Free Diabetes Classes

Information provided by: Livingston Memorial VNA

0.3 Million people in the U.S. have diabetes
12.2% of all U.S. adults are affected by the disease

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will be holding classes on Diabetes on:

Sept 4th from 1:00-2:30 at Livingston Memorial VNA in Ste. 109 on 1996 Eastman Ave. in Ventura

Sept 5th from 2:30-4:00 at the Camarillo Community Center in Room #3 on 1605 Burnley St. in Camarillo

Sept 5th from 10:30-12:00 at the Simi Valley Senior Center on 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley
The class introduces basic information about Type 2 Diabetes with emphasis on the development of an individual plan of care that includes diet, exercise, and blood sugar monitoring. New developments in diabetes and common management problems will also be addressed. No registration is necessary—just come.

Learn About Knee Replacements

Information provided by: Livingston Memorial VNA

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will be sponsoring a presentation from Dr. Calderone that discusses Total vs. Partial Knee Replacement. AlmaVia will be providing a FREE dinner. The presentation will cover:

  • Conservation Management of Knee Pain
  • Indications for Surgery
  • Different Surgical Approaches
  • Pros & Cons of Totals

The classes will be held:
August 21st, 2018 — 5:30pm – 8:00pm
AlmaVia of Camarillo
2500  N. Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo
RSVP to (805) 388-5277


Connecting Boomers

provided: Linda Archie

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Boomers look to communities that provide connection

According to an article in which BUILDER Magazine cites a study by mega-55+community builder Shea Homes, baby boomers are out to make new friends in retirement, and many are willing to relocate to do that.

The older people get, the more challenging it can be to make friends, and that’s especially true after retirement, as work is one of the most common ways to meet people. Another article in the Chicago Tribune cites research from the Stanford Center on Longevity. It reveals that of all the age groups, baby boomers show the most signs of disengaging from traditional modes of social relationships, according to Laura Carstensen, founding director of the center and a psychology professor at Stanford University.

For people who move far distances after retirement, making new friends can be doubly difficult because they may not know anyone in their new town. The Shea Homes study, which surveyed more than 1,000 home shoppers above the age of 50 nationwide, said 46% stated their social network has dwindled due to friends moving from their neighborhood. More than 60% responded that would like to live in a community where they know their neighbors.

In the same national proprietary study, more than 55% of participants feel that activities and programming within a community club are more important than the size and list of amenities offered inside the building. Active adult communities’ goals include helping with “lifestyle programming” — creating experiences that result in new relationships through not only clubhouse events and small group interests but also travel programs, such as trips to national parks, tropical islands, and European river cruises. Music is also part of the agenda, with 55+ communities such as Arizona’s Trilogy Resort community Encanterra hosting all-star line-ups of boomer favorites such as Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beach Boys, Heart, and Foreigner.

Scientific American cites research that says social ties can boost survival by 50%. It adds that the older people get, the more challenging it can be to make friends —especially true after retirement. Social isolation can leave individuals more prone to illness, according to the article.

What is Prediabetes?

provided by: Livingston Memorial VNA

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Linda Hampson, RN, MSN, Diabetes Educator

My doctor just told me I have prediabetes. What is Prediabetes?

Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal — but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

Eighty-six million Americans now have prediabetes — that’s one out of three adults! Of those 86 million, nine out of 10 don’t even know they have it.

Don’t let the “pre” in prediabetes fool you into thinking it’s not really a problem. You can take action to help prevent prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes. Many people with prediabetes who do not change their lifestyle — by losing weight (if needed) and being more physically active — will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

If you have these risk factors, you may be at higher risk than others for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

  • You are overweight.
  • You are 45 years of age or older.
  • Your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
  • You are physically active fewer than three times per week.
  • You gave birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds.
  • You had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes).

Race and ethnicity also affect your risk. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes.

If you are at risk, talk to a health care professional about getting a blood sugar test.

Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people with prediabetes. Modest weight loss means 5% to 7% of body weight — about 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Getting at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity, such as brisk walking, is also important. Positive lifestyle changes can improve your overall well-being and help lower your risk of pre and type 2 diabetes.

Want to know more about prediabetes and type 2 diabetes? Attend one of the free diabetes classes listed in the Livingston Calendar on page 3. These educational sessions introduce basic information about pre and type 2 diabetes and discuss meal planning, exercise, blood sugar monitoring, medications and new developments in diabetes management.


Milestone for Moving Seniors Forward

Moving Seniors Forward – Press Release

On April 26, 2018, Moving Seniors Forward – Community Resource Group will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of serving people age 50+ and their families throughout the Conejo Valley and beyond.

Co-founded in 2008 by local realtor and Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Linda Archie, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Thousand Oaks, and estate planning attorney, Bob Triplett, Moving Seniors Forward is a trusted resource for access to experienced and compassionate professionals who provide quality services and information to enhance the lives of seniors and their families. The independent professionals offer solutions to the various health & wellness, home & housing, and legal & financial issues and challenges people encounter as they age. Additionally, Moving Seniors Forward sponsors free educational seminars and fun-filled events.

With the baby boomer generation now over age 50, the need for the coordinated resources provided by Moving Seniors Forward is growing. So simply follow their tagline “If you’re 50+, call on us!®” Moving Seniors Forward can be reached at (805) 558-8157 or go to


Design and Construction to Fit Your Needs

by Eileen Gould

Eileen Gould

Eileen Gould is the owner and founder of Lifestyles Interior Design and Construction, Inc. and Eileen Gould Design and Construction, Inc., and has been practicing both Commercial and Residential Design for the past 30 years.  She combines her creative talents with her knowledge of general contracting to reflect your personal style, your character, and way of living.  Eileen’s ability to guide each and every client allows you to walk comfortably through the design process, satisfied and meeting your financial needs.

Eileen received her certification in Interior Design and then became one of the few women to obtain her General Contracting license in 2001.  Eileen has been honored by the Women’s Referral Service for outstanding business owner networker.  She has been featured in Westlake Magazine, Ventura Star, Valley Connection, and Jane Applegate’s column in Los Angeles Magazine, in addition to  an extensive write up in the Business Section of the Los Angeles Times.  She sat on the Learning Tree University Design Board in 1985 and the ASID LA Executive Board in 2006. She has also appeared on Channel 7 Eyewitness Morning News.

She has worked with many celebrity clients.  Eileen has won the National Association of Business Owners Award for Working Women’s Magazine 2000 and she has been named the “First Runner-up of the 2003 Designer Appreciation Award” awarded by the L.A. Mart and the L.A. Mart Furniture Association.

Eileen has twice appeared on HGTV “Designer’s Challenge” once winning the challenge of redesigning a Master Bathroom.  She has also spoken at The Rotary, The New West Symphony and the AARP Convention in early 2000.

Eileen also specializes in retrofitting homes for seniors and the handicapped. She has the ability to transform a client’s home into a safe and secure place, so they can comfortably live in their own surroundings.  Due to Eileen’s background and expertise, she is able to change these homes by adding things such as elevators, stair chairs, grab bars, safe showers & tubs as well as appropriate flooring and lighting.

If it is warmth and comfort you desire, Eileen Gould Design and Construction, Inc. is here to serve.  Her motto is “good design, listening and a conduit for your needs.”

Eileen Gould
Designer/Owner, ASID, IDS, CAPID
Certification #0154
General Contractor License #978861

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