Senior Lifestyles

Seniors strike a chord, in musical miniature

Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Kevin McCabe walks Gwen Farey through ukulele chord notation at The Terraces at Los Altos.

When ukulele teacher Kevin McCabe led a class at The Terraces at Los Altos last week, his senior students hit a trend head-on: The tiny instrument once strummed by Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe has become something of a hipster sensation.

For the senior set, classes are, by nature, social enterprises. Last week at The Terraces three residents and one enlisted reporter divided up the chords of “Aloha ‘Oe” and, together, fleshed out a song as uke rookies. When Gwen Farey, Barbara Woods and Libby Stager struck a chord last week, they were building on a lifetime of musical experiences. Although I may have mastered a G chord, I found my ability to keep time sadly outshined.


Back for more: Local scout completes second effort to help seniors prepare for emergencies

Renny Glasner, far right, and a handful of Boy Scouts compile emergency kits for Los Altos seniors last month at Hillview Community Center. Hammerschmidt/ special to the Town Crier

A Los Altos teen with a penchant for helping seniors is at it again.

Eagle Scout Warren “Renny” Glasner, 17, teamed up last month with Los Altos Rotarian and Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission Chairwoman Anabel Pelham to provide 100 backpacks containing a three-day supply of essential survival items for seniors in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency. The duo, along with a handful of local scouts and two city of Los Altos staff members, assembled and distributed the emergency kits to registered Los Altos and Los Altos Hills seniors April 5 in the Hillview Community Center Multipurpose Room. The group distributed 80 backpacks at the event and delivered 20 more to nonmobile seniors in the community.


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.


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