Going mainstream

My 40-something-year-old friend received a call from her husband while she was at work. “Your yoga pants arrived,” he said, referring to a package that came that day in the mail. “I didn’t order any yoga pants,” she replied, wondering what it could be. Arriving home that night she found a 6-by-8-inch box with a [...]

By |July 30th, 2015|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Which documents take precedence when dividing assets?

Q: My friend and I are trying to get our legal papers in order and are having a disagreement on what paper or papers take precedence. She said that a will is the final word, while I was always told that other ways of leaving money, such as naming a beneficiary, would be the form [...]

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

Alzheimer’s Quilt Workshop

Learn and make sensory Stimulation Quilts that will be donated to Alzheimer's patients. Date:  Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (you may come and leave at any time) Location: Newbury Park Library Community Room - 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park Fabric kits provided Bring your own sewing machine Some sewing experience [...]

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

Understanding Medicare payment release forms

Q: On occasion my doctor’s office asks me to sign some sort of release saying if Medicare doesn’t pay them I’ll be responsible. Can you explain the reason for such a step? A: Medicare beneficiaries are often asked by their doctor’s office to sign a form agreeing to pay for specific medical care if it [...]

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

Traveling with medication

It’s not unheard of for foreigners to be detained overseas for mailing out or bringing in the same medicine they use at home. The ever-increasing number of seniors traveling abroad need to be aware of that possibility and what they can do to prevent it from happening to them. Witness, for example, a recent news [...]

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

There’s a process to finding a new doctor

Q: I need to find a new doctor. Do you have any suggestions about how to go about this search other than asking friends about the doctors they use? A: There are many reasons for someone to be looking for a new doctor. It could be because of dissatisfaction with the current doctor, the current [...]

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

How to identify elder abuse and what to do about it

Q: What is considered elder abuse and, if suspected, who can help? A: Elder abuse is a growing concern and can be inflected in numerous ways. It can be actual physical, emotional or financial abuse or it can be a result of neglect or abandonment. It can also be self-abuse. Physical abuse is any pain [...]

By |July 7th, 2015|Betty Berry's Column|0 Comments

What else isn’t she telling me?

Every morning while walking my dog, I call my mother from my cell phone. We talk about many things, but in particular my mom’s side of the conversation focuses on my sisters and their families and how she and my dad are doing. In our conversation I hear about the outcomes of my parents’ doctor [...]

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