Finding a trustworthy contractor

Q: My home is in need of some repairs, but I have heard some horrible stories about contractors taking advantage of seniors and hesitate to hire someone. How can I avoid becoming a victim? A: We’ve all heard some stories, but in most day-to-day dealings the majority of contractors do an honest job. There are, [...]

By |September 24th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Senior Concerns Debuts New Professional Series

This October, Senior Concerns is unveiling their new professional series designed for service providers and volunteers supporting seniors and family caregivers. The first program, FROM ARGUMENT TO AGREEMENT:  Building positive outcomes for seniors and their families is a six-hour course offered on three consecutive Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30pm, October 8, 15 and 22, at Senior Concerns, [...]

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

Senior Concerns’ Expands Caregiver Educational Series

Senior Concerns has expanded their caregiver educational series to include a variety of programs highlighting the various questions and concerns faced by family (unpaid) caregivers. All programs are offered free of charge and run from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Respite is available for caregivers who must bring their loved ones with them. All programs are presented at Senior [...]

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

Determining what is suspicious activity requires being alert

Q: We are constantly being reminded to be aware of our surroundings and know what is going on around us. It is also suggested that if we see suspicious people or activities, we should report them. I’m not sure I know what a suspicious person looks like. Do you? A: There is no particular description [...]

By |September 17th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Caregiver classes offered in September

Senior Concerns has expanded its caregiver educational series to include a variety of programs on the concerns faced by family/ unpaid caregivers. All programs are offered free of charge and will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. Respite will be available for caregivers who must bring their [...]

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

I care for Mom, but who will care for me?

Here’s a five-question quiz to take and share with friends. 1. What percentage of baby boomers think they will need long-term care (help with daily activities) as they age, and what percentage actually will need long-term care? 2. What percentage of long term care is provided by family or friends? 3. If there are seven [...]

By |September 11th, 2013|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Defining wages, income, assets

Q: I recently applied for a government program and became confused by the request about wages, earnings, income and assets. Do you have a definition for these categories? A: The words “wages” and “earnings” are parts of income and differ greatly from assets. Income is what comes into a household each month. What is left [...]

By |September 10th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Simi Valley Senior Center to offer presentation for caregivers

How to recognize caregiver stress and support systems available to ensure the best care for a caregiver will be the topic of a free presentation, The Caregiver’s Guide, at the Simi Valley Senior Center on Sept. 18. “The focus of this workshop is to help family caregivers caring for a loved one to recognize caregiver [...]

By |September 8th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Making connections that can help

Last year, five of the women on my block were caring for a surviving parent. The conversation at our neighborhood Halloween party and the chitchat while walking the dogs held a mix of frustration, concern and fear. “We are on month six of waiting for my mother-in-law’s Medicaid application to be approved.” “My dad in [...]

By |September 4th, 2013|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Goebel Center is good place for newcomers

Q: My mother has decided to live in Thousand Oaks. She will need to meet other people her age, but she hesitates to reach out. Do you have suggestions? A: I sure do. The Goebel Community Adult Center sponsors programs, activities, classes and trips. Because your mother knows no one at the center, she might [...]

By |September 3rd, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments