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- January 7, 2022

Senior Focus

ONLINE ENGAGEMENT ... Senior Planet, a program aimed at helping seniors learn and use technology, features an array of online and in-person programs on fitness, friendship, current events, technology and more. The group has a branch office located in the Avenidas building at 450 Bryant St. in Palo Alto. To learn about program opportunities, go to seniorplanet.org/locations/palo-alto/ or call 650-918-5570.

A MUSICAL AFTERNOON ... Cellist Angela Lee and pianist Markus Pawlik will perform works by Fanny Hensel, Robert Schumann and Ludwig van Beethoven on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 2 pm. in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. Participants must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Face masks required. Cost is $20 at the door. Advance registration strongly suggested. Contact Michelle Rosengaus at [email protected]

AGING WISELY ... Geriatrician, medical school professor and elder care advocate Joanne Lynn will discuss revitalizing elder care services during a free, virtual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Widely published in her field, Lynn is currently working with U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) to advocate for increased federal support for catastrophic long-term care insurance. To register for the free event, go to avenidas.org.

TUESDAY WALKS ... A walking group affiliated with the senior services agency Avenidas will hold Tuesday morning walks in Byxbee Park, 2375 Embarcadero Road, through the month of January. Walkers will meet at 9:50 a.m. near the restrooms, and the two-mile, mostly flat walk begins at 10 a.m. Masks are required for unvaccinated people. No dogs. For questions, call Patty at 650-387-5256.

LONGER HIKES ... Oyster Point and Coal Mine Ridge are among the January destinations for Avenidas Hikers, who meet for moderate hikes on Thursdays followed by lunch. Participants should be comfortable with hikes on uneven surfaces ranging from 2.5 miles to eight miles with elevation gains between 150 and 1,000 feet. Space is limited and free. Online registration is required. Trailhead information will be emailed to registered hikers the day prior to the hike. To register, go to Avenidas.org, click on "Register Online" and search for "hike."

CAREGIVING AS INFRASTRUCTURE ... Child and elder care workers are just as essential to the U.S. economy as roads and bridges, said labor activist Ai-Jen Poo, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Caring Across Generations and the winner of a MacArthur "genius" award. Poo spoke last month at the Century Summit, convened virtually by Stanford's Longevity Project in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Longevity. The pandemic has raised the nation's collective awareness about the importance of caregivers in the U.S. economy, she said. Provisions to support caregivers in U.S. President Joe Biden's Build Back Better initiative, such as paid family and medical leave "are not excessive social spending but about investing in those who are the beating heart of this economy," she said. Poo shared the Stanford platform with dozens of others from politics, business and academia to discuss ideas for "rethinking the second half of life in the new age of longevity." To watch all or part of the three-day summit held on Dec. 7-9, go to longevity-project.com/century-summit.

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

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