Senior Health Chats – 1st and 3rd Fridays, Los Altos UMC Creekside C and D, 10:00am-12:00 noon. Devotions, stretching, snacks provided. January 21, Dr. Linda Cork, Research with Animals; February 1, Dr. Manjula Waldron, Getting in Touch with Your Playful Self. Suggestion donation $10.
Senior Health Chat at Los Altos Public Library, 2nd Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30pm. January 8, “Fighting Depression” with Dr. Zorica Ljaljevic; February 12, “Yoga” with Jenny Niklaus. January 8 program only meets at Los Altos Senior Center, 97 Hillview.
Memoir-writing – take time to write down your stories. 2nd Tuesdays, 1:30-3pm, Los Altos UMC Live Oak Room. Contact Jinny Newberry (650-948-5808).
Bags, Balls and Brains—A variation on the Brain Gym work. New series for less mobile/special needs seniors begins January 31 for ten weeks, Los Altos UMC Creekside C and D. $100 + $5 materials fee. Call Linda (650-856-8679) to register.
Coming Fully Alive as You Age—(on Finding Meaning in Life, Being Fully Alive, Aging as a Spiritual Journey, and Humor): San Leandro UMC, Tuesdays in April beginning April 8, 2-3:30pm. Also Redwood City, coming soon. Looking Forward, Looking Back (on Journaling, Movement-Meditation, Rituals, Communication, and Capturing Our Life Stories): Crystal Springs UMC, coming soon. Creative Aging for a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit (on Laughter and Brain Fitness, Aging as a Spiritual Journey: Going Deeper; ABC’s of Fitness; Creativity and Aging; Healing of the Earth): New Vision UMC, 5 Sundays beginning March 30, 11:15-12:45pm. Call 650-209-1119 for information on any of these.
Adult Children/Caregivers of Aging Persons Support Group—2nd ODD month Mondays, 7:30-9pm, Live Oak Room. January 14, Group Sharing; no February meeting.
“Sage-ing Circles” –St. Paul’s UMC, Fremont, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays beginning January 16, 10-11:30am. Facilitators: Merrylen Sacks, Gerontologist, and Judith Pruess-Mellow, Ph.D. Call 510-429-3990. Free, thanks to a grant from Beulah.
(All activities at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos CA 94024, unless otherwise specified (650-948-1083). www.seniornewways.org. firstname.lastname@example.org. (650-209-1119)
We also have programs beyond the Bay Area, all the way to Grass Valley, Auburn, Redding, Fortuna and Crescent City. Email us if you would like to receive that calendar. The most immediate program on the calendar is Coming Fully Alive as You Age, Nevada City UMC, 433 Broad Street. Four Sunday sessions beginning January 13, 10:30-12 noon. All are welcome. $25 suggested donation for the series. We will be holding Coming Fully Alive as You Age programs in Clovis at the Memorial UMC Feb. 29-Mar. 1; in Redwood City, San Mateo, Daly City, Berkeley, East San Jose, Gardnerville, NV and the Sacramento areas in the spring or summer.
Other upcoming events outside the Bay Area: Grass Valley ACAP meets at Highgate Senior Living on the 4th Saturday, 11-12. Livermore Laughter and Brain Fitness workshop will meet Monday, February 4, Livermore-Asbury UMC, 12-3pm (925-447-1950).
Call Judith Pruess-Mellow of Senior New Ways for information (650-209-1119) on any of these groups. www.seniornewways.org; email: email@example.com. Senior New Ways is a 501 (c) (3) corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.
Essential Numbers and Letters to Keep Close at Hand
If you are in the business of becoming, being, or caring for a senior, there are some essential phone numbers to keep at the ready:
Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116. Gives you information on senior services anywhere in the US.
Council on Aging. 1-800-510-2020 or 408-296-8290. www.careaccess.org. These numbers and sites get you to information assistance for senior services in Santa Clara County. The direct lines to the three I and R people are 408-350-3248; 408-350-3297; 408-350-3292. If you need home care referrals, call Erica at 408-350-3251.
Area Agency on Aging, San Mateo. 650-573-2700. www.smco-coa.org. Gets you information assistance for senior services in San Mateo County.
General information for people of all ages is available through the United Way “211” program. In area code 408, dial 211. From anywhere, you can go to www.211scc.org. To locate, keep track of, and share information about yourself or senior loved ones with the rest of your family online, go to www.siliconvalley.networkofcare.org or www.sanmateo.networkofcare.org.