Take steps to prepare for a medical event before you need help

Research shows that most people deny that they will ever need long-term care, but reality shows differently.

Let’s look at the steps that help you plan for a possible medical event. It’s always best to prepare long before you need help – waiting until the last minute could put you or a loved one at risk of stress and in a position of not finding the best care.

Seniors' generosity with time and talent benefits students at Los Altos school

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Volunteer Richard Winslow works with eighth-grader Ava.

It’s Friday morning at Los Altos’ Miramonte Christian School and the tools are out.

The private school’s eighth-graders are taking a woodworking class that allows them to saw, sand, stain and varnish. Students get to plan their projects and, under the watchful eyes of two dedicated volunteers, see them come to life.

Acts of kindness: MV resident and family help local seniors

courtesy of Patricia Boone
Patricia Boone, center, and daughter Brianna visit with Villa Siena resident Frances Grimstad in December.

Mountain View resident Patricia Boone’s idea of giving to seniors was sparked years ago by a corporate tradition of aiding the less fortunate in the community.

“When I worked for Apple,” Boone said, “we ran out of families to give to on the giving tree.”

How to create a 2018 bucket list

The new year is here, and by now you may have written down some resolutions. Maybe you’ve added 10 or 15 minutes to your walking or jogging regimen, decided to hit the gym several times a week or learn a new skill or language in 2018.

Whatever you hope to accomplish, the best kind of bucket lists are those that better educate you, make you healthier or improve a skill or talent. Bucket lists, like goals, challenge us to reach new limits and push us beyond our comfort zone.

It's a bird! It's a plane!: Terraces at Los Altos teaches residents to fly drones

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Gudrun Warrick, left, and Elizabeth Chang learn the art of flying a drone at The Terraces at Los Altos in December. The drone hovers and lands, top and above right.

Although you won’t see one flying around outside just yet, residents of The Terraces at Los Altos are learning the cutting-edge skill of flying drones.

A rose by any other name

Some years ago, I was invited to write a poem to celebrate the success of a Los Altos Library fund drive. I recited the resulting verse at a party held at the completion of the campaign. Later, one of the members of the solicitation committee described me as a “rhymester.”

I made the mistake of looking up the word: “a maker of trivial or inferior rhyme.” Really? The CEO of what was then perhaps the largest company in Silicon Valley approached me at the party and said, “You can quit your day job!” (Unforgettable words, in the circumstance.)

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