Brush up on street smarts

Q: I am amazed at what I read and hear about people who commit acts of violence. Do you have any advice on avoiding being a victim? A: A “Can You Pass the Street Smarts IQ/Test?” seminar on May 8 in Westlake Village will address this subject. Most people know dangers exist but think that [...]

By |April 30th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Thousand Oaks fashion show luncheon raises funds for Senior Concerns

In a black evening gown and long-sleeve black satin gloves with her hair in a French twist, Susie Bornhauser was among a handful of Audrey Hepburn look-alikes at a fashion show to benefit Senior Concerns, a nonprofit organization that serves seniors and their caregivers. “We have so many people becoming elderly — more and more [...]

By |April 24th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Practice caution when taking medications

Q: I have read that many health problems result from incorrect handling or taking of medications. Could you address the importance of understanding how to use medications? A: I checked with a friend who is a pharmacist to see whether any particular areas could cause potential problems and was surprised at what I learned. Start [...]

By |April 23rd, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

A different kind of path

After their retirement, my parents loved to walk along the pathways in the nearby state park. It was there they noticed the first signs. My mom said she noticed my father wasn’t swinging one of his arms while walking and he was stumbling over small roots. Soon after they came to visit me in California, [...]

By |April 18th, 2013|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

How to help someone with a disability

Q: Many times I find I want to offer assistance to people with disabilities but do not want to offend. Do you have any suggestions? A: I have spoken with people with some type of physical challenge, and they provided simple ways to make everyone more comfortable in such a situation. When meeting someone with [...]

By |April 9th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Grant funds go to Thousand Oaks nonprofit dedicated to seniors

Senior Concerns in Thousand Oaks, a nonprofit that provides an adult day program for seniors with dementia and other special needs, recently was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Weingart Foundation. “One area of particular interest to the Weingart Foundation is older adults,” said Andrea Gallagher, president of Senior Concerns, which has received grant funding [...]

By |April 5th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Hospitalizing a parent: 10 things to consider

Part two of a two-part series Part one in this series highlighted five ways we can help our parents plan in advance of an unexpected hospitalization, including establishing an advanced directive and durable powers of attorney, making their healthcare wishes known, listing children on HIPAA forms at their physicians’ offices, documenting and sharing family and [...]

By |April 3rd, 2013|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Workshop to focus on ways caregivers can help loved ones stay independent

Senior Concerns in Thousand Oaks will host a workshop Tuesday about ways caregivers can help sustain their loved ones’ independence. Caregiving: Solutions Supporting Independence will be presented by Holly Spiegel, founder and senior design consultant for Adaptive Design Associates, and Patti Smith, a full-time caregiver to her older sister, who died of breast cancer. “We [...]

By |April 3rd, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Fashion show can be birthday celebration, way to support cause

Q: I am looking for something different to do to celebrate a very good friend’s special birthday. Have you heard of anything coming up in the next few weeks? A: Your timing couldn’t be better. The “2nd Chance Fashion Show” benefiting Senior Concerns programs would be an excellent event. It will take place at 11:30 [...]

By |April 2nd, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments