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- September 7, 2018

Senior Focus

SENIORS, BEWARE ... The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office warned that senior homeowners may be the target of scams by "individuals and companies seeking to take advantage of unsophisticated homeowners by purchasing property at an unreasonably low price." In an Aug. 28 public service announcement, Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourlard of the Division of Consumer Protection/Elder Fraud, said the office is increasingly receiving reports from older homeowners about unsolicited offers to buy their homes without inspections or real estate agents. "While these deals sound good, elderly homeowners may be the target of these mailers in the hopes that the owners do not know the true value of their property," the DA's office said. People who think they've been a victim of a real estate scam are asked to call the district attorney's Real Estate Fraud Hotline at 408 792-2879.

YOGA WELLNESS THERAPY ... Certified yoga therapist Jido Lee Ferguson will explain how yoga can help with wellness, including stronger bones, better sleep and less inflammation and pain in a free class on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3:30-4:45 p.m.. Ferguson will help students perform a personalized yoga sequence at Avenidas at Cubberley Community Center Room I-3, 4000 Middlefield Road. To register, go to

MUSICAL MEMORIES ... Musician and music collector Marv Emerling will offer a trip down memory lane with a presentation of music and discussion of the early years in the life of composer and lyricist Irving Berlin . Berlin's songs include "God Bless America," "White Christmas," "Easter Parade" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1-2 p.m. at Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. To register, go to

FREE FLU SHOTS... Avenidas and Walgreens are partnering to offer free flu shots. To receive a shot, seniors are asked to bring Medicare or Medi-Cal cards on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to noon to Palo Alto's Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Room M-3.

CLUTTER DISCUSSION GROUP ... Social worker Emily Farber will lead a free, weekly drop-in support group for people who feel they have problems with cluttering and hoarding on Tuesdays, 2-3:30 p.m. at Avenidas,4000 Middlefield Road. For more information, call Farber at 650 289-5417. In addition, Farber will make a presentation on hoarding, including indicators, risks and resources on Friday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Avenidas, Cubberley Community Center. $10 for Avenidas members/$12 for nonmembers. To register, go to or call 650 289-5400.

MOON FESTIVAL ... Authentic Chinese musical performances, snacks and cultural arts and crafts will be featured at the Moon Festival Cultural Party on Friday, Sept. 21, 3-5 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center Room, M-4. Presentations will be in Chinese as well as English. Free. Families welcome. Cosponsors include the Palo Alto Family YMCA, Avenidas, the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, the Media Center, Palo Alto Library, Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Museum. For more information, call Pinki Fung of Avenidas at 650 289-5434.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT ... A free, drop-in support group for caregivers meets Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunrise Palo Alto, 2701 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. For more information call Avenidas Social Work Services Manager Paula Wolfson at 650 289-5438.

IN THE VILLAGE ... Participants in Avenidas Village, a local membership network that helps seniors age in place , will discuss their experiences in a free coffee chat Thursday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. Space is limited to 12. To reserve a spot, call Robbi McCaughan at 650 289-5405.

Items for Senior Focus may be emailed to Palo Alto Weekly Contributing Writer Chris Kenrick at


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Posted by Yom Kippur
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2018 at 10:28 am

Why is the senior flu shot clinic on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement? Does Avenidas think that Jews don't need flu shots?

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