The Santa Paula Senior Center is offering a day trip to the Crystal Cathedral on Tuesday, December 16. Featured is a walking tour that is flat, with no stairs and plenty of places to rest. The bus leaves the Senior Center in the morning, with a lunch stop at Hometown Buffet, returning in the afternoon. Cost is $20.00 per person, plus lunch. For information and to make a reservation, call the Senior Center at 933-4226 ext 356.

 


 

Come play Bingo at the Santa Paula Senior Center on Fridays from 12:30pm - 3:30pm. Selling starts at 11:30 am. Papers (not cards) are played, and $12.00 buys one of everything—including the Sock #. This includes regular games, plus double action & specials, and winner takes all! Come and have some fun! Games are played in the Cultural Arts Building of the Community Center, 530 W. Main St. For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help, please call the Senior Center at 933-42226 ext 356 or Bonnie at (805) 701-6004. You must be at least 18 to play.

 


 

Transportation to and from the Center is free of charge to our Senior’s
Call FATCO 524-2319

 


 

The revamped Fillmore Senior Center needs some additional furniture to complete their projects. They need a sturdy coffee table that can have castors attached so it can be easily moved. This will be used as a TV stand for the Wii game and bowling league.
The reading room will accept books that interest Seniors. Both fiction and non-fiction are needed and may be left at the Center. You may call Sarah Hansen 524-0132 if you have questions. This room also needs a comfortable reading chair and floor lamp.
A weekly movie will be started early next year if a LARGE screen TV can be secured for the Center. 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. Call the local bus system to arrange for free transportation.

 


 

Fillmore seniors will soon have the opportunity to be bowling champions, and they don’t have to be able to heave a heavy ball down a waxed runway. SCAN Health Plan, a nonprofit health plan for people with Medicare, is donating Nintendo Wii units to ten Ventura County senior centers, including Fillmore Senior Center.
"Wii bowling has become very popular among seniors as it provides them a chance to engage in an activity that they might otherwise not be able to do," said Steve Lehman, manager of the SCAN Senior Resource Center in Ventura. "It's a great form of fun and easy exercise."
Representatives of the ten chosen senior centers gathered at SCAN on Oct. 29 for a Wii bowling demonstration. Each center will receive a Wii unit along with assistance in setting up a virtual bowling league at their facility. The leagues will have the opportunity to compete in an annual county-wide tournament.
"SCAN's mission has always been to promote healthy and independent aging in the communities we serve," said Lehman. "One of the best things you can do to remain healthy and independent is to keep moving and keep active. Wii bowling is great way to do that."
Other centers receiving Wii units from SCAN include: Ventura Avenue Adult Center, Ventura Senior Recreation Center, Santa Paula Senior Center, Help of Ojai/Little House Multipurpose Center, South Oxnard Senior Center, Colonia Senior Center, Port Hueneme Senior Center, Camarillo Senior Center, and Simi Valley Senior Center.
There are three senior centers in Ventura County that currently have Wii Units. -- The Wilson Senior Center in Oxnard, Moorpark Senior Center and the Goebel Senior Center in Thousand Oaks. These centers will be invited to join in the annual Ventura County Wii Bowling Tournament.
For more than 30 years, SCAN Health Plan has been focusing on the unique needs of people with Medicare and today is the fourth largest nonprofit Medicare Advantage Plan in the United States. The company currently serves nearly 105,000 members in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura and Kern counties. In Arizona, SCAN offers a health plan for Medicare and Medicaid-eligible individuals, provides long-term care services to individuals enrolled in the state’s long-term care system in Maricopa County, and in 2009 will be offering a Medicare Advantage Plan in Maricopa County. Further information may be obtained at www.scanhealthplan.com.

 


 

Friday November 7th at 9:00 am till 1:00 pm. at the Senior Center. We will be featuring products from: AVON, Tupperware, and Cookie Lee Jewelry. 20% of all sales will be given to the Senior Center to help them purchase a new DVD player and a Wii Game. Coffee and cookies will be served.

 


 

November 19th at 10:00 am Book to discuss: “Secret Life of Bees” By: Sue Monk Kidd read it and come join us for discussion. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Sarah Hansen 524-0132, Geri Lee 524-1591, Lori Nunez 524-4533. Recommended Book: Voice in the Wind, Francine Rivers.

 

With more than 5 million people in the United States suffering the affects of Alzheimer’s disease, and a new diagnosis very 71 seconds, the Alzheimer’s Association will focus on the growing need for patient services, caregiver support, advocacy and research with a special Town Hall Gathering at St. Johns Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, Thursday, November 13th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

This free event will be hosted by Arlene Stepputat, Program Director of the Alzheimer’s Association. A panel discussion will include representatives in the field of Alzheimer’s research, professional and family caregivers, and estate planning.

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative and eventually fatal brain disorder, and presents a growing health and cost challenge for America. It affects all ethnicities. As baby boomers continue to age, it is clear that our present health care system is unable to support people with dementia and related cognitive disorders. Anyone who is curious about the disease, concerned about diagnosis, or caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s should attend.

The Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, serves over 30,000 people facing Alzheimer’s, or dementia, and their families in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The Association offers respite care, family care consultations, support groups, education to Caregivers and professionals, and works to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. All services are free to people with dementia, and those who are caring for them.

Seating is limited at this event; please call the Alzheimer’s Association, (805) 485 5597, to reserve your seat.

 

Inviting all Fillmore Seniors (55 +) to come to our Open House on Saturday, November 1st from 12:00pm until 4:00pm. Come see, and learn about the different activites that are taking place, and you can also pick up inportant Senior information. You can learn about our new Art Class. Our Craft Class will have their display up also. And don't forget the information about our Computor class. Hope to see you all there on Saturday, November 1st. Refreshments will be served.

 

Next meeting is October 22 at 10:00 am. Books to discuss: “The Shack” – By William P. Young, “Kite Runner” – By Khaled Hossoni. Read them and come in and join us fro discussion. Refreshments will be served. If you have read our last book “Dear John” email us your comments to fillmoresrcenter@sbcglobal.net. For more information call: Sarah Hansen 524-0132, Geri Lee 524-1591 or Lori Nunez 524-4533.

 

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging announces the opening of the filing period for the special election of either one senior senator or one senior assembly member to serve on the California Senior Legislature. This election is being held in conjunction with the early retirement of a current representative. The individual elected will serve through June 30, 2010.

The election will be held on January 14, 2009, when eligible voting members of the Area Agency on Aging’s Advisory Council cast their ballots. Each candidate will be asked to address the Advisory Council before the ballots are cast.

Candidates for the California Senior Legislature must be aged 60 years or older on the date of the election, and be registered to vote in and a resident of Ventura County. To qualify for the ballot, candidates must submit a completed Candidate Nomination Packet. The packet includes a ballot petition in support of the candidate’s nomination, which must be signed by a minimum of 25 individuals aged 60 years or older who are registered to vote in Ventura County.

The packet can be downloaded from http://aaa.countyofventura.org, by selecting What’s New, then Publications. It can be picked up during regular business hours from the Area Agency on Aging’s office located at 646 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA. To request the packet by U.S. mail or e-mail, call (805) 477-7305. The completed nomination packet must be received in the Area Agency on Aging’s office by 4:00 p.m. on November 7, 2008.

A candidate should have knowledge of and willingness to advocate for issues affecting seniors in Ventura County. The person elected will be expected to meet with senior constituents, develop and draft legislative proposals for the California Senior Legislature session held each October, testify at hearings and activate letter and phone campaigns in support of priority proposals, and to serve on the Area Agency on Aging’s Advisory Council, which includes active participation on its Legislative Committee.

The purpose of the California Senior Legislature is to identify priority concerns of seniors, develop legislative proposals in response to those concerns and to advocate for the inclusion of those concerns in legislative proposals of the State legislature.

Since its formation in 1980, the California Senior Legislature has enjoyed a significant success rate on the passage of priority legislation that has impacted nursing home reform, adult day health care, Alzheimer’s programs, transportation for frail elderly, elder abuse, Medicare assistance programs, veterans’ issues, crimes against the elderly and much more. For more information about the California Senior Legislature, go to http://www.4csl.org.

 

As of October 15th the Thrift Store at the Sr. Center will be closed.
We will be turning this area into a reading and game area for our seniors to enjoy.
The next two Wednesdays the 1st and the 8th we will be clearing out our thrift store.
There will be a .50 cent a bag sale. Please stop by and get in on the great sale.
For more information please call 524-4533.

 

The Senior Center is planning a Photo contest during the October 25th Art Walk. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories- FAMILIES, CHILDREN, PETS AND LANDSCAPE. Aaron Brothers and El Pescador gift certificates will be awarded as prizes. If Interested please contact Lori Nunez at the Senior Center @ 524-4533.

 

On October 14 and October 23 from 10:00am to 2:00 pm. MAXIM will provide services to eligible RECIPIENTS who sign MAXIMS consent form in accordance with the following rate schedule: Service Employee: rate- Influenza $30. & Pneumonia $45., Medicare Part B Participants: rate- Influenza No Copay*, and Pneumonia No Copay*,. Non-Medicare: Participants’ rate- Influenza $30. and Pneumonia $45.
*Subject to payment approval from Medicare Part B and/or participating health plan.

 

The Second Annual Ventura County Senior Expo will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2008, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This health promotion event is for persons aged 60 years and over includes a delicious lunch, an optional flu shot, an array of health screenings and assessments, exercise demonstrations; plus, over 75 health, wellness, and recreation exhibiters will have products and services that appeal to older individuals and their families. Entertainment will be provided by Jack Benny impersonator Eddie Carroll and Seniors of Note, for your dancing pleasure. Cost for the event, including lunch and parking, is $5. The Senior Expo is looking forward to serving over 500 attendees.

“The Expo is intended to address the ever increasing need for health and wellness information, education and programs that will assist older adults in remaining active and independent. Being proactive about health is vital to healthy aging,” states Victoria Jump, Director of the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging.

The agency is an event sponsor along with the Camarillo Health Care District, MediTech Health Services, Inc., Personal Parent Care Inc., Rose House Assisted Living and Santa Barbara Bank and Trust’s Our Gang Travel & Enrichment Club.

For more information, please contact the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging at (805) 477-7300.

 
"Art And Soul" water color classes for "Beginning Beginners"
Wana Klasen
Wana Klasen

A very basic introduction to the joy of watercolor painting is being offered at the Fillmore Senior Center by local artist, Wana Klasen. The classes will begin on October 10, 2008 and will be offered each Friday morning from 9:00AM -11:30AM for eight consecutive Fridays for the nominal fee of $10.00 per student for the entire 8 sessions. Beginning supplies will be provided. After the Holiday break, eight more classes will be offered beginning in January. The classes will be limited to the first TEN interested participants who sign up by contacting Lori Nunez at the Fillmore Senior Center at 524-4533, or Wana Klasen at 524-0130. Since lunch hour at the Center begins at 11:30, participants are invited to remain after the art session and enjoy lunch.
Now is the perfect time to let your inner artist sing and take advantage of the healing properties of the arts. As a retired Registered Nurse, Wana is convinced that the arts play a huge role in wellness of mind, body, and spirit, and has experienced this fact personally!! In these classes, participants will learn very basic techniques in creating your own finished work of art. Be among the first TEN people to sign up.!!

 

Sunday, October 12, 2008
1:00pm-5:00pm
Santa Paula Community Center
530 W. Main St, Santa Paula

We will be providing the most current news and information regarding:

• HEALTH ISSUES • SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE
• EXERCISE • RESOURCES FOR IN HOME SUPPORT
• FRAUD • MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION
• EDUCATIONAL PANELS • HEALTH SCREENING

Plan to join us for what will be an extremely enjoyable and
educational day! Tell/ Bring a Friend.

For more information contact:
Christine Fenn at (805) 646-1446, x105

 
Community Groups Organizing Local Events

The County of Ventura recognizes the importance of fall prevention measures to the health and safety of the community. The introduction of a legislative resolution promoting Fall Prevention Awareness in California, authored by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), establishes an annual Fall Prevention Week recognition in the state and urges all state and local agencies to incorporate fall prevention considerations in their planning documents affecting housing, transportation, parks and recreational facilities. Co-sponsored by the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence and the California Commission Aging, the resolution also urges state and local aging programs to incorporate fall prevention in their master plans, and recommends the development of standardized definitions and reporting methods to approve the information available on falls.

Slated for September 21-28, the County of Ventura Fall Prevention Coalition plans on celebrating Fall Prevention Awareness Week to raise awareness among older persons and their families about the seriousness of falls and how they can be prevented.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult is treated in a hospital emergency room for a fall every 18 seconds, and every 35 minutes an older adult dies as a result of a fall related injury. In fact, among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. In California alone, 1.3 million older adults experience an injury due to falling each year.

The good news is that falls are preventable. A combination of interventions including physical activity that includes a regimen of balance, flexibility and strength training have been found to significantly reduce falls in the older adult population. Experts also recommend consulting with a health professional about getting a risk assessment for falling as well as making sure the environment is safe and supportive.

 
Tests that can save your life!

4 tests in less than 1 hour:

1. Stroke screening/carotid artery
2. Artial fibrillation screening
3. Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
4. Peripheral arterial disease screening

All 4 screenings only $139.00. Save $41.00

Where: Fillmore Sr. Center
When: Thursday Sept. 11th
Pre-registration is required. Call: 1-800-324-1851

www.lifelinescreening.com

 

Ventura, Calif. – Do you have a great American Red Cross story to share or a memento from the past? If so, the American Red Cross of Ventura County wants to hear from you. The American Red Cross is currently seeking out individuals throughout Ventura County who would be interested in being part of an upcoming event commemorating its 91 years – Red Cross Threads of History – a Ventura County Chapter Retrospective.

The historical event will take place in the beautiful Ventura City Hall on Monday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will celebrate the past 91 years that the American Red Cross has been in existence in Ventura County through exhibits of vintage Red Cross clothing, photos, pins and posters.

Ventura County residents have the opportunity to be part of this event by sharing their own stories, memories and mementos. If you are interested in participating, call Stephanie Boumediene at 805-403-1477 by Tuesday, September 30. All exhibited items will be returned after the event.

The Red Cross Threads of History – a Ventura County Chapter Retrospective will be open to the public and is free of charge.

Since 1917, the American Red Cross of Ventura County has been meeting needs throughout the communities it serves. Each year, more than 1,200 local volunteers respond to more than 50 local disasters, teach tens of thousands of individuals vital lifesaving skills, and support the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces. The American Red Cross is not a government agency. For more information, call 805-339-2234.