Phil Ackerly Magic – Home Edition

Set the date on your calendars, smartwatches, and phones, Phil Ackerly’s Magic, Comedy & Fun will be up-close and on-line in his home studio on Sunday, May 3rd, at 5:30-6PM. 

Phil will present a 30-minute show free on Zoom and you are invited to join in the fun.  It’ll be the same fun and “wow” moments that you have enjoyed before, plus some some new magic that Phil’s been busy creating. 

You’ll need the link and password below to log on. 

Phil’s Zoom Show Link – May 3, 5:30PM

Phil Ackerly is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom show on May 3. 

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Meeting ID: 550 960 0865 

Password: showtime 

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I am going to be an author! I am in the middle of writing a book on magic for kids; ages 6-9 yrs, 18,000 words, 100+ pages, illustrated.  The book will be published by Rockridge Press and available in August online and at local bookstores across the country.  Stay tuned for updates as the book takes shape through the creative process.

I’ve been creating video content: Here’s a routine that I created at home using my phone and video editing software.

Thank you for your support.

Phil Ackerly


The most important thing we should be spreading right now is optimism, positivity and support.  Negativity as Zero R.O.I.

Magic & Comedy Dinner Theater will return soon.  Stay healthy, stay connected and stay positive. We are all in this together.

Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors

Governor Newsom announced Friday, April 24, the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors” partnership with counties, cities, and Tribes.

Restaurants Deliver has two purposes:

• Help older and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and

• Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis.

As the local programs get established in the next few days, more information will be provided on this page. In the meantime, here are resources that are available now:

• Enter your location into to find local services, such as nutrition, financial, health care, and housing assistance. Every community has an Aging and Adult Info Line to connect to aging and adult services: 1-800-510-2020.

• Visit the California Department of Aging’s COVID-19 page for a list of resources for older and other at-risk adults.

• Do you suspect someone is being neglected or abused? Call Adult Protective Services at 833-401-0832.

• Suspect fraud? AARP has a Fraud Watch Network Helpline: 877-908-3360.

• Concerned about someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s or their caregiver? Call the Alzheimer’s Association: 800-272-3900.

Reach out to California’s COVID-19 hotline for questions about coronavirus: 833-422-4255 (833-4CA-4ALL).”

The link to the state web site is:

President … Ken Schieck

National AARP is sharing current COVID-19 information every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  The phone # is 885-274-9507.

These past few weeks have been a difficult time for all of us. As various government and other agencies have given us timely information and suggestions as to how to handle the Coronavirus, we still need to know how to live in this ‘new normal’ time.

Many of you want to know how and if the events and meetings in which our chapter is normally involved will continue; all I can say right now is that we are basically in uncharted waters. The Board and I want to continue as many activities as possible, while planning them under these new circumstances.

I know that it is important for seniors not to feel undue isolation in this moment.  Loneliness is a human issue, especially for those of us over 55.  National AARP reckons that 20% of older Americans are at risk for social isolation, and even more if they are struggling financially. Therefore, I am asking Thelma Bridges, our phone committee chair, to make sure that members of her committee contact all members on a weekly basis to make sure you all have food, medicines, etc. that you need.  None of our members should feel unsure about having food and over-the-counter medications; surely, some of us can help the others who need assistance.

As new information comes in, I will continue to post it on our website and/or in the Dispatch. If you want to share information or, especially, to help a fellow member with shopping or other issues, please contact me or one of the Board members if you need contact information.

For some specific information about caregiving, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, Eldercare Locator, connects people to services for older adults and their families. They can be reached at or at 1-800-677-1116.

I participated in the national AARP conference call on March 26; the moderator gave us the following websites for monitoring the virus:; AARP’s updates; the Center for Disease Control


We are very sorry to report that AARP’s Chapter 5151 face-to-face meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, will be CANCELLED.

However, as we all shelter in place, there is a possibility that we will be able to arrange a conference call for the May 19th meeting — and possibly for the April 21st meeting.  We think our first option is to leverage California AARP’s conference-call licensing, so we have contacted our state representative, Antoine Cook, who is researching options.  

If we are able to arrange a virtual meeting for April, Thelma Bridges’ telephone committee will contact all members with instructions and an email will be sent to those whose email addresses we have.  If arrangements cannot be made until our May meeting, instructions will be included in our May Dispatch.

Be safe.  Be healthy.  Be resilient.

Nominating Committee … Jan DeLucchi

As I relocate from the Bay Area and must leave our AARP chapter, it is important to fill the following positions immediately:

  •   Nominating Committee Chair
  •   Treasure Chest Coordinator
  •   Lunch Coordinator
  •   Social Coordinator (for annual lunch)
  •   Public Relations Coordinator
  • President, for 2021 — Note:  If a replacement for Ken is not identified by September, we will not need to fill the other positions; there will not be a Chapter 5151.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact an Executive Board member (see page 3 for contact information).

Legislative News … Daniel Nnorth and Claudia Schott

Congress passed an $8.3 billion spending bill that prioritizes delivering care for patients, and developing treatments and vaccines to combat the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID-19. The coronavirus funding bill signed into law by the President on March 6th, puts much more money toward treating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 than his administration requested from Congress the week before.

As we learn more about COVID-19, data shows that it hits older adults particularly hard.  Coronaviruses are not something new. They have been around a long time, usually feeling like a common cold. This version is what’s new.  Discovered in 2019, Covid-19 causes upper-respiratory tract infections and can be deadly to people with compromised immune systems and older people.

So, what do taxpayers get for that $8.3B?  Here are some highlights:

  • $3.1B for the Health and Human Services, with monies to be put toward therapeutic development, vaccine development, and to purchase additional supplies like masks and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • $300M to buy vaccines and treatments.
  • $1.25B for international activities, responding to the spread of coronavirus worldwide.

On March 27, a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package was signed into law.  The legislation will put money in the pockets of many Americans during the pandemic.  Here are some situational highlights:

  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S has surpassed all other countries.
  • AARP advocated to Congress to support policies that benefit the health and financial well-being of older Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A bipartisan reauthorization of the Older Americans Act provides more money for programs helping older Americans age in their homes and communities through services, including Meals on Wheels, family caregiver support and transportation.

In California, AARP provided some specific recommendations to the Governor’s Office and his outreach strategy team, which included creating a mailer with resources and phone numbers important for older adults and their caregivers.  Governor Gavin Newsom subsequently announced the launch of a new initiative to help the 3.5 million Californians over the age of 65 stay connected while they stay at home during the novel coronavirus outbreak.  He said the statewide initiative will help seniors through various nonprofits, local governments, and CERT teams.

  • California has launched a hotline to deliver services and help for older Californians. The phone number for the hotline is 1-833-544-2374.
  • In addition, to help people deal with loneliness and isolation, he’s asking people to make five phone calls to reach their neighbors, not just family members.

Well Deserved Tribute to Jan DeLucchi … Marilyn Clough

As with so many of us, Jan came to a chapter meeting many years ago, liked what she saw, and thus became entangled in our web.  She served on our Tours committee, ran our Treasure Chest for ages, and served on our Nominating committee, eventually becoming its chair.  She was a very productive member of our Board of Directors, making many long-time friends along the way.  Jan has those wonderful qualities of effectively using her strengths and possessing great follow-through.  If she took on a job, she got it done.  We wish her well in her new home; she will be much missed in Campbell.

Community Service … Leona Fails

While we are sheltering in place, check this out:  Homeowners who are 65+ can opt out of voter-approved parcel taxes for public school districts.  Visit your school district’s website to learn about and apply for an exemption.  The contact person and phone number for each district in Santa Clara County is available at