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- April 2, 2021

Senior Focus

AGING, ECONOMIC INSECURITY... The Longevity Project and the National Council on Aging, in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Longevity, will hold a free, virtual panel about the toll of the pandemic on older workers and the challenges of economic insecurity on Monday, April 5, at 11 a.m. Discussion will focus on what Congress and the Biden Administration can do to address these challenges, including revitalizing training programs for older workers, enhancing retirement and support for career transitions, and addressing age discrimination in the workplace. Panelists will include Elizabeth White, author of "Fifty-Five, Unemployed and Faking Normal," Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and Catherine Collinson, CEO and president of the Transamerica Institute and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. To register for a Zoom link, go to

BOOSTING WATER SUPPLY... Water expert Dave Tucker will lead a virtual tour of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, part of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Participants will learn about expanded plans for water re-use in the county to ensure a reliable, drought-resilient supply. Tucker has worked with the water district's Recycled and Purified Water Program since 2017. The free, virtual presentation, which is part of the Community Conversations series at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, will take place Tuesday, April 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. To register for Zoom link, email Michelle Rosengaus at [email protected]

ORGAN AND CELLO CONCERT... Organist Jonathan Dimmock and cellist Angela Lee will present a free, virtual program including the works of J. S. Bach, Maurice Ravel, Edward Elgar, Ad Wammes, Craig Phillips and Duke Ellington on Tuesday, April 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. Dimmock is principal organist at the Legion of Honor, organist for the San Francisco Symphony since 2005 and music director for Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. Lee is is the founding cellist of The Lee Trio, and coaches chamber music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music The performance is part of the Community Conversations series at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. To register for Zoom link email Michelle Rosengaus at [email protected]

CURING WITH STEM CELLS?... Kevin McCormack will discuss the activities of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the only state-level agency focused on stem cell therapies. McCormack, the institute's communications director, will include information on the institute's current focus on arthritis, as well as potential treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other brain disorders. The institute was created by voters in 2004 with passage of Proposition 71, and taxpayers last November voted to provide an additional $5.5 billion in continued funding. The virtual event will be held Wednesday, April 21, from 12:25 to 1:30 p.m. The free presentation, open to the public, is sponsored by Branch 35 of Sons in Retirement, whose mission is to enrich the lives of its members through activities, events and luncheons. To receive a Zoom link, call Paul Schutz at 408-313-6852 by April 19.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS... Angela Mitri, a community resource specialist with Sourcewise, will discuss what older adults can do to prepare for earthquakes, fires, heat waves and other disasters in a free, virtual session on Friday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to noon. The presentation will include informational slides, a video and time for questions. Since 1973, Sourcewise has contracted with Santa Clara County to coordinate services for older adults. To pre-register and receive a Zoom link, email [email protected] Details will be emailed the morning of the session.

TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS... Social worker Paula Wolfson, director of Avenidas Care Partners, will moderate a discussion about navigating health care systems, dealing with dementia care and isolation, and handling advance care planning in a free, virtual session Wednesday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshop will feature two local elder care experts, hospice physician Ellen Brown and psychologist and gerontologist Rita Ghatak, founder and CEO of the consultancy Aging 101. For more information or to register call Wolfson at 650 289-5438.

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


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