Screening for Memory Loss

Last month my husband left $100 worth of frozen dog food in his trunk over the weekend. I went to feed the dog on Monday morning and the freezer was bare. “Hon, did you pick up the dog food on Saturday?” I asked. “Oh no!” my husband replied. One memory mishap is not a reason [...]

By |October 29th, 2015|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Understanding the Medicare Benefit Period

QUESTION:  In reading some literature on Medicare hospital coverage I came across something called “benefit period” that I didn’t fully understand.  Could you provide a simple explanation? ANSWER:  A benefit period is a way of measuring use of hospital and skilled nursing facility (also known as a SNF) services.  It is important to know what [...]

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

Free Seminar on “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” Presented by Senior Concerns’ Bargain Boutique and Thrift Store

Senior Concerns’ Bargain Boutique and Thrift Store will host a special seminar on “”The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” on Thursday, November 5, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. Come join Teine (Dana) Kenny, Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) and founder of organize this, [...]

By |October 26th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Seniors Need To Guard Against Fraud

QUESTION:  Recently I became aware of scams involving misuse of personal checks.  Do you have any suggestions on how to avoid becoming a victim of this crime?   ANSWER:  Scams involving misuse of personal checks and bank account information have become “big business” with annual losses in the billions.   The most effective step consumers [...]

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

Spa Day

Aroma Therapy Here’s a snippet from a recent phone conversation I had with my mother, who speaks with a thick New England accent. Mom: “Yesterday I took Daddy for his checkup with the doctor. The doctor asked Daddy how he was doing. Daddy pointed his finger at me and said, ‘I think she’s [...]

By |October 15th, 2015|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Practicing Portion Control Is Important

QUESTION:  I’m hearing more and more about how overweight the people of this nation are becoming—both young and old.  We are told to eat right, cut back on portions and eat our fruit and vegetables.  I’m not in control of how much food is served to me.  Are there any guidelines for determining portion size [...]

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

Caregivers Matter…Conejo Cares Caregiver Recognition Day Planned for Saturday, January 30, 2016

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, Senior Concerns, The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Cities of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks will host Caregivers Matter…Conejo Cares , a half-day program and luncheon honoring family caregivers who are caring for aging loved ones. Caregivers Matter…Conejo Cares will take place from 9:30-1:30 p.m. [...]

By |October 9th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Retirement Communities for Independent Seniors

QUESTION:  I’ve been widowed for almost two years and am considering a move.  My home and yard are more than I want to continue to take care of.  I am active and independent and don’t need to be taken care of but at times am very lonely.  I’m considering what they call retirement living.  Can [...]

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

Housing Options for Seniors

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 “Housing Options for Seniors,” on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. This informative seminar, led by Kelila Heller [...]

By |October 5th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Waiting for a call back

Bless the Silent Generation. They’re some of the kindest, most patient people. But how is that patience faring in today’s complex healthcare environment? My father, you may remember, is wheelchair-bound with Parkinson’s. He also has sleep apnea, which can cause interrupted breathing and lack of oxygen. He uses a CPAP machine to increase air pressure [...]

By |October 1st, 2015|The Other Side of 50|0 Comments