Taking responsibility for ourselves as we age

It was really encouraging to see the turnout at the recent Thousand Oaks Council on Aging program about the Village Movement. Too frequently I meet seniors, young and old, who mentally live in “Never Never Land”—where they’ll never get old and they’ll never need help. So when a large group of seniors seem interested in [...]

By |March 29th, 2012|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Brain fitness exercise program offered

Q: Can you shed any light on brain fitness exercises? A: I can provide you with information about a brain fitness program offered by Senior Concerns. The Senior Concerns Group Brain Fitness Program is designed to offer a fun way to exercise cognitive functions. Brain fitness exercise will wake up your brain like body fitness [...]

By |March 27th, 2012|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Crowd turns out to learn about new living model for older seniors

By Stephanie Sumell, Special to the Acorn As a longtime volunteer for Meals on Wheels, 90-year-old Harry Norkin gets around much better than most folks his age. But that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the challenges that come with growing old at home. “Getting up a ladder is very challenging, especially if I have to [...]

By |March 15th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

Single? Be prepared for the unexpected

I learned last week that almost half of the people over age 65 in America are single. Simply put, wow! While getting older has its benefits (if you don’t think so, you need to read this column more often), traveling the journey without a partner can be challenging or at least require some careful planning. [...]

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

Senior advocate Betty Berry writes about Senior of the Year nominations

Q: Will the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging name a volunteer Senior of the Year, as it has done in years past? A: Yes. The nomination process is open. Nominees must be at least 60 and live in Thousand Oaks or in the city's sphere of influence. They must have been a resident for three [...]

By |March 13th, 2012|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

America at a crossroads on Alzheimer’s Disease

By Kerry Luksic My mother led a life of action and persistence. When it came to life’s challenges, there was never any sitting on the sidelines or throwing in the towel. Mom had 13 children to care for and needed to take life by the horns each day. And she did for decades, spending years [...]

By |March 12th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

California has 500,000 Alzheimer’s patients

Thousand Oaks Acorn, March 8, 2012 According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, California leads the nation as the state most impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The report, released March 8, states 5.4 million Americans and a half-million Californians are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, those numbers will [...]

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

Senior advocate Betty Berry urges caregivers to put their own health first

By Betty Berry, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Q: My mother is a caregiver and failing to take care of herself while taking care of her older sister. We are concerned, but she won't listen to us. We think she may listen to an outsider. Do you have suggestions? A: Many caregivers overlook the need to [...]

By |March 8th, 2012|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Seniors learn about ’village’ movement

By Rachel McGrath, Ventura County Star, March 7, 2012 More than 140 seniors attended a presentation Wednesday about the "village" movement, which offers people a way to stay in their own homes and communities as they get older. The presentation in Thousand Oaks was held by the Council on Aging in the city. The number [...]

By |March 7th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

California caregivers stressed, in poor health

Compared to caregivers in the rest of the United States, those in California have higher levels of stress and poorer health. To many of us who work with family caregivers in multiple states, those facts seemed obvious, but we now have data to support our beliefs. According to the 2011 UCLA policy brief “ Stressed [...]

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