Council on Aging

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Purpose

To serve as an advisory body to the City Council on matters concerning senior adults in the community. Council on Aging and the City coordinate several events for seniors in the community. The Council on Aging also oversees the planning and implementation of the City Senior Adult Master Plan.

The Committee consists of nine Commissioners, 55 years of age or older, serving 2-year rotating terms. City residency is required of all members.

Members: Nine Commissioners (must be 55 years of age or older) and a City resident. Commissioners serve two year terms.

Meetings: Monthly, excluding July and August.

Senior of the Year Awards Ceremony and Social

Thousand Oaks is fortunate to have 1,200 senior adult volunteers who contribute their time and energy to aid over 80 non-profit agencies, schools and community organizations. Each year, senior adults donate approximately 275,000 volunteer hours, providing much needed support to the Thousand Oaks community.

Each year, the City of Thousand Oaks Council on Aging (COA) dedicates an event to honor senior volunteers through the annual Senior of the Year Awards Ceremony and Social. The COA accepts nominations for “Senior of the Year” from January through March.

Qualifications

Nominees must be over 60 years of age and have been a resident in Thousand Oaks for three of the past five years. All volunteer contributions over a senior's lifetime, as noted on the Nomination Form, will be considered. Please note that nominees must have volunteered in some capacity during three of the past five years in the City of Thousand Oaks or in the unincorporated areas of the City (this includes Newbury Park and the Ventura portion of Westlake Village). The selected Senior of the Year will agree to serve as a spokesperson for volunteerism.

2016/2017 Council on Aging Commissioners

  • Loretta Allen
  • Karen Gorback
  • Ron Hage
  • Nick Fotheringham
  • Nancy Healey
  • Tony Gitt
  • Terri Maria
  • Donna Mortimer  
  • Harry Norkin

Council on Aging Meetings

The Council on Aging conducts public meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The Council does not meet in July/August.

The meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm is held in the Board Room of the Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Free parking is available in the Civic Arts Plaza Parking Structure.  The televised meetings include presentations on issues of interest to seniors. Please see the list below of past presentations.   Meetings are also televised on TOTV (Check your provider's listing for local station channel).

The public is invited to share items under the Council's purview during the public comment section of the meeting, listen to guest speakers, or announce an event or something monumental in their lives such as a birth of a new grandchild or an anniversary or birthday. 

If your organization has a special event coming up, come announce it on our program. Call (805) 381-7362 or e-mail, Councilonaging@toaks.org for additional information.

2016/2017 Guest Speakers

(After meeting date, a link will connect you to the video archive)

November 2: Medicare Update - Betty Berry
December 7:  Fraud and Scams - Detective Tim Lohman
January 4:  Nutrition & Bone Health - Dr. Diana Sarkisyan, UCLA Health System
February 1:  Preventing Heart Disease: What You Can Do - Dr. Shah, Cardiologist, UCLA Health System
March 1:  Pain Management Breakthroughs for Seniors - UCLA Health System
April 5:  Advance Care Planning, Kate Lewis, Dignity Health
May 3: Geneology
June 7: Why Volunteer? In Their Own Words

2015/2016 Guest Speakers

October 7: HomeShare - Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA)
November 4: Medicare Update - Betty Berry
December 2: Healthy Holiday Treats on a Budget - Los Robles Hospital
January 6: A Step in the Right Direction - Fall Prevention - VCAAA
February 3: Dogs and Cats and Birds, Oh My - The Pets in Our Lives - VC Animal Services
March 2: Put on a Happy Face - Dermatological Care
April 6: Smart Money Management - Bucks County Financial
May 4: Technology in Our Future - Alfred Mann Institute, USC
June 1: Why Volunteer? In Their Own Words

2014/2015 Guest Speakers and Video Links

October 1: Responding to the Care Giving Crisis
November 5: Medicare Update with Betty Berry
December 3: Preparing for Emergencies
January 7: Selecting an Assisted Living Facility
February 4: Heart Health
March 4: Kinship Care
April 1: Cancer Support Community
May 6: Checklist for Families

The meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month is a workshop meeting held at 10:30 am in the Training Room of the Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 East Janss Road. The Training Room is at the back of the library. Park near the Children’s Entrance and look for the sign to the meeting. This meeting is not televised.

    For questions or additional information contact Francine Sprigel, (805) 381-7362 or councilonaging@toaks.org.

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