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.


What Is Older Americans Month?

Q:  What is Older American’s Month? A:  May is recognized as Older American’s Month and is led by the Administration for Community Living. This year is the 60th anniversary of the year that President John F. Kennedy issued the first proclamation marking this month. It is recognized as a time to celebrate the contributions [...]

By |2023-05-12T13:56:43-07:00May 10th, 2023|Martha Shapiro's Column|0 Comments

Great Local Hiking Trails

Q:  Do you have suggestions on hiking outdoors now that the weather is getting nicer? A:  Spring is my favorite time of year. I always mark the beginning of the season with a pedicure so that I am ready to wear sandals and enjoy the warm weather. The blue skies improve my mood, and the [...]

By |2023-05-12T13:50:20-07:00April 26th, 2023|Martha Shapiro's Column|0 Comments

The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Q: Can you explain the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? A: I often get this question from people who are confused about the terms. Dementia is an umbrella term that describes the symptoms of memory loss that are severe enough to interfere with your daily life. Alzheimer’s is a specific disease under the umbrella [...]