Conejo Valley city and health-care leaders brainstorm about the family caregiver crisis

By Kim Lamb Gregory Monday, June 16, 2014 Within the next 10 years, every city in Ventura County will see its population of people 65 and older double, according to Andrea Gallagher, president of Conejo Valley Senior Concerns. “Over 66 million people are now caregivers in the United states for somebody over age 50,” Gallagher [...]

By |June 20th, 2014|In the News|0 Comments

Caregiving will be topic of summit next week

By Teresa Rochester Thursday, June 12, 2014 As the senior population continues to grow, so, too, will the number of adults taking on the role of caregivers, which costs employers $17.1 billion annually and some caregivers their health. How to tackle the growing problem will be the subject of an invitation-only summit Monday in Agoura [...]

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Program for caregivers

Senior Concerns will host a free seminar titled “Advice From the Experts: What I Wish I’d Known About Caring for An Aging Loved One” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tues., June 24 at   at   401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. The seminar will be presented by these caregivers, who went on to become professionals [...]

By |June 19th, 2014|In the News|0 Comments

What’s that you say?

It always surprises me when new information about the aging process comes my way and a previously puzzling situation suddenly makes sense. I call it the “aha” moment. This week’s “aha” moment, which involved my father-in-law, occurred as I read an article titled “Hearing Loss, Undiagnosed and Undertreated,” in a journal called Today’s Geriatric Medicine. [...]

By |June 18th, 2014|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

The basics on Medicare, Medi-Cal

Q: I am trying to help an elderly relative pick health care. I am so confused. I have run into Medicare, Medi-Cal, Medicaid, Medigap and Medicare Advantage. Can seniors have only one of these items, or can they have a combination? Can you help me make sense of all of this? A: Medicare is a [...]

By |June 10th, 2014|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Advice from the experts

While caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease, my friend Andrea used to host “happy hour” every Wednesday night for friends and neighbors at her Westlake Village home. Andrea’s mom, Fran, attended happy hour too. Fran shared her artwork with visitors and thrived on the interaction with others. Andrea began happy hour to give her [...]

By |June 5th, 2014|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Best to prepare for senior care before you need it

Q: My parents are getting on in age and will eventually need my assistance. I have no idea where to start planning. Can you suggest some starting points? A: Many people avoid dealing with this subject until a crisis arises. You are to be congratulated for wanting to be prepared. There are four areas that [...]

By |June 3rd, 2014|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments