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Michele E. Buttelman: Stepping up to assist seniors

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Posted: July 11, 2009 4:50 p.m.
Updated: July 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I was out of town on the Fourth of July, but I’ve heard from several sources that this year’s Fourth of July Parade was the best ever. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to ride on The Signal’s beautiful float. I was proud that so many folks took the time to craft such a beautiful salute to The Signal’s 90th birthday!
Some TLC for Caregivers
Caregiver Resource Day at the SCV Senior Center was a big success, said Diana Sevanian, R.N. and former Signal reporter, who works in Supportive Services at the Senior Center. The free community event provided caregivers with empowering information, support, and tools for caregiving and bettering self. Providing a powerhouse of education were keynote speakers: Dr, Joshua Grill, director of the Katherine and Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Development Program at UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research; Dr. James Makous, director of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program for Parkinson’s at Boston Scientific Neuromodulation in Valencia; and Judith Harris, psychotherapist, humorist, facilitator of several SCVSC support groups, and CRD moderator.
More TLC for Caregivers
Thanks are due to many people/businesses/organizations for making the Caregiver Resource Day possible, Sevanian said. That extensive roster includes: Title sponsor Comfort Keepers In-Home Care; breakfast sponsor Pacifica Senior Living Santa Clarita; Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for their free glucose, body mass index, and cholesterol testing; Providence Health & Services for assessing how Parkinson’s Disease affects one’s activities of daily living; Concorde Career Institute student nurses for performing blood pressure testing; HealthCare Partners for stroke risk assessments; Chiropractor Dr. Roger De Sesa for health screenings; and Mobile Masseur James Vang for his great massages! Also among vendors: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation (provided information on revolutionary pain management via their Precision Plus SCS System, which delivers targeted pain relief through spinal cord stimulation using wireless, independently controlled current); and Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services. Event sponsors also included Santa Clarita Homemakers & Personal Attendants, Home Instead Senior Care and Summerhill Villa Senior Living. Many raffle items were given out including certificates from Tranquility Spa and Salon.
‘Be an Angel’ for BFF
Betty’s leadership team of the Betty Ferguson Foundation will host the “Be an Angel” fundraiser 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, July 13. Shop from the beautiful collection of angel-themed gifts and home décor. All Items donated by LaVaggi, Inc. Wholesale prices: $5 to $30. All proceeds will benefit the BFF mission “to train, develop and empower women and youth to be a vital force in society.” Open house at the Betty Ferguson Foundation, 25510 W. Ave. Stanford #104, Valencia. (661) 702-8712.

While we’re talking BFF, check out the new BFF Web site, The BFF Board of Directors knew the foundation needed to step up to the next level of marketing and communications and hired Brian Cuda from CONCEPTINET Web Design for the job. The site now offers blogs for  women and girls to stay connected. The book club page is awesome, with a link to Shelfari (a book club site that offers reviews and comments). There is also a calendar where upcoming BFF meetings and events will be listed.

The community can now order tickets to events (such as the Woman of Honor dinner to pay tribute to College of the Canyons Chancellor Dianne Van Hook to be held Sept. 9) as well as pay for sponsorships, ads and make general donations through the Web site’s shopping cart. Kudos to those stepping up to cover the cost of the Web site: Farmers Insurance Group — Nicole Scott, Julie M. Sturgeon, CPA, Destiny Now!, Realty Executives — Lauren Lefkowitz, CONCEPTINET Web Design, SCV Orthodontics, Beyond Harmony and the Association of Women Entrepreneurs.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features editor of The Signal. She can be reached by e-mail at


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