Assessments offer clarity in uncertain times

Barbara’s parents, like many seniors in their 80s, are trying to keep from contracting COVID-19 by isolating at home. To keep fed, they signed up for the governor’s Great Plates program, which delivers two restaurant-quality meals per day; other groceries are ordered online by their daughter. In normal times, Barbara, who lives two hours away, [...]

By |2020-12-30T13:45:57-08:00October 29th, 2020|Other Side of 50|0 Comments

The ripple effects of kindness

People are currently being inundated with political arguments, negative advertisements and reports of unrest around the world. It is natural to internalize these feelings of turmoil into our daily life. With everything going on, it is easy to become bogged down by a sense of dread. However, a small act of kindness has the power [...]

By |2020-10-26T12:27:53-07:00October 28th, 2020|Martha Shapiro's Column|0 Comments

Medicare 2021

Question:  What do I need to know about Medicare for 2021? Medicare open enrollment period is from October 15th–December 7th. It is important to review your plan and make sure it is still the right choice for you. Plans change a little each year and sometimes this may mean they no longer cover a prescription [...]

By |2020-10-14T12:57:37-07:00October 21st, 2020|Martha Shapiro's Column|0 Comments

Voting 2020 Questions Answered

More voting questions answered Question:  Is it too late to register to vote? The deadline for registering to vote in California is October 18th. You can register online at However, if you miss this deadline you still have the option to vote in person by registering and casting a Conditional Voter Registration (CVR) ballot [...]

By |2020-10-12T13:23:20-07:00October 14th, 2020|Martha Shapiro's Column|0 Comments

Preparing for flu season

Question:  What do I need to know to prepare for the flu season this year? The flu continues to be a concern for the fall and winter months, and we should all do our best to prepare. Flu vaccines are available now and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone over the [...]

By |2020-10-01T12:58:20-07:00October 7th, 2020|Martha Shapiro's Column|0 Comments