Smart thinking makes life easier

If you’ve been reading how-to ideas on the Internet lately, you’ve probably come across the term “hack.” One definition of the word is a new technique that solves an old problem. Normally a hack is not an expected solution but something clever that gets the job done in a new and unique way—like taking a [...]

By |March 31st, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Simi Valley Wellness Expo to be held in April

Q: In past years Simi Valley has offered a health expo in the spring at the senior center. Do you know if that event will be offered again this year? A: Yes, the Simi Valley Wellness Expo 2016 is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon April 20. The theme for this year's expo is "For [...]

By |March 29th, 2016|Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Do you need an economic checkup

Q: A friend of mine just took part in a program called Economic Check-Up. What she told me about her appointment sounds like something I could benefit from. Is that program still being offered? A: Yes, Senior Concerns will be offering the Economic Check-Up program on April 14 at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 [...]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

It’s never too late to express condolences to the grieving

Whether through our own reminiscences or those of others, keeping alive the memory of a loved one who dies brings a sense of comfort. In a recent column I wrote about learning about the death of a dear high school friend a month after she passed away. I felt sad because I wasn’t there to [...]

By |March 17th, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Social Security may need more information on disability claim

Q: My husband was considered disabled by his employer yet when he applied for Social Security disability he was turned down. Can you provide an explanation? A: It is not unusual for a person to be turned down when first applying for Social Security disability. Perhaps Social Security just needs some additional information. I always [...]

By |March 15th, 2016|Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Seniors’ rich stories need to be shared

Standing before you is a grayhaired man wearing clothes that could have come from a garage sale. Even with the aid of a walker, his gate is unsteady. He has difficulty hearing and shouts to ask others to repeat themselves. His eyes are dull and cloudy behind his smudged glasses. His voice is coarse and [...]

By |March 11th, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Why disabilities might require different therapies

Q: Recently my husband had a stroke and required therapy. I was surprised that his treatment included different types of therapists. Can you explain the different types of therapy? A: That is a very good question. I'm sure many of us are a bit confused about the services of different health care providers. Generally you [...]

By |March 8th, 2016|Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Defining eye care specialists and their services

Q: I am beginning to have some problems with my vision but am unsure of which doctors are trained to do what procedures. Can you provide definitions for doctors and/or providers of eye care? A: I'd be glad to. It is very important to know the difference between the types of eye care specialists and [...]

By |March 1st, 2016|Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments