Disability as defined by Social Security can be complicated

QUESTION: My husband was considered disabled by his employer but was turned down when he applied for Social Security disability. Can you explain why? A: People may be turned down when first applying for Social Security disability. Perhaps Social Security just needs more information. I always suggest appealing the decision. You usually have 60 days [...]

By |April 28th, 2015|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Understanding Medicare ‘assignment’

Q: I am about to sign up for Medicare and have more than a few questions. But the question I currently have regards doctors and why, when selecting a doctor, you should ask, “Does he or she take assignment?” What does that mean? A: There are many questions that could and perhaps should be asked [...]

By |April 28th, 2015|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Finding a care facility takes time, effort

Q: I need to place a family member in a care facility. Do you have any suggestions on how I should start my search? A: Finding the appropriate facility takes time and effort. But spending this time early in the process makes the transition to a care facility much easier for the entire family. First, [...]

By |April 27th, 2015|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

“Optimal Nutrition During Challenging Times for Caregivers”

As part of an ongoing commitment to provide resources and support for family caregivers of those caring for aging loved ones, Senior Concerns will present a community seminar on “Optimal Nutrition During Challenging Times for Caregivers,” on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. This informative seminar, led [...]

By |April 27th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Veterans Benefits That Can Help Aid in the Cost of Caregiving

As part of an ongoing commitment to provide resources and support for family caregivers of those caring for aging loved ones, Senior Concerns will present a community seminar on “Veterans Benefits That Can Help Aid in the Cost of Caregiving ” on Monday, April 13 2015, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand [...]

By |April 23rd, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Braille Institute isn’t just for those who are blind

Q: I have a friend who has very bad eyesight, lives alone and is having trouble doing her everyday chores. Would the Braille organization be able to help her or does Braille only serve those who are blind? A: The Braille Institute of America serves those with issues from low vision to no vision. Its [...]

By |April 21st, 2015|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

Healthcare decisions made easier

Aren’t online customer reviews wonderful? They are those postings by people who invest time and energy to give their feedback on a recent purchase experience on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List or Amazon. Reading those reviews often helps us decide if the item or service is right for us. Customer reviews have helped me determine [...]

By |April 16th, 2015|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Consider volunteering to fill extra time

Q: I have been a very busy person all my adult life and was looking forward to having free time when I retired. Now that I am retired I find myself with time on my hands, and it is not all that I thought it would be. I’m considering volunteering but not sure what types [...]

By |April 14th, 2015|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

“Veterans Benefits That Can Help Aid in the Cost of Caregiving”’

As part of an ongoing commitment to provide resources and support for family caregivers of those caring for aging loved ones, Senior Concerns will present a community seminar on “Veterans Benefits That Can Help Aid in the Cost of Caregiving ” on Monday, April 13 2015, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand [...]

By |April 7th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Busy in retirement

I’ve heard it more than once: “I’m retired, but I’m busier now than I ever was.” Many retirees who think back to their work life will remember early morning meetings, working through lunches, getting home late at night (and working some more), all the while miraculously having enough time to raise kids, do household chores, [...]

By |April 2nd, 2015|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments