Helpline for seniors offers technical help, buddy calls food and transport help

City of Los Altos offers helpline

The city of Los Altos Recreation & Community Services division offers a helpline for seniors (ages 50 and up) in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Call 947-2797 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Services offered include:

• COVID-19 updates. Access referrals, resources and information on services available while sheltering in place.

Local resident, global impact: Cyrus Parvini and family work to help kids across the world

Photo Courtesy of Cyrus Parvini
Cyrus Parvini, above left, visits with the children at NECO Home orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Parvinis’ Children Education Foundation supports orphanages and schools in Nepal, Rwanda and Brazil.

Many people feel fortunate to have one passion in life. Los Altos resident Cyrus Parvini has several.

After a career in the import-export industry and in real estate development, Parvini became a filmmaker. Then he and his family founded the now-thriving Little Prodigy Preschool in Mountain View. And for the past several years, he and his wife, Simin, have run the nonprofit Children Education Foundation, supporting orphanages in Nepal and schools in Rwanda and Brazil. He calls the foundation his true calling.

Ways to beat the stay-at-home blues

With so many activities being canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, staying home more can feel isolating, especially for seniors. Following are a few suggestions for keeping busy and active during what may be a difficult season for some.

• Go for a walk. Enjoy the spring weather, and maybe make a new friend on the stroll.

Medicare: What it covers -- and doesn't

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health-care settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it’s useful to know what is and isn’t covered.

Strategies for aging safely at home

Most of us want to age in place. But can we? Affordable, accessible and well-located housing affects the quality of life for all ages, but it’s most significant for older adults. A report released by The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and AARP claims that these factors are the cornerstone to comfort and security.

Sharing the spotlight

I’ve invited a guest to entertain you today. He’s Wendell Lehr of Los Altos Hills, who wrote a 40th birthday poem for Ken Nix, who lives in Palo Alto. That was a while ago, with both men now over 90.

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