A mother’s cooking lesson

This November, for the first time in 25 years, my husband and I traveled back east for Thanksgiving. It’s not that we don’t visit family a few times a year, but it always seemed that traveling from Los Angeles to Boston on one of the most heavily traveled weekends of the year was a recipe [...]

By |January 29th, 2014|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Goebel Center Offers Tax Services for Seniors

Q: Will the Goebel Senior Center be providing income tax preparation services this year? A: Yes. The service is available Jan. 30 through April 11 and is for all adults 60 and older and for younger people with an income of $50,000 or less. Services will be provided from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays [...]

By |January 21st, 2014|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Senior housing topic of seminar

Senior Concerns will present a free seminar, “Creative Housing Choices in the Second Half,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tues., Jan. 28 at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks . Andrea Gallagher, president of Senior Concerns, and Annette Broesma, a geriatric counselor, will discuss how life transitions like divorce, retirement or a change in [...]

By |January 16th, 2014|In the News|0 Comments

Housing choices for life

According to former MLB pitcher Vernon Law, “Experience is a cruel teacher. She gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” My neighbor quoted Law the other day in regard to the lessons she learned caring for her father. If she’d only known then what she knows now as a result of her experience, she said, [...]

By |January 16th, 2014|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Nursing Home Care Can Be Expensive and Requires Planning

Q: I have been talking with friends about the cost of nursing home care, and we differ on how these costs can be covered. Can you shed some light? A: About half of all nursing home residents start out by paying costs out of their personal resources. As these resources decrease, those who have long [...]

By |January 14th, 2014|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Visiting Long-Term Care Patients Can Fulfill a Need

Q: I was part of a group that visited long-term care facilities during the holiday season. I would like to continue visiting on my own this year but feel inadequate in relating to the residents. Are there any do’s and don’ts that would make the residents and me more comfortable during visits? A: Visits of [...]

By |January 7th, 2014|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Senior Concerns Presents Free Seminar on Creative Housing Choices in the Second Half

As part of an ongoing commitment to provide senior life planning education, Senior Concerns will present a free seminar, “Creative Housing Choices in the Second Half,” on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.   This informative seminar, presented by Andrea Gallagher, President of Senior Concerns, and Annette [...]

By |January 6th, 2014|In the News|0 Comments

Living more by doing less

A friend of mine, a college marketing professor, amazes me with his ability to conversationally lay out his year in a way that gives him a clear picture of his future, recapping all the things he will plan for and look forward to. He’ll say, “In January I will attend a conference in Switzerland. In [...]

By |January 1st, 2014|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments