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Senior Lifestyles

How to report Medicare fraud

Most doctors, pharmacists and other health-care providers who work with Medicare are honest. Unfortunately, some aren’t.

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'Skinny kid' pens centennial ode to his alma mater


Ah, the college campus in the fall. Football. And, usually sometime in October, homecoming – the alumni reunion weekend. Nostalgia time for Old Grads, for sure.

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Senior Brief

City delivers food to homebound seniors

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Service Department is sponsoring the Shopping Assistance for Seniors who are Homebound (S.A.S.H.) trial program.

Local volunteers are available to pick up rotisserie chickens from Costco and deliver them to homebound Los Altos seniors. The cost is $7 for Los Altos Senior Center members, $8 for nonmembers.

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Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reeves took a walk last fall and was struck with an idea.

“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a place to meet in the neighborhood?’” recalled the 89-year-old south Los Altos resident.

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Los Altos writer learns heartfelt love in caring for parents

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Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos resident and author Jackie Madden Haugh, above, chronicles small but significant life moments.

According to Sufi mysticism, the souls of children look down and pick their mothers for the lessons they’ll teach in life.

Jackie Madden Haugh would add that souls pick their fathers, too.

“I’ve always loved that,” said the longtime Los Altos resident. “How lucky was I for my little soul to pick these two people? The one thing that my brothers and I never questioned was how much they loved us.”

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Seniors protect pets with advanced care plan

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Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Mary Anderson wrote a book on legal protection for pets.

Mary Anderson has lived in Los Altos for more than 60 years – she remembers when Foothill Expressway was a dirt road with a train track and apricot orchards filled the town. After raising a houseful of children, she now shares her home with two sisters – golden retrievers – for whom she plans like any other dependent family member.

Many seniors share companionship with pets through good health and bad, drawing mutual comfort as they age together. Unlike human children who grow up and gain responsibility, pets remain totally dependent on their designated human. That means they require a particular kind of estate planning.

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Appealing words offer payout for life

Pick up almost any edition of the Town Crier and you’ll find that yet another local volunteer has been singled out for his or her exceptional service. Spotting these dedicated citizens and honoring them on special occasions has become our community’s favorite indoor sport. Well, almost.

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