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84-year-old aerobics instructor builds strength – and relationships

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills resident Joyce Phillips, left, teaches aerobics at Hillview Community Center.

Remember an era when mix tapes wound music between the spools of a compact cassette and dance aerobics were dawning in neon spandex at YMCAs around the country? If you miss that subtle hiss of analog sound, head over to Hillview Community Center to get a groove on with Joyce Phillips, dancing to a playlist stretching back 30 years.

In the mid-1970s, a neighbor introduced Phillips, a Los Altos Hills resident, to a dance aerobics class in Palo Alto - and she fell in love.

Something for everyone: Local programs provide wide array of opportunities for older adults

The Mountain View Senior Center’s Painting Club, above, invites artists to work on their variousprojects at their own pace.

For seniors in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, a dull weekday at home may be a thing of the past. Local senior programs offer an impressive array of activities. With games, classes, movies, trips, lunches, sports, lectures and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Aging Matters: Take preventive steps to avoid slips and falls

Courtesy of silver sneakers
An exercise program like Silver Sneakers Fitness can help seniors with strength, balance and flexibility.

The statistics on seniors who slip and fall are startling. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Grooming the groom: On marriage, men and mortality

June is just around the corner; here come the grooms! Grooms? Well, yes. And, it seems, for more good reasons than one.

Vaunted villa : Geschkes open gardens of Los Altos estate for History Museum gala

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos home of Nan and Chuck Geschke boasts colorful flowers nestled among the redwoods, ancient oaks and Deodar cedars. The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its spring gala at the estate May 7.

Nan and Chuck Geschke, 2003 Los Altans of the Year, have shared their home on University Avenue in Los Altos with the community for two decades.

And they will be doing it again - somewhat of a swan song before they downsize to a townhome downtown - when they host a benefit for the Los Altos History Museum May 7. Nan has played a major role in the creation of the museum through philanthropy and volunteering.

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  • Home & Garden (4/27 & 8/31)
  • Senior Lifestyles (5/25)
  • Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival Magazine (7/13)
  • Mountain View Art & Wine Festival Magazine (9/7)
  • Home for the Holidays (11/16)

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