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Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future

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Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serve seniors.

After undergoing a five-year renovation, Mountain View’s Villa Siena senior living community eyes the future with a renewed commitment to serve the ever-growing aging population.

The three-phase, $35 million project – which broke ground on the 4-acre site at 1855 Miramonte Ave. in 2009 and ended in January – expanded and upgraded the facility’s independent-living, assisted-living and skilled-nursing accommodations and added a library, wellness center and café, among other amenities.

Teen's community service focuses on seniors

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Kristy Taves, who volunteers at The Terraces at Los Altos, loves to hear seniors’ stories.

Service began early for Mountain View resident Kristy Taves.

While in middle school at St. Nicholas Catholic School, Taves, now 18, realized that seniors and those who are physically challenged can be overlooked, so she set out to remedy the situation.

Avenidas appoints new CEO

Avenidas has selected Amy Andonian as its new president and CEO effective Oct. 13.

Andonian will assume the duties previously handled by Lisa Hendrickson at the nonprofit senior services organization headquartered in downtown Palo Alto. Hendrickson will now focus on Avenidas’ capital project to expand and renovate its downtown center.

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.

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