T.O. nonprofit’s new leader is passionate about seniors

By Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star As the newly appointed president of Senior Concerns, Andrea Gallagher said her goal is to provide a positive aging experience for all of us. "If we develop the right support system, the right services and the right environment for seniors to thrive, it makes growing older a great experience [...]

By |February 23rd, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

Seniors may need to hire in help

Q: I am starting to think about who I can turn to when I will need some help. As we age this question becomes more serious and if you are not close to family or have no immediate family what choices do you have? A: Your question has been asked by many seniors. Just recently, [...]

By |February 21st, 2012|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Older adults exhibit talent at Simi Valley Senior Center

By Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star, February 17, 2012 Seniors are invited to display their talent in the Writers Block, a wall display with poems, short stories and essays at the Simi Valley Senior Center. "After years of experiencing love, loss and all things in between, seniors' lives and their perspectives are incredibly rich and [...]

By |February 17th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

Caring for seniors

By Steve Holt, Thousand Oaks Acorn Nobody is ever turned away from Senior Concerns for financial reasons Older residents of the Conejo Valley can get information and assistance at Senior Concerns in Thousand Oaks. Andrea Gallagher, the new president of Senior Concerns, and Carol Freeman, former president, presented an hourlong seminar on the nonprofit organization [...]

By |February 16th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

Does playing chess prevent Alzheimer’s?

How many of us know what we can do to reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s disease? When I ask groups of seniors that question, some of the more common answers include games such as crossword puzzles, chess, or sudoku. Each one of these answers is right but also wrong, because simply playing games falls short [...]

By |February 15th, 2012|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – February 8, 2012 – Senior Concerns, serving the Ventura and Western L.A. County senior communities, today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Andrea Gallagher president, effective February 25. Gallagher, a Certified Senior Advisor, is a former Senior Concerns Board member and strategic planning chair, and is founder of the [...]

By |February 8th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

Clarifying nursing home costs

Q: I have been talking with friends about the cost of nursing home care, and we differ on how these costs can be covered. Can you shed some light? A: About half of all nursing home residents start out by paying costs out of their personal resources. As these resources decrease, those who have long [...]

By |February 7th, 2012|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Seminar on aging in America

Monte Vista Presbyterian Church will host a seminar titled “Aging in America” at 9 a.m. Sat., Feb. 4 at the church, 3797 W. Lynn Road, Newbury Park. Doors will open and refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m. The speakers are Brenda Birdwell of Thousand Oaks Senior Concerns, Elizabeth Renteria of Ventura County Area Agency [...]

By |February 2nd, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

The third place

I have a neighbor who heads to the beach when life becomes too stressful. When she felt the strain from caregiving for her 95 year-old mother or the overwhelming demands of at work, watching and listening to the waves, feeling the sand under her feet and the warmth of the sun provided a healing experience. [...]

By |February 1st, 2012|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments