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Helping others as a way of life

First as a nurse and now as a volunteer, Mountain View resident Mary Hayes believes in spending her time and energy purposefully.

Community Services Agency recently named Hayes one of its “Hometown Heroes,” an award that recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions to CSA and the community.

Science advocate travels to Nepal for birthday adventure

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During a fall trip to Nepal, Explorabox CEO Saroj Pathak of Los Altos Hills visited a school in Kathmandu.

To celebrate her 70th birthday, Los Altos Hills resident Saroj Pathak last month went hiking. Or rather, climbing – to the base camp of Mount Everest.

This was Pathak’s first trip to Nepal, though she visited Tibet two years ago. She was part of a group of 15 trekkers, all from the Bay Area.

Senior Tech: Ride-sharing options help seniors who can't drive

Seniors unable to drive themselves to medical appointments, social events or on errands around town now have an easily accessible option: ride-request services.

Just a phone call or email away, such services enable seniors and others in need of transportation to request a ride from one location to another. Companies including Uber and Lyft hire drivers who have undergone background checks and use their own vehicles to ferry customers.

Jean Stafford: Still having fun at 102

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Jean Stafford relaxes at her Los Altos home last week. Stafford, 102, has been active in the community since the early 1950s.

At 102, Jean Stafford is in remarkably good shape. Her mind is still sharp and her memories of early Los Altos remain vivid.

Clerk's unintended slight leads to humorous verse

Poet abuse can take subtle forms. Especially elder poet abuse. Poets of a certain age can be sensitive. We have feelings, too, you know.

So it was as I stood in line recently at a supermarket checkout station. Observing the scene, I noticed that the clerk was reciting a mantra as each customer passed through.

How Medicare helps seniors with diabetes

At a recent meeting of my staff, the topic of diabetes came up.

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