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Boomers will 'age differently,' Avenidas director says

Original post made on Jul 3, 2014

A "boot camp on aging" for Baby Boomers is under consideration at Avenidas as the senior services agency braces for a spike in the area's senior population.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by A-Different-View, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2014 at 9:55 am

With the emergence of the Internet, which can link people, and places, all over the world together in the clink of a button--why would people not want to age using the Internet to learn new things, travel to new places, and meet new people --rather than the approach advocated by these folks?

Even if someone doesn't have an Internet connection in their home (which is hard to believe here in Palo Alto), every coffee shop, and library, has free serive. (And hopefully one of these days there will be a Silicon Valley wireless network for everyone to use.)

People can play chess, video visit, make an audio connection or do just about anything that comes to mind--at home, or anywhere in the world. The idea that people need to congregate in a single place has been radically altered--and it's very likely that the so called "boomers", many of whom helped to create the digital revolution that has swept the world, will see the digital world as their's to travel in, unlike times of old--when people were expected to sit in rocking chairs and do as little as possible.



Posted by randy albin, a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

this is all well and good. obviously, there is a need for affordable housing for seniors. this is a stand-out facility and resource for those who go there and use it. best wishes. it's not perfect but it needs to be supported and endorsed across the board. thanks


Posted by Money, money, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Avenidas can hope for money from the aging Boomers and also from the startups, some of which will make money.
Cool move.


Posted by Another Different View, a resident of Professorville
on Jul 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm

"Avenidas she recently announced plans to step down and spend at least the next year managing a capital campaign to upgrade and expand the agency's facilities"..." Bryant Street — is "bursting at the seams,"but Avenidas refuses to update their "50's" model of being open 9-5, M-F... they need to modernize there business model. The executive's of this organization are so out of touch. They could increase their capacity to serve the community and engage younger "boomers" by being open some evenings and weekends with exercises classes that would be variable to the "boomers" working scheduled. It will be interesting to see if anything changes when they they find a new executive director.


Posted by Money, money, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Evening hours and more efficient management would make it unnecessary to expand.
Avenidas is following the trend of big developers-- more! bigger! and more money for architects and developers.


Posted by Bob, a resident of Community Center
on Jul 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Avenidas management - maybe it was the Board - made a BIg mistake when it publicly supported/endorsed the pro -Maybell measure/ proposition on the ballot. Avenidas is supposed to be a 'non-profit', and it has (had) many supporters on both sides of the issue. It has no business getting involved in any voting issue. Maybe it has learned something over this- but many doubt it.


Posted by Unhealthy influence, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Not only did Avenidas support development on Maybell, they also supported the development at Alma Plaza.
Their most egregious support was to give a "Lifetime Achievement Award" to the developer of the outsized office building called Lytton Gateway WHILE the project was being considered by the city. No doubt Boyd Smith has given money to Avenidas but influencing a private project like that is unacceptable payback.
The development interests on the Avenidas board are influencing its policies in an unhealthy way.
www.paloaltoonline.com/print/story/2012/02/10/avenidas-announces-lifetimes-of-achievements-honorees


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