Senior Lifestyles

Grant Park senior program made permanent

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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.


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.”


Seniors protect pets with advanced care plan

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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.


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.


State insurance program offers free Medicare assistance

If you have questions about Medicare and wonder where you can get fast, reliable answers to those questions – free of charge – there’s a terrific program that can help.


Senior Center hosts first open house

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Guests at the Los Altos Senior Center’s open house enjoy a buffet.

The Los Altos Senior Center’s inaugural open house, held July 8, drew approximately 150 people, according to center coordinator Candace Avina, who received assistance from nearly 25 volunteers.

The free event featured booths offering information on classes and activities, along with class demonstrations – including bocce ball and pingpong – and refreshments.


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.


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