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- January 6, 2017

Senior Focus

A BOOST FROM TECHNOLOGY ... Adults 80 and older who regularly use technology had higher levels of self-reported physical and mental well-being, according to a study from the Stanford Center on Longevity. Researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of 445 participants, ages 80 to 93, online and over the phone. Respondents were asked about their motivation for using information and communications technology, including cell phones, personal computers, video-streaming services and other digital applications. They also were asked how many devices they used and to rate their physical and mental well-being. "Critics say that people might not be able to connect with others as well as they used to because of the spread of new technologies, but there really is this bright side of technology, especially for older people, who may not have the opportunity to connect with many family members to the extent they want to due to physical limitations or geographical separation," said psychologist Tamara Sims, lead author of the research paper, which was published in the "Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences."

OPPENHEIMER, MODERNIST MASTERS ... Lectures coming up this month at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center's Community Tuesdays program include a discussion of the J. Robert Oppenheimer hearings and a presentation on two modernist masters, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, retired lawyer Oak Dowling will explore the drama behind the hearings of Manhattan Project physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. On Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, art historian Brigid Barton presents a two-part lecture on Matisse and Picasso. All three events will be held 1 - 2:30 p.m. in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall of the JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. For more information, go to or contact Michelle Rosengaus at or 650-223-8616.

MUSIC AT NOON ... Also at the JCC this month in the Music at Noon series will be The Lee Trio, an award-winning piano trio made up of three performers, educators and sisters from San Francisco. The trio will perform works of Ravel and Beethoven with Lisa Lee on violin, Angela Lee on cello and Melinda Lee Masur on piano on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall of the JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. $20 admission includes lunch. RSVP to Michelle Rosengaus at or 650-223-8616.

THINKING AHEAD ... Avenidas will sponsor two free sessions on estate planning this month. The first, "Estate Planning Basics: Making Sure You Have the Right Plan in Place," will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2:30-4 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Another session, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is titled "Fine-Tuning Your Estate Plan: Which Assets Should Go to Which Recipients?" To pre-register, call 650-289-5400.

ARMY TRAINING IN MENLO PARK ... Local author Barbara Wilcox will discuss her research on a World War I Army training camp in Menlo Park on Monday, Jan. 23, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St, Palo Alto. Wilcox is the author of "World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont." In 1917, Stanford University leased a portion of its land to allow the creation of Camp Fremont, headquartered in present-day Menlo Park. That brought the war into the Bay Area's backyard. Soldiers received a welcome reception, and locals embraced the potential economic opportunities. However, the military presence also revealed the conflict Americans felt over the war. Wilcox tells the story.

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