Many people think that seniors have an leisurely life during retirement, but, in reality, most seniors have very busy lives.
Some have the expected involvement in their grandkids’ lives, and often are called upon to babysit them, even as much as 10 hours a day while the parents are working.
Then there are seniors who gave up their 40-hour a week job, and now volunteer 40 hours a week! But the difference is that the place you volunteer is 100% your choice, and you can leave it if things get too busy, or go sour.
But more and more seniors are now filling their time with activities – just like the mom who has to drive her son to soccer, and drama school, and eagle scouts, and violin lessons, etc. We now find ourselves going to exercise/ or yoga/ or Tai Chi classes most mornings. We meet friends for lunch, or see a movie matinee. There are author talks and art workshops in the afternoon. And, if we can’t find a concert or opera on the weekend, we can watch it on the internet. We are catching up on all the books we promised ourselves we’d read. And, finally spending time on our hobbies.
I have a good friend who I’ve been trying to schedule a lunch with for two weeks now. We’ve exchanged seven emails — and we are both so busy that we can’t find a lousy hour to meet! And, there are two other friends that lunches have been delayed for more than a month due to trying to work around health issues! Of course, in summer, your ‘activity calendar’ is fuller with trips to see relatives, going to film festivals, attending outdoor concerts, and more — so that eliminates a lot of ‘weeks/or/days’ where you can’t ‘do lunch.’
What keeps you busy? I’d like to hear from you (email@example.com) If you want ideas to fill your days, my number one suggestion is volunteering – you get back as much as you give – it really fills the heart!
Another suggestion: I do so much with the ‘left side of my brain’ every day, that I purposely try to plan at least one interactive ‘right brain’ activity PER WEEK. It might take 12 hours or 1 hour! This could be reading a book… doing Art Trading Cards (mini drawings) the next week… then see a movie with a friend and discussing it… and then creating some greeting cards for friends… or, sometimes, just mucking around in the garden can be rewarding! Good luck with your plans…
AARP has weekly ‘’podcasts” about the latest SCAMS. Don’t be afraid of that word ‘’podcast,” (if you’ve never used one before). All you have to do is go to this page and click on the link. There is a list of past shows… which includes things like “Housekeeper turned caregiver Steals Homes” // “Rookie FBI Agent Turns Tables on International Scammers” //”Crooks Threaten Mother’s Safety in Virtual-Kidnapping Scam” //“How a Dream Vacation House Evaporated”! — each is about 30 minutes long. AARP SCAM PodCasts
FAKE CALL FROM FBI: FBI Warns Woman that someone is trying to empty out her bank account: Channel 7 News reported on a woman who was ‘warned by a FBI Agent’ on the phone about someone coming after her money, and it ended up that the person ‘’warning’’ her was the actual theft. They convinced her to withdraw the money from her bank account, and turn it into gift cards, which the scammer then took and ran. She lost $15,000! In most cases, the scammer will tell you to keep them on the phone WHILE you are withdrawing money, and they will guide you on what to do. Sometimes the bank tellers are wise to this, and warn the person. (I know someone whose bank teller– that she knows– helped her out of the situation and wouldnt let her do the withdrawal. It pays to be nice to your bank teller! –find out their name and say HI! –The station warned people that the FBI will never tell a person over the phone the ‘’circumstances of a case” (like this man claimed). Any government agent will either come to your door (with ID) or mail you a letter to contact them.
LEAP – Seniors on the Colorado heating bill reimbursement program should watch their mail for an additional payment. There was money left over from the COVID grants, and CO is sharing that with the seniors (typically $200).
BILLS PASSED effecting Seniors. Next week I will be publishing a list of Bills passed in May/June/July before the CO Assembly closed down for the summer.
COVID-19 cases are now rising in all states, and have doubled over three weeks, as the more transmissible, and more dangerous, Delta variant spreads. ***99.5% of those who recently died did NOT receive the vaccine ** and 97% of Hospitalized persons have Delta ***and 41% of cases in Colorado are in Mesa County 7/18/21., which has the state’s lowest vaccine rate.
The clusters have come as the number of newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. has reversed course, surging more than 60% over the past two weeks from an average of about 12,000 a day to around 19,500, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. ===The rise in many places has been blamed on too many unvaccinated people and the highly contagious delta variant.
This segment is taken from our NEWS BRIEFS – click on this link for more details, as well as three countries who are now reversing their ‘mask’ rules mandates due to the Delta variant rise in cases.
ANNUAL EXAMS & VACCINES
Our health tip of the month is about Annual Exams. Many seniors did not do their “general annual exam” nor their “annual tests.” Here is a reminder of what you may have missed:
ANNUAL EXAMS: We all know by now that Medicare pays for FREE-Annual-Exams, but a lot of us don’t go because we feel OK. However, this is the best way to find out ‘’something you didn’t know was a problem.” Is that tingling in your feet due to sweaty socks or Sugar Diabetes? Is that never-healing-sore due to unconsciously scratching it, or skin cancer?
GOOD TIP: Schedule your annual exam around your birthday! How often have you said, did I do it this year or not? Plus, when you get the good results back, you can celebrate with a special lunch!
VACCINES: Your doctor has access to a Public Health List which shows which vaccines you have received, and which are due. They can check it while you are in their office for the Annual Exam, and get the vaccine right then and there! These are recommended for those 65 and older, but your doctor may have reasons to give it to you sooner than that:
- Have you got the ‘’new’’ Shingles vaccine? Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. If you don’t have the Drug coverage through Medicare, it will cost you $165; but you have to ask for it through the local pharmacies’ discount plan (eg, Walgreens, or Safeway — or go to GoodRX.com). Discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) – wow! That’s a big word, but it protects against serious pneumococcal disease, including meningitis and bloodstream infections. Discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) – when you go in to get your flu shot this fall, they will ask you if you want this kind of flu shot – say Yes! It protects against serious pneumococcal disease and pneumonia. Discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist.
Here’s a list of typical exams needed each year (your insurance company can provide you with the frequency needed, such as a colonoscopy now only needed every 5 years, if they found nothing on the last exam). NOT all of these are automatically required. Discuss it with your doctor. For example, a Diabetes test is only required if you show certain symptoms.
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Osteoporosis (weak bones)
- Heart health
- Mental health conditions
- Cancer – lung, cervical, skin
Montane Forest Hike for Seniors–Thursday, July 29, 10 a.m.-noon —Near Nederland. Location provided when registered.
Join volunteer naturalists for an easy hike through the diverse landscape and forest in the montane life zone. We will explore this area’s unique geology and mining history, as well as watch for wildflowers and signs of wildlife. Registration required. Register here.
Senior Exercise Class – sponsored by Town of Lyons – With Walt Self still closed we are continuing to have our weekly exercise classes outdoors. We meet at Bohn Park at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesdays we do some circuit training in the park, alternating aerobics and exercises with small hand weights or bands. On Thursdays we head off from the park for about 30 minutes of walking. Both classes end at the park with some yoga and gentle stretching. There are some nice shade trees in the park. Participants may park at Bohn free of charge during the class. LRamsey@townoflyons.com
new exercise group: Lyons Yoga Collective – 8:30-9:30am, at Church on 2nd Avenue side yard area near covered picnic tables; Lyons Yoga Collective. — the Collective’s teachers will rotate each Thursday: Blake, Jimi, then Jen and then Peter. People can contact Blake Curton at 303-588-5657 for more information, or just come on by. (call or text) Suggested donation $15. (attendees tend to be late 40s, early 50s)
“Staying Whole in a Processed World” Fresh Conversations with Patti Murphy.
Monday, August 9, 1-2 p.m. Register here.
During this month’s Fresh Conversations, we will be talking about what influences people to choose the foods they do, how we can make healthier choices and what information to focus on when reading labels on food packages.===To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIOR BUS TRIP – August 20
Sign up with Lisa Ramsey LRamsey@townoflyons.com.
COSTS: Free bus ride. Discounted entrance fee is $15.25.
==You can view one of two IMAX movies for $6.00
- “Back from the Brink” = about bringing back three animals from extinction (fun animal images–charming Channel Island Fox, China’s fabled Golden Monkey, and the wondrous migrating red crabs)
- Australian Great Barrier Reef = great underwater scenes; many consider it the most beautiful, and the biggest barrier reef in the world.
==AND/OR “Special Exhibit:” $7.00; please specify which exhibit- “Stonehenge” (Explore where, when, why, and perhaps most intriguing, how Stonehenge was built in “Stonehenge”.) or “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze” ( engaging activities to identify patterns in music, art, architecture; or just enjoy the repeating mirrors exhibit) – view more on exhibits HERE.
SENIOR CENTER REOPENING
WHAT: Walt Self Senior Center Re-Opening Celebration of the Senior Lunch Program
WHEN: Tuesday, August 3rd at 12 noon
WHERE: Walt Self Building, 335 Railroad Ave
Brought to you by the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, this event will have music, prizes, great food and fun!
Call (303) 441-1415 by 1 p.m. Monday, Aug 12 to reserve your meal. Food provided by the Redstone Café (formerly Lyons Bistro.)
NOTE: ===NAME CHANGE: The Lyons Bistro, which has been the name of the senior center ‘’lunch room,’’ for five years, since it opened under new leaders, is being changed to Redstone Café, and the logo is also changing. We have asked BCAAA why this is happening, since there is no change in location, staff, or catering service. Sponsored by Boulder County Aging. (No response as of today)
The Jester’s Theater in Longmont, is inexpensive, with tickets $20, or get a tasty meal with it for $45 total. Currently playing “Oliver.” Bring your grandkids! through Aug. 29; Jesters Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont; $20-$45; 303-682-9980; jesterstheatre.com.
UPCOMING PLAYS that may be of interest to seniors:
- Sisters In Law The story of two polar opposites who happen to be the first and second women on the U.S. Supreme Court, Sept. 25-Oct. 31, Theatre Or, John Hand Theater, 7653 1st Place, Denver; theateror.com.
- Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical Musical that takes you beyond the limelight with an intimate look at her Appalachian roots, Aug. 6-29; Cherry Creek Theatre Company, Mizel Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver; $26-$42; cherrycreektheatre.org.
- Wild Fire World premiere musical about the lives of eight people in Grand County during a week they faced unprecedented fires in 2020, Aug. 16-22; DCPA Theatre Company, various venues; $30; denvercenter.org.
SANDSTONE CONCERTS – July 1, weekly live-music in Sandstone Park – Thursdays to August 12 (7 in all). See full article in Lyons Recorder. (free) Bring a chair or blanket, some water and snacks. There are pastries by Amanda – and LCF is selling lemonade and popcorn, and hope to add cookies soon. == the first concert was rained out, so Dechan has been added to August 26. Any updates will be added to the Article page. (No alcohol allowed; dogs ok)
FALL TV SHOWS – AARP is always on top of what is quality entertainment for seniors. (We have watched their annual “Movies for Adults Awards Show.”) – here is their list of FALL TV shows
LYONS LIBRARY HAS KICKED OFF THEIR SUMMER PROGRAMS
Summer Reading Program offers prizes and challenges for all ages. https://lyons.colibraries.org/2021-virtual-summer…/
FEATURE WRITERS: We welcome writers to our crew of 31 ! Each of our writers has their own area of expertise – Are you knowledgeable in: – gardening tips — cooking/recipe articles – exercise – alternative medicine/herbs – Q&A quips — “people” articles, and more? You must be a Lyons-area writer, and all work needs to be original for the Lyons Recorder, …and it is “an extra bonus” if you can tie in “life in Lyons” with your article – especially with photographs. Write to: LyonsRecorder.email@example.com
MEALS, HEALTH, SOCIALSERVICES
+++THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS REPEATED EACH MONTH FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE+++
===BOULDER COUNTY AGING – LUNCHES: Boulder County Area Aging (BCAAA) is continuing its lunch schedule. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Nutritious quality lunches for seniors ages 65 and up can be ordered by 1p.m. the day before at (303) 441-1415, and picked up in front of the Walt Self Senior Center at 12 noon. == I post the menu at the beginning of each month on the senior Facebook page.
We thank Teresa DeAnni, Boulder County Healthy Aging Program Manager, and Boulder County, for writing the grants to subsidize the lunch costs, and for Helen Vanderwerken for serving the meal boxes twice a week. It is keeping our seniors healthy and happy!
**the senior center will reopen August 3rd**
=====MENTAL, SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE======
In the MENU BAR at the top of every page, you will see something that says “COMMUNITY RESOURCES.” Under this tab, you will find multiple links to things like “town hall meetings”, fire department, Schools, County offices, CHURCHES, Fire News/tips, and more. We gather information/and/links from dozens of web sites and put them all in ONE PLACE for you to easily find answers to your needs. == ==We often do MONTHLY COVID & SCHOOL NEWS that are gathered from many resources.
==MENTAL HEALTH sessions: LYONS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE LEAF: contact Cherie Maureau about individual help /or/ to join the weekly in-person group therapy sessions at 3 p.m. on Thursdays: firstname.lastname@example.org
==DEPRESSED/ SUICIDAL? Colorado has one of the highest rates in the country. You can seek mental health assistance through LEAF, or call the Suicide Hotline. Colorado: (844) 493-TALK//1-844-493-8255 – National (800) 273-8255. Both are Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. Check out the Lyons Recorder’s Emotional and Mental Resource List.
===LYONS EMERGENCY & ASSISTANCE FUND
***The Food Bank that is run by LEAF is OPEN — clients can select their food items, as of June 3. Get a number and then stay in your car. If you are handicap or unable to drive to the Food Bank, LEAF can arrange to have the food box delivered to your home.
***Meals on Wheels is still active in Lyons, and handled through LEAF. If you are unable to cook for yourself, or have other elderly disabilities, call them to set up delivery.
***Emergency funds: If you are having trouble paying your rent or electric bills, contact them for options.
NOTE: If you live in Larimer County, you will not be eligible for all of these services (other than the food bank). Contact Crossroads Ministry in Estes Park for additional support.
===BOULDER COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING (BCAAA)===
Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA)has online and phone services for clients. The staff is available to answer calls and emails from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (303) 441-3570.
The BCAAA responds to the needs of older adults (60+) and their family and informal caregivers in our community through advocacy, funding, direct service, planning, and education.
===The Boulder County NEWSLETTER provides up-to-date information to you about nutrition and health research. Also low-cost health recipes, easy ways to be active at home, puzzles, games and more.
You can also connect with other older adults for a friend discussion focused on nutrition and physical activity education. — See BCAAA page to sign up.
===BOULDER COUNTY AGING OFFICE, in the Walt Self Center: Lynette Anderson “I’m the gal that was working at Walt Self counseling office pre-COVID, and am happy to get you linked to Medicare folks. My work cell is 720-766-8844; if I don’t answer, just leave me a message. I’m working from home, and I live in town.”
===LARIMER COUNTY – OFFICE ON AGING ===
While the Lyons Recorder focuses on Boulder County most of the time, Larimer County has some excellent resources for those seniors who live in the vast areas of Spring Gulch, Pinewood Springs, and more. See the list, and links at: https://www.larimer.org/humanservices/aging/ooa == 970-498-7750 ==1501 Blue Spruce, Fort Collins, CO 80524=Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., BY APPOINTMENT
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HIGHLIGHTS OF JULY ARTICLES
REMINDER: I get News Briefs in my e-mail, see them in the local newspapers, and hear things on television news programs that are too short to turn into full articles. Therefore, I put them in my “NEWS BRIEFS AND NOTES FROM YOUR EDITOR.”
NEWS BRIEFS this week: tips on West Nile, forest fires, air quality, hummingbirds, meteor shower, square dance, flower judging, world covid news, etc.
articles on parties for: LEAF, Arts Commission, Library Authors.
Volunteer at BINGO hall in Longmont for Booster Club
Volunteer at Stampede – raises money for special needs at school
Volunteer /or play at annual Lions Club golf tournament
Volunteer at Lyons Recorder, write an article, poem, photos, more
History articles: McAllistor Saloon bldg. turns 140 years.
What Lyons residents did in 1902 for the 4th of July
Photo of big Hotel E S Lyon Built! in his home town
Honors go to Mr & Mrs Good Old Days 2021 /and/ History of 4 Pioneer families of ‘high school 2021 graduates’
PHOTO SPREADS IN JULY:
7/1/21 – Snow still in the mountains
7/8/21 Pinewood Springs shows off an ”old time small town” 4th of July Parade
Opening of 2nd Avenue Bridge (2 articles)
Bustang ride to RMNP for only $5 RT
Lions Club Golf Tournament 8/2/21 – Need sponsors AND players. Great prizes!
Road Construction going on in Lyons 40 mile radius (see also Hwy 7 article 7/22)
Two Art Shows open in Lyons 7/15/21 – October.
Booster Club needs BINGO volunteers; come & Play! in Longmont on Sundays. Raises money for Lyons High School.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
July Birthdays are : Patty Doyle, Chris LaFever, Ruth Wilson, and Vance French, and LaVern Johnson. Have a fun day, with lots of laughs and cake!
For the first part of August, we have Katie Haggerty, Mark Browning, Amy Rulloetter, Pat Castel. We hope you do something SPECIAL for your birthday!
~~Folks, call them or send a card! We all enjoy a friendly surprise!
Stay cool this August! Be Cool..and do some fun things!
“Senior News” Year 2020 – won 1st Place in Colorado Press Women /and/ National Federation of Press Woman “At Large” (nationwide contest) ~~ Congrats to Kathleen Spring for her fun and informative column!