Palo Alto Weekly

- May 3, 2013

Senior Focus

FAMILY HISTORY ... Just because Great Aunt Mable said your ancestor was from Scotland doesn't mean she was. Genealogist Joshua Taylor will present a day's worth of instruction on tracking your family's roots Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in seminars sponsored by the San Mateo County Genealogical Society. Taylor will cover "essential technology" for genealogists, how to use probate, land, census, tax and other records to find ancestors who lived between 1780 and 1830, how to uncover the truth behind family legends and time-saving techniques for genealogists. The event will be at the Menlo Park Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. Preregistration is $42 and registration at the door is $48. Lunch is an additional $8. For more information and preregistration, go to the San Mateo County Genealogical Society's website at www.smcgs.org.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE ... Join Palo Alto Duplicate Bridge for games that are friendly, courteous, open to the public and cater to intermediate through expert players. Snacks are provided and there is a lunch break. Need help finding a partner? Just ask. The group meets Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Fee is $8 at the door. For more information contact Elisheva Salamo at 650-223-8618 or esalamo@paloaltojcc.org.

SENIORS RISING ... According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2011, was 41.4 million, up from 40.3 million on April 1, 2010 — census day. This accounts for 13.3 percent of the total population. By 2060, the bureau predicts one in five U.S. residents — or 92 million people — will be in this age group. At that time, the youngest baby boomers will be 96 years old. In 2056, for the first time in the nation's history, the projected population of people 65 and older will exceed that of those under 18.

OLDER AMERICANS MONTH ... A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in President John F. Kennedy designating May as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute to older people across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition. But if 65 is the new 50, will the government have to adjust the age threshold?

Items for Senior Focus may be emailed to Palo Alto Weekly Staff Writer Chris Kenrick at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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