Palo Alto Weekly

- June 13, 2014

Senior Focus

HOME SAFETY CHECKS ... A company that specializes in senior care is offering free home safety checks through the month of June. The Mountain View office of Home Instead Senior Care will send representatives to homes for free, on a time-available basis, or send a copy of its home safety checklist. Many seniors land in the emergency room with injuries from home accidents that could have been prevented, such as falls related to throw rugs or loose railings, the company said. To request an inspection, call 650-691-9671.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP ... Avenidas holds free support sessions for partners or spouses of people coping with medical, mental health or cognitive decline issues affecting their quality of life. This month's sessions are June 9 and June 23. For more information, call Paula Wolfson at 650-289-5438.

AT THE MOVIES ... Popcorn and drinks are served at Avenidas movie showings every Thursday. This month's selections are "RED 2" on June 12, "Bucket List" on June 19 and "The Butler" on June 26. Screenings begin at 1:30 p.m., and the price is free for Avenidas members, $2 for nonmembers. Also in June, Avenidas will hold free screenings of two older films. Join film historian Jim Chase for a brief discussion about the history of 16-millimeter films and the screening of two such movies: "You're My Everything" from 1949, to be shown June 13, and "The Adventures of Martin Eden" from 1942, to be shown June 27.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HOARDING ... Avenidas calls hoarding a serious problem — "rife with misinformation, myths and unanswered questions" — affecting millions of Americans and their families. Learn definitions, risks, interventions and resources to help yourself and loved ones in a workshop Friday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10, and pre-registration is requested at 650-289-5400.

AFTER A DEMENTIA DIAGNOSIS ... A dementia researcher will discuss what people should do after a diagnosis of dementia in a public presentation June 21. David Troxel will cover steps to take, and local residents will share their personal experiences with managing dementia care in a gathering at Terraces at Los Altos, 373 Pine Lane, Los Altos. For more information, contact Terraces Executive Director Rae Holt at rholt@abhow.com or 650-948-8291.

Items for Senior Focus may be emailed to Palo Alto Weekly Staff Writer Chris Kenrick at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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