Last updateThu, 21 Jul 2016 12pm

Seniors beware: Telephone scams prey on older adults

The phone rings one evening and the voice on the line enthusiastically proclaims that you have won the lottery. To claim your $30 million prize, all you have to do is send a check for $1,500 to the following address.

Senior Program Briefs

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

The Grant Park Senior Program is located at 1575 Holt Ave. Hours are 10-2 p.m. Wednesdays.

Senior Helpers finds home in Los Altos

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Senior Helpers, a Los Altos-based in-home caregiving agency, provides personal care and companion services.

Lisa Gruman first knew she was a natural caregiver at age 5.

It was Thanksgiving Day and her cousin had a stomachache. She chose to comfort her rather than joining the festivities.

Club 55 heats up seniors' new year

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Club 55 – a pop-up nightclub for older adults – draws a crowd for socializing, enjoying snacks and listening to music.

While the weather outside is chilly, it’ll be warm indoors Thursday for Club 55, a pop-up nightclub for Los Altos residents 55 and older.

The social event – scheduled 5-8 p.m. at the Los Altos Masonic Lodge, 146 Main St., Suite 103 – will feature live music, conversation and snacks, plus wine tasting for those who bring a bottle to share.

Watch out, Facebook – seniors like social media

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Local seniors and a young volunteer collaborate at a Technology for Seniors event held last year at Los Altos Hills Town Hall. Studies show that social media use by older adults is on the rise.


In today’s busy world, more and more people are connecting daily via social media versus in person.

Part B premium: What's new in 2016 for Medicare coverage?


The biggest news in Medicare for 2016 is the Part B premium. I’m happy to report that for most people with Medicare, the premium will stay the same as it was in 2015: $104.90 per month.

Explore resources that keep adults less lonely and isolated

Aging experts and family members know the harm that isolation and loneliness can play in the life of an older adult.

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