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Medicare enrollment period

Medicare’s annual open enrollment period closes Dec. 7.

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A 'Berry' good doctor indeed

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Dr. Frank Berry relaxes with his wife, Nora Buys. The Los Altos resident turned 100 Oct. 2.

Los Altos resident Dr. Frank Berry celebrated his 100th birthday Oct. 2. Actually, the festivities spanned more than one day, with multiple parties in his honor. He even received a lifetime membership to Los Altos Golf & Country Club, where he has been a member since 1956 – playing golf, tennis and bridge.

An ophthalmologist in Mountain View and Los Altos from 1953 until his retirement in 1985, Berry was one of the founding doctors on Altos Oaks Drive and was instrumental in the creation of El Camino Hospital.

Caring for caregivers

Avenidas’ 16th annual Caregiver Conference, this year with the theme “Caregiving Reimagined,” drew a sizable a crowd to the Mountain View Senior Center Sept. 28.

The hundreds of participants could choose to attend three of nine workshops focusing on self-care, dementia care, family role reversals and more. Dozens of vendors introduced services ranging from senior residences to home-care help and preserving loved ones’ life stories on audio. Following the workshops and a lunch provided by BridgePoint at Los Altos, a Caregiver Cafe enabled participants to share their experiences.

Saddle up for some lessons from the trail

I ran across one of my few attempts at cowboy poetry and thought you might find it to possess a certain rustic charm. Who knows? Perhaps it’s even a useful comment on those lessons from life that are often learned the hard way.

Senior discount days

One of the advantages of being age 55 or older is the availability of senior discounts. Following are some of the local offerings. Contact the business for the latest details, and don’t forget to bring ID.

Communication is key to successful relationships

What is a relationship? The dictionary defines it as “the mutual dealings, connections, or feelings that exist between two parties, countries, people, etc.” The word “countries” in that definition is redundant. If the leaders or people of different countries don’t have a relationship, then the countries won’t have a relationship.

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