Senior Housing Series

Are the kids finally on their own and you and your spouse continue living in the family home?  Do you get the feeling that the house owns you rather than the other way around? Have you thought about where you would want to live as you get older?  You may know various options exist, but wonder how you would know if you are making the right choices? The speakers in our Senior Housing Series will provide a big picture of housing options, some tips to navigate these options, and the factors to consider while making your decisions.

Similar to our other Senior Program Speaker Series, the events will range from lectures by local experts, panel discussions with senior housing professionals and residents, hands-on workshops. It may include field trips.  For 2021 we have scheduled 4 events.  All events are free to the public; in 2021 all events will be virtual.  One would need to register for each event to obtain instructions on how to join the virtual event. 

Please subscribe to our mailing list to get notified about our future events and email us at to a) suggest topics for future events, b) participate as a speaker/panelist or c) to volunteer with CLF.

This speaker series is sponsored in part by the Forum Health Fund.   

September 19, 2021 1:00PM: Double Header Event – “Get the Bigger Picture for Senior Housing!”

1.Panel Discussion on Senior Housing Choices” by Community members

Residents discuss their decisions and thinking when choosing housing options as seniors. Our panelists took  three different approaches. As we will hear, this is not a singular decision, because what might work for you today might not work tomorrow.

2. “Financial Considerations for Senior Housing and Memory Care” by experts

This panel addresses the two largest costs often associated with our later years: housing and memory care. It explores strategies residents are pursuing, what to do with the big family house, and alternatives that you might not have heard about.

August 29, 2021 1:00PM: Double Header Kickoff Event on Senior Housing Options by Local Experts

1. “General Survey of Senior Housing” by Richard Adler, Chair of the Age Friendly Cupertino Initiative

Most of our adult lives have been spent living independently in our own homes. As we reach later life, other housing options may be more appealing or appropriate. A range of alternative housing choices have been developed for older people. But how do we make the right choice? This talk will provide a guided tour of these options, ranging from strategies and services to support aging in place to communities designed to meet the of people as they age.

2. “Aging in Place”  by Chuck Sieloff, CEO of Avenida Village Palo Alto

Over-65’s will soon outnumber under-18’s in our population, and 90% of older adults would prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. Yet only 10% of those homes meet the minimum requirements for elderly living and 90% of those older adults live with chronic health conditions, and, for many, social isolation is an additional serious risk factor. Clearly, we need to start taking a more proactive approach toward meeting these challenges, both as individuals and as a society.

Future events in this series

1) Panel Discussion –  with Dave Stearns, Mahesh Nihalani, and TBD
2) Finances for Senior Housing and Memory Carewith Bob Adams,  TBD, and TBD


Older adults are the fastest growing age group in our community. Given the growing cost and shortage of independent and assisted living, we anticipate many seniors would choose to age in their own home for as long as possible.  The pandemic is particularly isolating and hard on seniors. It has amplified the need for virtual educational sessions and opportunity to socialize from the comfort and safety of their home.  Recognizing these needs, Cupertino Library Foundation has partnered with San-Francisco based GetSetUp to provide free interactive online classes and workshops for older adults to get equipped with technology and stay connected. Classes are offered daily on more than 300 topics. They are taught by retired educators or experts.

Learn how to use Zoom and devices like smartphones, tablets, Alexa, etc., take Health and Wellness classes, interact with fellow hobbyists, acquire new skills, explore your creative side, and stay mentally and physically fit.

Join at your convenience from the comfort of your home using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Tutorials and technical help are available by phone, email, and online chat.

All classes are free through July 2022, to Cupertino residents aged 55 years and older. 

Visit  and use coupon code: CLF to sign up.

This program is funded in part by the City of Cupertino through their Community Funding Grant awarded to the Cupertino Library Foundation.

Email with your comments and feedback on this program.


Memory Care Series

Cupertino Library Foundation  is introducing a new talk series on Memory Care as part of our Senior Programs.  These events will range from lectures by domain experts, panel discussions with experts and citizens, to hands-on workshops.  For 2021 we have schedules 4 events.  All events are free to the public; in 2021 all events will be virtual.  One would need to register for each event to obtain instructions on how to join the virtual event.  Please email us at for a) to subscribe to our mailing list, b) to find out about our future events c) to suggest topics for future events, d) to participate as a speaker/panelist or e) to volunteer with CLF.

This speaker series is sponsored in part by the Forum Health Fund.   

August 8, 2021 2:00PM:  A Panel Discussion on Memory Care – Moderated by Dana Graef 

Description: A panel of 2 local residents whose families have been through dealing with memory diseases and an Executive director of a Non-profit organization that provides day care services folks with mild to moderate dementia will share their insights on caring for a memory care patient. The panel will discuss their journeys and offer suggestions on how to cope with the loss of a central personality, grief, the burden on family friends. Additionally, they will cover how seek help across a broad spectrum of new needs.


Ann Peterson, Executive Director, Live Oak Adult Day Services, Cupertino
Jessie Hogin Barclay, Daughter of a patient diagnosed with a memory disease
Neela Majumder, Daughter-in-law of a deceased memory disease patient

Moderator: Dana Graef, Director of Resident Services, The Forum at Rancho San Antonio, Cupertino

July 25, 2021 2:00PM: “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” by Grant Giske, The Alzheimer’s Association

Talk Abstract: Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. The one-hour program covers typical age-related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and diagnostic process, and Association resources.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. 

Grant Giske owned and managed his own software consulting company for many years.  He has had  several friends with Alzheimer’s in recent years and was involved in different degrees with their care. He has been giving this and other Alzheimer’s presentations for almost a year. 

July 11, 2021 1:00PM Double Header Kickoff Event on Memory Care by Local Experts

1. “Developing the Roadmap on Dementia” by Dana Graefe, Dir. Resident Services, The Forum at Rancho San Antonio, Cupertino
2. “Healthy Brain Aging and Recent Advances in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease”  by Dr. Armen Moughamian, Medical Director, Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, San Francisco

Memory Disease and Memory Care are issues that some of our families and friends face. When are we having an innocent Senior Moment versus witnessing the tell-tale signs of a memory disease? If so, which disease are we facing? What do we do? What does this mean for our family? In this kickoff event we bring two engaging local experts on Memory Care. 
Dana Graefe,  a Resident Services Director at the Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino,  will give us an overview of the various diseases that we may face; care options; costs; and local resources. This overview will help us understand a bit more of the map of this foreign land of memory disease and care. 
Dr. Armen Moughamian a Neurologist and Medical Director of the Roy Dolby Brain Health Center in San Francisco, will then take us through understanding one of the most prevalent diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease.  He will help us understand what we might do to stay healthy as well as discuss some recent medical advances in treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.
We will have a 5 min intermission between talks to allow you to refresh yourself.

Future events in this series

  1.  “Panel Discussion on Financing for Memory Care and Senior Housing” by financial professionals

If you would like to participate as a panelist or future speaker in the Memory Care Series, please contact

Wellness Series: 6 Free Laughter Yoga Sessions

Want a little picker upper in the afternoons? Are you curious to learn about Laughter Yoga, a health craze around the world?  It is being practiced in senior centers and age care facilities, as well as in schools, colleges, hospitals, corporations, and factories. There are over 20,000 free social Laughter clubs in 110 countries.  Cupertino Library Foundation, Cupertino Library, and Santa Clara Library District together are bringing you a series of 6 free, weekly, interactive, guided Laughter Yoga zoom sessions starting August 5th, 2020.  Register for any or all sessions and explore ways to breathe, move, laugh and play. You will discover some fun and improve your wellness.

Laughter Yoga is not a comedy. It is an exercise program for health and well being. It combines laughter exercises with yogic (or diaphragmatic)  breathing techniques, without relying on  humor or jokes. It doesn’t involve any yoga poses, new skills, special clothes, special shoes, or equipment.  For centuries we have known the health benefits of laughter. Recent studies confirm that the body responds positively to the act of just laughing, whether or not from genuine feelings of joy. Some of the benefits of Laughter Yoga practice are better stress and anxiety management, pain management, and stronger immune system.

The Cupertino Library Wellness program continues to bring forth sessions to explore the “other half of wellness”, the half that the medical community leaves to you to do on your own.  The programs tend to be hands-on where you come away with helpful processes to improve your health.  From pain management to skin care, proper bowel health, meditation, cholesterol, and Alzheimer’s disease, and now Laughter Yoga, the Library is helping us learn to help ourselves.

Please tell your friends to register and attend any or all of these free Zoom events.

Last edited on July 21, 2020