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A resource guide for adults 50 & older


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Living Well Community Friends, meals & more Adult day care ..................................................................................12 Food and nutrition .........................................................................12 Handyman services & education ..............................................14 Loneliness support ........................................................................14 Senior centers ..................................................................................14 Getting around Door-to-door transportation .....................................................16 Public transportation ....................................................................18 Personal finance Money matters ................................................................................18 Legal and mediation services ....................................................23 Bertha Sanchez, left, a student at Cañada College, works with her tutor Mary O’Connor on her ESL homework at Channing House on March 28, 2016. O’Connor has been tutoring Sanchez for over a year and the pair meet once a week. Photo by Veronica Weber.

CRISIS/EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE 24-HOUR HOTLINES Alcoholics Anonymous 408-374-8511, 650-577-1310 YWCA Rape Crisis Hotline 408-287-3000, 650-493-7273 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK

ABUSE: PHYSICAL/MENTAL/ECONOMIC EXPLOITATION OR DEPRIVATION Adult Protective Services, Santa Clara County 408-975-4900, 800-414-2002 Aging and Adult Services, San Mateo County 800-675-TIES, 650-573-3900 (outside Calif.) YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Line 800-572-2782

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Wellness Fitness Facilities .............................................................................................27 Health Care management .........................................................................27 Caregiver support ..........................................................................29 Emergency response systems....................................................29 Grief support ....................................................................................29 Health information ........................................................................29 Hospice ..............................................................................................29 Rehabilitation ..................................................................................30 Specialized health services .........................................................30

Home Home care Home care companies ..................................................................33 Home care referral..........................................................................34 Home health care ...........................................................................34 Housing Housing/retirement communities ...........................................34 Housing referral ..............................................................................37 About Living Well: This annual publication is provided to the community as a resource guide to services for older adults. It is produced by the Palo Alto Weekly. Living Well editor: Anna Medina Designer: Kristin Brown Major accounts manager: Connie Jo Cotton

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Kato Reis sits by the piano in her indepent living community on May 26.


eated at the piano, 97-yearold Kato Reis fills the soaring lobby of Palo Alto’s Vi retirement community with Chopin. It’s an ordinary Tuesday afternoon, just after lunch. Passers-by have stopped to listen. Reis’s sure and powerful hands fly over the keys, and she hardly misses a note as she plays expressively — from memory — seven or eight compositions by Chopin, Brahms and Mozart. “I don’t play music every day, but it seems the older I get, the more I want to play,” says the Hungarianborn concert pianist and 60-year resident of Atherton, who moved to the Vi a decade ago. “I have aged but, strangely, my fingers have not. They seem to be very agile. I wouldn’t say that about the rest of me.” Though she’s lived in the area for 70 years since her 1946 wedding at Stanford Memorial Church to businessman Robert Reis, Kato Szekely had been raised in Budapest as something of a child prodigy. An only child strictly supervised by her mother, she practiced piano

A musical life, from childhood to nearly 100 ‘The older I get, the more I want to play,’ 97-year-old pianist says by Chris Kenrick | photos by Veronica Weber

for hours a day from a young age, earning entrance to the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music by the time she was eight. “My mother was very talented in music, and she could have become an excellent pianist, except she got married at 17 and had me at 18,” Reis said. “So she decided to make me into what she didn’t become. My mother went to my piano lessons, listened to what the teacher said and made sure that I did what the teacher wanted. “Nobody cared how I felt about it. I did what my mother wanted me to do, and that was that. But the minute she left to answer the

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phone, I would quit. I was a normal kid. No kid in her right mind wants to work as hard as I did. But I didn’t know I worked hard — I thought it was part of life.” Parents are mistaken if they think their children will master an instrument simply because they’ve hired a teacher, Reis said. “The teacher is only a little bit of what it takes — the rest is up to the mother.” With her days taken up by intensive training at the music academy, Reis had to study traditional academic subjects with a home tutor. She was tested in written state exams at the end of each year in courses that included Latin,

German, French and English. Upon her graduation from the music academy in 1938 — at the urging of an uncle who had migrated to California — Reis and her parents moved to Los Angeles to further her career. “I spoke fluent English but my parents did not,” she recalled. “I taught anybody who wanted to have a piano lesson. My father, who had run a bank with his brother in Budapest, didn’t want me to be the only one who was supporting the family so he took a job with the Langendorf bakery.” Reis’s first paying student was her mailman, who would stand by her family’s apartment door and listen to her play. As her teaching roster grew, she also began playing for schools, civic organizations, musical groups and private parties, typically for $20 to $25 a performance. Reis still has a ledger created by her mother in 1938, listing the program of each performance along with what she wore. A separate (continued on page 9)

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Whether you are looking for someone to help an aging parent a few hours a week or need more comprehensive assistance, Home Instead can help. Kato Reis, 97, plays a song on the piano in her independent living community on May 26, 2016. Reis, who was classically trained when she was younger, has a large repertoire of songs that she has completely memorized and plays without sheet music. died three years later, at 91. In addition to her four sons, who all live in scrapbook preserves her many the area, Reis has 10 grandchildren press clippings from the Los Angeles and eight great-grandchildren. Times and the Pasadena Star-News. Lately, Reis said, she’s increasingAround that time, Reis acquired ly drawn back to the piano, though an agent and also began using she is humble about her talent. the surname of her famous great- Many others at the Vi also have great grandfather, led interesting and the composer Felix accomplished lives, Mendelssohn. She she notes. played in concert Does music keep halls and for U.S. her young? She troops in World War seems puzzled II. When her playing by the question. caught the atten“I don’t know that tion of well-known music keeps me actor Edward young. The good Everett Horton, Lord keeps me movie stars began young,” she said, asking her to teach adding that her their children. family, friends and KATO REIS In her mid-20s, bridge-playing also Reis left behind help. her concert career Reis said she to marry and move to Northern hasn’t looked at written music California. She continued teaching in decades. Her memorized reppiano while raising four sons — ertoire, once about 150 compoall of whom she required to study sitions, is “now down to maybe piano plus one other instrument — around 50,” she said. but eventually stopped. She took “I’ve been playing more often up bridge, tennis and golf and vol- now than in the years past,” she unteered at Allied Arts, Meals on said. “I think I only do it because Wheels, Family Services and the San time is running out. Maybe I won’t Francisco Symphony League. wake up tomorrow, so I’d better Reis and her husband were play today.” „ Contributing writer Chris Kenrick can among the first to move into the Vi when it opened in 2005. Robert Reis be emailed at

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Dina Caceres, center, an activity aide at the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, talks with Chu-Ying Chi, left, and Sylvia Smitham, right, about the artwork they are creating for a Halloween themed bulletin board at the center during the arts and crafts period on October 3, 2016. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Friends, meals & more ADULT DAY CARE Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center This center in Mountain View provides two levels of daytime care — adult day care and adult day health care — in a stimulating and secure environment for the less-independent older adult. Programs include transportation, health monitoring, therapies (physical, speech and occupational), group exercises, social and recreational activities, and nutritious daily lunches. Sliding-scale fee. 270 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.; 650-289-5499 Golden Castle Adult Day Health Center This multicultural program provides a range of supervised professional services to older adults with compassion. Offerings include skilled nursing services; physical, occupational and speech therapies; counseling; dementia care; structured activities; transportation; nutritious meals; and

more. 1137 San Antonio Road, Suite B, Palo Alto. 650-964-1964 Rosener House Adult Day Services Operated by Peninsula Volunteers, the facility supplies structured activity programs for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other functional or cognitive impairments. The weekday program assists participants through health, social and support services. Fees based on costs and families’ ability to pay. 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.; 650-322-0126

FOOD & NUTRITION Breaking Bread Hot Meal Program Life Moves offers five free hot meals each week at local churches in Palo Alto. See website for details.; 650-853-8672 ext. 436 Community Services Agency Food & Nutrition Center The Food & Nutrition Center distributes more than a ton of food five days a week to registered, low-income residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. The agency’s Senior Nutrition Program also

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serves lunches on weekdays at the Mountain View Senior Center, with a suggested donation of $3 for those over 60. 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View.; 650-968-0836 Ecumenical Hunger Program A nonprofit that provides emergency food, clothing, household necessities, support programs and referral services to low-income seniors and people in need in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Palo Alto. Hot meals are offered on Wednesdays at St. Francis of Assisi Church. 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto.; 650-323-7781 La Comida This program provides nutritious hot lunches in friendly group settings for seniors (age 60 plus) and their caregivers, spouses and guests. Suggested contribution of $3. For Stevenson House and Cubberley Community Center, reservations should be made by phone; none are required for the main Bryant Street location.; La Comida Dining Room, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, Mon.-Fri. 650-322-3742; Stevenson House, 455 E. Charleston Road, Palo

Alto, Mon.-Fri. 650-494-1944 ext. 10; Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, Wed. 650-329-2418 Meals On Wheels This Peninsula Volunteers program delivers meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities in south San Mateo County who cannot cook for themselves. Many can have the program completely or partially subsidized. 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.; 650-323-2022 Downtown Streets Team’s Food Closet Provides food and other items to homeless and low-income residents of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, through the help of volunteers and local churches. 231 Grant Ave. Second Harvest Food Bank The food bank works in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to combat local hunger by providing nutritious food to over 250,000 people each month. Run by seniors, its Operation Brown Bag supplies food to low-income seniors ages (continued on page 14)

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Community (continued from page 12) 60 and over and disabled individuals ages 55 and over. 750 Curtner Ave., San Jose.; 650-6100800 ext. 415

HANDYMAN SERVICES & EDUCATION Avenidas Handyman Services Offers assistance with minor home repair and work (from plumbing to yard service), as well as computer troubleshooting, to Midpeninsula area residents ages 50 and older. 650-289-5426 Eden Tech Help Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, this company assists with the installation of technology and devices at home and educates clients on their use. Their services include office cleaning, supply stocking, IT support, handyman services and taskers.;; 800-754-3166 In-Home Repair Program Volunteers with the Los Altos Senior Program provide minor

in-home repairs for members of the Los Altos Senior Program, free of charge. The program is not for emergency repairs. Donations are accepted. Los Altos Senior Program, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.; 650-947-2797 Seniors Savvy Run by Curtis Golden, this company assists seniors, disabled persons and others in learning about and using computers, phones and other technology.; curtis@; 650-776-8395

LONELINESS SUPPORT Tele-Care Service A service that provides daily telephone calls to those needing personal contact and support. The service is offered free of charge by volunteers of the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary. 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View. tele-care; 650-988-7558

SENIOR CENTERS Avenidas A nonprofit that provides tools for positive aging through activities and services

for older adults and caregivers. Its programs include classes and activities, covering brain and body fitness, languages, arts, retirement planning and more; health and wellness, with lectures, health screenings and massage therapy; volunteer opportunities; transportation; handyman services; and information and counseling, linking seniors with support groups, services and resources. 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.; 650289-5400 Avenidas Village A membership program that allows people to stay in their homes while having access to the services they need. Benefits include prompt concierge-style support, transportation assistance, daily social calls (if wanted), a network of vendors and discounts, social gatherings, cultural outings, medical advocacy and legal assistance. village; 650-289-5405 East Palo Alto Senior Center Free activities include games, language study, fitness exercises, dancing, tai-chi classes, music appreciation and brown-bag

food giveaway. Country breakfast offered on Thursday mornings; continental breakfast and hot lunch Mon-Fri. 560 Bell St., East Palo Alto. 650-329-5900 Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center This Peninsula Volunteers multipurpose center offers activities and events focusing on arts and crafts, languages, health and wellness, fitness, computer use, games and sports, and cultural topics. Advice and consultation are provided for older adults aiming to continue living independently. Other services include a Community Services Desk, Travel Desk, a boutique, facility rental and Little House Cafe, which offers lunch on weekdays. 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.; 650-326-2025 Los Altos Senior Program The city program organizes classes, day trips and special events, and offers a notary service, a resource center and referrals. On Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there is a drop-in program at the Grant (continued on page 16)

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Park Multi-Purpose Room, offering games, classes and social activities. 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.; 650-947-2797 Menlo Park Senior Center City facility provides programming focused on health, recreation and education for older adults. Services also include nutritious hot meals, low-cost transportation to the center, HICAP and tax assistance, and free monthly health screenings. Second Harvest Food Bank brown bags offered weekly. 110 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park.; 650-330-2280 Mountain View Senior Center Offers programs and services for adults ages 55 and older. Provides information, referrals and social services such as health screenings. Social dancing, a community garden, games and special events, and art and recreational classes. Lunch weekdays. 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. mountainview. gov/seniors; 650-903-6330

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center The center fosters a community of active seniors and organizes classes, activities, clubs, social meals, lectures, performances, day trips and longer excursions. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.; 650-223-8699

Getting around DOOR-TO-DOOR TRANSPORTATION Avenidas Door to Door Rides by volunteers to and from appointments in private cars within an 8-mile radius of Avenidas senior center in downtown Palo Alto. Pickup service from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Advance reservations required. Fees charged. 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.; 650-289-5411 (continued on page 18)

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Community (continued from page 16) Outreach For residents of Santa Clara County who are unable, due to physical or mental disabilities, old age or low income, to drive or use public transportation. Service is provided by sedan or van, including wheelchair-accessible vehicles. 926 Rock Ave. San Jose. outreach1. org; 408-436-2865 Paratransit Providers Private company providing passengers with wheelchair transportation throughout the entire Bay Area. 3585 Forest Ave., Santa Clara.; 408-554-5822 Redi-Wheels SamTrans paratransit services include RediWheels, prearranged curb-to-curb rides for individuals with disabilities in San Mateo County who are unable to independently use regular bus service. Applications are required. A one-way trip costs $3.75. 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos.; 650-508-6200 Road Runners Transportation Service Senior transportation for medical and personal appoint-

ments (such as at beauty salons) within 10 miles of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Pickup services: Mon.-Fri., 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Clients need not be affiliated with El Camino Hospital. Fees charged. Advance reservations required. 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View. elcaminohospital. org/services/roadrunners-transportation; 650-940-7000

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Menlo Park Midday Shuttle This free City of Menlo Park service connects the Menlo Park Senior Center, Little House Activity Center, Safeway, Stanford Shopping Center, Caltrain stops, downtown Menlo Park, downtown Palo Alto, the Menlo Park Library, the Belle Haven Library and other local destinations. Shuttle buses can be flagged down along the route. Two spaces are available for wheelchairs. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 650-330-6770 Palo Alto Shuttle The free Palo Alto Shuttle operates three routes: Embarcadero, Crosstown and East

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Palo Alto/Caltrain. The Crosstown Shuttle links senior housing — Stevenson House, Channing House and Lytton Gardens — and Avenidas with the Mitchell Park Library. The Embarcadero route connects businesses in the East Bayshore/Baylands area with downtown Palo Alto and the University Avenue Caltrain station, with service to local schools and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. The East Palo Alto route connects East Palo Alto’s Woodland-Newell neighborhoods with Palo Alto’s University Avenue/Downtown area. Buses are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles.; 650-329-2441 Stanford Marguerite Stanford University’s free public transit runs Monday to Friday year-round except university holidays. Limited service is available on weekends and university holidays during the academic year. The shuttle serves the Palo Alto, Menlo Park and California Avenue Caltrain stations. The Marguerite is wheelchair- and bicycle-accessible. 340

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Whether you are worried about an aging spouse or parent, or dealing with your own concerns, you can turn to Avenidas Care Partners for support, advice and assistance. • Family consultations

Keeping people healthy is the goal. • Spinal Exams • Health Screenings

• Counseling services • Care management

• Flu shots

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• Nutrition counseling

• Foot and hand nail care

• Health Insurance information

• Acupuncture • Therapeutic massage

• Podiatry

• Information and assistance • Support groups

AVENIDAS LIFELONG LEARNING & LEISURE CLASSES help you strive for a higher level of personal growth The Lifelong Learning and Leisure program aims to keep the bodies and brains of older adults active and stimulated. • Movies • Current Events

AVENIDAS DOOR TO DOOR helps you nail down your transportation needs When you or a loved one can no longer drive, getting out of the house and around town can often be difficult. This program provides a variety of transportation options. • Going to medical appointments

• Creative Arts

• Lectures

• Picking up groceries

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• Fitness classes

• Meeting friends for lunch • Running errands

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OLS to work for you today! AVENIDAS HANDYMAN SERVICES hammer out efficient home repairs

AVENIDAS VILLAGE helps you get a grip on aging-in-place

Maintaining a home can be quite a burden, and that’s why we offer Handyman Services. Our trusted team can make your home safer and more accessible, all at below-market rates. • Fix leaky faucets • Install grab bars

Who says you have to move out of the neighborhood that you love and the home you’ve made memories in? So if you want to simplify your life, maintain your independence, and stay mobile, safe and active, consider becoming an Avenidas Village member. • Discounts on services • 24/7 support

• Add security lighting

• Clean out your gutters

• Build wheelchair ramps

• Help with yard work

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• Computer Troubleshooting

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• Social Gatherings

• Daily Phone Check-Ins

• Med-Pals

• Legal Assistance Services

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AVENIDAS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Each year, over 400 people find meaningful matches for their skills and interests through the Avenidas Volunteer Program, donating a total of 20,000 hours of their time. • Tutor kids in reading • Provide leadership on Board of Directors or Advisory Council • Teach computer and technology skills • Work on mailing projects • Help with special events

AVENIDAS ROSE KLEINER CENTER gives families ess a blueprint to follow for aging loved ones At our custom-built facility in Mountain View, Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center offers two levels of daytime care for older adults with frail physical or mental health in a warm, welcoming environment. • Transportation

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“You turned 1,500 tons of food scraps into compost and renewable energy.” — Zak Zero, Zero Waste Guy Zak Zero loves data driven results! Check out the stats from the first year of the food scrap program:

60% of households participating.

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211,500 kilowatt hours of electricity generated. Enough to power 26 homes for one year!

439 metric tons of CO2e reduced by sending food scraps to an anaerobic digester instead of the landfill.

Community (continued from page 18) Tax assistance Trained volunteers aid in preparation of income tax returns at a handful of Midpeninsula locations. Avenidas: 650-289-5400; Menlo Park Senior Center: 650-330-2280; Mountain View Senior Center: 650-9036330; Little House: 650-326-2025 Utilities Financial Assistance The City of Palo Alto Utilities offers programs to reduce utilities bill costs for individuals on a limited income, experiencing financial hardship or with medical conditions that increase use of utilities. Programs can provide discounts on gas and electricity, help make utility use more efficient, equalize payments or offer one-time assistance.; 650-329-2326

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of life, discuss care plans with family members, coordinate between medical teams, and document decisions in an advance directive. Stanford Hospital, Palliative Care, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford.; 650-724-0385 Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) Serves the community through education and charitable assistance in securing and keeping housing. Rental and housing assistance, tenant/ landlord counseling, homesharing, home purchase counseling and more are offered. 457 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto.; 408-730-8491 Lawyer Referral Service This Palo Alto Area Bar Association service provides a half-hour consultation for a $40 administrative fee with one of several private attorneys specializing in a variety of areas, including trusts, wills, estate planning, landlord-tenant disputes, family law and many more. 405 Sherman Ave., Palo Alto.; 650-326-8322


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including repairs, deposits and privacy. Many services are offered free of charge. 1490 El Camino Real, Santa Clara.; 408-720-9888 Senior Adult Legal Assistance (SALA) Provides free legal assistance and education to Santa Clara County residents ages 60 and older on public benefits, housing and landlord-tenant issues, consumer complaints, elder abuse and nursing home difficulties. Will assistance and incapacity planning are also provided. 160 E. Virginia St., Suite 260, San Jose.; 650-969-8656 Senior Advocates Program The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County program offers advice, advocacy and representation for San Mateo County residents ages 60 and over involving government benefits, legal abuse, consumer law, estate planning, advanced health care directives and more. Home appointments are available for the homebound. 330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123, Redwood City.; 650-558-0915

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Dr. Peter Cheng meets with lontime patients Esmail Essabhoy in an exam room at the new Guzik Center for Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Palo Alto Medical Foundation on June 25, 2015. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Fitness FACILITIES Avenidas The local nonprofit coordinates a variety of fitness classes and activities, covering areas such as walking, aerobics, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, tai chi and Feldenkrais. 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.; 650-289-5400 Bay Area Senior Games Typically held in late spring, these events encourage men and women ages 50 and older to choose healthy and active lifestyles. Athletes compete in about 20 different sports and activities. Volunteer opportunities are also available. 2275 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 115, Palo Alto.; 650-323-9400 City of Menlo Park Community Services Department Menlo Park offers wellness classes on weekdays at the Menlo Park Senior Center, helping seniors develop stamina, balance and flexibility. Other fitness courses are offered at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center on yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais

Method, dance and more. 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. menlopark. org; 650-330-2200 City of Palo Alto Community Services Department Activities for seniors include lap swimming, aerobics, yoga, line dancing, Zumba and more. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. csd/; 650-463-4900 Little House fitness programs Fitness classes at Peninsula Volunteers’ Little House lead participants in stretching, muscle work, fall prevention, line dancing, Zumba, Pilates and more. Little House also organizes a walking group that meets multiple times each week. 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.; 650-326-2025 Living Strong Living Well A 12-week small-group strengthfitness program designed for adult cancer survivors who have recently become de-conditioned or fatigued from their treatment or disease. Classes are free, but participants must register in advance. Classes are held at local YMCAs.; 650-725-5014

YMCA of Silicon Valley Local YMCA branches teach group courses in yoga, Pilates, Zumba, cardio, and low- and high-impact water exercise.; Palo Alto Family branch: 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto. 650-856-9622 El Camino branch: 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. 650-969-9622 Sequoia branch: 1445 Hudson St., Redwood City. 650-368-4168 East Palo Alto Family branch: 550 Bell St., East Palo Alto. 650-328-9622

Health CARE MANAGEMENT Aging Life Care California Certified geriatric care managers and licensed counselors perform assessments and help to develop a care plan for seniors. Other offerings include concierge services, housing referrals and support, care management, medical appointment assistance, counseling and psychotherapy, brain fitness, coaching and more. 1139 San Carlos Ave., Suite 301, San Carlos.; 650-654-1510

Avenidas Care Partners Clinical social workers with Avenidas are available to make home assessments with older adults and create a geriatric care plan to discuss with the family. The plan can be implemented by the family or through Avenidas Care Partners. Avenidas also offers a service for low-income, homebound Santa Clara County residents, evaluating what services might be needed for them to remain at home. 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.; 650-289-5433 Community Services Agency As part of the Senior Case Management program, geriatric social workers and case managers are available to give in-home assessments, counseling and referrals to community resources to assist older adults in living independently. A specialized social worker and registered nurse can also provide intensive care management in partnership with El Camino Hospital for those with chronic health conditions. Volunteers can also help (continued on page 29)

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what to do with Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?

Drop It Off At The HHW Station Hours • Every Saturday 9am – 11am • First Friday of the month 3pm – 5pm Limitations • 15 gallons or 125 pounds of HHW per visit. • Must be a Palo Alto Resident (driver’s license or vehicle registration)

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HHW Station Location Regional Water Quality Control Plant 2501 Embarcadero Way Palo Alto, CA 94303 Visit Our Reuse Cabinets Residents can pick up usable household products such as paints, cleaners and unused motor oil. The Reuse Cabinets are located inside the HHW Station and are only open during HHW Station hours.

Wellness (continued from page 27) with transportation and shopping. 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View.; 650-968-0836 Multipurpose Senior Services The County of San Mateo Health System has a program administering social and health care management to adults ages 65 and older who are Medi-Cal eligible, with the goal of keeping seniors living independently in their homes and communities. 222 W. 39th Ave., San Mateo.; 650-573-2222 Seniors At Home Part of Jewish Family and Children Services, the program offers, among other services, care management to assist seniors in leading safe, healthy and independent lives in their homes. Geriatric care managers visit homes to assess conditions and needs and develop a care plan. Care managers also help in implementing plans by providing counseling, choosing and arranging housing and care options, working on finances and applications, coordinating volunteer visitors and more. Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto.; 650-688-3030

CAREGIVER SUPPORT Avenidas Care Partners Serves the families of aging adults through consultations with adult children and spouses, as well as free weekly support groups for spouses and partner caregivers. 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.; 650-289-5433

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEMS Lifeline In-home 24-hour emergency response system for older adults that summons immediate help. El Camino Hospital: 650-9407016 Stanford Health Care, Aging Adult Services:; 650-723-6906

GRIEF SUPPORT Center for Grief & Loss This program of the Hospice of the Valley provides support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. Services include individual and group support, educational programs and workshops, loss-specific support groups and offerings

for children and teens. 4850 Union Ave., San Jose.; 408-559-5600 Kara Provides grief support for children, teens, families and adults. Its vision is to see people of all ages compassionately supported on their journey through grief so they can move toward renewed hope and meaning. Services are made possible by the generosity and donations of the community. 457 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto. 650-321-5272

HEALTH INFORMATION Aging Adult Services Stanford Health Care has a variety of services and resources for aging adults and their families, including inpatient services, home care programs, community support, technological resources, caregiver tools and end-of-life support. 300 Pasteur Drive, HC034, Stanford.; 650-723-1303 Alzheimer’s Association The local chapter serves hundreds of families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease through a 24/7 helpline, individual care consultations, and educational resources and events. 2290 N. First St., Suite 101, San Jose.; 408-372-9900 Avenidas Health & Wellness Offers an array of health-related services, including free health screenings, flu shots, health insurance counseling, help with Advance Health Care Directives, a loan closet of durable medical equipment, podiatry, nail care, meditation, reflexology, reiki, acupuncture and therapeutic massage. 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.; 650-289-5400 Community Health Resource Center Staffed with nurse health educators and specialists, these Palo Alto Medical Foundation centers supply visitors free of charge with information on community resources and access to health information websites, health reference textbooks, medical textbooks, educational videos and more. The Palo Alto location also gives instruction in breast and testicular self-examination, as well as counseling on advance health care directives. 795 El Camino Real, Suite 2A, Palo Alto.; 650-614-3200

Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA) The nonprofit social service agency serves deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals with information and referrals, communication assistance, advocacy, social events, outreach and education, peer counseling and more. Senior programs are available. 650 N. Winchester Blvd., Suite 3, San Jose.; 408-899-5088 Health & Wellness Center at Sequoia Hospital The center offers health screenings, wellness programs, community resources and support groups. Services offered on a low-cost or no-fee basis, open to all. 749 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.; 650-367-5998 PAMF Health Education Palo Alto Medical Foundation organizes a plethora of classes and support groups. Classes cover weight management, mindfulness and mental health, diabetes, aging, nutrition and more. Lectures are also offered. Mountain View Center: 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View. Palo Alto Center: 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.; 650-934-7177 (Mountain View); 650-853-2961 (Palo Alto) Pacific Stroke Association Nonprofit organization serving Santa Clara and San Mateo counties that provides stroke education for the community and support for stroke survivors and family caregivers. 3801 Miranda Ave., Bldg. 6, Room A162, Palo Alto.; 650-565-8485 Stanford Health Library Resource library open to the public sharing a wide range of medical and health-related materials. Free research assistance provided. Locations at Stanford Hospital, Stanford Cancer Center, Ravenswood Family Health Center (bilingual medical library).; 211 Quarry Road, Suite 201, Palo Alto. 650-725-8400

HOSPICE Hospice of the Valley The organization provides pain and symptom management in Santa Clara County to patients with advanced illness, support to families who care for them, and grief and loss counseling for individuals and family members.

The nonprofit is licensed by the State of California, Medicare, and is Medi-Cal certified. Care is provided in private homes, nursing homes, hospitals or assisted-living facilities and covered by most private insurance. 4850 Union Ave., San Jose.; 408-559-5600 Kaiser Hospice Program The program supplies palliative and end-of-life services to Kaiser members and bereavement support to families. The program’s care strives to give patients physical, emotional and spiritual comfort, through services including physician treatment, nursing, social work and chaplain consultation. 900 Veterans Blvd., Suite 400, Redwood City.; 650-299-3970 Pathways Home Health & Hospice Assists individuals through medical, nursing, emotional and personal care as they approach the end of life, helping them relieve symptoms. Accredited by the Joint Commission, the hospice also has a dementia program and extensive grief support with counseling, workshops, support groups and more. Pathways is affiliated with El Camino and Sequoia hospitals. 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale. p athw aysh ealth .o rg / h osp i ce; 888-755-7855 Sutter Care at Home Hospice The hospice program strives to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with short life expectancies and to support their families. Its services include nursing care, pain and symptom management, personal care, spiritual support, bereavement support and grief counseling, phone consultation, emergency visits and more. 1700 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 110, San Mateo.; 650-685-2830 VA Hospice Care Program The Palo Alto VA Health Care System provides hospice care at home, in nursing homes and through dedicated inpatient programs to veterans nearing the end of life and seeking a palliative approach. 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.; 650-493-5000 ext. 11-65495 (continued on page 30)

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REHABILITATION Cedar Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center The center offers skilled nursing for intensive stroke, cardiac and orthopedic rehabilitation, with care available 24 hours a day. Its rehabilitation therapy center is staffed by inhouse therapists and nursing staff who help patients with occupational, physical and speech therapies. Other programs treat back strain, arthritis and tendonitis, and neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. 797 E. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale. lifegen. net/cedarcrest; 408-738-4880 Covenant Care The company offers three sub-acute and rehabilitation centers in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, which provide skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Interdisciplinary staff members can provide physical, occupational and speech therapy for a wide range of conditions. covenantcare. com. 1949 Grant Road, Mountain

SPECIALIZED HEALTH SERVICES Better Hearing Center of Palo Alto Hearing evaluations by licensed audiologists and tinnitus treatments, as well as custom molds, state-of-the-art digital hearing devices, assistive listening devices, hearing aid service and supplies and more. 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 110, Mountain View.; 650-241-3000 The Byers Eye Institute at Stanford This state-of-the-art, patient-centered facility provides cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation; ophthalmology and optometry services; neuroophthalmology; ocular oncology; and treatment for corneal and external eye diseases, glaucoma, uveitis, and viteroretinal and macular diseases. 2452 Watson Court, Palo Alto.; 650-723-6995

MidPeninsula Dental Society Through the Dental Health Foundation, the society provides dental services to low-income and disadvantaged individuals, including seniors, immigrants, students and those from single-parent homes, at a significantly reduced cost. 220 Main St., Suite 208A, Los Altos.; 650-328-2242 Pacific Hearing Service At its two Midpeninsula locations, Pacific Hearing Service offers hearing evaluations, communication needs assessment, hearing aid selections and fittings, assistive listening devices, complimentary classes and ear wax removal. 3555 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Suite 100, Menlo Park; 496 1st St., Suite 120, Los Altos. pacifichearingservice. com; 650-854-1980 (Menlo Park), 650-941-0664 (Los Altos) Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center The Parkinson’s Institute performs basic and clinical research and offers a comprehensive movement disorder patient clinic for Parkinson’s disease and related neurological movement disorders. The clinic offers expert neu-

rological evaluation and treatment; physical, occupational and speech therapy; exercise and therapy classes; clinical trials; and patient education. 675 Almanor Ave., Sunnyvale.; 408-734-2800 Pain Management Center Run by the Stanford University Medical Center, the multi-disciplinary clinic offers a comprehensive suite of services for patients suffering from acute and chronic pain. Though patients primarily receive outpatient services, inpatient treatment is available. 450 Broadway St., Redwood City. stanfordhealthcare. org/medical-clinics/pain-management.html; 650-723-6238 Stanford/VA Alzheimer’s Research Center Clinicians and researchers from the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and the Palo Alto VA Health Care System provide information, referral services and diagnostic assessments for people with memory problems. Palo Alto VA Health Care System, Building 4, 1st Floor, Room C151A, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto. svalz.html; 650-858-3915

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STAY CONNECTED TO FRIENDS, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ALL-INCLUSIVE SERVICES AND AMENITIES contribute to the vibrant lifestyle you will enjoy at Channing House — these and more: Q Our Life Care/Continuing Care Model provides Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing here in Downtown Palo Alto Q Three delicious, chef-prepared meals daily in the dining room or “Market to Go” Q Fitness center with pool, spa, and state-of-the -art equipment, a variety of land and water fitness classes, and personalized support Q Weekly housekeeping with linen service, transportation, maintenance, all utilities including Cable TV and Internet Q Library, Computer lab, Art Studio, woodworking shop and other hobby areas


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Mary Peterson chats about the fun and excitement at her 100th birthday party on June 18. Photo by Brenten Brandenburg

Home care HOME CARE COMPANIES Alegre Home Care Caregivers assist individuals with light housekeeping, walking and exercise, meal preparation, bathing and dressing, getting to appointments, recovery from an illness and more. Short-term, 24-hour and livein care are available. The agency does a complete review of references and credentials, and caregivers are screened, bonded, insured and employed by Alegre.; South Bay office, 3033 Moorpark Ave., Suite 2, San Jose.; 408-335-6835 Peninsula office, 1660 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 128, San Mateo. 650-757-2000 Care Indeed The agency’s caregivers help with independent living skills that allow seniors to remain at home and avoid institutionalized settings. Non-medical services include toileting and incontinence; hygiene, grooming and dressing; mobility and transportation; exercise; meal preparation and shopping; Alzheimer’s and dementia

care; light housekeeping; pet care; medication management; mental stimulation; fostering emotional well-being; and more. 890 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. careindeed. com; 650-328-1001 Family Matters In-Home Care Family Matters staff members seek to give quality, non-medical care to seniors and disabled individuals who want to continue to live at home. Individualized services are available 24/7 and can include bathing, incontinence care, dressing, meal preparation, household cleaning, transportation, safety suggestions, companionship and more. 2155 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 116, Campbell. familymattershc. com; 408-638-4606 Helping Hands Home Care Services Professional caregivers and certified nursing assistants provide non-medical care for seniors, disabled individuals and those with special needs. Services include bathing, dressing, grooming, incontinence, meal preparation, exercise and mobility, housekeeping, companionship and escort service. Caregivers are screened and

insured, and are CPR and first-aid certified. 1111 Morse Ave., Space #17, Sunnyvale.; 650-851-8255 Home Instead Senior Care The company provides custodial care for seniors, with services including, but not limited to, companionship, personal care, meal preparation, and care for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 1006 Stewart Drive, Sunnyvale. homeinstead. com/168; 650-265-4118 Home Care Assistance Home Care Assistance’s mission is to change the way the world ages by providing older adults with care that enables them to live happy and healthy lives at home. Its services are distinguished by the quality of its caregivers, the responsiveness of its staff and its expertise in live-in care. 148 Hawthorne Ave., Palo Alto.; 650-462-6900 Matched Caregivers The agency has provided 25 years of nursemanaged home care services on the Peninsula. All aides are agency employees and are trained, fingerprinted and screened for tubercu-

losis. They are also covered through the agency’s bonding, workers compensation and professional liability insurance. The agency individualizes care to meet client needs and develops care plans for each client. It will bill long-term care insurance, if applicable. 1800 El Camino Real, Suite B, Menlo Park. 650-839-2273 NexGen Home & Senior Care NexGen offers caregiving in private homes and residential care settings. Available around the clock and on a live-in basis, caregivers help clients with walking and exercise; bathing, hygiene and dressing; light housekeeping; meal preparation and diet monitoring; errands; Alzheimer’s and dementia care; companionship; escort service; and more. The company’s personnel is screened, bonded and insured. 2118 Walsh Ave., Suite 135, Santa Clara. nexgenhomeandseniorcare. com; 408-988-7093 Institute on Aging The nonprofit Institute on Aging offers inhome care to the elderly, including (continued on page 34)

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Home (continued from page 33) companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, dementia and Alzheimer’s care, and transportation. Caregivers are licensed, bonded and insured, and are available to help by the hour, overnight or for 24/7 live-in care. 881 Fremont Ave., Suite A2, Los Altos. ioaging. org; 650-424-1411 Seniors Helping Seniors Mid Peninsula This program matches friendly seniors with seniors looking for help with cooking, light housekeeping, personal grooming and dressing, shopping, transportation, yard work, house maintenance and small repairs, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and/or doctor visits.; 650-964-4112 Visiting Angels Sunnyvale Visiting Angels provides non-medical care services to help seniors remain independent and at home. Clients’ needs are matched with a caregiver, who can provide hygiene assistance, meal preparation, diet monitoring, light housekeeping, errands or shopping, companionship, Alzheimer’s care and more. The agency is bonded, licensed and insured, and the agency continuously monitor its caregivers. 922 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale.; 408-990-3485

HOME CARE REFERRAL In-Home Supportive Services This County of San Mateo Health System program offers home-care services to seniors, as well as to blind and disabled individuals, who are eligible for Medi-Cal. Social workers perform assessments, and then individuals find an independent provider for needed services. The program’s Public Authority compiles a list of workers qualified to be independent providers. 225 37th Ave., San Mateo. smchealth. org/aas; 650-573-3900

HOME HEALTH CARE Agility Health This private company provides full-service in-home skilled nursing, rehabilitation and therapy services, as well as nonmedical care, in the Bay Area. Its programs include care management; nursing care and assistance following orders from clients’ doctors; personal care; physical, occupational and speech therapy; social services;

Lunch is served by the La Comida program in the dining room of Avenidas on July 16, 2015. Avenidas is proposing to remodel the building, and has outlined plans to build an additional two stories above the space currently used by the lunch service and multipurpose use. Photo by Veronica Weber. and counseling. 1660 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 116, San Mateo.; 650-453-5100 Nursing & Rehab at Home A sister company to Agility Health, the Medicare-certified, state-licensed agency offers skilled nursing care (diabetic care, disease management, medication management, would/ostomy care) and a range of therapy services at private homes and residential care facilities. 1660 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 112, San Mateo. nursingandrehabathome. org; 650-286-4272 Seniors At Home A program of Jewish Family and Children Services, this full-service agency offers nonmedical home care, palliative and end-of-life care, and skilled nursing services — administered by registered nurses who work with clients’ physicians. Seniors At Home is a licensed home health agency. Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto.; 650-688-3070

Housing HOUSING/RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES Alta Torre Gated community with 56 affordable one-bedroom apartments for very low-income seniors (55 years or older). Community room, kitchen, parking garage, courtyard. Adjacent to the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. Monthly rents range from $457 to $753. 3895 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. alta-torre; 650-493-4700 The Avant Designed for active adults 60 years or older, The Avant

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offers 44 units (studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units) on a month-to-month rental basis, with two meals a day. Amenities include an exercise facility; an indoor, heated lap pool; therapeutic spa; and common areas. 4041 El Camino Way, Palo Alto. theavantpaloalto. com; 650-320-8626 BridgePoint at Los Altos Retirement community offering independent and assisted living with a residential feel. Services include three meals daily, housekeeping and a full calendar of activities. 1174 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos.; 650-397-2200 Channing House An independent, not-for-profit continuing care/life care retirement community located in the quiet, residential neighborhood of downtown Palo Alto. Provides independent living apartments, with assisted living and skilled nursing available on-site if needed. Services include three meals per day, weekly housekeeping with linen service, cable TV and wireless Internet access, on-site health care, fitness center and pool, classes and activities and van transportation. 850 Webster St., Palo Alto.;; 650-327-0950 Gordon Manor/Hopkins Manor Facilities with a family atmosphere that help to transition individuals into assisted living. Alzheimer’s and dementia care, short-term respite care and hospice care available. 1616 Gordon St., Redwood City.; 650-542-0578 The Hamilton Four-story, 36-unit condominium complex for residents over age 55, offering full ownership. Amenities include fine dining five nights a week, heated pool and spa,

housekeeping, security, transportation, community spaces and activities.; 555 Byron St., Palo Alto. 650-463-1400 Lytton Gardens Senior Communities Provides assistedliving, independent-living and skilled-nursing facilities. Services range from 24-hour care and physical therapy to social services, counseling, outpatient rehabilitation, communal dining options and more, offered for those 62 years or older (the age requirement applies to one individual in a couple) or 18 years old with a mobility impairment.; Lytton Gardens Assisted Living: 649 University Ave., Palo Alto. 650-617-7373 Webster House Health Center: 437 Webster St., Palo Alto. 650-328-3300 Moldaw Family Residences As part of the Taube Family Campus for Jewish Life, this community welcomes adults 62 years and older of all faiths, ethnicities and racial backgrounds. It seeks to preserve Jewish community values and independent living, and offers continuing care with memory support, assisted living and skilled nursing as needed. Dining, linen service, housekeeping, library, wellness clinic, aquatics and fitness center, social and cultural activities, and concierge service. 899 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.; 650-433-3600 Palo Alto Commons Independent and assisted living for seniors 60 years or older. Levels of care available, including a wing for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and Focused Care, designed for those who require extra assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming and medication management. Licensed nurses are on-site and available to manage oxygen and insulin injections. Three meals daily, weekly housekeeping and linen service, scheduled transportation and a full activity program are included in monthly rent. 4075 El Camino Way, Palo Alto.; 650-494-0760 Peninsula Volunteers Properties Inc. Operates two apartment buildings for seniors and adults with disabilities — Crane Place at 1331 Crane St. and Partridge/Kennedy Apartments at 817 Partridge Ave. in Menlo Park. Subsidized housing for those with (continued on page 37)

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Home (continued from page 34) low to moderate income. Need and time on waiting list are considered. 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.; 650-325-2442 (Crane); 650-3243160 (Partridge/Kennedy) The Sequoias - Portola Valley Offers a variety of apartment options, with assisted living and memory care. Skilled nursing is available at the on-site health center. Also available are activities and programs, a fitness center, swimming pool, full-service dining and buffet, housekeeping, linen service, studios and a library. 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley. ncphs. org/ccrc/sequoias-portola-valley; 650-851-1501 Stevenson House A nonprofit apartment community for lowincome and independently functioning older adults 62 years and older. Full-service dinner and an optional lunch program on-site on weekdays. The waiting list is currently closed. 455 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. stevensonhouse. org; 650-494-1944

Sunrise Senior Living Assisted living, continuing care, meals, housekeeping and a full range of activities. Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and memory care are available, and members can stay for short or long term. There is no age requirement or limit. The cost is based on the residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed level of care and type and size of residence. 2701 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.; 650-326-1108 The Terraces at Los Altos Wellness-focused assisted living and memory care, as well as skilled nursing services if needed. Modern amenities including fitness classes and restaurant-style dining. Construction for residential living is in progress and scheduled to complete later in 2016. 373 Pine Lane, Los Altos.; 800-230-2976 Vi at Palo Alto More than 300 independent-living apartments with access to assisted living, memory support and skilled-nursing care for those 62 years and older. Services and facilities include three dining venues, utilities, maintenance, weekly housekeeping and

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HOUSING REFERRAL Avenidas Housing Guide Avenidas produces a detailed publication describing the many different housing options for seniors in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Options listed include retirement communities (rental and purchase), continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities and more. 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.; 650-289-5433

HIP Housing This private, nonprofit organization offers creative, affordable solutions to a variety of housing needs. The homesharing program links people who have housing to share with those seeking a place to live in San Mateo County. Each person has a private room and shares common living areas. HIP Housing interviews clients and makes referrals to match people in housing. 800 S. Claremont St. #210, San Mateo.; 650-348-6660 Senior Seasons This free referral service helps seniors and their families evaluate and choose the best senior housing options available. Information is available for independent living, continuing care, assisted living, skilled nursing, board and care, Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or dementia care, and affordable options. It serves San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda and San Francisco counties, as well as Southern California.; 650-851-5284 (San Mateo); 408-442-5104 (Santa Clara)

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