Senior Lifestyles

Los Altos resident celebrates 100th birthday

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Longtime Los Altos resident Art Shattock, who turned 100 in November, reflects on a life well lived.

Art Shattock, a Los Altos resident for 61 years, celebrated his 100th birthday in November with a series of parties attended by family and friends.

Born Nov. 23, 1914, in Chicago, Shattock happily recalls being raised a block from Lake Michigan.


Rhyme 'em, cowboy


You lovers of cowboy poetry, this is your month.


A balanced approach: Los Altos yoga teacher travels East to learn new technique

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Los Altos resident Shirley Cavigli, left, strikes a pose with yoga instructor Cheryl Acheson at Yoga of Los Altos.

Safely teaching yoga to the rapidly growing and underserved senior population is Cheryl Acheson’s passion.

In early November, the local yoga teacher completed training at Duke University’s Center for Living in Durham, N.C. The medical facility integrates conventional and complementary medicine that includes nutrition and behavioral health consults, mindfulness-based stress reduction, physical therapy, massage and therapeutic massage, acupuncture and yoga. Board-certified physicians offered advice, precautions and recommendations for teaching seniors.


Moldaw Singers perform upbeat songs

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Serena De Mello performs a tap-dancing number to “Singin’ in the Rain” as Moldaw Residences’ senior residents sing along.

One group of local seniors is doing all they can to make people happy.

Moldaw Residences’ senior choral group, Moldaw Singers, recently performed a lighthearted concert for people of all ages.


Senior Center News

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.

The Grant Park Senior Center pilot program meets in the Multipurpose Room at 1575 Holt Ave. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 25.


Los Altos author preserves father's role in World War II

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Los Altos resident John F. Day III researched and published his father’s wartime experiences. As a young boy, Day sold war bonds and stamps to support the troops.

Tom Brokaw named the military veterans and the country that supported them during World War II “The Greatest Generation.” While access to official documents regarding the conflict is now available, Los Altos resident John F. Day III has preserved the human side of the war.

In his new book, “An Officer in MacArthur’s Court: The Memoir of the First Headquarters Commandant for General Douglas MacArthur in Australia” (Robertson Publishing, 2014),” Day collects the diaries and notes that his father, Col. John Day Jr., wrote during the course of the Pacific War through the Japanese surrender Sept. 2, 1945, on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.


'The General' and the negotiator: For Roy and Maureen Jones, giving has no season

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Among Roy and Maureen Jones’ many philanthropic endeavors, they oversee the local Toys for Tots collection.

For Los Altos residents Roy and Maureen Jones, giving back is a team effort.

The duo, owners of All Horizons Travel at 160 Main St., regularly contribute travel prizes and other gifts to help organizations such as the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Los Altos raise funds for local causes. To do so, the couple often look for help from travel industry contacts they’ve established since purchasing All Horizons Travel in 1989.


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