The Pleasant Valley Senior Center, in partnership with AARP, is offering monthly safety driving classes. The two day beginning course and the one day refresher course are offered on a rotating basis every other month. This classroom program is beneficial for any adult 55+ who has to renew their driver’s license. Upon completion of the course individuals will receive a certificate to take to their automobile insurance company for a minimal discount in cost.
Schedule: One Day Refresher Course - The One-Day refresher course is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 1-5pm . This course is for anyone who has taken the two-day course in the last three years.
Two Day Introductory Course - The Two-Day course is held on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday of the month from 1-5pm.
Cost $15 for current AARP members, $20 for non-members. Only checks are accepted. All checks must be made out to AARP. Please include your AARP membership number on the memo line of your check. It is a ten digit number. Please also include a phone number.
Registration: Class sizes are limited and registration is required for both courses. Payment is due at the time of registration. You can come by the Pleasant Valley Senior Center to register or mail a check to the Senior Center with all the requested information.
Anyone taking the One-Day Refresher course must fill out the Driver Safety Program - Student Completion Record . Click on the link above to download the form. Please write out your name exactly how it appears on your driver’s license. Class is held at the Community Center - 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo. Click on the link to download a map of the class location. http://www.aarp.org/
Blood Pressure Reading
Many adults have high blood pressure and do not even realize it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. The Pleasant Valley Senior Center has made arrangements to have a volunteer nurse take free blood pressure readings. This is a drop-in program and new participants are always welcome. Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 9:30 -10:30am (3rd Wednesday of each month).
Senior Kits/Food Share
The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District in cooperation with Food Share, Ventura County, is proud to be Camarillo's distribution site for the "Senior Kits."The first Wednesday of every month from 9:00-11:00am, in the parking lot next to the Pleasant Valley Senior Center / Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo 93010. This is a drive through program and the box of food will be loaded into your car! Enter through the 3rd driveway (closest to Burnley Street / furtherst driveway from Carmen) and exit through one of two other driveways. This is an easy access site conveniently located in the center of Camarillo off the 101 frwy. Senior Kits are free boxes of food weighing 25-30 pounds and contains items such as: Canned fruits/vegetables, Canned meat/fish, Beans or peanut butter, Shelf stable milk, Pasta or rice, Cereal or oats, Juice and cheese. This program is for qualifying individuals age 60 or older, resident of Ventura County (participants do not have to be a United States citizen), and meets the federal income guidelines. Applicants must bring a photo ID with date of birth and proof of residence. Expired IDs are acceptable. If your photo ID does not have your current address, bring another form of proof of residence.
Acceptable photo IDs and proof of residence include: CA Driver's License, CA State/Senior ID, Military/Veteran's ID, Out of State ID, Passport, Resident Alien Card, Utility Bill To qualify for Senior Kits, senior must earn no more than the following:
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Food Share is an equal opportunity provider.
Low Vision Wellness / Braille
Braille Institute consultants from Santa Barbara come to the Pleasant Valley Senior Center to hold classes, arrange speakers, and provide assistance to participants with vision problems. They hold free classes that help participants learn to adjust to sight loss and teach them new ways of doing things. New people are always welcome. Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 10am – 12pm, Thursday (No classes in the month of August & December). Low Vision Consultant: A Braille Institute trained specialist comes to the Pleasant Valley Senior Center monthly to do evaluations and demonstrate self-help devices. They demonstrate ways for those with declining sight how to use their remaining vision. There are many useful adaptive products available to assist with sight loss including magnifiers, lights, talking clocks and watches, Braille games, large-print books, canes, writing, sewing and cooking aids, and much more. Reservations are required. Call the Senior Center for an appointment – (805) 482-4881. Braille Consultant is at 9:30am, 3rd Thursday of the month.
Camarillo Council On Aging
The City Council, in 1978, formed an advisory board, the Camarillo Council on Aging (CCOA), for the purpose of providing senior residents in the city of Camarillo a mechanism to make formal recommendations on matters of concern to the City Council and the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging. The CCOA is run by a five member Executive Board. The CCOA publishes a “Senior Resource Guide” that can be found on-line or at the Senior Center.Click here to link to the Senior Resource Guide. For more information and meeting dates, the Camarillo Council on Aging can be reached at: (805) 910-7453, firstname.lastname@example.org, Board Meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month at 3 pm at the Community Center in Room #1. Board Members: Lynn Jones, Arlene Miro, Jay Evans, Karen Swisher, Marlynn Block.
Computer Classes & Electronic Help
For $10 an hour we offer One on One lessons. The Pleasant Valley Senior Center offers several computer classes for your skill level: No matter what your skill level with computers, we have a beginning class for you! We provide the laptops and ensure students receive personal attention with plenty of time for questions and answers. Need help with any electronic device such as any cell phone, iPad, tablet, camera, iPod, Fitbit, etc. then give us a call. Classes are held in the Pleasant Valley Senior Center located 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA 93010. Register early to secure your spot. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 9am to 12pm – call 482-4881 for more information. We offer classes in: Beginner Computer, Class, Intermediate Class, Windows 8 & 10, Internet & Email, Facebook and Skype.
Diabetes Testing-These FREE educational sessions introduce basic information about Type 2 Diabetes with emphasis on the development of an individualized plan of care that includes diet, medication, exercise and blood sugar monitoring. New developments in Diabetes and common management problems will also be addressed. Free literature and demonstration equipment will be available. Registration is not necessary. Sessions are facilitated by a volunteer nurse from Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association. Community Center Room #3, 2:30-4pm, First Wednesday of each month.
Grey Law is a private non-profit organization that provides free legal services to adults 60+ in Ventura County. Does Grey Law help only seniors? Yes, their clients must be 60 years of age or older to qualify for free legal assistance. How does a senior make an appointment with Grey Law? Please call GREY LAW at (805) 658-2266 to make a free appointment. If they can assist you they will schedule a meeting with you at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center. How is Grey Law Funded? Grey Law receives funding through grants and donations. What is Grey Law? Grey Law is a private non-profit organization founded in 1979 to provide free legal services to seniors residing in Ventura County. What sort of cases does Grey Law handle? Grey Law provides information, assistance and advice on: Government benefits (Social Security, MediCare/MediCal and SSI), Long-Term Care issues, Consumer matters, Powers of Attorney, and End of Life concerns.
Hearing Aids / Tests
Hearing Aids-This is a FREE monthly service offered by Ron Roberts from Acoustic Hearing Aids. He comes to the Senior Center every 3rd Thursday of the month and offers to inspect, repair and adjust hearing aids. He will also administer a hearing test to those that request one. Appointments are necessary. Please call, (805) 482-4881. Senior Center, Every 3rd Thursday of the month.
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)
This free senior service meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, 9am-12pm, Pleasant Valley Senior Center. If you have questions pertaining to Medicare, Medicare Advantage, supplemental insurance policies, your rights and options, long-term care insurance or prescription drug coverage, look no further than the HICAP counseling program. Provided by the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, trained volunteers provide free and unbiased counseling and advocacy for Medicare recipients and those who will soon be receiving Medicare. HICAP can help you make the best informed decision for your individual health care needs. Appointments are required, call 482-4881 to request an appointment. For more information about HICAP, visit their website at: http://medicare-ventura-hicap.org
This is mainly an education Investment Group that meets in the Senior Center. New people are always invited to stop by to get an overview during their meeting. They are willing to discuss and teach the best techniques on how to invest and what to look for if you want to start investing. The group is a member of the National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC). Location: Pleasant Valley Senior Center (Fireside Room), 1:15–3pm, Third Saturday of the Month. July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16.
Memory Loss & Dementia: The Basics
Tuesday, November 7th 1-3pm Presented by: Monica Shrader
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. The program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.
Making the Most of Your Doctor Visits
Thursday November 16th 10am Presented by: Michelle Michel
A discussion of the importance of good communication between doctor and patient. Learn key tips to help you better prepare so you can ensure that you get the most out of your face time with your doctor.
HICAP 1 Stop
Thursday November 16 10am -1pm Presented by: Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
Open Enrollment Free Counseling. HICAP Counselors will run a Prescription Drug Plan comparison for you. Receive counseling on Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap, Employer Group, Retiree Plans & Medi-Cal. Enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan for 2017.
The Pleasant Valley Senior Center staff works with volunteer AARP tax preparers to offer a FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance Program. They come to help low -to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older. The service is offered in the Senior Center beginning on February 5, 2018 and continues through April 9, 2018. The AARP volunteers receive the necessary training to help file certain tax forms and schedules, including the Form 1040 and are able to file the tax forms via e-file. The volunteers will stay within the scope of the Volunteer Protection Act and if they feel they do not have adequate knowledge or your return is too complex, you may need to seek another qualified counselor or paid tax assistance. The service is offered Monday mornings from 9 AM until noon. Appointments will be made beginning January, 2018. Participants must call (805) 482-4881 or come by the Senior Center to make appointments.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly. TOPS Club, Inc. is the original, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization. It was established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success. TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines: Healthy eating, Regular exercise, Wellness information, Awards and recognition, Support from others at weekly chapter meetings, TOPS Club is comprised of men, women, teenagers, and children (8+), with about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Members meet weekly, where they receive positive reinforcement and motivation in adhering to their food and exercise plans.
Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 E. Burnley Street, Tuesdays , 9:30–11am. Call 482-4881 for more information.