VILLAGE POWER ... Members of Avenidas Village will mark the group's 15th anniversary on Tuesday, Feb. 15, with a free, virtual discussion of how senior "villages" make it easier for older adults to remain in their own homes as they age . The event coincides with National Villages Day, marking the 20th anniversary of the first "senior village" — Boston's Beacon Hill Village. The movement has grown to more than 300 community-based senior villages with more than 40,000 members nationwide. Avenidas Village, founded in 2007, is a dues-based organization of seniors living in their own homes in and around Palo Alto. The organization helps members coordinate daily living and social and recreational activities: home maintenance, health, transportation, social engagement, care giving, end-of-life concerns and other challenges that often confront older adults. To register for the free, online event, scheduled for 3 p.m., go to avenidasvillage.org.
MUSIC AND LOVE STORIES ... The Community Tuesdays program at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center will present Romantic Passions: Classical Composers and Their Stories of Heartbreak on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. Pianist and host Ian Scarfe will be joined by clarinetist James Pytko and cellist James Jaffe as they share music and love stories centered around composers Mikhael Glinka and Johannes Brahms. The event will be offered via livestream and in person in the JCC's Schultz Cultural Arts Hall. Admission is $20 at the door. Advance reservations suggested. Contact Michelle Rosengaus at [email protected] or 650-223-8616.
RETIREMENT SAVINGS ... Many adults approaching retirement age may not be financially prepared. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation, 49% of adults ages 55 to 66 had no personal retirement savings in 2017. About 50% of women surveyed have no personal retirement savings compared to 47% of men. According to the survey, 22% of women have $100,000 or more in personal retirement savings compared to 39% of men. The vast majority of the nation's 54 million adults 65 and over participate in Social Security (86%) and Medicare (93%). Among older adults getting both Social Security and Medicare in 2019, 16% received needs-based assistance from the government, such as rental subsidies or nutrition assistance, according to the survey.
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