Senior Lifestyles

Program on call to maintain social connections

Even during this time of social distancing, the Los Altos Senior Program is going strong, albeit currently mostly by internet and telephone.
Cheri Anderson, recreation coordinator for the Los Altos Senior Program, said the program’s Sunshine Calls, wherein a staff member checks in with local seniors to see how they’re doing and have a friendly chat, have been a big success.

“The adult 50-plus community has been appreciative of our Sunshine Calls and with the ongoing calls we make to those in need of having open communication,” she said.

The program’s Senior Help-line is another well-used service.

“We’ve had many calls, well into the hundreds, and continue to receive calls daily,” Anderson said. “Most calls received are for services needed, such as grocery delivery, tax program, rides to doctor appointments and such. Other calls received are questions as to when the center will reopen, outdoor facilities availability, online class registration and program offerings.”
As to when the center might restart its in-person offerings, that’s still unknown. According to Anderson, the Senior Program is awaiting word from Santa Clara County regarding Phase 3 of the reopening plan. Until it’s deemed safe for groups to convene, they will continue to offer online programming. Scheduled summer online activities include a magician performance today, a coffee social Aug. 19, chair exercise, tai chi and line dancing. 

The Spotlight newsletter also highlights regular Zoom meetings such as the Conversation Group 11 a.m. Mondays, Art Ventures 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and a book club 1 p.m. every third Wednesday.

For more information on programs and services, call 947-2797 (staff is available 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays) or visit losaltosca.gov.

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