Follow tips when visiting residents of long-term care facilities

QUESTION: I am going to be part of a group that will be visiting several long-term care facilities during the holiday season. I have not done this before and am looking forward to it, but feel very inadequate in relating to the residents. Are there any particular tips that would make this an enjoyable visit [...]

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

Council on Aging to spotlight fraud, scams

QUESTION: In the past you have provided information on the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging monthly programs. Do you have any information about the December meeting? ANSWER: Yes, I do. The speaker at the Dec. 7 meeting will be Det. Tim Lohman from the Ventura County Sheriff’s office. The topic will be Fraud and Scams. [...]

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

On aging with grace

Earlier this year, history.com cited the “Seven Most Contentious U.S. Presidential Elections.” The current election had not, at that point, made the list. I think it is safe to say that during this past presidential race, very little grace was shown at a time when our country could have used courtesy and goodwill from our [...]

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

Don’t let license fears drive you up the wall

QUESTION: I need to renew my driver’s license and am nervous about taking the test. Do you have any suggestions on where I can turn for help? ANSWER: You didn’t indicate in your question whether you are talking about taking the road test or the written test, so I’ll address both. If your renewal notice [...]

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

Alzheimer’s disease differs from age-related memory loss

QUESTION: When I was growing up, memory loss, often called senility, was just normally expected to occur with old age. Today, I hear memory loss referred to as Alzheimer's. Has senility just been given a new name or is Alzheimer's something different? ANSWER: I can remember being told exactly what you heard and am sure [...]

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

Understanding new roles in healthcare

Most of us know that hospital staffing is made up of doctors and nurses. But if you haven’t visited a hospital lately, you may not know about the evolving set of specialties found in today’s hospitals. Where is my primary care doctor? A relatively new trend in the care of hospitalized patients is the “hospitalist,” [...]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Classes, workshops and information about updating wills offered

QUESTION: You have provided information about Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes in the past. Do you have any information about the single-session classes being offered between the fall and winter semesters? ANSWER: Yes — I was given that information last week. During the semester break, six classes will be offered at two locations: “Kemal Ataturk, [...]

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