Health and Wellness

Workshops provide means to reduce stress

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will hold a free two-part workshop titled “Mindfully Shifting Stress” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., July 18 and 25 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. The sessions will cover mindful living principles and why it’s natural to become stressed. Participants can discover tools and exercises to help manage stress as well as learn […]

Families enjoy healthy fun at the swimming pool

WATER BUDDIES—Above, Aaron Gallardo of Woodland Hills gives a boost to his son Charlie, 4, during the Summer Splash Party on July 4 at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center. Below, Amir Azmiri of Calabasas swims with his 5-year-old daughter Barsin at the annual swim party held on Independence Day. Swimming is not only great exercise, but a fun way […]

New board members to lead Cancer Fit nonprofit

Cancer Fit, a nonprofit that offers free exercise and wellness programs for cancer survivors in Southern California, recently welcomed the following new board members. •Roya Alt. Alt serves as communications director of Children Mending Hearts, a Los Angeles-based arts education nonprofit. She is the former executive director of public relations for the City of Hope Cancer Center. •Susan Corti. A […]

Lunch, friends at memory cafe

Senior Concerns will offer a Memory Café for seniors with dementia and their family caregivers from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., July 14 at 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. Memory Cafés can help reduce social isolation and can also unite people facing similar challenges. The cafes take place quarterly. Lunch will be provide for all attendees. Reservations are required. […]

CBD oils give mixed results for clients

Area healthcare professionals say more research is needed


When California legalized recreational marijuana earlier this year, THC-based products grabbed all the headlines, but tetrahydrocannabinol isn’t the only chemical compound that’s seeing expanded freedom. The easing of marijuana laws also freed up CBD, or cannabidiol, which can be derived from either marijuana or hemp plants. Unlike THC, marijuana’s psychoactive chemical, CBD does not induce a high in consumers, and […]

The buzz on summer West Nile Virus

With warmer summer weather and increased outdoor activities, a higher risk of exposure to mosquitoes is expected. Since mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis Virus or Western Equine Encephalitis Virus, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division advises the public to take precautions to protect against mosquito bites and assist with the effort to control […]

Diabetes sisters share

Diabetes Sisters PODS group of Ventura County/San Fernando Valley is a support group for women with Type 1 diabetes seeking to connect with others who are living with the disease. The next meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mon., July 9 in Agoura. Group members meet to discuss their successes, challenges and frustrations in living with the chronic […]

Rights and guarantees are a benefit that goes along with Medicare

COMMENTARY /// Senior healthcare


As a person with Medicare, do you have any rights and protections? You certainly do. You have rights whether you’re enrolled in Original Medicare— in which you can choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare—or Medicare Advantage, in which you get care within a network of healthcare providers. Your rights guarantee that you get the health services the law […]

Support for Parkinson’s patients

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Fri., July 13 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Dr. Nader Pouratian, a specialist at UCLA in neurosurgical brain mapping restoration, will discuss deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s patients. He will describe how this treatment lessens Parkinson’s motor symptoms such as stiffness, slowness and tremor. Lunch will be […]

Card making for kids, adults

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host a free card making workshop for adults and kids from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thurs., July 12 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Participants do not need to be “artsy.” The program is for those who wish to express gratitude to those who have helped them through their donations to the Cancer […]


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