Senior Advocate

Martha Shapiro, Director of Programs at Senior Concerns, authors a weekly column for the Ventura County Star titled “Senior Advocate,” focusing on issues affecting seniors and their family caregivers.


Everyone’s feelings should be respected and valued

Q: I know many people are having regular holiday gatherings because they are vaccinated and feel safe now. But my neighbor has disabilities and told me she doesn't feel safe gathering in a large group, so she is staying home alone. How can I support her, so she does not feel so lonely? A: People [...]

Reminiscence as a way to connect with loved ones

Thanksgiving is usually a time to come together with family or friends, share a meal and enjoy some socialization. The theme of the holiday is gratitude, and the meal may even start with everyone going around the table and saying what they are thankful for. This year, consider adding to this tradition by using the [...]