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

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

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

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

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

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

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