TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES ... Even with social-distancing mandates in place, [email protected] continues to offer technology resources for seniors, including online meet & greets, online technology tutoring and virtual museum tours . In July, the tech center is offering a free online lecture series on entertainment, the internet of things and tech tips for saving money. For more information, go to seniorplanet.org/locations/palo-alto.
CONNECTING LGBTQ SENIORS ... Avenidas's LGBTQ Senior Empowerment and Connection group is for LGBTQ seniors wishing to meet online to discuss their needs, experiences, resources and ideas on how to age successfully. This support group encourages social engagement and self-care. To join an online chat every Monday at 2:30 p.m., email [email protected] and put "LGBTQ group" in the subject line.
CLUBS AND FREE CLASSES ... The Avenidas is offering a variety of free programs via Zoom. Virtual classes currently scheduled include the Shakespeare Club, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; the Short Story Reading Club, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Musical Jam Sessions, Thursdays at 1 p.m.; and Mindfulness Meditation, Wednesdays at 2 p.m. For information on Zoom links, email [email protected]
WISE OWLS ... The Wise Owl Players, a group of seniors who perform dramatic readings — now through Zoom — are looking for participants to rehearse and perform "The Senior Storybook," a folk tale about the wisdom of elders, Tuesdays from July 14 through Aug. 25. Program cost is $85. For more information, contact director Enid Davis at [email protected] To register, contact Tracy McCloud at [email protected] or call 650 289-5436.
AGING BRAIN STUDIES ... Stanford psychology researchers are working to shed light on the question: Why do some older adults remember better than others? In a study published May 29 in the scientific journal eLife, the researchers found that memory processes in older adult brains look similar to those previously observed in the brains of young adults. For seniors who had trouble remembering, evidence for those processes was noticeably diminished. The study found that, on average, recall ability declined with age. However, regardless of age, stronger hippocampal activity and replay in the cortex was linked to better performance. The ultimate aim of the research is to develop new, sensitive tools to identify people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease before significant memory decline occurs, the researchers said.
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