Stay safe when using ATMs

Q: A group of us was discussing ATMS the other night, and it seemed we all had different ideas about how scams happen and how to protect against them. Do you have suggestions? A: When using an ATM you need to be alert to a number of things to prevent theft. First, be alert to [...]

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

Senior Concerns launches new caregiver support effort

Senior Concerns in Thousand Oaks has launched a Family Caregiver Support Center, which includes a mobile unit for outreach to churches, senior centers, places of employment and other sites throughout east Ventura County.   “Stressed caregivers already have so few hours in the day for themselves,” said Andrea Gallagher, president of Senior Concerns. “By coming [...]

By |July 25th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Senior Concerns program helps caregivers

Q: I am helping an older relative with chores and do not know about help that may be available to me should I need it. Can you steer me in the right direction? A: Yes. Senior Concerns has a new service for family caregivers in eastern Ventura County. Senior Concerns opened a Family Caregiver Support [...]

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

New center offers caregivers support

Thousand Oaks resident Suzi Hogan began providing aroundthe clock care for her mother after rescuing her from an abusive retirement home in Kentucky three years ago. But the challenge of looking after the needs of her aging parent, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia, pushed her to her limits. Hogan had a heart attack [...]

By |July 19th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Nonprofit expands care for caregivers

Senior Concerns celebrates grand opening of support center By Anna Bitong annab@theacorn.com HELPING THE CAREGIVERS—Viki Kind explains the concept of the new mobile unit to attendees during the grand opening of Senior Concerns’ Caregiver Support Center on July 15. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Thousand Oaks resident Suzi Hogan began providing aroundthe clock care for her mother [...]

By |July 18th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Do you have the skills for nonprofit leadership?

Working for a nonprofit can be tremendously rewarding and fulfilling. It may also require skills not customarily employed in for-profit careers. At one time in my past, I was responsible for an $80-million business and almost 400 employees. At another point I managed a national sales force and a network of more than 50 food [...]

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

Prepare for your visit to the DMV

Q: It seems like I’ve been renewing my driver’s license by mail forever, and now a notice tells me I must renew at the Department of Motor Vehicles office. Why? Any suggestions for success on the written test? A: You’ve asked two good questions that I’ll try to answer. According to the DMV, several conditions [...]

By |July 16th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Learn to use public transportation at free seminar

Q: I live in Thousand Oaks and am planning to give up my driver’s license. Some time ago there was a seminar on how to use public transportation. Will the seminar be repeated? A: Yes. The Senior Adult Master Plan Transit Committee will offer the free workshop from 12:30-1:30 p.m. July 24 at the Goebel [...]

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

Home safe home

My husband and I are in the planning stages of renovating our living quarters, including the downstairs bath, kitchen and living room. It dawned on me as we began our plans: 30 years ago, homes were designed for a person of average height who has perfect eyesight and hearing, can walk from one room to [...]

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

Making home safer for a senior helps entire family

Q: My father will be moving into my home. He has mobility problems, and I want to make the house as free from potential falls as possible. Do you have any suggestions? A: Making your home safe for your father will also make it safer for the rest of your family, as anyone can tumble [...]

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