Senior Advocate: Steps to avoid health problems while taking medication

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011  Q: I have read that many health problems and trips to the hospital are the result of incorrect handling or taking of medications. Could you address the importance of understanding the why, how and when of handling one's medications? A: This might be the perfect time to address [...]

By |February 23rd, 2011|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Senior Advocate: Complexity surrounds Social Security disability

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011  Q: My husband was considered disabled by his employer, yet when he applied for Social Security disability he was turned down. Can you provide an explanation? A: It is not unusual for a person to be turned down when first applying for Social Security disability. Perhaps Social Security [...]

By |February 23rd, 2011|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Seminar will focus on veterans benefits

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011  Q: I have a number of questions about veterans benefits. Do you know if there are any seminars addressing this subject? A: Yes I do. The next seminar in Senior Concerns' series "Solving the Aging Puzzle" will address Veterans Benefits. The seminar is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. March [...]

By |February 23rd, 2011|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Reagan shares traits with boomers

It’s hard to generalize about 78 million people, but boomers do share some distinctive traits. As Ronald Reagan again made the news on the days leading up to his centennial celebration, it was a surprise to learn just how much this icon of the Greatest Generation had in common with the boomer generation. As a [...]

By |February 17th, 2011|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Many boomers don’t notice early signs of Alzheimer’s

The words of the physical therapist whirled in Alicia’s head. “Your mother is having some difficulty following directions. We are giving her verbal cues to help her stability, but she cannot remember them long enough to imbed them into her long-term memory.” Alicia recently took her 83-year old mother home to care for her after [...]

By |February 3rd, 2011|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Senior Advocate: Keep separate files for your personal, financial records

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011  Q: My parents are very private about their finances and personal records. Until now this has not been a problem. But they are beginning to need my assistance, and I don't have the information I need to help them get the care and services they require. Do you [...]

By |February 2nd, 2011|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments