Betty Berry’s Column

Senior Concerns’ Advocate Betty Berry’s column appears weekly in the Ventura County Star.

New semester set for lifelong learners

QUESTION: In the past, you have provided information about Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Do you have any information about upcoming classes? ANSWER: Yes, I do. I was just given a copy of the catalog for the early spring semester, which begins Jan. 23. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU [...]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Seniors Concerns to offer ‘Path to Positive Aging’ series

QUESTION: For a number of years I have attended a seminar series offered by Senior Concerns. Do you know if that series will be offered again this year? ANSWER: Yes, the series for 2017 will be titled “Path to Positive Aging” and will begin Tuesday. The seminars will be from [...]

By |January 17th, 2017|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Wellness Fest to offer screenings, services and lunch

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 — [...]

By |January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

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 — [...]

By |December 27th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|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 [...]

By |December 20th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |December 13th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|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 [...]

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

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 [...]

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|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 [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|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 [...]

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

Follow fire safety rules

QUESTION: I live alone and am very much afraid of fire. I would like to “fireproof” my home but don’t have any idea on how to start. ANSWER: Every year, home fires kill and injure thousands of people, many of them seniors. You can stop fires before they start by [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Review health care plans

QUESTION: I am attempting to help several older members of my family with their health care coverage and trying to understand various concepts such as Medicare fee-for-service, original Medicare, health maintenance organization plans, Senior Advantage plans, and Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D. Can you help? [...]

By |October 18th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Services for seniors living at home

QUESTION: I am trying to collect information on services available to seniors who want to remain in their homes. Is there one location where I can start my search? ANSWER: The Camarillo Council on Aging is offering a panel presentation, “Local Safety Nets for Seniors,” that seems to fit your [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

It’s open enrollment time

QUESTION: If I remember correctly, it is about this time of year that Medicare has its annual open enrollment. Can you provide the dates? ANSWER: Medicare annual open enrollment will start Oct. 15 and run through Dec. 7. During this period, you can change the coverage you have from Medicare-fee-for-service [...]

By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Family event to raise funds to fight cancer

Q: I am looking for a family activity in early October. Do you have any suggestions? A: I think I have just the event for your family outing. Cypress Place Senior Living and the Young and Brave Foundation will co-host Under the Big Top from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. [...]

By |September 27th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Role of hospitalist explained

Q: Recently while in the hospital, I was treated by a doctor who was referred to as a hospitalist. Is this a new specialty, and if so, how will this type of doctor fit in with a person’s general care? A: You might call this a specialty. A hospitalist is [...]

By |September 13th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Seminars geared to caregivers to be offered

QUESTION: The Empowered Caregiver seminar series has been dark for the summer. Will those seminars begin again this month? ANSWER: The series will return Sept. 27. September’s topic will be “Relieve Stress and Promote Wellness Through Meditation." The presentation will be facilitated by Vinay Chhabra, owner of Pacific Senior Care. [...]

By |September 6th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments

Thousand Oaks may get Village to Village

QUESTION: If I remember correctly, there has been some activity in the past regarding a possible Village to Village program in Thousand Oaks. Is there any update on that potential program happening in the Conejo Valley? ANSWER: You recall correctly. The committee that was researching the possibility has done extensive [...]

By |August 30th, 2016|Categories: Betty Berry's Column, Information|0 Comments
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