Senior Lifestyles

Seniors showcase sportsmanship at Age of Champions

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Residents of The Forum at Rancho San Antonio go for the gold in the relay event at the retirement community’s second “Age of Champions” event.

There’s no stopping Millie Grover.

With ease, she weaves her feet in and out of a course dotted with colorful traffic cones, moves through 10 wall push-ups like a weightlifter and nimbly climbs over a series of raised platforms. Grover’s athleticism shines as bright as her million-dollar smile. At 82, this Southern California native, whose children live in Los Altos, is more active than some people a quarter of her age.


Chateau Cupertino launches Easy Move In Program

Courtesy of Chateau Cupertino
Chateau Cupertino’s Easy Move In Program aims to take the stress out of transitioning to a retirement community.

Seniors transitioning to an independent-living facility face a daunting series of tasks: selling their homes, packing a lifetime’s worth of possessions, moving, unpacking and setting up their new environment.

Enter Chateau Cupertino and its pilot Easy Move In Program, designed to support seniors as they downsize. The retirement community, located at 10150 Torre Ave. since 1988, boasts 178 residents, many former and Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents.


Villa Siena sponsors bocce ball fundraiser

Villa Siena, a senior-living community in Mountain View, hosted its fourth annual Bocce Ball Tournament at Campo di Bocce April 24.

Proceeds from the fundraiser support Villa Siena in continuing its mission of providing comprehensive, compassionate care for senior residents after they have outlived their financial resources.


Wedding toast roasts bachelors

Illustration by Mary Burkhardt

Ah, spring! When young men’s fancies lightly turn to mortgages, SUVs and fond farewells to all-night poker parties. But not all young men. Let us give a moment’s thought to the plight of the also-rans – bachelors whose complacency has, once again, led to their comeuppance.


Cataracts: New developments with an eye to safety

There is no escaping it. Advancing age means diminishing eyesight. Sometime after age 40, we learn to appreciate reading glasses. But when vision becomes blurry, colors don’t seem as bright and it becomes harder to drive at night, it may mean that you are beginning to develop cataracts, the most common cause of reversible vision loss in the United States. In parts of the world where surgery is not available, cataracts are a leading cause of blindness.


Make friends, live longer: Research reveals benefits of companionship

Moms are often the ones coaxing their children to play with other kids and to play nice. Science is now proving that mom’s friendship-prodding can actually save your life one day.

Establishing and maintaining social connections as they grow older helps both men and women stay healthier, age well and live longer.


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 more information, call 947-2797 or visit losaltosrecreation.org.


• “Online Safety for Silver Surfers”: 1 p.m. Thursday, Room 12. The free seminar will offer advice on how to protect yourself from cyber scams, identity theft and other sources of online danger.


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