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News - June 18, 2010

Palo Alto Commons plans expansion

Commission: Forty-five rental units necessary to house city's graying population

by Sue Dremann

Plans for a 45-unit senior rental-housing development won unanimous recommendation from the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission Wednesday evening, with commissioners citing affordable senior housing as a priority as Palo Alto's population grays.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by Kari Martell, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

Just to clarify that Avenidas Village, mentioned in the article above, is a membership program offered through the non-profit agency Avenidas that helps people stay in their homes as they age. For less than $3 a day, members have access to support on a 24/7 basis, a huge network of vetted vendors who offer discounts to members, transporation assistance, daily check in calls, social events and cultural outings, a medical advocacy program, and so much more that allows seniors to maintain their independence, mobility and sense of community.


Posted by Palo Alto Senior, a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Dear Sue,
I am not a GRAY. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED A GREAT LIFE AND HAPPEN TO HAVE LOST THEIR FORMER HAIR COLOR ... GRAY!!!!
You do not understand, nor did I, at your age. We maintain our dignity in many helpful ways. Do not disqualify us by giving us such a handle. I want you to give thoughtful consideration.


Posted by jardins, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

This is really cheering--good for the Planning & Transportation Commission for recommending this expansion go ahead! Avenidas Village is certainly a wonderful program, but not all elderly people want to live alone; they want and need a more immediate community of their age-cohort. And certainly, not many people can afford residences like Vi or Channing House.

Bravo!


Posted by Paul, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Notice also the reference to "too old" to move into Channing house or VI - Palo Alto Commons (where my parents moved last summer) is an option, with levels of care, which is not easily found. It has been a godsend, and I think it's great that more people will have an opportunity to take advantage of their great level of care.


Posted by localmom, a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I am so pleased to see this. I have visited PA Commons, my parents are in their 70s and are thinking ahead to where they would like to spend their older age. It looks like a fantastic community with friendly, caring staff. I can only compare the welcoming warmth of Palo Altans with the negativity I see when driving near Pilgrim Haven in Los Altos, and seeing signs the neighbors paid for themselves, advocating AGAINST its expansion for seniors and particularly those w/dementia. I think anyone w/a sign in their yard should be blacklisted from the Commons. Palo Alto is to be commended for their community spirit and inclusiveness of all age levels and needs in society.


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