 2009
Time: 9am - Noon
Place: The Goebel Center, 1385 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

A group of public and private agency professionals have come together to offer seniors vital information on how to avoid fraud, scams, and protect their assets. An educational panel has been created to discuss everything from Scams and Fraud to Mental Health and Financial Vulnerability as well as The DA’s response to abuse reporting and The Ombudsmen’s role when investigating financial abuse. As fiduciary abuse continues to rise and the economy continues to tighten, it is even more important for boomers and seniors to educate themselves on what is happening, how to protect oneself, and how to protect their assets. Agency presenters include Marilyn Berman of Help Unlimited, Shawna Atchison of Ventura County Behavioral Health Older Adult Program, Marcy Snider of Ventura County HAS/ Adult Protective Services, Kathy Terry from Ombudsmen of Ventura County, Monica Neece of Ventura County AAA and Cela Tarver of Bank of America and more. This educational forum will be moderated by Betty Berry, Senior Advocate with Senior Concerns of the Conejo Valley and Star Columnist.

This event takes place Thursday, June 25, 2009
It is FREE of charge and refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP as space is limited to (805) 381-2744



Meditation class, open to all levels of practice, are offered Mondays at 9am, Fillmore Senior Center.
This nature-based approach to meditation is gentle, easy to learn, and simple to practice. Instructor Valerie Rose Brinton has been a student of Taoist practices for 30 years and has taught this method to adults and children for 23 years.
The practice of meditation has been shown to improve mental, emotional, and physical well-being while increasing resilience and peace of mind. For more info call Valerie at 705-0405.


There will be a water color class beginning at the Senior Center.
The class will begin on Friday May 29th @ 9:30 a.m.
The class will be taught by Martha Binsley from Santa Paula.
Martha is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Fine Arts and College of Education with degrees in Fine Arts and Art Education. She has been and art teacher in L.A. Unified Schools and an instructor of puppetry at L.A. Valley College. After retirement she has become a “plein aire” painter using pastels, ink and watercolor to create landscape paintings.
If interested in the class please call 524-4533.


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The Alzheimer’s Association is conducting a Town Hall Gathering and panel discussion on Saturday, April 18 from 10AM to Noon at the Simi Valley United Methodist Church, 2394 Erringer Road.

Panelists include James Sutton, MD, Medical Director, Pacific Neuroscience; Maureen Symonds, Director of Programs at Senior Concerns; Maryrose Caspary, MS, Caregiver Consultant, Alzheimer’s Association; and Joyce Altschule, RN, Caregiver.

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. To reserve your seat phone 485-5597. Refreshments will be provided.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Date & Time: March 24, 2009 10:00 AM
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is continuing its commitment to community disaster preparedness education by reaching out to seniors living in Ventura County.

On March 23rd, members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services went door-to-door in Camarillo’s Leisure Village community in an effort to assist our senior population in becoming educated, trained and better prepared for a disaster. This effort coincides with the upcoming Leisure Village Emergency Preparedness Drill scheduled for May 21, 2009.

Getting an emergency supply kit, making an emergency plan, and being informed about the local hazards in our communities are several things residents can do to prepare themselves. Materials provided to Leisure Village residents also included special considerations when preparing for the unexpected. “The brochures identify additional items that should be included in their emergency supply kits and encourage seniors to create a personal support network to call upon in the event of an emergency,” said Cynthia Elliott with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services.

Leisure Village residents were also encouraged to register their cellular telephone numbers with the Ventura County Reverse 911 telephonic notification system. Erin Edinger, Ventura County Reverse 911 Program Administrator, advised that the system would be used during the Leisure Village Emergency Preparedness Drill. “Residents will be given clear instructions on posting their OK signs, checking their emergency supply kits and accessing local cable channels for additional information,” said Edinger.

Educating seniors is one of the many ways emergency officials are promoting disaster preparedness this year. In January, the Emergency Planning Council made a motion to adopt the theme of “Be Prepared Enough To Help Your Neighbor” for 2009. County of Ventura agencies, city representatives, businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations are using this theme to educate residents on the importance of being prepared.

For more information on the Leisure Village Emergency Preparedness Drill, please contact Hanna Huber at (805) 383-8062.

Questions regarding disaster preparedness or Reverse 911 may be directed to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at (805) 654-2551.


Part 1 Monday March, 9th
Part 2 Thursday March, 12th
Class Time: 9:00 -1:00
Registration is required
AARP Members $12.00
Non-Members $14.00
Call Tom Montali @ 524-9880 or Lori Nunez @ 524-4533


A stroke screening is coming to your neighborhood:
Where: Fillmore Senior Center 533 Santa Clara St.
When: Friday March 6th
Pre-registration is required. Call 1 800-324-1851
Stroke, Vascular Disease, & Heart Rhythm Package
All 4 tests for only $149.00
Add an osteoporosis screening fro $10.00 more;
All 5 tests fro $149.00 ($66.00 savings)
Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express Accepted


Senior Center book club meets once a month at the Senior Center at 10:00.
Read the monthly book choice and come join us for discussion and refreshments.
Next meeting is March 11th @ 10:00.
Book to be discussed is “The Sanctuary” by: Raymond Khoury.
For more information please call Sarah Hansen @ 524-0132 or Lori Nunez at the Center @ 524-4533


AARP will be doing Federal and State income taxes at the Fillmore Senior Center from February 3rd through April 14th from 9 until 11 a.m. No appointment necessary.

As you receive tax information forms for 2008, AARP Tax Preparations at the Senior Center we suggest you put them in a large envelope and bring them with you. Such as: 1. Your copy of the 2007 tax returns. Also your Social
Security Card. This is very important. 2. Form W-2: Wage and tax statement, if you were employed. 3. Form 1099-R:
Distributions from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement plans, Ira’s etc. 4. SSA-1099: Social Security Benefit Statement. 5. 1099-INT: Interest Income 6. 1099-DIV: Dividend Income. 7. 1099-B: Proceeds from stock and mutual fund sales. 8. Any Federal and State Tax Forms you may receive in the mail.


The Santa Paula Senior Center has planned a 3 day 2 night trip to the Laughlin Riverside Hotel & Casino April 13-15. Cost is $96 per person double and $115 per person single occupancy. Included is transportation by luxury motorcoach, accommodations, baggage, taxes, fun strip and three free buffets. This is an incredible deal! Make your reservation now by calling 933-4226 ext 356 or stopping by the Senior Center at 530 W. Main St. Payment is due by March 6.


Come in and bring you favorite project you are working on, (Knitting, cross stitch, crocheting, etc.)
Socialize, drink coffee, and make new friends. We meet every Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the Senior Center.
We look forward to seeing you.


Scan Health Plan has chosen the Fillmore Senior to receive a Nintendo Wii System.
Starting Thursday January 29th the Senior Center will have Wii Bowling.
Bowling will be every Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
Wii is a great form of fun and easy exercise and is becoming a very popular pastime among seniors.
Come and join us in the fun.
For more information please call 524-4533.


The Alzheimer’s Association is offering The Savvy Caregiver Program, a free, six-week educational training program for families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. The Savvy Caregiver will be held for six Tuesdays, February 17 through March 24, from 10AM to Noon at the Ventura County office of the California Central Coast Alzheimer's Association, 1339 Del Norte Road, Camarillo.

Nonprofessional caregivers will acquire skills and knowledge of dementia, handling difficult situations and managing behavior. Attendees will also learn about managing their own well-being and resources available in the community to help.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Please phone Norma Featherston, Area Director, at the Alzheimer's Association, (805) 485-5597 to register.


The revamped Fillmore Senior Center needs some additional furniture to complete their projects: a sturdy coffee table that can have castors attached so it can be easily moved for use as a TV stand for the Wii game and bowling league. The reading room accepts fiction and non-fiction books that interest Seniors. Leave at the Center. Call Sarah Hansen 524-0132 if you have questions. This room also needs a comfortable chair and Senior Center needs gifts floor lamp. A large screen tv is needed for our weekly movie. If you are buying a new flat screen as a family Christmas present, consider giving your old one to the Senior Center. You would be able to use this gift as a tax donation.

Anyone who has items may call the Center 524-4533 or Marie Wren 524-4044 to discuss details. Seniors over 55 years of age are encouraged to come and enjoy the new facilities daily.


Senior Center is looking for volunteer drivers for our Meals On Wheels program
If interested please call 524-4533.


AARP Driver Safety Program coming to the Sr. Center.
Classes will begin in January
Fee for class is $12.00 if you have a membership card for AARP
$14.00 if you are not a member.
Classes will be on the following dates: Mondays and Thursdays
Jan. 12th/15th, March 9th/12th, May 11th/14th, July 20th/23rd, Sept. 21st/24th, Nov. 9th/12th
To sign- up for the class please call the Sr. Center at 524-4533


Monday January 5th
Nature Walk 8:00
Craft Class 10:00

Tuesday January 6th
Yoga 9:00
Bingo 9:00
Computer Class 10:00
Busy Hands Group 10:00
Salad Bar 11:30

Wednesday January 7th
Exercise Class 8;15
Dr. Hara 9:30-5:00

Thursday January 8th
Open Computer Class

Friday January 9th
Exercise Class 8:15
Art Class 9:00


The Senior Center's monthly meeting will be Monday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. Anyone interesting in serving on the Board is invited to attend and leave their application for the open positions on the Board.
Following the board meeting, lunch will be served and certificates given to those who have given of their time to the seniors in Fillmore during 2008. The public is invited but should make a lunch reservation, 524-4533.