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

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

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.

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.

For generations, Americans have come to use their televisions as companions. The simple background noise can provide a sense that others are present in the room. But it’s an auditory illusion – when the TV goes off, you realize that you are once again alone.

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

I like to say that I have only two vices (writing light verse and dabbling in the graphic arts, if you promise not to tell). When they combine, my happiness is compounded. In today’s column, I want to share the pleasure with you.

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