Health and Wellness


Caregiver class The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with Family Service Agency, will offer the Savvy Caregiver program from 9 a.m. to noon Wed., Sept. 11, 18 and 25 at Sunrise Senior Living, 3101 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. The first session was Sept. 4. The Savvy Caregiver program helps caregivers with effective communication methods and behavior management strategies. The program provides […]

Preventing the spread of deadly organisms

COMMENTARY /// Superbugs

Every year, drug-resistant bacteria and fungi known as superbugs infect 2 million Americans— and kill up to 162,000 of those patients, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America. That toll could soon skyrocket. Microorganisms like bacteria and fungi build resistance to medical treatments over time. Each time someone uses an antimicrobial— such as prescription antibiotics or antibacterial soaps—those microorganisms […]

Run to benefit animal health starts at Promenade

The Promenade at Westlake will host the second annual We Run The Promenade on Sat., Sept. 21 the parking lot across from Sur La Table, 100 Promenade Way, Thousand Oaks. Check in is 7 a.m. the run will begin at 9 a.m. The 5K dog-friendly run/ walk will donate proceeds to the local nonprofit animal rescue organization Paw Works. Paw […]

Navy veteran named CEO of area Red Cross

The American Red Cross of Central California has named Tony Briggs as chief executive officer, a position in which he will oversee all Red Cross service delivery in a 10-county region that includes almost 4.5 million residents. A native of Philadelphia, Briggs completed a 24-year career in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of chief petty officer. His career […]

Celebrating the centenarian

Free health classes

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer a free class on Living With Type 2 and Pre-Diabetes from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wed., Sept. 4 at Community Center Room 4, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. The class will cover meal planning, exercise, blood sugar monitoring, medication management and new developments for living with diabetes. There is no charge to […]

Kids donate toys for pediatric patients

A HEALTHY WAY TO GIVE—Sofia Paul, left, and Dhiya Patel, both 9 years old and residents of Thousand Oaks, donate care packages of toys for pediatric patients at Los Robles Hospital on Aug. 19. They and other children are taking part in the Kids Caring 4 Kids program, which was started by the Conejo Valley Unified School District in 2018. […]

New location for 3to9 walk

The second annual Walk 3to9 event will take place Sun., Sept. 15 at a new location—the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, 4100 S. La Cienega Ave., Los Angeles. Launched in 2018 by Ventura County resident Jaki Kackert, Walk 3to9 is a trail run/walk to raise money for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. The inaugural event took place at King […]

Event seeks to end suicide

The Los Angeles/Central Coast chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host its annual Ventura County Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 9 a.m. Sat., Sept. 14 at Camarillo’s Constitution Park, 1287 Paseo Camarillo. The event supports the foundation’s education and support programs as well as the goal to reduce the annual U.S. rate of suicide 20% […]

Blood collection efforts are not in vain

Gene Nestor puts blood, sweat and tears into his volunteer work, but mostly blood. The 92-year-old Thousand Oaks resident has organized semiannual blood drives for St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks for the past 33 years. The father of six doesn’t use a computer, so instead of sending a mass email or writing a Facebook post to invite […]

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