Senior Lifestyles

What Medicare does and doesnt  cover

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health-care settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it’s useful to know what is and isn’t included.


Seniors discover talents at BridgePoint at Los Altos

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BridgePoint at Los Altos residents Patrick Jordan and Edith Lynch enjoy gardening, among the many activities offered through the community’s Continual Learning Program.

BridgePoint at Los Altos residents keep busy with a wealth of activities offered through the retirement community’s Continual Learning Program. And a few residents have uncovered talents they didn’t know they had.

BridgePoint Wellness Director Alex Gerasimov said he’s inspired every day he goes to work and sees firsthand how the activities enhance residents’ lives.


Senior care experts provide tips on tackling tough conversations

Discussing aging issues – living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving – early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. Yet research indicates that approximately two-thirds of American families put off such conversations, whether because they are uncomfortable with the topics or they just don’t know where to start.

Statistics reveal that 34 percent of adults surveyed are “conversation avoiders” – that is, they haven’t talked about any important end-of-life issues with their parents or children or they have talked about just one issue.


Seniors with pets: Exploring the untapped travel market

More and more people are traveling with their pets these days, and businesses are taking notice. Pet-friendly business practices are popping up all over, from banks that open their doors to both pets and people to restaurants with special doggie menus and hotels that offer canine guests specially crafted welcome baskets.

When businesses consider the demographics of those who might be traveling with pets, they should take care to keep a significant group in mind – seniors.


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


The center has scheduled three presentations in its Active Zones Workshop Series. Admission is free. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome.


A hostel evaluation of presenter in Williamsburg

Summer vacation’s lingering memories bring to mind an Elderhostel program my wife and I attended at Colonial Williamsburg some years back. (Most readers will know that today Elderhostel is known as “Road Scholar.”)


Life on canvas: Longtime Los Altos artist Helene Barber continues to see art in everyday life

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Town Crier Los Altos artist Helene Barber uses a variety of media in her work. The 60-year resident first became interested in art at the age of 4.

Los Altos artist Helene Barber fondly recalls the moment she caught the bug to create works of art.

A 4-year-old Barber found herself one day with a purple crayon in hand, drawing large scrolls on the freshly papered wall near the entryway of her parents’ home in Santa Rosa.


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