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- February 1, 2019

Senior Focus

BOOMER VIEWS ON RETIREMENT ... Nearly half (49 percent) of employed baby boomers in the United States say they plan to retire once they reach a certain age, and on average that age is 66, according to a Harris Poll of 1,500 U.S. workers age 54 to 72 . Only about a third of boomers aren't sure about retirement yet (23 percent) or haven't thought about it at all (11 percent). Older boomers are two to three times more likely than younger ones to expect to keep working and never retire (20 percent for people 68-72 versus 6 percent for those ages 54-59). For Boomers who plan to retire at a certain age, it's much more common to have moved that time frame later (33 percent) rather than earlier (9 percent), predominantly because they have not saved enough money to cover the desired life style (48 percent) or just want to continue working for a few more years (48 percent). Most boomer employees say they feel at least somewhat prepared to retire financially (69 percent), emotionally (79 percent) and physically (84 percent), though far fewer say they feel very prepared on those same aspects (financially 27 percent; emotionally 38 percent and physically 39 percent). The poll, released Jan. 23, was conducted in October and November on behalf of the staffing company Express Employment Professionals.

U.N. FILM FESTIVAL... The 2005 documentary "Lessons in Fear" will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 1:30 p.m. at Little House Senior Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. The film explores the education of Israeli and Palestinian children from the ground up, looking at how ordinary kids are educated in one of the world's trouble spots. The free screening is part of the United Nations Association Film Festival for Seniors.

MUSIC IN THE AFTERNOON ... The Community Tuesdays program of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center presents two afternoon recitals in February . On Tuesday, Feb. 5, pianist Louise Costigan-Kerns and mezzo soprano Deborah Rosengaus will perform music of Claude Debussy. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, fiddler Kevin Carr will perform examples of the fiddle music of many different immigrant groups in North America. Both concerts are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall of the JCC. $20 at the door. No reservations necessary. For more information, contact Michelle Rosengaus at 650 223-8616 or

HOT LUNCH PROGRAM ... The senior hot lunch program La Comida began serving at the Masonic Center at 461 Florence St. in downtown Palo Alto on Jan. 24. Service is Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with sign-in starting at 11:15 a.m. Meals are open to the public with a $3 requested contribution for people 60 and older and $8 for non-seniors. La Comida continues with its service at Stevenson House, 455 E. Charleston Road. The menu is the same at both sites. La Comida also serves hot lunches for participants in Senior Friendship Day each Wednesday at Cubberley Community Center. For more information, go to

MEMOIR CLASSES... Writer Phyllis Butler offers a new series of memoir classes at Little House , 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For information, contact Butler at 650 326-0723.

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