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Senior Lifestyles

First phase of senior community renovation nearly complete



The new health center at The Terraces at Los Altos boasts an exterior that blends into the architecture of the neighborhood. Private rooms with baths will be move-in ready by the end of the month. Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

The finish line is in sight for a critical component of a long-awaited construction project in Los Altos.

Rae Holt, executive director of The Terraces at 373 Pine Lane, told the Town Crier that the senior living community’s new two-story health center aims to be “move-in ready” for residents no later than the fourth week of March. The completed facility, located at the corner of Pine and Los Altos Avenue, is the first part of a three-phase, $100 million project to renovate and expand the community formerly known as Pilgrim Haven.

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Backstage: Dick Henning on a life working in the celebrity business


Courtesy of Dick Henning
As founder of Foothill College’s Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, Dick Henning has hobnobbed with presenters such as Shirley MacLaine.

Dick Henning founded Foothill College’s Celebrity Forum Speakers Series in 1968 as a perk packaged with the student body card. What began with a talk by paleontologist Louis Leakey led to rock music performances and, today, a subscription-based series of seven presentations each year by political and cultural figures ranging from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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Sharing the road: An ode to local cyclists


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

As spring blooms proliferate in our gardens, so do the colorful outfits of bicycle riders along Foothill Expressway and numerous byways in our community. While their attire varies greatly, all cyclists have one thing in common – frequent physical contact with their bicycle seats!

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Reverse mortgages: Reviewing the good and bad


According to Consumer Reports, approximately 70 percent of retirees’ net wealth is locked up in their homes. Given that statistic, you’d think that reverse mortgages would be a very popular solution for tapping into all that wealth. Yet prior to 2012, the cost, complexity and even stigma of a reverse mortgage have made it the choice of last resort for elderly retirees needing cash.

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Local seniors reflect on relationships


Photo Courtesy of Moldaw Residences
Herm and Dorothy (Dot) Shapiro, with their wedding photo, reflect on 67 years of marriage. The couple lives at Moldaw Residences, where they shared their advice for maintaining healthy relationships.

Two local couples have found their true loves and offer insight about what it takes to maintain healthy romantic relationships.

The couples – one married for more than six decades and the other newlyweds – live at Moldaw Residences, the senior living community in Palo Alto that is home to a number of former Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View residents.

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Senior Center Happenings

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

For reservations and more information, call 947-2797 or visit losaltosrecreation.org.

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Same wolf, different clothing: Assistant DA says scam tactics targeting seniors rarely change


Courtesy of StatePoint
Phone scammers use intimidation and threats when targeting seniors, who are particularly vulnerable to identity theft.

Los Altos resident Rebecca Truman last month received a phone call she wasn’t expecting – and likely won’t forget anytime soon.

Identifying himself as a Microsoft representative, the male voice on the other end of the line told Truman that her desktop computer kept sending the company error messages – the type typically seen when a program crashes. However, Truman quickly caught on that the call was nothing more than a haphazard scam attempt when the supposed service representative asked her to access the computer so that he could help her delete the messages.

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