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Senior Lifestyles

Los Altos Senior Center Briefs Provided by Candace Bates, Senior Center coordinator

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 www.losaltosrecreation.org.

 

Services

• Free Tax Counseling, 9-11 a.m. Mondays through April 16, Room 12. Appointments are available for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention for those over 60. To make an appointment, call 947-2797.

• Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) Week, applications due by March 15. Seniors may request free assistance with household tasks through the program, for work performed May 9. Applications are available at the Senior Center.

• Case management, 11:45 a.m. March 23 and April 27. Community Services Agency case managers visit the center to answer members’ questions, recommend resources and offer referrals for social services.

• Senior Center scholarships. The Los Altos City Council approved a Senior Commission recommendation to authorize eight scholarships of up to $200 for Senior Center membership. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying households. Applicants must reside in Los Altos and have an aggregate income of less than $38,500. To request an application, call Yuka Arai in the city’s Finance Department at 947-2615. For more information, call Arai or the Senior Center.

• Blood pressure readings, 10:30-11:45 a.m. March 23 and April 27, Room 10. Nurse Ginny Knell will take seniors’ blood pressure.

• Drop off old medicines at the Senior Center for disposal. The center accepts old pills in their respective containers. No loose pills or creams and lotions.

Presentations

• “Caring for the Caregiver,” 10 a.m. March 15, Room 11. The Community Services Agency, the Alzheimer’s Association and the city of Los Altos have scheduled a presentation to address the challenges caregivers of all types face. Learn tips for caring for a loved one with cognitive impairment and strategies for understanding Alzheimer’s disease and its impact. Reservations required.

• Civic Center Master Plan, 12:30 p.m. March 28, Room 12. Discussion will center on Phase 1 of the plan to rebuild the Los Altos Civic Center, including the Senior Center. For more information, visit www.losaltoscommunitycenter.org.

• “Brown Bag Presentation,” 12:30 p.m. April 19, Room 12. El Camino Hospital and the city of Los Altos have scheduled a discussion about the new outpatient Senior Health Center on Grant Road in Mountain View. Dr. Patrick Kearns, medical director, and Jodie Sugiyama, clinical manager, will explain the importance of the new resource for comprehensive health-care management. Reservations required by April 12.

 

Activities, groups and classes

• AARP Mature Driving Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 and 23. Certification – required to secure an insurance discount – is given at the completion of the two-day class. Class size is limited to 30. Participants must register and pay in advance. First-come, first-served. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers.

• Today’s Essential Websites, 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Instructor Matt Corbalis will demonstrate how to use a variety of websites. Laptop computers will be provided, but participants may bring their fully charged personal laptops if preferred. Email and basic computer skills are required for participation. Topics include: Facebook, March 20; Yelp, March 27; LinkedIn, April 3; Twitter, April 10; Skype, April 17; Google, April 24; Photo Editing, May 8; and iTunes, May 15.

• Men’s Group, 10 a.m. April 5. Men who are single, married or widowed are invited to participate in discussions and activities. Walk-ins are welcomed, but reservations are preferred.

• Movie Day, 1 p.m. April 6, Room 12. Featured movie is “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” rated R, running time 2 hours and 7 minutes. Free to members, $1 for nonmembers. Popcorn and beverages will be served.

• Beginning Mah-Jongg, noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Annie Metz, who has played mah-jongg for more than 25 years, leads the class. Cost is $1 per class for members, $3 for nonmembers.

• Tai Chi for Life, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Tuesdays, April 3 through May 29. Tai Chi is a mindful, internal martial art that flows in gentle and slow whole-body movements. It promotes health, balance, flexibility, strength and clarity. Standing massage offered. Cost is $68 for members, $78 for nonmembers. Drop-ins are $9/$11.

• Beginning Line Dancing,1-2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers. No experience necessary. For more information, call Richard Campbell at (408) 377-6978.

 

Volunteer opportunities

• Volunteer to man the front desk. Openings are available 8:30 a.m. to noon or noon to 3:30 p.m. on a weekly, biweekly or substitute basis. Tasks include greeting participants, answering phones, refilling coffee, registering people for events and performing other small assignments as they arise. Computer skills preferred.

• Ongoing volunteer positions include chef assistants, lunch servers, decorations committee members, event setup and cleanup, gardeners, women’s group facilitator, computer lab attendants and new program director.

• The Monkey Toy Ladies are in need of sewing volunteers as well as donations of used, washed nylons. The group meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays to make stuffed animals for critically ill young patients at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. For more information, visit www.monkeytoyladies.com.

 

Membership

Annual Senior Center membership costs $26 for Los Altos residents, $40 for nonresidents. Add $5 for home delivery of The Spotlight, the center’s newsletter.

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