Disaster preparedness for those with dementia

If you’re age 60 or above, you’ve probably experienced more than one disaster. Earthquakes, wildfires and mudslides are more common in our neck of the woods; hurricanes, ice storms and tornadoes occur in other parts of the country. Wherever you or your loved ones live, a disaster can happen anytime, anywhere, and anyplace to anyone. [...]

By |September 29th, 2010|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Senior Advocate: Medicare Part A will cover expense of hospice care

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010  Q: My brother, who is the caretaker for my 99-year-old mother, told me recently that my mother was eligible for Medicare’s hospice benefit. I thought Medicare did not pay for “custodial” care. Where can I get more information about this? A: You are right — Medicare does not [...]

By |September 27th, 2010|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Calling all couch potatoes . . .

Yes, I mean you in front of the TV, you in front of the computer, you sitting in your armchair reading and you whiling away the day playing Sudoku. If the majority of your week is spent with sporadic or no physical activity, you are a couch potato. According to “American Word Origins,” few terms [...]

By |September 15th, 2010|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

ACTIVE LIVING EVERY DAY CLASSES

SCAN Senior Resource Center & Senior Concerns in co-operation with California Lutheran University Exercise Science Department is pleased to present this 12 week seminar specifically aimed at the inactive senior who is ready to make simple changes in order to improve their health. Location: Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Rd., Thousand Oaks Dates: Mondays 9/13-12/13 Time: 3:30-5:00 [...]

By |September 11th, 2010|In the News|0 Comments

Senior Advocate: New dementia support group offers evening meetings

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010  Q: I am a caregiver for a relative who is in the beginning stages of dementia. I also hold down a full-time job. I would very much like to attend a support group but have not found one that meets in the evening. Do you know of one [...]

By |September 8th, 2010|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Senior Advocate: Adult day care centers can be boon for caregivers

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010  Q: I am a full-time caregiver and at my wits’ end. I am totally worn out and need a break. Placing my loved one in a long-term care facility is not an option at this time and having someone come into my home will not provide me the [...]

By |September 1st, 2010|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Senior Advocate: Several websites can help you find forgotten money

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010  Q: I received a letter from a company saying that the state was holding some money that belonged to me and for a fee this company would collect that money and forward it to me. Is this on the up and up or is it some type of [...]

By |September 1st, 2010|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Senior Advocate: Goebel Senior Center to offer Medicare review Monday

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010  Q: All the talk about healthcare reform has led me to think about myMedicare coverage and whether I really understand all the parts and rules. Is there somewhere I could go for a refresher course? A: Understanding Medicare isn’t easy. A review of the numerous parts and rules [...]

By |September 1st, 2010|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Senior Advocate: Caution, watchfulness help protect ATM cards

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010  Q: A group of us were out the other night when one person needed to use an ATM. When she returned to the table a discussion about ATMs and scams took place. It seemed we all had different ideas about how it happens and how to protect against [...]

By |September 1st, 2010|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Senior Advocate: Class will help inactive seniors get the exercise habit

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010  Q: I keep hearing about the need for seniors to include physical activity in their daily activities, but I never seem to have the time or interest. How can I get started? A: I am always excited to report on a new program or activity for seniors. Senior [...]

By |September 1st, 2010|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments