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.

For more information, call 947-2797 weekdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or visit losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/adult-50-program. For the latest news and list of events and services, download the Spotlight newsletter.

LA resident spreads light through music

Steve Gill and friends
Courtesy of Steve Gill
Steve Gill, right, is joined by friends and fellow music makers Elizabeth Bishop and Bob Feiner on the front porch of Gill’s Los Altos home.

If you’ve heard what sounds like an Irish tenor belting out “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” on a porch on Orange Avenue, or even on Main Street, you’ve heard Steve Gill.

An actor, director, singer and theater arts teacher, the longtime Los Altos resident has long known the power of song and the joy it can bring.

Gill has performed with TheatreWorks, American Musical Theatre, San Jose Stage Company, West Bay Opera Company and Foothill Music Theatre, as well as putting on his own shows with a variety of accompanists. After retiring from teaching at Menlo School, he estimates doing 300 shows at retirement homes, senior centers and private parties, as well as an annual show at Foothills Congregational Church for the past five years.

Parc Regent senior reaches her 100-year milestone

Ginny Morgan
Madeleine Fackler/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Virginia “Ginny” Morgan, 100, celebrates with her two grandchildren, Katie Cattani and Matthew Fackler.

Virginia “Ginny” Morgan, a member of the Parc Regent retirement community in Los Altos, celebrated a major milestone June 27: her 100th birthday. Morgan attended a birthday party luncheon at her daughter Madeleine Fackler’s home and was surprised by a singing telegram.

Morgan said her most treasured possessions are the love letters and poems from her husband of 57 years. She enjoyed two careers, her first as a medical librarian and then as a financial planner.

Tips for managing stress during tough times

If you’re feeling anxious and stressed over the recent adversity and hard times, I feel you. Thousands of Americans are in the same boat. You are not alone.
Whatever you’re worried about, if ignored, stress can affect your mental and physical health. Stress can be a physical reaction to feeling confused and frustrated by a situation. It will impact your sleep, eating patterns and emotional health.

Over the years, I’ve discovered a few ways to help myself through troubling times, and I’m sharing them in hopes you can find peace and relaxation to ease your mind and emotions.

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