Helpline for seniors offers technical help, buddy calls food and transport help

City of Los Altos offers helpline

The city of Los Altos Recreation & Community Services division offers a helpline for seniors (ages 50 and up) in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Call 947-2797 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Services offered include:

• COVID-19 updates. Access referrals, resources and information on services available while sheltering in place.

Surviving the COVID crisis: Masks, food safety and handwashing

In a health-care newsletter, physicians reported that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone wear a cloth face mask covering the nose and mouth whenever they are out and about. The recommendation is based on evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, along with new data about how easily the virus spreads.

Rhyme on My Hands: A poem for a middle child

Many poems are written with a specific audience in mind. That was certainly the case with the poem that appears below: It was intended to bring a word of cheer to a grandchild of ours who was born in the middle of a three-child family. His “also-ran” position – neither first born nor baby of the family – was in need of recognition and understanding.

Medicare Update: Got Medicare? Get a no-cost COVID-19 test

If you have Medicare and want to be tested for COVID-19, there’s good news.

Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in your home, doctor’s office, local pharmacy or hospital, nursing home or drive-thru site. Medicare does not require a doctor’s order for testing.

Los Altos residents help families in Nepal affected by pandemic

Courtesy of Cyrus Parvini
Orphans package food for families in need.

Los Altos residents Cyrus and Simin Parvini and the Los Altos Baha’i community have for many years supported Kathmandu’s NECO Home orphanage through the Parvinis’ Children Education Foundation. They have recently extended their aid to Nepalese families in special need due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For the past two months, residents of one of the poorest countries in Asia have been forced to stay home, without work, income or financial support from the government.

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