OK, we have been around long enough to know that most people do not stick to their New Year’s Resolutions. But past failure shouldn’t dictate what you do this year. We’ve been through a rough year of politics, wildfires, COVID-19 and more. We deserve a better year, and some positive thing to look forward to.
Each year, we try to give ourselves plans to live a better life. Most of the time, it’s not anything outrageous, like go sky diving, but more like eat healthier, exercise more, maybe get in touch with old friends, take more walks in the parks, learn to knit, and such. As we get older, we could blame our bad memory, but that is a fib.
Here are some proven ways that will help you keep your Resolutions: (1.) make it specific — don’t just say I will lose weight — say I will lose ten pounds by Valentine’s Day. (2.) Do you work better with penalties or with rewards? You know who You are! — set up one, or the other (or both). If you lose those ten pounds, you can go on a $100 spending spree, but if you don’t lose it, then you are not allowed to eat out for a month! (3.) Make the Resolution fun or add a mini-reward. If you give up spending money on Starbucks Coffee, buy yourself a cappuccino machine for your home (and, yes, you can find one for as cheap as $50). Make a cup every morning. Cheaper, plus you can limit how many “calories” are added to your drink. (4.) Ask your Friends to help you. This is a trick that many diet companies use – a sort of Buddy Plan. You call each day to tell each other what you ate and how much you weigh now. But also, they are your cheerleader. And, you’d like to please them.
Are you getting excited about this? Is that old brain churning? Don’t let the moment slip by. Stop and write some things down. After a day of pondering, pull the list out again tonight and fine tune it. You can make this a better year! Write me and tell me about your successes! Good luck!
News that you can Use
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET
Did you know that Lyons has a “medical equipment” loan program? If you break a leg, or sprain an arm, they just might have something you can use if your insurance company doesn’t pay for it. They have some crutches, walkers, and more. They are stored in the basement of the Walt Self Housing building. Andrea Bus was the coordinator for a few years, and she has retired. Crystal White is now in charge of keeping the equipment organized, and checking it out. You can contact her through Town Hall. Write LRamsey@TownofLyons.com or 303-823-6622 ext 30.
SENIOR LUNCHES – big changes
The Boulder County Aging Office senior lunches which are served in the Walt Self Senior Center are now expanded to three days a week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the building will be closed for the next few weeks. You can still order meals (by 1 p.m. the day before at 303-441-1415) but they will be boxed for carry out. Come to the building at 12 noon, and come inside, and wear a mask.
The coordinator Lisa Ramsey announced that the Lyons Community Foundation has contributed a larger amount this year, which will expand the bus field trips to five (from three)! She is developing a list of possible trips, and will send it out for a vote. Get on her mailing list by writing her at LRamsey@TownofLyons.com.
SENIOR EXERCISE – free classes –
These take place at 10:30a.m. at the Walt Self Senior Center basement on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, due to the building being closed for lunches, it is likely that the exercise classes will also be closed, due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. Contact Lisa Ramsey.
UPDATE 1/11/22 – Classes will take place outside if weather is above 45 degrees. Contact LRamsey@townoflyons.com or call 303-823-6622, ext. 30 if you have questions.
FREE WINTER LIVE MUSIC CONCERTS // and Town ART SHOWS
Jan. 8th concert postponed due to lack of ice in pond and COVID-19 concerns; and LACC & Library January Art Show POSTPONED till February, due to COVID-19 fears.
(So far, this does not affect the January 22nd concert from 2 to 4p.m. at LaVern Johnson Park)
FOOD PANTRY: Wednesdays – 3 to 5 p.m. – Food Pantry for those in need. Contact LEAF for more information. They are currently allowing people to come inside and pick what they need; but this may revert back to curb-side-service due to COVID-19 / Omicron. Park in front of the Lyons Community Church, and come in if no one is standing by the door to serve you.
Don’t Call 911 – Call 211 – for services:
The new “2-1-1” phone system has been activated. They can help you find sooo many useful things. Now there is no reason to call 9-1-1 to ask them where you can find a free medical clinic or complain about pot holes.
===Omicron has displaced the once dominant Delta variant in a matter of weeks. The US now counted 400,000 a DAY on Monday, ==and 500,000 a day on Tuesday == and a pandemic record of more than 1 million new infections reported on Wednesday. It now accounts for 95% of new cases. (the number was slightly affected by a backlog of people reporting cases slowly from their holiday breaks). One month ago, omicron made up just 0.6% of new COVID-19 infections. === see our “NOTES FROM YOUR EDITOR” weekly ARTICLE for more details — including statistics for Colorado, where Omicron has now made for a 24% 7-day-positivity rate!
=== Those over 60 years of age are advised to stay home as much as possible; avoid crowds or big stores; wear a K-95 mask or two tightly fitting masks. === The World Health Organization said 1/6/22: The impact on the elderly is one of the big unanswered questions about the new variant as most of the cases studied so far have been in younger people. “While Omicron does appear to be less severe compared to Delta, especially in those vaccinated, it does not mean it should be categorized as mild,” director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the same briefing in Geneva.
=== As of Jan. 10th, one in every four people tested are positive for COVID-19 in Boulder County. See our ARTICLE for the full report by Boulder County Health.
REFUND TO CONSUMERS:
The Federal Trade Commission is sending refund payments totaling more than $1.1 million to consumers who bought three supplements deceptively marketed as treatments for pain and other health conditions related to aging.
According to an FTC complaint filed in April 2020, the marketers of Neurocet, Regenify, and Resetigen-D deceptively promoted their products using false or unsubstantiated claims that the supplements could stop pain and treat age-related ailments. The pitches were made primarily through direct mail campaigns.
The final order settling the FTC’s complaint bars the defendants—five related companies called Mile High Madison Group, Inc., Nordic Clinical, Inc., Encore Plus Solutions, Inc., Le Groupe Mile High Madison, Inc., and Clinique Nordique, Inc. and their principals, Vittorio DiCriscio and Vito Proietti—from making any claims about the health benefits of their products unless they are true and supported by scientific evidence. It also requires them to pay for the consumer refunds announced today.
Nearly 85,000 people are receiving payments. Consumers who have questions about their refunds should call Rust Consulting Inc., the administrator for this case, at 1-866-216-0252.
The FTC’s interactive dashboards for refund data provide a state-by-state breakdown of FTC refunds.
FY 2021 Data Highlights
Again this year, imposters were the topic of the robocalls consumers reported the most, with more than 496,000 complaints received. Warranties and protection plans comprised the second-most commonly reported topic, with consumers filing more than 412,000 robocall complaints. Calls about supposed debt-reduction made up the third-most commonly reported topic, followed by complaints about medical and prescription issues, and computers and technical support.
Registration and Complaint Data by State (Do Not Call)
With respect to state data, New Hampshire continues to top the nation in active DNC registrations per capita (94,642). The states reporting the most complaints per 100,000 population changed in FY 2021: the top five states were Maryland (2,028 per 100K population), Delaware (1,982 per 100K population), Arizona (1,945 per 100K population), Colorado (1,943 per 100K population), and Virginia (1,939 per 100K population).
FREE IN HOME MEDICAL ALERTS = NOPE!
The Federal Trade Commission is sending 71,899 checks totaling more than $1.8 million to consumers, including many older Americans, tricked into paying for supposedly free in-home medical alert devices. The money comes from a settlement with New York-based Lifewatch, Inc. They are banned from telemarketing any product. The company’s telemarketers often told consumers that a medical alert system had been purchased for them, and they could receive it “at no cost whatsoever.” Consumers eventually learned that they were responsible for monthly monitoring fees and that it was difficult to cancel without paying a penalty.
IMPERSONATORS: government and business impersonation fraud, a pernicious and prevalent problem that has grown worse during the pandemic. Impersonators use all methods of communication to trick their targets into trusting that they are the government or an established business and then trade on this trust to steal their identity or money. The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a sharp spike in impersonation fraud, as scammers capitalize on confusion and concerns around shifts in the economy stemming from the pandemic. Incorporating new data from the Social Security Administration, reported costs have increased an alarming 85 percent year-over year, with $2 billion in total losses between October 2020 and September 2021. Notably, since the pandemic began, COVID-specific scam reports have included 12,491 complaints of government impersonation and 8,794 complaints of business impersonation.
***REPORT*** scams to the SSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Do not be embarrassed if you shared personal information or suffered a financial loss.
See our weekly “Things to Do” article for activities and deadlines.
Monthly Boulder County Aging Class & Discussion on Zoom:
Fresh Conversations is an evidence-based nutrition education program occurring the second Monday of each month that focuses on timely nutrition topics. Fresh Conversations is led by Patti Murphy, RDN. This program kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 1-2 p.m. Register at http://bit.ly/3pONaFd. ===The January meeting with be a discussion on Carbohydrates, including how much and what types are best to eat. ===Please feel free to reach out to Patti with any questions!
January 19, 6:30 p.m. – Lyons Library “Busy Readers” book club. “The Sparrow,” by Mary Doria Russell. The library has several copies of the book to take out. It might be in person, but will likely be on Zoom. Reserve your spot. (no link; call the library)
January 24, 5p.m. – deadline to hand in your Application/Nomination forms to Town Hall to run for Board of Trustees in April’s election. (Pick up your packet at Town Hall; you need to get signatures from residents supporting your run for office.)
January 27, 7 p.m. – Lyons Library – Yosemite Park – speaker: Pete Devine, former Education Director for Yosemite Institute and the Education Manager for Yosemite Conservancy, and current Lyons local, for this informative and engaging presentation. It’s an important place in American and global environmental history. For more information and to register: https://lyons.librarycalendar.com/…/yosemite-national…
LYONS RECORDER / weekly newspaper online
The hot article for the month in the Lyons Recorder was on the new proposed 80 room hotel that will take up half the block (next to Oskar Blues) where the much-smaller old-time Burlington Hotel was located. (It was torn down this week). An investigative article was done to find out all the details currently available, like what the outside would look like and what materials would be used, and where they are going to find 80 parking spots. A follow up article was published two weeks later with more images of the hotel, and answers from the Town of Lyons Planner about town regulations.
There were two Photo Spreads: One had photos of about a dozen or so floats in the Town’s Parade of Lights. Plus our MONTHLY “stroll” photo spread with colorful activities happening in town— Cute photos of kids, dogs, Santa, reindeer, town lights, Children’s Christmas Pageant, live Nativity scene, and more. Go to the front page of the Lyons Recorder.org and in the middle is the “Photo Spread” section. Click on the box to see the whole page.
At the end of December 12/30/21, we published two articles about COVID-19 == one about testing and vaccines, where to get it, links and more. == one about statistics, in the world, in US, in Colorado, and in Boulder County. The latest news, discoveries, and more.
Senior Bus Trip to see a play
We’ll end our article this month with a wrap up of the Senior Bus Trip to see “Sound of Music” at a dinner theater in Johnstown (near Loveland).
The complaints were that the food was luke-warm and the play was a bit too long.
The compliments were that the menu had a wide selection and the food was very tasty. The actors were very good and great singers.
The menu featured many German/Austrian dishes which added to the fun. We were seated at tables of four people each, which gave us room to social-distance. The tables were on tiers so that everyone had a great view of the stage. However, some had difficulty walking all the levels and stairs. The actors were also our waitstaff, which made it fun to see them perform, and then come back with our desserts. The seniors socialized not only during the meal, but on the bus back and forth. I think they were excited to have a fun night out, and not have to worry about driving in the dark, or cooking supper.
And, who doesn’t like “Sound of Music”?! A great tale about a governess who marries her rich boss, and runs away from the Nazi’s. And lovely songs like the teen love song “16 going on 17,” and the lovely mountain flower “Edelweiss,” singing the music lesson “Do-Re-MI,” remembering “My Favorite Things” during a thunder storm, and the lovely visual “Climb Every Mountain.”
January Senior Birthdays are: Richard Bennett, Rhonda French, Anita Rodriguez, Sandy Spellman, Cathy Rivers, Novelle Maia, Lora Gilson, Geneva Sabados, Sonny Smith (Happy #69), Linda Hubbard, Larry Elmore (married to Mimi 46 years, January), Rick Hammons (Happy #65), Don Moore (Happy #74), Gary LaFever.
We wish you a happy day, full of laughter, and good cake! and a healthy 2022 with fun adventures!
If you wish to be on our Birthday List, please write us! LyonsRecorder.Editor@gmail.com
NEWSLETTER — to be assured that you get a copy of the monthly SENIOR NEWS — add your name to the Loving Lyons Seniors Group email list. This newsletter/article has been produced for approximately 20 years by Kathleen Spring, and has been published in full in the Lyons Recorder since November 2020. Email: LovingLyonsSeniorGroup@gmail.com
It won First Place for a Column in the nationwide Colorado Press Women/and Federation of Press Women contest in 2021.