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- April 4, 2014

Senior Focus

STAYING BALANCED ... Want to reduce your fear of falling? A Matter of Balance is an eight-week class that includes discussion, exercises and guest speakers. The class, which meets Mondays beginning April 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., is $25 for Avenidas members, $35 for nonmembers. Call 650-289-5436 to register.

AT THE MOVIES ... Watch the heroic story of a doctor and mother of three who boldly runs for president of Afghanistan in "Front Runner," a presentation of the United Nations Association Film Festival for Seniors. The free screening is Monday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at Avenidas. Also showing this month at Avenidas' Thursday movie club are the 1998 comedy-musical-romance Little Voice on April 10 at 1:30 p.m. and the 2013 documentary musical Twenty Feet from Stardom on April 24 at 1:30 p.m. Movie club is free for Avenidas members, $2 for nonmembers.

SKIN CANCER SCREENING ... Palo Alto Medical Foundation dermatologist Renata Mullen will check moles, sun-exposed areas and other spots of concern for people age 50 and up Wednesday, April 9, in a free monthly screening at Avenidas. Call 650-289-5400 or stop by the front desk to register.

LEARNING AND LIFE ... Reimagining "learning and the life course" will be the theme of a public panel Tuesday, April 15, at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Lengthening life spans, extension of adolescence and demands of parenting and paid work are "obliging Americans to rethink every phase of adulthood," said organizers. At the same time, digital media are making it possible to reorganize learning. Among the panelists will be Susan Hoffman, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at the University of California, Berkeley, which offers community and classes for adults 50 and above. Other panelists are former Stanford School of Medicine Dean Philip Pizzo, Stanford Managing Director Sarah Stein Greenberg and human development researcher Richard Settersten of Oregon State University. The panel is organized by the Ed School's program on Education's Digital Future. The event is open to the public but seating is limited. To register, go to

GETTING AROUND ... Wondering how you or a loved one can get around the Bay Area without a car? Presenters will describe the options at a Thursday, April 17 Transportation Forum at Avenidas. Topics that will be covered include older adult driving issues, free city shuttles, transportation offered by Avenidas and public transportation. To register, call 650-289-5400 or email and indicate which topics you are interested in.

AGING IN PLACE ... Learn more about Avenidas Village a paid membership network that offers support and services to seniors to help them stay in their homes. Twelve seats are available for a coffee and chat with current members on Thursday, April 24. To register, call 650-289-5405 or email

Items for Senior Focus may be emailed to Palo Alto Weekly Staff Writer Chris Kenrick at


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