Dates to Remember

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Executive Board Meeting, Wesley Manor Dining Room      Second Tuesday each month 10:00 am
Chapter Meeting Campbell Community Center Room Q80       Third Tuesday each month   9:30 am

Plan for Seniors

Plan for Seniors…Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good. Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach and stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good. Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it as good. So, if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.

Community Service

Community Service…Sheila Gold
As I sit here in my comfy bed in an assisted living residence, I think of what I have learned during the last month after my move here from my son’s apartment. I had always thought of preplanning as pertaining to cremation or burial. But now I realize I should have done a lot more homework in the kind of facility I might end up in before that last need. Please know your total monthly rent bill will be much higher than you planned when you add additional fees for help with showering, transferring, dressing, and medicine distribution. These costs are weighed against peace of mind knowing that help is just a push of the call button on a lanyard around your neck. Can you live in a studio or one bedroom? Remember the dreaded HOA fees from your condo? Well, they’re back in the form of a community fund. Hopefully your relationship with your siblings will enable you to work together for the best care for your family or yourself. Remember you are setting an example for how your children or grandchildren will treat you.
Think twice and good luck with your choice.

Cyber Security

Cybersecurity—Security Is An Illusion…Rick Loek
In or around 1996 I was excited to be learning a new programming language, Java. This new language was very much an infant. I was at the first developer conference having lunch with the chief security person. I started asking questions about security. He says to me, “Rick, security is an illusion. At best there are levels of security.” What did he mean? Basically you can do what you know to do to protect your computer and your identity, but you are still exposed. My late father once had some odd activity on his credit report. I requested that he call the credit agency and freeze his account. At that time they would freeze the account for free. If you called to unfreeze it they may or may not access a fee. I found this page to be loaded with useful information on protecting yourself from scammers.

Lipreading Classes

Back by popular demand, Lipreading (speechreading) Classes returned to the Jewish Community in Los Gatos on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. There was also a new class offered at the Saratoga Senior Center beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The classes are open to all adults whether or not hearing aids are worn, and whether or not a hearing loss is present.  ***The Winter Quarter has just begun and there is still time for some new students.  However, as they are ongoing classes, most of the students have already had several classes and if someone wants to begin at the beginning so to speak, they probably should wait until the Fall Quarter 2017.  Having said that, people will not be turned down so if they want to join classes in progress.***

The goal of the classes is to improve students’ ability to understand speech, especially in group and/or noisy listening environments. Techniques for identifying individual sounds as well as methods to improve the listening experience in general will be presented.  In addition to learning specific speechreading techniques, interpretation of students’ audiograms, maximizing hearing aid performance, brief anatomy and physiology of hearing, prevention of hearing loss and preservation of hearing are among the topics discussed.
Three levels of classes are being offered: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. All 3 levels of Lipreading Class are available at the Jewish Community but as the Saratoga Senior Center class is new, only the Beginning Level is available. The classes are being offered through Foothill College; however, there is no fee for these non-credit classes. Each session is 12 weeks long and consists of weekly 2 hour classes.
For additional information call: JCC: 408-357-7492; SSC: 408-868-1254, or the instructor: Marcia Fariss, M. A., F-AAA: 669-444-0LIP. You may also reference her web page: Pre-registration is advised; forms may be obtained by contacting Foothill College: 650-949-7103. However, registration is also available at the first class meeting.