Health and Wellness

Focus on food

Senior Concerns will host a community seminar titled “Transforming Your Relationship With Food” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 21 at 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. The seminar will explore the causes and remedies for dysfunctional relationships with food, and help attendees learn what foods and strategies support metabolism and what foods do not. Attendees will also be introduced […]

Cost of Medicare inching upward in 2020

COMMENTARY /// Senior healthcare


As we head into the new year, the Medicare premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs will change in 2020. Each year, Medicare premiums, deductibles and copayment rates are adjusted according to the Social Security Act. For 2020, the standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $144.60 for 2020, an increase of $9.10. The Part B premium in […]

Discussion, healing for PTSD

Mike Hutchings and the Rev. Tom Stephen will host a PTSD Roundtable and Q&A at 7 p.m. Fri., Jan. 24 at Conejo Valley Healing Rooms 31192 La Baya Drive, Ste. A, Westlake Village. Hutchings is the director of education of Global Awakening and God Heals PTSD Foundation. Stephen is the senior pastor of Monte Vista Presbyterian Church and a member […]

Brrr-fect day for a swim

DreamCatchers make wish come true for dementia patient



Sonny Mazza sat in the front row at Sage Mountain Senior Living on Dec. 17 with his arm intertwined with his wife’s as he tapped his hands to the beat of the music as a singer performed Frank Sinatra classics like “New York, New York” and “Mambo Italiano.” Mazza, 77, has an aggressive form of dementia, but the classic songs […]

Putting Lasik into focus

New advances in laser surgery



Lasers have advanced tremendously in the last 20 years, and the difference between conventional Lasik, WaveFront Lasik and the most advanced, iDesign Lasik, is vast. The first generation of lasers was in 1997. Now we have advanced to the fifth generation of the technology. What has changed is the increase in accuracy and safety, and the ability to treat astigmatism. […]

Runners get their game on

County bans sale of flavored vape juice



Despite efforts to educate youths about the dangers of nicotine addiction, the number of teens who choose to use e-cigarettes— devices that vaporize a nicotine-rich liquid that can be inhaled—continues to rise. This April, the U.S. Surgeon General declared vaping a national epidemic among young people; a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control found that vaping increased by […]

Exer adds new West Hills location

Camarillo coming next

Exer Urgent Care opened a new center Dec. 4 in Platt Village near Victory Boulevard and Platt Avenue in West Hills—the company’s 11th grand opening in Southern California since it began an aggressive expansion campaign in 2016. Used as an alternative to the traditional hospital emergency room, Exer now has 15 locations in SoCal. The privately-owned company, founded in 2013, […]

Old songs make residents feel young


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