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November news for seniors

WALKING TO END ALZHEIMER'S ... A team from Moldaw Residences at Palo Alto's Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life participated in the Oct. 10 Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Jose. Participants included residents of Moldaw's independent-living section as well as its memory-support unit. Barbara Lichtenstein, whose father, Bob Lichtenstein, lives in Moldaw's memory-support section, said, "My dad, or as everyone at Moldaw calls him, 'Dr. Bob,' spent his life studying the brain and the mind as a neurosurgeon. With his complete understanding of what was happening to him as he lost his recent and long-term memory, and eventually some of his language, he did everything he could to stave it off. The Alzheimer's Association research is supremely important because so many members of our community are living much longer, yet we continue to lose wonderful and intelligent people like my father to this terrible epidemic." Lichtenstein, 88, moved into Moldaw five years ago as an independent-living resident and now lives in the memory-support section, where he is cared for by some of the same people he knew as an independent resident.

CONNECTING WITH HORSES ... Dementia-care specialists Nancy Schier Anzelmo and Paula Hertel are seeking participants — and funding — for a project to help people with dementia experience purpose and meaning in their lives through horses. The Connected Horse Project is scheduled to start in November under the guidance of Stanford University and the Stanford Red Barn Leadership Program. The program will be a three-day workshop that includes two days of working with horses. Participants will not be riding the horses, but will engage with them from the ground. No prior horse experience is necessary. "We hope our project is a way the person with dementia and their care partner can learn coping skills, have an outlet for engagement and overcome stress, which can help them deal with the road that's ahead," Schier Anzelmo said. "And that's what we'll be looking for in our outcomes — reduced anxiety and depression with increased coping skills." For more information, see

CRAFT SALE ... The Avenidas needlework club, "Aveneedles," has been working since last December to create handmade items for its annual craft sale. Everything from scarves and wraps to baby booties and blankets to children's sweaters and necklaces will be available Friday, Nov. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Avenidas Lobby and Garden Room, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Proceeds will benefit Avenidas, InnVision Shelter Network and the Peninsula Humane Society.

DANCE DANCE DANCE ... Couples and singles are welcome at Avenidas's free Friday Afternoon Dance Parties today, Nov. 6, and Friday, Nov. 20, 3-4:30 p.m. Dance favorites will be on the sound system and light refreshments will be provided.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Gunn High School
on Nov 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm

The horse program for dementia patients sounds great. Have they sought funding through

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