Mark your calendars for upcoming events

QUESTION: I am looking for information about a variety of services and wonder if there is a single place where I can start my search. Do you have any suggestions? ANSWER: You are looking for an expo type event where many service providers are gathered together under one roof — and you are in luck [...]

By |December 27th, 2016|Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Give gift of happy memories

As we age, our memories seem more significant, and more vivid. Holidays are a great time for sharing memories. At our holiday events we inevitably end up in fits of laughter, holding our sides and wiping away tears. Some of our stories get retold each year. Like the time my dad was using a blowtorch [...]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Program might help cover electricity for life-support equipment

QUESTION: Many people, like me, must use electronically operated life-support equipment. With the high cost of electricity, I was wondering, is there is any program that assists with this expense? ANSWER: Yes, there is a program to help with the cost of electrically operated life support equipment. Southern California Edison has a program called Medical [...]

By |December 20th, 2016|Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Adult day care centers offer social setting, allow caregivers to relax

QUESTION: I am a full-time caregiver and at my wits end. I am totally worn out and need a break. Placing my loved one in a long-term care facility is not an option at this time and having someone come into my home will not provide me the peace and quiet that I need. Is [...]

By |December 13th, 2016|Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

This holiday season, don’t forget to shine your light on others

“It feels good to be a part of the universe as it shines upon others,” Acorn’s“Family Man” columnist Michael Picarella recently noted. Why is helping someone an action we associate with the feeling of being happy? One explanation is that in doing so we experience “vicarious joy,” or the pleasure we get from improving another’s [...]

By |December 8th, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Retirement accounts might require you to take distributions

QUESTION: I am not sure if I am required to take a distribution from my retirement account. Can you help? ANSWER: You must begin taking distributions at age 70½ or face stiff IRS imposed distributions If you will reach age 70½ by Dec. 31, 2016, you will have until April 1, 2017, to begin taking [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments