Los Altos Senior Center Enhances Recreation Program

With the appointment of a new recreation specialist, the Los Altos Senior Center is offering a vibrant array of activities for area seniors. Cheri Anderson, who previously served as an interim coordinator for the senior center, is now in charge of all recreational activities at the program. Los Altos Senior Center provides services to hundreds of Los Altos/Los Altos Hills residents aged 50 and over. Types of recreational activities currently provided include educational classes and lessons, movie screenings, and day trips. The program’s home base is the Hillview Community Center, and other activities are offered at the Grant Park center. In a recent interview with Los Altos Online, Anderson

Dementia “Ecosystem” Study To Address Caregiver Burden and Benefits of Technology

For those of us who work in the professional caregiving field, the role of the family caregiver is one we particularly honor. Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness or disability is stressful and often thankless. Nowhere is this more evident than in dementia caregiving. Family members of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease frequently struggle with not only the physical demands of caregiving but the emotional toll of watching a loved one “slip away,” sometimes over many years. Up to 50 percent of caregivers for relatives with dementia develop major depression. Ten years from now, an estimated 7 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. As the 80 million U.S. baby boomer

Fall Prevention: Proper Exercise Greatly Reduces Risk

Each year, millions of Americans are injured in some type of fall. For those over the age of 65, one in three individuals falls each year, leading to around a quarter of a million hips fractures and approximately 25,000 deaths each year. Research and experience have shown us that regular exercise can reduce fall risks, but improving strength, coordination, and – most of all – balance. The simplest way to exercise for fall prevention is to maintain a regular walking regimen. This exercise improves lower-body strength and has the added bonus of providing aerobic activity. Balance exercises can be as simple as bouncing on a small indoor trampoline (they even have balance bars to hold) or standi

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