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- May 2, 2014

Senior Focus

GENERATIONAL SHOWDOWN ... Paul Taylor, author of "The Next America: Boomers, Millenials and the Looming Generational Showdown," will speak in a free public lecture at Stanford University on Wednesday, May 14. Taylor, a former reporter for the Washington Post, is executive vice-president of the Pew Research Center where he oversees demographic, social and generational research. The lecture and a book signing will begin at 4 p.m. in Stanford's Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St. For more information, go to or contact Rebecca Broome at

LIVING STRONG ... On May 13, trainers at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center's Goldman Fitness Center kick off a 12-week small group training program for adult cancer survivors who have recently become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment or disease. The goal is to help patients build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. Another goal is to help participants in developing their own physical fitness programs. Participants must commit to attending all classes, answer health questions and give permission for trainers to call their physician when necessary. The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. from May 13 to July 31. For more information contact Bonnie McLaughlin at or at 650-223-8719.

SKIN CANCER SCREENING ... Palo Alto Medical Foundation dermatologist Roger Lee will be available to check moles, sun-exposed areas and other spots of concern for people age 50 and up from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 12, in a free monthly screening at Avenidas. Call 650-289-5400 or stop by the front desk to register.

AT THE MOVIES ... Watch the historical documentary on the remarkable story of Chiune Sugihara and the Jewish refugees he helped save in "Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness" at the United Nations Association Film Festival for Seniors. The free screening is Monday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at Avenidas. Also showing this month, at Avenidas' Thursday Movie Club, are the 2008 Clint Eastwood drama Gran Torino on May 8 at 1:30 p.m.; the 2010 American action comedy RED on May 15 at 1:30 p.m.; the 2013 biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on May 22 at 1:30 p.m.; and the 2012 British-German comedy drama Unfinished Song on May 29 at 1:30 p.m. Movie club is free for Avenidas members, $2 for nonmembers.

WINNING INSTRUCTOR ... Prudence Saunders, a Palo Alto resident who teaches bridge at Avenidas, placed third with her bridge partner Maritha Pottinger of San Diego, in the nationally rated women's pairs at the Bridge Nationals in Dallas.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE ... Free legal assistance is available to seniors in Santa Clara County to support efforts to live safely, independently and with dignity. Thirty-minute appointments are available at Avenidas Mondays, May 5 and May 19, between 10 a.m. and noon. Call 650-289-5400. Residents of San Mateo County call 800-381-8898.

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