Four movements to watch

Attending the Aging in America conference every year is my way of sharpening the saw. This was my fifth year attending this event, and I am amazed at how I always learn something new. My role as president of Senior Concerns is taking me into new arenas—adult day programs for those with dementia, Meals on [...]

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

Spirit of Community Awards

The Greater Conejo Valley Community Foundation honors a community volunteer, nonprofit organization, teachers of the year, local law enforcement and fire protection services, and armed forces personnel. Event Date: May 31, 2012 Event Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: Baxter Healthcare Corp. Phone: 805-370-0035 Email: Kelli LIghthizer for More Info   Thursday, May 31, 6-8 p.m. $35, [...]

By |April 26th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

Putting the focus on senior hunger

Every day in our community some 5,000 seniors struggle to put the right food on their tables. Faced with financial challenges, physical limitations or isolation, they face a dilemma—whether to skip meals or choose cheaper, less nutritious meals. Linda is a 72-year-old widow with low income living in Thousand Oaks. She developed cancer last year [...]

By |April 12th, 2012|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Senior advocate Betty Berry writes about legal services program for seniors and caregivers

Q: I am just starting to assist my parents with bill paying, etc., and have questions about the documents I am finding as I go through their papers. Where can I go to learn about what they have and what they may need to get or update? A: Senior Concerns has developed a new pro [...]

By |April 10th, 2012|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Expert panel to discuss costs related to aging

By Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star People need a clear understanding about the costs they face as they and the people for whom they care age, according to Marianne Knight, who has worked in senior care for 20 years. "This means knowing what your loved one's wishes are, what options are available in their community [...]

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

Volunteer attorneys to counsel seniors, caregivers in Conejo Valley

By Alicia Doyle As an estate planning attorney and mediator, Terri Hilliard Olson sees an overwhelming need in the Conejo Valley for legal counsel for seniors and caregivers that is not based on financial need but on need for direction, information and solutions. "A very successful program is provided in Camarillo at the Wellness and [...]

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

Senior advocate Betty Berry clarifies Medicare’s hospice benefit

Q: My brother, the caretaker for my 99-year-old mother, told me she was eligible for Medicare's hospice benefit. I thought Medicare did not pay for "custodial" care. Where can I get more information? A: Medicare does not pay for custodial care. But hospice care is much different from custodial care and is covered under Medicare [...]

By |April 3rd, 2012|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments