Martha Shapiro, Ventura County Star

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Ventura County Star

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Recent articles by Martha:

Senior advocate: Here are ways to address a very expensive medical bill

Take a proactive approach to understand your health care and insurance benefits, and do not let fear of bills prevent you from receiving proper care. → Read More

Senior advocate: Tips to help plan after a loved one's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

In the midst of this uncertainty, to focus on preparing your family legally and financially is not always an easy thing to do. → Read More

Senior advocate: Here's why you should get a flu shot this year

People aged 65 and older are at higher risk for developing severe complications for the flu. The vaccine offers protection and is updated each year. → Read More

Senior advocate: Being prepared for a spouse's death can help with the loss

While it is difficult and upsetting to imagine becoming a widow or widower, it can never hurt to be prepared. → Read More

Senior advocate: Here are creative ways to get at-home help for a loved one

It may not be the perfect situation, but there may be creative ways to help coordinate a schedule that will provide you a little break time and some support that may just make all the difference in your stress level. → Read More

Senior advocate: A walker may be a positive step for safety

A walker is meant as a tool to help prevent injuries or accidents. It is truly meant to prevent you from a hospital stay because of a scary fall. → Read More

Senior advocate: Avoiding a doctor's visit? Here are ways to lower anxiety beforehand

A visit to your doctor often triggers fears – of possible bad news or a new diagnosis. Here are ways to reduce your worries. → Read More

Senior advocate: Here's what you need to know about signing up for Medicare at 65

This timeframe is called the initial enrollment period, and if you sign up on time, you will likely avoid Medicare late enrollment penalties. → Read More

Senior advocate: Here are ways to keep calm, stay safe with grandkids' return to school

With any gatherings, including schools, there can be a risk of exposure. The hope is that the exposure is limited with safety measures. → Read More

Senior advocate: Here are ways to evaluate whether to continue driving as you age

As we age, there are natural changes to our vision, mobility and reflexes that need to be adjusted for while driving. → Read More

Senior advocate: These simple tips can help to protect your home from fires

There are many ways you can prepare your home and yard to make it as safe as possible to prevent fires from spreading to your house. → Read More

Senior advocate: Here's what you need to know about hiring a caregiver

Hiring in-home help for the first time can be nerve racking. You want to start by interviewing a licensed home care agency. → Read More

Senior advocate: Have a plan in place for emergencies, especially wildfires

It is important to think ahead and have a plan in place on how to handle an emergency. → Read More

Senior advocate: Are you drinking too much since the pandemic? Here are ways to cut back

The pandemic has been a disruptive and stressful event that can trigger new behaviors in a search to ease stress even when they are not healthy. → Read More

Senior advocate: It's getting hot in here; ways to keep cool when temps soar

It can be helpful to prepare throughout the day to maintain cool in your home to help you sleep better at night. → Read More

Senior advocate: It's OK to set boundaries. These tips can help

Setting boundaries for yourself is not always easy, but it is an important part of honoring and taking care of yourself. → Read More

Senior advocate: Here's what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

In the United States, the risk of dying from COVID-19 is 1 in 56. That translates to 178,570 deaths per 10 million, according to Dr. Robert Levin. → Read More

Senior advocate: Good hydration is a core part of staying healthy

Staying hydrated is very important at any age, but especially for older adults. → Read More

Senior advocate: In pain? Here are ways to address it

Because people assume it is normal and expected as we age, they may not tell their doctors. Or if they do tell their doctor like you did, the doctor may be hesitant to prescribe pain medication. → Read More

Senior advocate: Family caregivers are all of us

Providing care to an older loved one is a responsibility that many of us are all too familiar with. → Read More