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 Channel Islands serves those who [...]

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

Having a healthy fear of the flu

It had been a long time since I’d been around someone with the actual flu, but over the New Year’s holiday two of my friends came down with the virus. Now I can clearly see I hadn’t given the flu enough respect. One friend is a working mom with two children under the age of [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Information, The Other Side of 50|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 5:30-7 p.m. and unless noted [...]

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

Doctor’s order is best gift of all

With a yearlong waiting list to enter a skilled-nursing facility for long-term care, my father was placed on palliative care at home recently. While it may not seem so, it was an early Christmas gift for our family. The occupational therapist who had been helping teach my mother and sister how to safely transfer my [...]

By |January 5th, 2017|Information, The Other Side of 50|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 — and you are in luck [...]

By |January 3rd, 2017|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 — 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