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- August 7, 2020

Senior Focus

Local programs, events and other happenings

NEW CENTENARIAN ... Longtime Stanford resident Nancy Morse Samelson recently marked her 100th birthday in a Zoom celebration with family and friends. Samelson, widow of Stanford University mathematics professor Hans Samelson, earned a doctorate in psychology and conducted research on safety and management practices in the construction industry. She was a longtime member of the Palo Alto Friends Meeting and practiced the Chinese art of Qi Gong into her 90s. She now lives in a Sunnyvale assisted-living community. According to the American Society on Aging, there are more centenarians living today than ever before. The United States has the most, with an estimated 80,000, followed by Japan, with an estimated 47,700. The United Nations estimated that worldwide there were 343,000 centenarians living in 2012.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES ... [email protected] offers technology resources for seniors, including online meet & greets, technology tutoring and virtual museum tours . August topics offered through the nonprofit program include how to host a Zoom meeting, plus an assortment of other technology topics and online exercise sessions. For more information, go to

ESTATE PLAN CHECKUP ... Los Altos trust and estate lawyer Deborah G. Kramer Radin will lead a discussion titled" Check-up time for your will and trust: The world is changing. Should your estate plans change too? ." The free Zoom session will be held Monday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required. To register, email [email protected]

YOUNG AT HEART ... Mission Hospice & Home Care will sponsor a free, virtual airing of the 2007 documentary "Young at Heart," the story of " a chorus, with an average age of 81, that performs rock, punk and R&B classics around the world." The showing will be Thursday, Aug. 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. To register, go to and click on "Upcoming Events." A Zoom link will be sent with your email confirmation. For more information, call Susan at 650-532-2396.

END OF LIFE OPTIONS ... New data from the California Department of Public Health indicates growing use of California's four-year-old End of Life Options Act . The Act sets conditions for terminally ill adults living in California to obtain and self-administer aid-in-dying drugs. In 2019, 618 terminally ill adult patients received prescriptions written by 246 different physicians, and 405 actually took the drugs. During the previous year, 452 patients received prescriptions written by 180 physicians, and 337 of the patients took the lethal dose.

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


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