Los Altos Senior Program Past, present and future: Speakers and members pay tribute to rich legacy

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Los Altos Recreation Coordinator Cheri Anderson, above with longtime Senior Program member Stan Ferris, organized a panel touting the program’s history featuring Paul Gonella, King Lear and Ferris.

The Los Altos Senior Program continued its 40th anniversary celebration with a speaker panel Feb. 16. Panelists King Lear, Paul Gonella and Stan Ferris discussed their experiences with the program over the years, and several audience members offered personal reflections.

After an introduction by Los Altos Recreation Coordinator Cheri Anderson, co-worker Barbara Wilmoth treated the group to a slide show of past members and events. The photographs documented a variety of celebrations, luncheons and barbecues, as well as offered glimpses of some of the program’s many activities, including bocce ball, ArtVentures, exercise classes, the Monkey Toy Ladies and excursions. Several in the audience were pleased to see pictures of members no longer with them.

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life

Doreta Strotman performs the classics with her signature jazz-style improvisations at Los Altos Grill Sunday evenings. The Mountain View resident has been playing since the age of 4.

Sunday evenings, Doreta Strotman’s job is to make Los Altos Grill patrons happy by performing her jazz-style improvisations on the restaurant’s piano. Seeing them enjoy her work puts a smile on Strotman’s face as well.

“There are always people who will stop and say something about how they’ve really enjoyed something,” the Mountain View resident said, “and that just really makes you feel good.”

Senior-friendly workout aims to improve momement and prevent injury

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Natural movement – an exercise regimen that incorporates everyday activities like crawling, right, and stepping over objects – can offer seniors a pain-free workout.

Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective.

Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren’t always practical – or enjoyable – activities for everyone. However, one type of exercise works for everyone, no matter your age or ability, because it relies on improving practical movements often involved in everyday activities.

Need help finding a good nursing home?

One recent Sunday morning, I woke up to a text message from a co-worker saying that she’d been up all night with her mother in the emergency room.

List of resources aims to aid seniors

Every person growing old faces concerns about health care, daily living help, driving, staying connected and becoming frail. Seniors look for ways to maintain their independence, dignity and right to choose – and primarily to age the way they want to.

Farewell poem proves solid as a ... Brick

Rites of passage take many forms. One of the more familiar is the fond farewell when a colleague moves on, leaving one post for another. These affairs usually consist of lubricated toasts and well-wishes; sometimes – like as not – the local poet tunes up.

So it was, some years ago in New York City, where my wife and I attended the Brick Church. The associate pastor was leaving, having been given a well-deserved assignment to head another, albeit smaller, church elsewhere in Manhattan.

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