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Program addresses senior driving

Courtesy of Home InsteaD Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care’s Let’s Talk About Driving program aims to facilitate discussion and educate about safety and timing.

Independence comes in many forms – including a driver’s license. The thought of losing driving privileges is a concern for many seniors.

In North America, 87 percent of seniors are dependent on driving, according to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care, which recently moved from Mountain View to Sunnyvale.

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Avenidas partners with Lyft to boost service to seniors

Avenidas, the nonprofit social services agency, has formed an official partnership with the ride-sharing company Lyft to provide rides to seniors and help them get around town.

Avenidas’ Door to Door Transportation program currently provides 5,300 rides annually to seniors on the Peninsula. After a successful pilot program, it initiated the permanent arrangement with Lyft.

FBI warns seniors: Don't let criminals steal your identity

Identity theft is a significant problem for everyone, but seniors are a particularly vulnerable target. According to FBI reports, identity theft is the third most common scam, following telemarketing schemes and emails from Nigeria.

Identity theft occurs when an individual takes on your identity to execute fraud or a criminal act. The scammers access the information they need by stealing a wallet, ransacking trash or illegally using your bank account or credit information. The criminals may approach you through face-to-face interaction, over the telephone or on the Internet. They may request your personal information – or simply steal it.

Seniors aid community by volunteering

Courtesy of BarbarA Smith
Barbara Smith, Los Altos volunteer coordinator, said senior volunteers’ “wealth of knowledge and life experiences are priceless.”

Ninety-four-year-old Marge Filson has been volunteering with the Monkey Toy Ladies at the Senior Program for 27 years. She meets every Monday morning with the group of more than a dozen ladies to share stories and create stuffed monkeys they donate to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

“I’ve enjoyed every part,” Filson said. “My biggest drive is the monkey toys ... because it’s for a purpose.”

Monkey business: Senior Program volunteers lift spirits of sick kids

Photo Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Senior Program volunteers – affectionately known as The Monkey Toy Ladies – make sock monkeys to comfort sick children.

Last year, nearly 400 children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital received a special gift – a handmade sock monkey toy created with skill and love.


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