Health and Wellness


Dealing with holiday grief Hospice of the Conejo will present a program on “Grief and the Holidays” from 1 to 3 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2 in the Grant Brimhall Library community room, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The holidays can be a challenging time for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. However, there are ways […]

Run and raise funds

Open house for women’s center

West Hills Hospital and Medical Center announced it is offering breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, through its Women’s Diagnostics Center. This technology is said to provide superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types to improve early detection of breast cancer. To showcase the new technology, West Hills Hospital will host an open house from 4 to […]

Study the options for senior coverage

COMMENTARY /// Medicare

At a family reunion, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits. Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man, and has been for a decade or so. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she had before enrolling in Medicare. When they turned to […]


Hearing aid contest Decibel Hearing Services will give away a pair of hearing aids to the winner of an essay contest in December. The essay should describe an individual who puts other people first and participates in their family or community while facing challenges as a person living with hearing loss. Persons can nominate themselves or someone they know. Send […]

Talks on healthier living

A Wellness Expo will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 7 at River Oaks Academy Charter, 920 Hampshire Road, Ste. X, in the Water Court, Westlake Village. Professionals from various disciplines will coach teens and adults on effective techniques for healthier living. The presentations are: “The Wisdom Project” by John Horton, MD; “Mood and Emotion Management” by […]

Community hospital opens new facility poised for future care

Outside Community Memorial Hospital’s recently completed Ocean Tower in Ventura, gardens offer space for reflection, fountains provide the soothing sounds of trickling water and brightly colored art makes the exterior of the new building look more like a hotel than a hospital. The comforting atmosphere continues inside the $290-million building, which Michael Ellingson, Community Memorial Health System’s vice president of […]

Put up guard against winter flu

COMMENTARY /// Preventative care

With fall and winter months coming, the peak of the flu season is fast approaching, causing more illnesses in the United States every year. According to the CDC’s summary of the 2017-2018 influenza season, an estimated 9.2 million flu-related illnesses occur annually, and 180 pediatric flu-related deaths were reported in the United States last year. The CDC recommends people get […]

Blood donations in Oak Park

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to give blood or platelets to support cancer patients and others. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall. The local donation opportunities are as follows. Thousand Oaks: From 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24; from 1 to 7 p.m. […]

Stars shine for autism benefit

Bright lights and cameras will be out in force at the 13th annual Denim, Diamonds and Stars gala fundraiser on Sunday. The event supports ACT Today, a nonprofit organization that provides support to children with autism and their families. The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village, 2 Dole Drive. Evening activities include […]

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