Local volunteer opportunities abound for Los Altos seniors

Seniors who choose to spend their free time volunteering not only help their community, but also themselves, according to Brandon Council, volunteer coordinator for the city of Los Altos.

Los Altos Senior Program Briefs

The Los Altos Senior Program is located at Hillview Community Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

The Grant Park Senior Program is located at 1575 Holt Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Fighting fraud: Guard your card

If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health-care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like you would a credit card.

Medicare enrollment runs through Dec. 7

Medicare Open Enrollment is scheduled through Dec. 7.

Seniors can sign up for a Medicare Advantage health plan or Part D prescription drug plan, or switch from one plan to another. The new coverage will take effect Jan. 1.

Widows, widowers meet weekly

The Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association meets 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte.

Formed in 1976 to provide support for those who have experienced the loss of a spouse, the group offers emotional support, fellowship and social activities. Meetings include discussion of upcoming events, refreshments and entertainment or a talk. Members range in age from 50s to 90s.

How Medicare helps seniors with diabetes

At a recent meeting of my staff, the topic of diabetes came up.

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