Past, present and future: StoriesUnfolding participants learn about themselves and each other – two pages at a time

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Los Altos resident Margriet DeLange, above, has been leading StoriesUnfolding Guided Autobiography groups since 2006, an outlet for self-reflection and organizing thoughts.

Taking a cue from Kierkegaard’s quote “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards,” members of the StoriesUnfolding group reflect on the past and use what they learn to better understand their present selves and to better prepare for the future.

Ways you can enjoy life while staying safe at home

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Reading is a good way to find joy while staying safe during the pandemic.

No one could have foreseen the changes in our daily lives brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although nothing is as it was, there are many ways to find joy, connect with loved ones and remain upbeat. Following are a few of the Aware Senior Care team’s favorites.

Pandemic impacts those with dementia, their caregivers

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all seniors, but perhaps none more so than those living with dementia and their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. In the United States, one in seven people lives with Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease that typically affects older people and is characterized by impaired memory, thinking and problem-solving skills.

Everyone’s challenge: The cost of long-term care

Long-term care is one of those head-in-the-sand issues we all must confront as we age. It should come as no surprise that 70% of people over age 65 will need some form of long-term care support. Yet few prepare.

Long-term care represents a spectrum of care.

Rhyme on My Hands: Lifelong learning – from afar

The impact of COVID-19 on teaching extends well beyond families with school-age offspring. Seniors pursuing lifelong learning are also deserting classrooms typically used for evening courses.

At a recent Zoom talk before Branch 35 of Sons In Retirement, Amy Tollafield of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program described the school’s online approach to overcoming the pandemic’s obstacles.

LA Senior Program changes name to Adult 50+ Program

The Los Altos Senior Program has a new name: the Adult 50+ Program.

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