Health and Wellness

Caregiving for dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association will present the first session of a three-part series titled “Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle-Stage Caregivers” from 10 a.m. to noon Wed., July 1 via a virtual classroom on BlueJeans. In the program, caregivers and professionals will discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care during the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. The level of assistance […]

Free clinic still serving the community during pandemic

Sara thought she was just getting back on her feet after her workplace closed due to the Woolsey fire over a year ago. But now, due to COVID-19, she is financially in trouble again as she waits for businesses to reopen in Thousand Oaks so that she can get back to work. Sara also worries about caring for her children, […]

Cancer foundation cancels annual luncheon

Due to the pandemic, the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is canceling its annual Gold Ribbon Luncheon. The fall event, held at the Four Seasons’ Biltmore Resort in Santa Barbara, draws more than 400 guests each year to raise funds for families battling pediatric cancer in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. “Some of our families have lost their […]

Peaceful while it lasted

RIDE ON—A solo bicyclist enjoys the light traffic May 16 on Agoura Road in Westlake Village. The reduced number of vehicles on the road during the lockdown helped lead to good air quality. The reopening, however, has resulted in more traffic on the streets.

Get medical care at home via telehealth

COMMENTARY /// Medicare


The staff of Medicare understands the concerns many have about going to a doctor’s office during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medicare beneficiaries are rightly observing social distancing guidelines to protect themselves and others from possible infection. Yet beneficiaries still need checkups, prescription refills or other care from their doctors. The good news is that President Trump expanded access to telehealth services […]

Informative talk on COVID-19

Senior Concerns will present a virtual seminar titled “What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19” from 4 to 5 p.m. Thurs. June 11 via Zoom. Dr. Carlo Reyes, assistant medical director at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, will lead the program that will cover the following topics: An emergency room doctor will discuss how to stay […]

Hikers, mind where you step–it’s rattlesnake season

Adventist Health Simi Valley emergency department officials are preparing for an increase in snake bites this year following the opening of many recreational trails throughout the area that have been closed because of the pandemic. “We anticipate seeing more snake bites this year,” said Kristen Shorts, Adventist Health Simi Valley prehospital care coordinator “The COVID-19 pandemic left a lot of […]

Blood drive in Westlake

The Chabad House North Ranch will host a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Tues. and Wed., June 2 and 3 at 1145 Lindero Canyon Road, Ste. C2, Westlake Village. Blood drives are considered essential health services. Healthy donors are allowed to give blood at this time. Appointments are required to reduce wait times and provide social distancing. Donor […]

Health studio exercises creativity with clients during pandemic



When Californians were ordered to shelter in place in March, one of Esta McIntyre’s first thoughts was about the well-being of her clients. McIntyre runs My Health Studio on Via Colinas—it’s a fitness studio with a unique clientele. A big part of McIntyre’s business is working with people who have degenerative conditions such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. “When we […]

Smoking, vaping may increase COVID risk

COMMENTARY /// Good health


Doctors and many other health professionals are working to treat sick patients for the COVID-19 virus. The best ways for you to help are to stay home, wash your hands, and not smoke or vape. Here are three good reasons why you should stop smoking and vaping: Smoking doubles your risk of developing respiratory infections. In one study, 391 healthy […]


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