Resident celebrates 100 years of 'la dolce vita'


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Frank Mike Mazzola, above with his wife, Kay, commemorates a century of life.

Los Altos resident Frank Mike Mazzola turned 100 Oct. 1. While he did not get his picture on a Smucker’s Jam Jar for his 100th birthday, he celebrated locally at three special parties.

It all started with his family on his birthday. Then his neighborhood, Woodland Acres, marked the occasion with a house party. The festivities ended Oct. 12 with his friends gathering at St. Simon Catholic Parish for a party and Mazzola singing his favorite Italian song – in Italian, of course.

Retired engineer is a real 'ham'


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Franklyn Weiss demonstrates one of his portable ham radios at Moldaw Residences last weekend. He said it’s been “a great hobby for the past 20 years,” allowing him to connect with people both locally and around the world.

Since retiring in 2001, former Mountain View resident Franklyn C. Weiss has given back to the community in several ways through his expertise in ham radio. He’s volunteered at El Camino Hospital and with the Mountain View Police and Fire departments, making sure the emergency radios remained operable.

Now living at the Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto with his wife, Harriet, the retired electrical engineer and patent attorney has been an amateur radio aficionado since his college days.

Memory guru performs unforgettable feats at SIR luncheon


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Chester Santos impresses a Sons In Retirement crowd with his memory prowess during a recent Los Altos Hills appearance.

Memory expert Chester Santos wowed a lunchtime meeting of local retirees last week, first by remembering the names of all 50-plus people in attendance, then by asserting they could have great memories, too.

The self-described “International Man of Memory,” who appeared at a Sept. 4 gathering of Sons In Retirement (SIR) Branch 51, said his oft-performed feats such as memorizing names and decks of cards have been honed through training “that makes the most efficient use of the brain – everyone sitting here today, you are all capable of doing extraordinary things with your memory.”

Worried about Alzheimer's? How I found hope

My brother and I were hiking a few months after our mom, Carol Peters, died in 2009. We had watched her slow, inexorable decline over the last decade due to Alzheimer’s disease. It had been a tough, sad and painful process.

As we walked along the trail, we discussed whether or not we wanted to get genetic testing to see if we inherited the “Alzheimer’s gene.” I started the hike convinced that, yes, I would get tested. I wanted to know – learning is good, knowledge is power, etc. My brother was less sure. We discussed the possible outcomes, trying to visualize how we would react.

Medicare Update: Say 'no' to free genetic tests

Seniors approached by someone who offers them free genetic testing or cancer screening should turn them down.

Medicare doesn’t cover such tests unless a doctor who’s treating you orders them and they’re medically necessary.

Senior Briefs Sept. 2019: Lectures, workshops and caregiver support

Los Altos Senior Program offers array of events

The following events are scheduled at the Los Altos Senior Program, located at Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave. For more information, call 947-2797.

• 12:30 p.m. today, Room 4: Lecture by Neha Kabra on Ayurveda healing


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