Senior Lifestyles

Memoirs Writing class proves life changing for instructor

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Hedda Hope, a student in Sylvia Halloran’s Memoirs Writing class in Los Altos, reviews a classmate’s writing sample. Town Crier

Sylvia Halloran has taught the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education Memoirs Writing class for more than decade. Thursdays at the Mountain View Senior Center and Fridays at Hillview Community Center in Los Altos up to 60 local residents enter a classroom voluntarily decades after they graduated from the traditional education requirements.

The Memoirs Writing classes are the antithesis of the typical classroom where the teacher, commander of the classroom, has a fixed syllabus of specific topics that must be covered and defines and assigns specific projects. The classes are closer to workshops, with students providing their own topics and determining the length and format of their presentations.


Los Altos resident celebrates a century of changes

Courtesy of Ed Hodges
Los Altos resident Ed Hodges turned 100 recently. He celebrated the occasion with a party at Chef Chu’s.

One look at Los Altos resident Ed Hodges and you would never guess he’s amassed 100 years. In fact, he looks and acts several decades younger.

He’s managed to stay young through his heartfelt activities.


Los Altos resident celebrates 100th birthday with family and friends

Photos Courtesy of Ann Nelson
All 30 members of Los Altos resident Phil Prescott’s family, above, gather for a special occasion – his 100th birthday – with commemorative shirts honoring the family patriarch. Prescott, left, in 1919 at age 5, chronicled his story in a 403-page memoir that documents his long and eventful life.

Phil Prescott, a resident of The Terraces at Los Altos for the past six years, celebrated his 100th birthday on Thanksgiving Day with a party attended by all 30 members of his immediate family.

Prescott was born Nov. 27, 1914, in Fresno. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1936 from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. After a year in graduate school, he married Wilma Conn, also from Fresno and a member of Stanford’s Class of ’36. Prescott’s first job was as an engineer at Procter & Gamble in Dallas.


A way with animals: Los Altos veterinarian devotes 50 years to his calling

Courtesy of Dr. David Roos
David Roos, DVM, founder of Adobe Animal Hospital, recently retired after a half- century of serving Los Altos pets and their owners.

Some veterinarians and doctors earn praise for their advanced medical skills or published research studies. But longtime Los Altos veterinarian David Roos credits his enduring place in the hearts of many local residents and their animals to sheer grace and serendipity.

“It was not a decision,” said Roos of the series of events that led him to open Adobe Animal Hospital in 1964.


Organ recital: Lend me your ear

At a recent school reunion, I participated in a panel discussion. Our moderator – mindful that we are all getting on – cautioned that he didn’t want to hear any “organ recitals.” Clever. And at our age, organ recitals can often feature anthems to gradual hearing loss (played loudly). To a poet bent on bringing a light touch to any annoying sign of our advancing years, the temptation to jump in is irresistible.

Here, then, is my ode to what used to be grandpa’s trumpet – played by ear (get it?).


Realtors lend a helping hand to seniors

Courtesy of SILVAR
Members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors assist a senior with yard work through the Realtor Service Volunteer Program.

Seniors and the homebound residing on the Peninsula and in the South Bay may request free assistance with household tasks through the Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) during the week of May 4-8.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors and neighboring realtor associations offer their assistance annually to qualified seniors who cannot perform certain household tasks because of physical or financial constraints.


General Enrollment Period open for Medicare patients

Most people I know are looking forward to signing up for Medicare just as soon as they can.


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