I’m all about positivity – whether it’s your thoughts, or words, or wishes. I was happy to read that when you connect with others in a happy and positive way, you have a 22 percent lower risk for coronary heart disease problems. Wow, that’s an easy pill to swallow.
With our covid-isolation, and not doing our usual social activities, our risks of heart disease increased. But you can still …call a friend for a long conversation …take a social distanced walk together …or, sit outside with a cup of coffee or tea with a friend…
I know a number of seniors who are still isolating at homes. (Yes, the mask mandates have been lifted, but 85 million people have NOT got their BOOSTER!) But maybe knowing you are avoiding heart disease will ease you into being more ‘safely social.’ Don’t wait for someone to call you… or stop by and visit… do it today!
Here’s another easy “positive attitude” tip: Did you know that a “regular hug routine” can ease tension and negativity?
Even if you don’t see eye to eye with a best friend or relative, you can start a routine of… one hug before every sports game …one hug before every fancy pastry/cake dessert …one hug before church …one hug before bedtime – you don’t have to do “20 new hug routines”– figure out a couple, and make it a ROUTINE.
It’s been proven that positive feelings increase (and good health) on “hug days,” and even result in fewer conflicts, or ease old ones. What’s to not like about that?
Senior Bus Trip to Denver Aquarium
More fish and sea life than you can imagine in one place! — On March 6, Lyons Seniors enjoyed a bus trip to see the Denver Aquarium.
Regarding the snowstorm that hit Denver that whole day, I guess it depends on “your definition of bad weather.” One lady said: “Honestly, it was much more snowy in our neighborhoods and not that much once I got to town. The roads were clear for the most part” and yet another lady said, “Was snowing hard, several wrecks on the way home, but all got home safe.” But everyone agreed that the VIA bus driver Steve did a wonderful job of keeping them safe.
There were 16 people on the VIA bus trip and coordinator Lisa Ramsey said, “It was very enjoyable but we missed those seven people who couldn’t join because of the snowy weather. Everyone loved the variety at the aquarium. Lots to see, including a tiger. The 4D movie did not happen as the theater does not operate well in extreme temperatures.”
Trudy Miller said, “The otters were in a playful mood, so watching them was one of my favorites. Watching the beautiful fish swim was very calming and almost meditative!”
“I was surprised at how many people were there,” said Charlie Corson. “Families with excited kids were awestruck by the sharks, stingrays, and sawfish. The river otters were fun, but the alligator snapping turtle was scary, as was a 6 foot green moray eel.”
This aquarium is split into sections that lead you through varying aquatic biomes. The exhibits included local Colorado species, as well as those found in the big open ocean. The facility and tanks were clean, and they were filled with tons of healthy fish and living plants. Due to COVID, masks were worn, and the aquarium is just now getting back to having more visitors.
It was easy for those in wheelchairs to see things as many tanks come all the way down to the floor. Some seniors did pet the sting rays in the open pool at the end. Walking through the tunnels, and seeing fish all around you was a beautiful experience. They have some massive tanks, and speaking of massive – several varieties of sharks! And, such spectacular coral and reef plants.
News you can use
The HOT ITEMs in the news in Lyons for the month of February:
Town of Lyons
1. The Resolution to approve the plans to build the 79 room 3-story hotel in downtown Lyons passed by the Board of Trustees. Permitting and plans approval are the next step.
2. The Resolution to approve Planet Bluegrass adding up to 1,000 more campsites on its “farm” next to Apple Valley Rd., and more, is now seen as too complicated to decide in a single Board meeting, and it will take several weeks to study and negotiate. The Board of Trustees assigned the town staff to study it and bring them a report.
3. The lease of the old train depot building will probably go to Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund group (LEAF), as the Arts District has dropped out of the running. But there are many possible problems to overcome. (Their current lease, elsewhere, expires at the end of the year).
Board of Trustee “Minutes” – If you like to read the Minutes from the Town of Lyons Board of Trustee meetings (twice a month) in the Lyons Recorder, be sure to go to this week’s article and take the survey — a simple 3 multiple questions as to whether you like to read it, or feel it could be dropped.
CELL PHONE – 3G will degrade: If you have a device from 2012 or before, using your phone to make calls is on borrowed time though some other features may continue to work. Not just the flip phones and feature phones are affected. Some early smartphones may also be included, and you can’t always tell by the name marketer’s use. This also includes the cheaper discount providers, like Boost, Cricket, Straight Talk and others, who don’t have their own network. Check with your company to see when the deadline in (this will happen between Feb 22 and July 1st, depending on your company)
In August, citing COVID-19, AARP filed “comments” before the FCC in support of an Alarm Industry Communications Committee petition to have AT&T delay its 3G shutdown until the end of 2022, since members have alarm monitoring and emergency response systems that use 3G. But they refused to extend the date. “As we move closer to the shutoff date, customers still accessing the 3G network may experience a degradation or complete loss of service, and our service centers will only be able to offer extremely limited troubleshooting help on these older devices,” Verizon vice president Mike Haberman said in a blog.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: most of you know that the Town of Lyons has a medical equipment “closet” where you can borrow things like walkers and wheelchairs for free. But some people have mentioned that you can also borrow them from the Elks Club in Longmont (3rd and Coffman) and that both ARC and Goodwill in Longmont often have these items at a low cost.
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION: If you are newly a senior, you should look into the Colorado property tax exemption for seniors. In a nutshell, if you are a senior 65 years and older (and for Disabled Veterans.), and have lived in the same PRIMARY residence for 10 consecutive years, the exemption reduces the actual taxable value of qualified residential property by 50 percent of the 1st $200,000 of taxable value (max at $100,000). See the Boulder County PAGE for much more detail and the July 15 deadline to apply. == In February, Sen. Rob Woodward introduced a Bill to bring the exemption up to $200,000 which sounded like a good idea, with all the home values increasing so much, and the economy not being stellar, as well adding that people who had to move due to a documented medical condition would not lose their 10 years accumulation. But it did not pass in committee. Write your congress person if you have strong feelings about this.
MENTAL WELLNESS & GENERAL HELP: Jessica Broadbent, Mental Health Partners, comes to the Lyons Library every other Wednesday from 10 to 12:30 p.m.; and every other Thursday from 2:30 – 5 p.m., and offers “drop in” help. She says: Resources? Medicaid application help? Need to bounce ideas off someone neutral? I’m here! 720-788-8844== the next session will be March 23rd Lyons Library 2:30-5 p.m. == She will also be speaking at the Walt Self Senior Center on Thursday, March 17 to speak about mental wellness, at 12:30 p.m. after lunch (free). == Representing Mental Health Partners, a 55 year old organization. It also offers multiple classes online.
TECH HELP: The Lyons Library has three free classes in March on help with Microsoft programs: how to add images and tables, use Dropbox, and use formulas in Excel. See their web page to sign up.
JESTER’s THEATER: Many of our seniors have gone to the Jester’s Community Theater over the years, including “bus trips” by the Town’s recreation department, and with my old Red Hat group. The great acting and singing and dinners are offered at a less expensive ticket price than most. The family-owned, and family-friendly theater is one of Colorado’s final five remaining dinner theatres, a 23-year-old veteran of the industry, also offering classes. It had a hard time getting through two years of COVID-restrictions. It will go up for sale April 4, and one of the actors there has set up a Go Fund Me account to save it. If you want to help save it – hurry to the Fund me account! gofundme.com/f/save-the-jesters (Money will be refunded if they do not meet their goal).
Large Appliance Longevity secret tips
When you’re a senior, you pretty much know all the tricks of making your appliances last longer – and how to do some things yourself (no repair man fees). == I was reading a long list of tips in AARP magazine, and found that there were a few that might still be new to some people – even if you only get 1 or 2 tips here, it might mean $$ savings on buying a new appliance. Here’s the few you may not know, or forgot:
1. FUZZ BUILD UP – first, the Refrigerator -you probably know that you should clean the coils on the back of your refrigerator (it will double the life of your frig), but did you know that some frig’s have coils in the bottom front? Check it out == Second, the clothes dryer, we all know about the lint screen needing to be cleaned Every time! To avoid flammable material build up. But did you know that you need to also clean your dryer VENT – that goes outside. Do this once a year,.. again it’s a fire risk; and also backs up the heat into the dryer and damages the electrical components. Pull out your vacuum cleaner and the extension rod! == and I don’t need to tell you that every fall you need to replace (or clean) furnace filters /and once a year the condenser filter on your air conditioner!
2. Dishwasher – there are bottles of cleansers that you can buy to clean your dishwasher of the calcium build up. You just put it in your dishwasher and run it, like usual (about $5). Also scaping food off the plates will help prevent clogging.
3. If your dishwasher is leaking, don’t rush to call the repairman. If the leak is in front, you can remove the kickplate and tighten the water hose. ALSO, some have a filter under the sprayer arm, which you can clean.
4. OVERFILLING is NEVER GOOD – that includes the clothes washer, which means it wont get proper air flow and wash thoroughly – for the dishwasher, not all areas will be cleaned and sanitized – in the frig it means you may be blocking vents, and especially in the freezer! If you restrict circulation, it means ½ frozen foods and overworking your condenser. Take a look now! 75 to 85% full is best in all three of these items.
5. Gaskets – know what that is? It’s the rubber type of material that is around your frig and freezer doors. It can get gunked up and stick, or squished, and you get air leaks, and may need to replace them. Be proactive and take some mild soap and water and clean it. Ovens have them too, and the leaks can make your heating elements work overtime to maintain the proper temperature.
Things Social Security does beyond make payments
1. International Social Security agreements–If you are an American and working in a foreign country, SS has negotiated agreements with 30 countries so that you can minimize or avoid paying RETIREMENT taxes in two countries. Learn more about how Social Security’s international agreements work.
2. Have you run into a bump in getting urgent SS due to disabilities? Those people with severe or worsening illnesses can check a list of more than 250 serious medical conditions that would qualify them for the Compassionate Allowances program.
3. Are you unable to manage filing for benefits because of cognitive disorders or developmental disabilities? In such cases, Social Security can appoint someone to serve as the beneficiary’s representative payee. (Learn more about how to become and serve as a Social Security representative payee.) You are not alone: As of December 2020, about 5 million SS recipients — 7.7 percent of the beneficiary population — had representative payees.
Regular Senior Happenings in town
Served Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in the Walt Self Senior Center (located in the Boulder Housing apartment complex community center next to the Post Office). You can order a tasty catered meal by 1 p.m. the day before at 303-441-1415. Indicate “carry out,” or go to the building at 12 noon, and come inside (masks optional). Lyons seniors 60+ only pay $3 donation, or what you can afford. (others pay a flat $8.25). The voice message states what the meals are for the week, or stop by during lunch hour and pick up a copy. Sponsored by Boulder County Aging (BCAAA) office.
SENIOR OUTINGS – see “Activities” below
March – was bus trip to Denver Aquarium
SENIOR EXERCISE – free classes –
These take place at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Walt Self Senior Center basement on Tuesdays and Thursdays (enter thru back/alley door). Contact Lisa: LRamsey@TownofLyons.com. 303-823-6622, ext. 30 if you have questions.
FOOD PANTRY: Wednesdays – **NEW TIME** 3:30 to 6 p.m. – Food Pantry for those in need. Contact LEAF for more information. Come inside and pick what they need. At the Lyons Community Church, lower level, park on Main Street. – They have extended their times to 6pm for those who cant get back to Lyons on time to visit the Pantry.
Don’t Call 911 – instead 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.
Despite announcements in January and February that getting a 3rd shot/booster – you are 12 x less likely to be hospitalized, and 56 x less likely to die — there are still 85 MILLION PEOPLE in American who are eligible and ineligible (eg, young kids) have not received their booster (about half the population); and 63 million eligible Americans who remain completely unvaccinated. (per ABC News 1/28/22) – so watch out! You may be standing next to one of those people. — 175,000 people a day are still getting the virus in the US. 2/16/22 and approximately 2,000 people are dying each day from the virus. – Please wear your masks when in crowds.
Lawmakers are working on getting free COVID tests to seniors who are on Medicare this spring. Watch the news for details.
The CDC just stated that their labs and studies do NOT show any new, upcoming significant variants.
Colorado has now dropped to 3.3% 7-day positivity rate, the lowest since March 2020. (However some people doing home tests may not be reporting the results.)
See the Lyons Recorder’s 14 articles in March that summarized what happened IN LYONS during the SECOND year with covid. (anniversary 3/11/22) 2nd year anniversary of COVID
MEDICAL TIP of the MONTH
BLOOD PRESSURE LOWERING medicine == If you take blood pressure-lowering ACE inhibitors with potassium-rich foods, including bananas, avocados, tomatoes and dried apricots, you can get high potassium levels in your body, which can lead to potentially dangerous heart arrhythmias. Talk to your doctor about how to handle this.
SENIOR CENTER & TOWN ACTIVITIES============
MONTHLY Senior Birthdays will be celebrated again in “group fashion” on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center – any senior having a birthday that month can come and celebrate. It always fun to have a crowd of folks to celebrate with! …and sing and enjoy cake with. Let us know you are coming, ( LovingLyonsSeniorGroup@gmail.com ) and we’ll have a cute greeting card for you! It will be followed by a simple fun craft, or activity, or theme (eg, St. Patty’s Day). Note, if you want lunch at 12noon, you need to order it the day before by 1 p.m. (see lunch info above for details)
Senior Field Trips – Survey Results: Lisa Ramsey said, Thanks to all of you who voted for our bus trip destinations. As some of the top choices are similar to each other (zoo and wildlife-sanctuary, for example) I will pick one for this year and we can do the other another time. For now, I already have 2 trips set up.
The top choices were (in order):
1. Denver Zoo
2. Denver Aquarium & Wildlife Sanctuary (tie)
3. Music at Chautauqua
4. Meow Wolf art exhibit
5. Botanic Gardens, Frida Khalo art exhibit, museum (tie)
WINTER WONDERLAND LIVE CONCERTS IN PARK — March 12, Saturday, 2-4 p.m., Eben Grace and the 89s band concert, 2 – 4 p.m., moved to Bohn Park (near the kids playground). Bring a chair and blanket. LCF will have hot chocolate and cookies (for a donation).
Non-Town sponsored Activities==============
OVER 65 HIKING – Did you know there is a hiking club for you? Called Colorado Mountain Club (CMC.org) Sign up to join the group. (They have dues, but donate to some charitable groups) Some local people from Lyons belong. Several hikes throughout the year!
“Eggs are good for you” April 13, 1-2 p.m., free, 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. = note new people can sign up at this registration link: . Please feel free to reach out to Patti with any questions! email@example.com
March 16, 6:30 p.m. – Lyons Library “Busy Readers” book club. “A Town Called Paradox” is the next book, which takes place in the red sandy town of Paradox in Utah… the setting for Hollywood movie backdrops with famous cowboy movie stars of old, but even more fascinating “locals.” Contact the library to get a copy of the book and reserve a spot. The two authors will be sharing during the discussion.
CRAFT Workshops at the library: two workshops on creating useful collage art (cards and gift bags); and one on botanical wreaths. See their web page for more info.
TABLE MESA EXHIBIT: The Boulder Museum has an exhibit opening Feb. 18 to April 10, to honor the memory of the people who died in the Table Mesa Shooting a year ago.
MARSHALL FIRE: Remember when we went thru the Flood, and a few months later everyone in Colorado forgot about us, but we were still suffering? So, you may understand why it’s important to still try to help the fire victims
== donate to www.coloradogives.org. Can’t give money, but want to volunteer? https://coloradoresponds.communityos.org/.
LYONS RECORDER / weekly newspaper online=================
1. The HOT TOPIC for the month was the 2nd year anniversary of COVID restrictions and health concerns. There are articles by a variety of businesses and more…PizzaBar 66, Red Canyon Art, Music Scene, Artists, Town Hall, School principal, etc. – and some meditative pieces and poems. The INDEX also has a summary of what happened over the year, and March statistics (for posterity).
2. Your new list of Town of Lyons Board of Trustees and Mayor. In April each candidate will be interviewed and the info published in the Recorder.
3. Photo Spreads: Our monthly “stroll” through town has photos of “moon over Lyons,” two live concerts in town, a kingfisher bird, and a elementary school craft project. 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.
See the Lyons Recorder weekly “Things to Do” article for activities and deadlines… such as art openings, library events, and more. Including Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day events.
CELEBRATE WOMEN: (1.) International Women’s Day 3/8/22 (2.) Week of Women Colorado, a partnership between CBS4, Women Powering Change and WorldDenver, featuring a series of events March 3-13, 2022. (3.) March is Women’s History Month ===
International Women’s Day is a globally celebrated day to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Week of Women Colorado is a local initiative designed to celebrate women across Colorado by highlighting an entire week of events taking place across Colorado by various organizations and community groups. Observed throughout the United States since the 1980s, Women’s History Month was born out of a feminist push for equal access to jobs and education—one of the main demands of the Strike for Equality march that filled New York City streets to capacity on August 26, 1970. Today it highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The national month of recognition was instituted by President Jimmy Carter. https://www.womenshistory.org
To read about Mary Cronin who, between 1921 and 1934, climbed all of Coloado’s 14ers go to: https://lyonsrecorder.org/2022/03/17/women-history-mo-mary-cronin-hall-fame/ This article is published on 3/17/22.
Boulder County Area Agency on Aging now offers one place to sign up for Healthy Aging classes. Interested participants can now sign up for Medicare Basics, Nutrition and Wellness classes on one site at www.boco.org/AAALearns.
Find the most up-to-date offering of classes and register through AAA Learns. Clients or representatives will be requested to create an account with simple steps to register for any classes and offerings available.
Beginning January 1, 2022, clients will be able to use the platform for appointment scheduling in addition to course registration.
Happy Birthday! & Happy St. Patrick’s Day! …Have a Lucky Month!
February Senior Birthdays are: Shirley DeVeny (87 years!); Donna Johnson (related to Maxine Harkalis), Deb Tabor (volunteers at the food pantry… a special 65 years!), Helen Vanderwerken (the kind and industrious kitchen supervisor at the Walt Self Senior Center), Isabel Vasquez (Blue Mountain Stone family… 86 years!), James McCurry (volunteers at The River Church), and Linda LeFou (lives in Walt Self apartments, and shows her art work at the Town shows), Deb Simms (retired Lyons elementary school teacher), and Kitty Keim (a wonderful 75 years)!
We wish you a happy day, full of laughter, and good cake! and a healthy 2022 with fun adventures!
Be sure to say “Hi” and Happy Birthday to these folks! It’s always nice to get a friendly hello!
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