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The Encore Generation

Baby Boomers in their 50’s and 60’s do not really envision themselves becoming “seniors.”  Yet, the reality is that a huge cohort is aging and that generation is starting to reinvent how they want to live their “golden years.” What may be acceptable to the “builder generation” born prior to…

Concierge Services

Today I met with Saratoga resident Vickie Epstein, who has been Program Director for Avenidas Village in Palo Alto since it was launched in October 2007.  Her focus is to help people stay at home as they age by providing concierge and other services. Avenidas Village covers a broad geographic…

Discovering What Matters

Yesterday I participated in a stimulating discussion with some outstanding Saratoga leaders and volunteers concerned about providing a strong economic foundation for the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASCC). They were looking at the success of Aveidas in Palo Alto and Senior Center Inc., of Charlottesville, VA. Part of our…

Trends in 50+ Housing

This past Friday I attended a seminar in West Hollywood on 100 Trends in Retirement Housing sponsored by Open Eye Corporation of Beverly Hills.  I was the only Realtor there with the rest being architects, interior designers, developers and operators of seniors housing.  Click>here for some highlights of what is…

Saratoga Serves – March 2009

Saratoga Serves – March 2009

I am very excited that the “faith communities” in Saratoga, California are organizing the month March 2009 for Saratoga Serves.  In these troubling economic times it is important that we come together as community to support each other and respond to common needs. Blood Drive – The church my wife…

Hearts Full on Valentines Day

Hearts Full on Valentines Day

  Last week SASCC Encore celebrated Valentines day early (because of timing for 80 third-grade children to serenade the adults) and to had a late celebration of Chinese New Year (January 26th).  The kids were absolutely darling as they sang and handed out hand made valentines and a Chinese caligraphy master…

Saratoga Senior Center Helps Adult Children

Saratoga Senior Center Helps Adult Children

 Many people (particularly the adult children with aging Saratoga parents) are unaware of the range of services and activities available through the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASCC) (I prefer to refer to them as a “55+ Enrichment Center.”)  There are regular Wednesday luncheons, exercise classes, mental fitness classes, self defense…

Staying In Your Home As You Age

Staying In Your Home As You Age

Most people prefer to “maintain their independence” and live in the home they own as long as possible, rather than to proactively embrace a lifestyle change and move to a “active retirement community”  We become comfortable with our known environment and resistant to change.  Often it takes a crisis, such…

Property Tax Break for Owners 55+ Years or Better

Property Tax Break for Owners 55+ Years or Better

Santa Clara County property owners 55+ years and older are allowed to transfer the base year value of their principal residence to a newly purchased residence in Santa Clara County or six other cooperating counties.  Proposition 60 is the enabling legislation for transfer within the county and Proposition 90 is for six other…

Saratoga Drama Group 5th Annual Crab & Pasta Feed

Saratoga Drama Group is having it’s 5th Annual Fundraiser Crab & Pasta Feed on January 17, 2009, 6pm-9pm at the Saratoga Community Center (Across from West Valley College) 19655 Allendale Ave. Saratoga, CA. 95070 You’re invited to join in the fun and enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Cold Cracked Dungeness Crab, gourmet pasta…

Laptop Chats on Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Laptop Chats on Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Have you seen yesterday’s Change.gov blog that uses YouTube video technology (Laptop Chats) to communicate President-elect Obama’s plan to create 3 million new jobs (80% in the private sector) with emphasis on renewable energy; computer health care systems; 21st classrooms, labs and libraries; and direct tax relief for 95% of…

Senior Rountable Expands Our Network

Senior Rountable Expands Our Network

This morning I enjoyed cheery Christmas music and a delicious breakfast feast at Sunnyside Gardens in Sunnyvale with about 100 senior care provider professionals. The Senior Rountable meets monthly and provides opportunities for us to expand our network of people who can assist our “55+ or Better” clients and/or the…

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