Medicare Update: Got Medicare? Get a no-cost COVID-19 test

If you have Medicare and want to be tested for COVID-19, there’s good news.

Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in your home, doctor’s office, local pharmacy or hospital, nursing home or drive-thru site. Medicare does not require a doctor’s order for testing.

Rhyme on My Hands: A poem for a middle child

Many poems are written with a specific audience in mind. That was certainly the case with the poem that appears below: It was intended to bring a word of cheer to a grandchild of ours who was born in the middle of a three-child family. His “also-ran” position – neither first born nor baby of the family – was in need of recognition and understanding.

Surviving the COVID crisis: Masks, food safety and handwashing

In a health-care newsletter, physicians reported that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone wear a cloth face mask covering the nose and mouth whenever they are out and about. The recommendation is based on evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, along with new data about how easily the virus spreads.

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.


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