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 |2018-09-18T00:45:58+00:00September 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 |2018-09-18T00:45:58+00:00September 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 |2018-09-18T00:45:58+00:00September 19th, 2013|In the News|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 |2015-12-03T00:52:30+00:00September 12th, 2013|In the News|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 |2015-12-30T22:24:23+00:00September 10th, 2013|Betty Berry's Column|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 |2018-09-18T00:45:58+00:00September 4th, 2013|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments