Credit cards are a blessing that can turn into a curse

Q: I have a good friend who seems to think credit cards are a “gift from heaven.” She has run up extremely high balances and now has trouble paying her bills. How do I talk with her about her problem? A: Having a credit card can certainly be a convenience and, in the case of [...]

By |June 25th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Ensure your Social Security records are accurate

Q: While paying into Social Security, I have had several name changes. How can I determine whether my earning records are accurate? A: I asked the Social Security to explain the process it follows when it receives an earnings report that does not match the name and Social Security number in the files. The agency [...]

By |June 18th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Dogs get dementia, too

My cocker spaniel Buddy is the love of my life—but don’t tell that to his cocker “brother” Rolo. Buddy was my first dog and is even dearer to my heart because he is a Senior Concerns’ dog. Ten years ago Buddy was rescued from the pound by an employee of Senior Concerns. Three years later [...]

By |June 12th, 2013|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

How to get what you pay for

Q: I don’t know if it is because I’m a senior but I’m tired of receiving poor responses to problems I try to resolve. Can you make any suggestions? A: When you find that service or merchandise is less than acceptable, you have a right to complain. To be effective, be brief, to the point [...]

By |June 11th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Make informed decisions on retirement living

Q: I’ve been widowed for almost two years and am considering a move. I am active and independent but lonely at times. I am considering what they call retirement living. Can you provide some guidance? A: Retirement living is one alternative the retirement housing industry offers seniors. You’ll find this type of accommodation referred to [...]

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

Hundreds run in Westlake Village to raise money for Meals on Wheels

More than 1,500 people gathered at Townsgate Road in Westlake Village on Sunday to participate in the Senior Concerns Love Run. The 5k and 10k walks and races raised money for Meals on Wheels, which delivers nearly 47,000 meals a year to seniors in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park. Soon before the race began, professional [...]

By |June 2nd, 2013|In the News|0 Comments