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Local seniors enjoy health, social benefits of pickleball

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Local seniors play pickleball at Hillview Community Center. The racquet sport combines aspects of badminton, tennis and pingpong.

A year after adding pickleball to its senior program, the Los Altos Recreation & Community Services Department has expanded its offerings of the recreational sport. Weekly evening sessions of pickleball began Feb. 17.

Recreation coordinator Candace Avina credits Cheri Anderson for bringing pickleball to Los Altos. Anderson was hired last year as the department’s recreation specialist and also served as recreation coordinator while Avina was on maternity leave.

Q&A: Director of senior programs looks to future with expanded facilities, activities

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Recreation & Community Services Department Director Manny Hernandez praises Los Altos seniors.


Manny Hernandez joined the city of Los Altos staff last March as director of the Recreation & Community Services Department. After a year on the job, he offers his impressions of the state of programming and facilities for seniors and outlines his goals for the future.

Tiger tale: A gift to remember

Courtesy of Bob Simon
Annie Simon’s encounter with a Bengal tiger years ago inspired her husband, Bob, to write a poem commemorating the 50th birthday gift.

Yes, I know. Valentine’s Day was last month. And I did remember (after all, we’ve been married 60 years, and by now I go on Red Alert – pun intended – about a week before Feb. 14). If what follows is a too-belated valentine to my readers, I hope you’ll find it in your hearts(!) to forgive.

Local resident celebrates a century of active living

Courtesy of Diana Lloyd
Dorothy “Grandma Dot” Lloyd celebrated her 100th birthday Feb. 23 at a dinner party with family. A native of Ireland with “the gift of the gab,” she enjoys socializing with fellow Villa Siena residents.

Mountain View resident Dorothy Elizabeth Lloyd, affectionately known as “Grandma Dot,” turned 100 years old Feb. 23.

Realtors assist seniors with household tasks

Seniors and homebound residents on the Peninsula and in the South Bay may request free assistance with household tasks through the Realtor Service Volunteer Program May 2-6.

Members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors and neighboring realtor associations volunteer every May to support qualified seniors who cannot perform certain household tasks because of physical or financial constraints.

Home Instead hosts aging-in-place event

Home Instead Senior Care has scheduled “Aging in the Bay Area: Examining Today and Where We need to Go Tomorrow,” a conversation on effective senior care, 2-5 p.m. March 18 at the Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto East Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Topics that will be covered:

Learn how to evaluate a retirement health-care budget

When estimating the costs of long-term care, the first step is to know your current and future health status. We hear that message from financial advisers, but it’s not easy to measure. However, it makes sense that as health declines, medical costs will rise – and perhaps be a disaster on the wallet.

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