Senior activities are back and on schedule! On the third Thursday of October, November and December, Lisa Ramsey, recreation coordinator for the Town of Lyons, has special activities planned. Plus, she is bringing back the monthly birthday cake. If you have a November or December birthday let her know, and come on down. Also, the dining room is being decorated again, to match each Holiday theme. Even the meal volunteers were dressed up in costumes for the Halloween event.
This month, the November 18th party will start with a turkey dinner. Order yours by calling (303) 441-1415 before 1 p.m. the day before. Cost is a donation of $3.00 (Boulder County residents, age 65 or older; bring a guest for $8.25). Last month we made corn cob decorations, which could be used for both Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. We also celebrated those who had October birthdays.
At the lunch after Halloween, seniors said that they got few or no trick-or-treaters on Sunday. It was probably half because the kids filled their baskets on Saturday at the Spooktacular trick-or-treating on Main Street; and, half because it was 40 degrees! In your home town, was it winter- jacket weather on Halloween? I remembered sewing my kid’s clown costume extra big so it could slip over the jacket! And, we didn’t have fancy plastic pumpkins to hold the candy in, but used paper bags (we didn’t have plastic bags), and some teens used pillow cases! (which some homeowners refused to put candy in, considering them too old to be out begging.)
Take a survey and tell the TOWN of Lyons officials what you think Lyons looks like now, and what you hope /and what you fear it will look like in the next ten years. This is anonymous (don’t enter an email address on the last page). See this page for four surveys that have been going around for locals in the last month.
Lyons Community Foundation has announced its newest grant recipients. Read this article to find out who got the grants — it is mainly old, tried and true nonprofits that keep this town special — like the summer concerts and the Holiday parades; plus the welfare groups that offer a food bank, and emergency funds.
October was the one year anniversary of the three biggest fires in Colorado history. Take a look at the photos in this ARTICLE, and a list of articles published that month. Also, Larry Quinn recalls what it felt like being evacuated /and/ surrounded by fires.
PHOTO FEATURES in OCTOBER – our bi-monthly article about NEWS in town, that are too small to have their own individual article, and therefore, are summarized in a photo.
==A Stroll around Lyons – Lions Club service, weed posse, fall color
==Stroll – jogathon, women’s march, fall color
==Halloween / Spooktacular / Rave to the Grave – fashion show and dance party (multiple photos)
BUSINESS NEWS – We highlighted 28 businesses in town who have expanded, or moved, or are new! wow! congrats Lyons for bouncing back so well! See the INDEX page to learn who was highlighted. (includes some food trucks, and some who are no longer open to the public, but not closed).
Many old-timers in Lyons knew Chester Barnard. You can read his “story” here: (obit).
LIBRARY: There were multiple classes, workshops, discussions about (1) anti-racism and (2) Conflict Resolution in Lyons in October. This month the topics are a bit lighter. ==BOOKS== Don’t’ forget that the Library has a book club! Copies of the books are on hold at the front desk (register for the next discussion). The Lyons Recorder did two book reviews this month. One is a fabulous cook book, and the other is a collection of short stories. Insert “books” in the category search box for more information on our book reviews.
BEING NICE – we had an article “Nice People Finish First”, and acts of kindness — but it included how far you should go in being nice!
Time for your Annual Flu Shot. === Several flu vaccine formulations are approved for use in people 65 and older, including two “enhanced” flu vaccines: the high-dose flu vaccine and the adjuvanted flu vaccine, both of which are designed to create a stronger immune response in people 65 years and older. === Hospitals are filling up with COVID patients, so you especially don’t wait to get the flu/pneumonia this year!
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. == take the class: Enjoying the Holidays with Diabetes Monday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. – noon == Please email Patti at Boulder County Nutrition Aging Office for more information: email@example.com or call 303-678-6115.
Colorado Secretary of State warns of a recent scam where people who have business on their web site, such as business owners, are getting mail that looks like an official document, and even has things like ID numbers and listing statutes. Do not respond to them. You can do all those things without any help, or paying an outside service, on the Colorado SOS / business web site.
HEARING AIDS: The FDA is taking steps to help millions of people who struggle to hear. They are looking to make more affordable hearing devices, which could soon be available OVER THE COUNTER. The proposed FDA ruling would effect 30 million Americans with hearing difficulties. They will establish official technical guidelines for these devices to be sold directly to consumers online, with no need for a prescription, examination or fitting. People can try them out and see if it helps. For the majority of people they will work. The goal is to lower prices. Instead of paying, say, $4,000 for one, it would be only the equipment which could be $1,000 or less. In 2017 a law opened the gate for hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss; a few are on the market already. It could take up to a year to finalize. — In the meantime, in Washington, D.C. the Republicans have removed the coverage of hearing aids, eye glasses, and dental from the Build Back Better Bill. Sen. Bernie Sanders is giving it a last effort to get added back, but it is doubtful. But, this on the Democratic Agenda for this session, and we may see it in a new bill.
IMPERSONATING OFFICERS is a big scam right now.
1. say they are sending out a new plastic Medicare card. They ask for your Medicare number.
2. pretend to be a federal agent who said her social security number has been stolen and used to access her bank account, and used to rent a car that as involved in a crime. Her account was suspended, and he would help her.
3. told her she receive a large federal grant, and they needed to send money for expenses and taxes, before she could get the winnings.
JUST HANG UP. If you have their phone number, or if you were scammed, report it to the authorities, to the federal and state consumer protection offices: LINKS. This information is not insignificant, but can be used to direct their resources. There have been some major “busts” and fines in recent years on these scammers.
PIMsPlus.org is a searchable database of prescription and OTC drugs that provides evidence-based guidelines on potentially inappropriate medications for older adults. Check to see if what you are taking interferes with your old drugs. Not only can you ask your doctor for help, but you can ask your pharmacist! But this web page is a good back up plan.
Alzheimer’s DISEASE NEWS: Exciting News. – The researcher said, “To find new opportunities to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s, we need to understand what actually causes the disease, and presently that is not established.”
“This study,” he added, “shows that exaggerated abundance in blood of potentially toxic fat-protein complexes can damage microscopic brain blood vessels called capillaries and, thereafter, leak into the brain, causing inflammation and brain cell death.” More tests are needed; nevertheless, understanding how the amyloid-beta-fat complex affects brain capillaries may open up potential medical options to either treat Alzheimer’s disease or slow down the condition’s progression.
PHTHALETES: U.S. adults between the ages of 55 and 64 with the highest concentrations of phthalates (known as “plasticizers) in their urine were more likely to die of any cause, especially heart disease, than adults with lesser exposure… They are mainly used in substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity.
TRAVELLING THIS HOLIDAY? — Remember,… FEDERAL MANDATES still require the wearing of masks on planes, trains, and airplanes till January. To explain in more detail – yes, the includes airports, and while riding on or waiting for RTD vehicles, including while outside on agency property. (As of September, TSA announced that passengers refusing to wear a mask could be fined $500 to $1,000 for a first-time offense and up to $3,000 for repeat offenders.)
LOWER DRUG PRICES: 11/2/21 House and Senate Democrats reached a breakthrough agreement on lowering prescription drug prices Tuesday, putting an end to one of the party’s thorniest disputes in their $1.75 trillion reconciliation bill. The plan will grant the government power to regulate the prices of some of the most expensive drugs on the market and redesign the Medicare drug benefit so it limits out-of-pocket costs for seniors to $2,000 per year. We’ll see if it stays in the Build Back Better Bill… stay tuned.
WORLD TOLL – More than 5 million people have died from the coronavirus worldwide, according to data collected by John Hopkins University. (11/1/21) And the rate of cases in Colorado is rising. The state is #6 in the US.
We have an article on COVID NEWS this week — which includes world wide news, down to US and Colorado, and Boulder County. Also highlights from Gov. Polis’ News Conference 11/3/21. It includes links to things like testing sites, and who should get which vaccine. So, we’ll skip inserting all that here.
HOLIDAY WARNINGS: Due to products/stocks being held in shipping ports causing supply issues, delays in deliveries, loss of truck drivers, and fewer store clerks, prices will be going up — not just for Christmas items, but day-to-day items like turkey, which is expected to sell for $1.36 a pound. It is 70% more than two years ago. This is not a small increase on items, like a dollar on a $10 item; but examples have shown to be as much as a 50% increase! This might be a good time to pull out your craft boxes, and start making some lovely home-made gifts for the family this Holiday season. — Also, visit the Town’s Holiday Bazaar on the first weekend of December, in the Elementary School Gym. And shop on Small Business Saturday, November 27th, in your local shops.
The Town had on the November 2nd BALLOT a request to be allowed to put an array of solar panels in a unused back section of Bohn Park. It passed by 66%. Thank you for putting our energy crisis at the forefront and allowing these panels. (There are still a few steps to go at Town Hall before it happens — you can read the opinion column for more details)
ACTIVITIES / EVENTS –
== Most government offices and libraries and post office CLOSED.
November 11 – Veterans Day – Thank you for your service!
November 25 – THANKSGIVING! Everyone has something to be grateful for!
Friday, November 26th, Native American Heritage Day – Lyons Library is closed.
== Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. “Fall Back” the time on your clocks!
TOWN OF LYONS SENIOR ACTIVITES:
1. *Changes* Town of Lyons: weekly exercise class; free to resident seniors (55 years and up). Recreation director Lisa Ramsey says, With the drop in temperatures we are taking steps to stay warm. Our class will now be meeting at the Walt Self basement entrance (on the alley side of the building) every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. If the weather’s nice we’ll grab our hand weights and head outside to exercise or we’ll do a walk before heading inside for stretching and yoga. If it’s gloomy out we’ll exercise inside. Masks are required inside the building.
2. Thanksgiving Celebration: Please join us on Thursday, November 18th for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Walt Self Senior Center, followed by a celebration. The Redstone Café will be serving turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and a roll. Don’t forget to call a day early to reserve your meal: 303-441-1415. After lunch we’ll have a special treat and play a fun game.
3. December Bus Trip: DINNER THEATER! == Registration ends November 15th so sign up today! This fun trip takes us to the Candlelight Dinner Theater in Johnstown for “The Sound of Music.” The trip date is Wednesday, December 15th, and includes round trip transportation, dinner, and the show at the “special group price” of $54.45. As an added bonus, the Town of Lyons will cover up to $20 per person, bringing the cost to you down to $34.45. (No charge for the bus or the tour supervision) For Lyons residents 55 years and up. No guests or children. https://www.townoflyons.com/624/Register-for-Recreation-Programs
4. Knitting Class: Do you like to knit and have a bit of experience? Sign up for our “Knit a Christmas Stocking” to create your own colorful and unique stocking. This two-session class walks you through the creation process. The class is on two Saturdays, Nov 27 and Dec 11, 9 – 10:30 a.m. The cost is $45 and participants provide their own supplies. Get all the details here: https://www.townoflyons.com/624/Register-for-Recreation-Programs You can sign up till the day before the class, but there are limited openings. This is open to all adults.
CONTINUING ART SHOWS================
1. Tandem art show (1.) Lyons Town Hall, residents exhibit “Abstraction” (2.) Lyons Library, Diane Dandeneau, solo art exhibition; “Primal Wanderings.” These will remain up thru January. Live music and light refreshments; donations to LACC. See our ARTICLE for more details. Support your local artists! And have fun!
2. DENVER ART Museum “Immersive VanGogh” exhibit is now taking place. You will be standing in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental pictures projected on the walls– 3,000 images and paintings into a multi-sensory experience. It runs from September 30, 2021, until at least February 6, 2022.
November 5 – DENVER AREA – 1st Friday Art Walk. See link for more details. Explore Denver’s 8 creative neighborhoods, meet local artists and find original artwork on sale
November 6 – 13 FREE MUSEUMS in DENVER area == Denver’s best museums are open late and admission is FREE between 5 and 10 p.m. FREE shuttles make it easy to explore all evening! Click here for a list of museums scheduled to participate, and may require advance registration and/or have capacity limitations. See the routes or download a printable map. PDF File. PLEASE CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL MUSEUMS PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT.
November 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION: Denver Botanic Gardens. Celebrate Day of the Dead with activities, Mercado, related events and programs. The Mercado showcases artist vendors from Colorado selling their Día de los Muertos original art pieces, prints, folk art, jewelry, t-shirt designs and more! This is the 10th anniversary of the Gardens’ celebration of the holiday and will include both onsite and offsite/virtual offerings.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
NOTE: LONGMONT – They celebrated October 8th. But they have an exhibit: Día de los Muertos Exhibition, October 9–November 7; free. The Día de los Muertos exhibition returns to the Museum’s Swan Atrium this fall featuring ofrendas (altars) built by community members and the work of Longmont artist, Mario Olvera. Olvera’s artistic lens has become an inseparable part of both his professional and personal life, beautifully woven into his endeavors as a visual artist, educator, youth mentor, Aztec dancer, and father. Using art as a vessel to foster self-acceptance and respect among marginalized populations, Mario has become an influential teacher in Longmont and the surrounding region.
November 6, 9 p.m. Lyons Library– ‘WRITING ABOUT COVID’ WORKSHOP – This workshop will facilitate writing in any genre or approach from fiction to memoir, humor to tragedy, or forgetting to remembering. capture now. More details on their Facebook page. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/covid-chronicles-a-pandemic-writing-workshop-tickets-180447632727
PLAY in Estes Park: “Outside Mullingar” Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets at the MacDonald Book Shop, Estes Park, and at www.FineArtsGuild.org ==Past director Matthew G. Smith wrote in the program notes, — how important it is to take a leap of faith and explore what it means to love someone though they may not love us in return. Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon find themselves living alone and lonely in adjacent farms, each with their insecurities and neither realizing his/her own potential. The cast is uniformly excellent. “Mullingar” is an enchanting tale of persons growing older, finding faith in themselves, and hopefully finding the ability to “move on.” == Hempel Auditorium at YMCA of the Rockies. ($12, and discounts, wear mask, social distance)
November 13, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. How to Run for Office. Put on by the Lyons Library. Be a trustee or commissioner! Child care will be provided.
November 16, 6:30 p.m. LIBRARY BOOK CLUB to discuss the book A Line Made by Walking by award-winning Irish novelist Sara Baume. Contact the library. Registration includes a free book. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/busy-readers-book-club-tickets-184994231727
TIME TO PLANT SEEDS & MORE: Lyons Area Gardeners Facebook page is talking about “it’s time to transplant your iris and lilies that have gotten too crowded.” Ian Brighton says: Also this is not a bad time for transplanting a lot of stuff as long as you keep things moderately watered during this dry-spell. Gives roots a bit of time to establish before they go dormant in the winter. In the spring they have a head start! ==== Here is a good web site that explains the situation on SEEDS == most advice columns don’t explain that you have to have BOTH cold temperature and cold ground! Wait till after the first couple of killing frosts. It includes charts.
PLANT TREES: We also have an article in the 11/4/21 edition on the best type of trees to grow for our area. Many of them have great color.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to: Folks, call them or send a card! We all enjoy a friendly surprise!
November = Ruth Corwin (she’s moved out of state, but you can still send her a card); Ed Bruder (was a supporter of the senior group in years past), Kate Kerr (works on the Friends of the Library, and for the newspaper, and the food bank). Donnie Shelton (79 great years old!), Jon Gold (was a local musician), Dee Johnson (was a cpa downtown), Lori LeGault (worked with seniors on activities), John King (sculptor), Mimi Lenaord (local landscaper), Cheri Hofer (dog watcher, and adventurer), Dianna Lawyer-Brook (worked in several school systems).===
Have a fun day, with lots of laughs, hugs, and yummy cake!
Boulder County / Aging Classes
BOULDER COUNTY AGING/ NUTRITION is offering FRESH CONVERSATIONS
remotely via ZOOM with a different nutrition/health topic being discussed each time.
Any Coloradoan 60 years old or older can participate in the meetings, especially those who are interested in positively transforming their personal health. Contact Patti Murphy, Registered Dietitian with Boulder Aging at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 441-4710. ==
“Fresh News About Soy Foods”
Monday, Nov. 8, 1-2 p.m. Register here.
Learn more about soy foods and how they can benefit your health. at email@example.com for questions.
When is Medicare Open Enrollment?
Medicare Open Enrollment occurs every year only during Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. It is the time of year Medicare beneficiaries can change their current drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan for a different one.
Medicare Basics Classes
Our Medicare Basics Classes are designed for anyone wanting to understand Medicare enrollment, plans, benefits, and costs. === For general information: Phone: 303-441-1546 (English)
Starting November, registration for Medicare Classes will be through a new system. Please go to boco.org/AAALearns to start the process. Find instructions here.
BOULDER COUNTY AGING WELL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Join us for the ninth annual Age Well Series (formerly known as the Age Well Conference);
=Caregiver Education Series: Silver Linings/Being a Caregiver – Nov. 9
=Project Visibility: Creating Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults
Wednesday, Nov. 17, noon-1:30 p.m.
=Dementia Aware Series: Communication in Dementia
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
=Caregiver Education Series: 12 Scams of the Holidays
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 10-11:30 a.m.
….NOTE…. Lyons Local Joycelyn Fankhouser will be joining Coleen Sinclair in conducting some of these classes
===CAREGIVER WORKSHOP: NOVEMBER 2-29 online
The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging invites interested caregivers to participate in the upcoming five-week course, “Hero’s Journey of the Caregiver.” The course is intended for informal and family caregivers of older adults, and will focus on providing participants with tools to help ensure that they thrive, not just survive, during caregiving.
The “Hero’s Journey of the Caregiver” course is inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell, a scholar who popularized various theories on hero myth narratives. Using a multimedia approach (video clips, art, poetry), the class will offer opportunities for the inner hero to show up in caregiving and ultimately move through obstacles on this journey.
What: Hero’s Journey of the Caregiver When: Mondays, Nov. 1-29, 6-8 p.m. Where: Virtually on Zoom
For more information or to register for the course, please contact Rebekah Van Sweden at infoCaregiver@bouldercounty.org or by calling 303-678-6116. Participants will be required to provide additional eligibility details and to complete a registration form to participate.
This program is open to Boulder County residents providing care for a relative, partner, or friend who is age 60 or over, or of any age if the person has dementia. There is no charge for the course, but donations are appreciated.
===Silver Linings: Positive Approach to Being A Caregiver
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
Will it surprise you to learn that the positive aspects of caregiving are associated with fewer symptoms of depression, less anxiety, and less distress, as well as better psychological well-being? Join us to learn more.
Register for “Silver Linings: Positive Approach to Being a Caregiver” here.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS REPEATED EACH MONTH FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
======MEALS====== BOULDER COUNTY AGING – LUNCHES: Boulder County Area Aging (BCAAA) is continuing its lunch schedule. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12noon. Nutritious quality lunches for seniors ages 60 and up can be ordered by 1p.m. the day before at (303) 441-1415. == 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 meals twice a week. It is keeping our seniors healthy and happy!
=====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.
==A new Three-Digit-Emergency number was authorized in the CO capital in July: 988.
==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 (LEAF)
***The Food Bank that is run by LEAF is OPEN — clients can select their food items. 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, despite the COVID situation. They deliver “hot meals and warm hellos” each weekday for people who aren’t able to shop for or prepare at least one nutritious meal each day. Pam Browning is now leading this program and doing wonderful work! Here is her contact info: email@example.com, 720-310-8479.
***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) 441-1617. – (note this is a new number)
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 work cell is 720-766-8844; if I don’t answer, just leave me a message. I sometimes work from home, and I live in town.” Office phone: 303.823.9016 Lyons
===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. Set up an appointment.