Senior Lifestyles

Intergenerational bonding: 'Grand-Friends' program opens school to new supporters

Bottom left and right photos courtesy of Cathy Jensen; All other Photos by Tarang Gupta/Special to the Town Crier
Santa Rita School students – and the school’s mascot, the Bobcat – welcomed “grand-friends” to volunteer in the classroom at the inaugural “Grand-Friends Day” in September, above, below left and right, and bottom center. To promote intergenerational connections, National Charity League seventh-graders painted murals with The Terraces at Los Altos residents, bottom right.

Santa Rita School in Los Altos expanded its call to the community in September with the inaugural “Grand-Friends Day,” summoning a new generation back to school.

Students and their parents invited their elders to visit, learn and see if they’d be interested in returning to the classroom as volunteers.


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Music hits right note with dementia sufferers

Joanne Guzman/Special to the Town Crier
Jim, the father of a Homecare of California employee, enjoys listening to music, especially favorite songs from his past.

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Local senior narrowly averts phone scam

Los Altos senior Barbara Jefferson almost fell for one of the oldest tricks in the book.

She received a phone call last week from someone claiming that her grandson was in jail in Missouri and needed $1,000 to bail him out. Anxious to help her grandson, she went down to her local Wells Fargo bank and asked to withdraw $1,000. She told the bank manager, who she said was named Thomas, what she needed the money for.


Shutterbug wings it for dream shot

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Grant Park program celebrates first year

Photos Courtesy of Candace Avina
Supporters of the Grant Senior drop-in program, which continues to grow in popularity, mark its first anniversary with cake, inset.

The Los Altos Senior Program’s Grant Senior drop-in program celebrated its first anniversary Oct. 28. Recreation coordinator Candace Avina described the celebration as “a festive atmosphere at Grant ending with an anniversary cake.”

An extension of the Los Altos Senior Program at Hillview Community Center, the Grant Park site launched as a pilot program a year ago and officially became part of the Recreation and Community Services Department Senior Program July 1. The center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.


Moldaw team supports Walk to End Alzheimer's

Photos Courtesy of Moldaw Residences
Former Los Altos resident Dr. Bob Lichtenstein, back row, second from right, joined the team from Moldaw Residences at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held Oct. 10 in San Jose.

A team from Moldaw Residences participated in the San Jose Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 10 at Arena Green. The nationwide event, which involves more than 600 community walks at the local level, is the world’s largest to raise awareness of and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Residents, their families and staff members at Moldaw were eager to engage in San Jose’s effort to support Alzheimer’s research. The disease currently ranks as the sixth-leading cause of death. The team members from Moldaw included memory support residents, who said they enjoyed the positive impact of being involved in the efforts to spread the word about a disease that impacts them each and every day. Staff members accompanied them on the walk, and several independent living residents participated as well.


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