Hospitalizing a parent: 10 things to consider

Part one of a two-part series The phone rings. Your 80-year old mother has fallen. They suspect she has broken her hip. An ambulance is on its way. Whether the relationship with your mother is strained or loving, you live near or far, you are her only child or one of six, most likely you [...]

By |March 27th, 2013|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Senior advocates are available at four sites to answer questions

Q: Are the Senior Concerns Advocate services that are available at the Goebel Center in Thousand Oaks available elsewhere? A: Senior Concerns Advocate services are available at four locations: Agoura Hills, Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. Advocates can help with questions about housing, transportation, legal issues, health-related issues, in-home care, facility placement, senior programs [...]

By |March 26th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Mayors for Meals Day shows seniors’ needs in Thousand Oaks

A Meals on Wheels recipient for about a year, 82-year-old Evelyn Brown is grateful for the daily delivery of lunch and dinner for her and her husband, who are on disability and have little money to buy groceries. “The delivery people come every day, and they are delightful. They make you feel like the day [...]

By |March 20th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

City to recognize Meals on Wheels

Local volunteers made 41,000 food deliveries last year Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña and the City of Thousand Oaks will recognize Meals On Wheels Day at 11:10 a.m. Wed., March 20 at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. The event is part of the national Mayors for Meals Day. Following the presentation, [...]

By |March 14th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Accidental caregivers

Our new house brought with it many new things: a new address, a new location and new neighbors. I find it odd that people in the market for a new home would spend so much energy deciding on the location and price but give so little attention to who their neighbors might be. Some neighbors [...]

By |March 14th, 2013|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Love Run offers Early Bird pricing!

The Love Run is one of our largest fundraising events of the year, taking place on June 2, 2013 in Westlake Village.  Take advantage of the Love Run's Early Bird pricing through March 15, 2013.  5K/10K is only $30 and the 1 Mile Fun Run is only $20!  All of the proceeds support our Meals On [...]

By |March 12th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

No age limit on renewing driver’s license

Q: I’m in my early 80s, and my children say I’m too old to drive. Can I be denied a license because of my age? A: There is no age limit for renewing a driver’s license. As we age, however, physical changes take a gradual toll on our abilities and can make us less safe [...]

By |March 12th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Workshop to teach compassionate communication to caregivers

Caregivers who learn better ways to communicate can improve the experience of caring for a loved one and gain confidence and satisfaction, according to Lori Bliss, a certified senior adviser at Senior Concerns. “Caregiving can be very stressful because ... life is interrupted and plans are postponed. These can be sad and illicit strong emotions,” [...]

By |March 6th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Healthy Living class can he help people deal with chronic health issues

Q: My friend has chronic health problems and at times copes with them poorly. I think she could use some encouragement. Do you know whether some type of activity or class could help her attitude about these health problems? A: The answer is yes. There is a Healthy Living class this month at the Goebel [...]

By |March 5th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments