How was your Mother’s Day? Was it all you expected and hoped for?
I saw a poll that said 64 percent of people are confident that they know what their moms want on Mother’s Day. I wonder if most people assume they know, or do they outright ask?
While objects, like jewelry and household or cookware seem to be the most bought items, sometimes it’s something as simple as a handmade craft, or a card with a handwritten note that says “thanks for all you do, every day” is what most mothers appreciate. 86 percent of the people believe “Moms are the most hard-working people I know.” And, 69 percent agreed that “moms dont get enough credit for what they do.” TELL HER… it’s never too late to give a compliment.
I asked a group of seniors if they agreed with the statement that mothers are not shown enough appreciation. They didn’t jump up and agree hardily. Perhaps it is because this is an older generation. We talked about how our mothers just did everything because they were expected to. It was their role. They didn’t look for thanks. Perhaps that is still shadowing today’s mothers in their 70s and 80s.
I said that I often heard mothers say that what they really want for Mother’s Day is the opportunity to sleep in, perhaps get breakfast in bed, and just do nothing all day… maybe watch a favorite movie, or read a book in a quiet space. While the ladies brought up fond memories of attempts made by family to give them breakfast in bed, they seemed to lean more toward going out to dinner. So, please ask “mom” what their pleasures are…
……………….your editor, Kathleen Spring
NEWS You Can Use
CRUISES – quite a conflict. While we are still seeing people get COVID while on a cruise, it isn’t holding back the reservations being made. One-quarter of all Americans plan to take a cruise, per AAA Travel. The most popular destinations are Alaska, Caribbean, and Europe. A TIP is to go to a travel agent to book it, as they have access to a number of discounts that the casual traveller would not. Also, those who have been on a cruise belong to the cruise ship’s travel club and will get notified of sales. I just got in the mail a list of cruises I could take for just $399! which was mailed to members of that particular cruise line. (even Venice in July!)
The Oldest Living Person in the world has passed away (the end of April). She was born in 1903. Kane Tanaka loved playing the board game Othello and had a penchant for chocolate and fizzy drinks. Japanese woman believed to have been the world’s oldest person, has died aged 119 of “old age.”
Japan has 100,000+ people who are age 100 or more. 90 percent are women. Hmmm food for thought.
Car Theft has increased drastically in Colorado. In 2020 there were 28,144, and the first two months of 2022 there were 10,159 already. I also warned last month that thieves are cutting out catalytic convertors to sell for the metal inside, (which could cost your $1-2,000 to replace). One senior at the Walt Self apartments said that someone stole gas out of her car parked in the alley. Combining these things – it is wise to have a safe spot to park. If you have a garage, put your car inside and lock the door. Or, park in a well-lite area that can be seen by the public. It is also wise to not park your car in a parking garage that has few people driving in and out of it, such as a business complex, with people working 9 to 5.
PRISON – the former Loveland officer who assaulted the senior citizen Karen Gardner who was suspected of stealing items from a store, has got 5 years in prison. 5/5/22
REPORT HATE CRIMES to – call 720-394-7909. ActionAgainstHate.org
Colorado is heading to be the first state to allow people to repair their own wheelchairs. The Colorado state House passed the bill 3/29/22, 44 to 21. The state’s General Assembly approved HB22-1031, which would require manufacturers of powered wheelchairs to make parts, tools, and repair manuals available to owners and independent repairers at reasonable prices. The bipartisan bill was sponsored by state Representatives Brianna Titone and David Ortiz, state Senators Rachel Zenzinger and John Cooke, and passed the state Senate earlier this week. It now heads to Governor Jared Polis for his signature. “If we’re allowing people to fix cars that go 70 mph, we should be able to allow people to fix their wheelchairs that go 7 mph,” said Katz. Some say that they wait months to get it fixed, and they need their wheelchairs “now.” Some in the Right to Repair movement think this is a good step in the right direction.
SLEEP = How many hours of sleep do you need for better health? – new study out – In a study published in the journal Nature Aging, the researchers say they found that seven hours of sleep was best for cognitive performance and good mental health for middle age and older people. It is linked with better mental health, with people experiencing more symptoms of anxiety and depression and worse overall well-being if they reported sleeping for longer or shorter stints.
TIPS — TAKING CARE of someone with DEMENTIA, or very old people
==offer good nutrition (as dementia gets worse, they need more calories) And, they have less desire to eat
==with age, people’s desire of water decreases. Provide foods with a lot of water, like fruits.
==ensure that they are given enough meal time to eat. Serving meals at a table can help them focus on eating. Keep the TV off. Keep the number of plates low.
==bite-size (healthy) finger foods are good because they don’t require utensils
New! 5/5/22 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that it has approved the marketing of the first test to improve the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. FDA says that the Lumipluse test from Fujirebio Diagnostics tests for early detection of amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Town of Lyons (government news)
SUMMIT Affordable Housing Update: As of April – Town Administrator reports (paraphrased): Spoke to Summit contractor today, they think project won’t be complete and accepted until next April. They won’t start taking applications until 4 months prior, so likely December 2022 if this timeline is accurate. Mostly issues with supply chain. They commit to giving Lyons a full month notice ahead of general public to help people with application prep so they can apply on the first day. Lyons Housing Commission (HHSC) can help people get the paperwork in order so they can apply right away. Plan is for 24 single family homes, mostly 3 bedroom with garages. Four 4-plex townhomes, mostly 2 bedrooms, 3 will be handicapped accessible units (40 units total). State level – preference for flood impacted people and people who live and work in Lyons. Lynette and Victoria will try to gather information about what is needed for the applications. Consider doing workshops, appointments, or other ways to make the process efficient given the limited person-power we have.
1. Construction in Town: it seems like every block south of Main Street has construction going on. The Lyons Recorder has an article this week about the three projects going on in town: 4th Street Pedestrian walk and bridge; Black Bear hole; and the Longmont Sewer work. –
2. A few weeks ago in April they had an article about the affordable housing project that will take place a few blocks east of the Lyons High School. Many people said they were confused as to where it will be located, and who their goal tenants are. This explains it.
3. Minutes – <repeat> There is a new person writing the Minutes of the BOT meetings for the weekly Lyons Recorder. While “About Town” had short text, and long list of Resolutions, and “Editor’s Notes” were long and detailed with comments… this writer is “just right” (Goldilocks). Give it a try.
4. NEW Board of Trustees and Mayor had their first Board Meeting this month. Observers said that the members are “having an easy time” compared to the past year’s agenda. They are meeting in-person now (the past BOT met over Zoom for two years).
5. It’s time to renew (1.) Park parking passes (2.) Eco bus pass (3.) Dog license
PROTECTIONS AGAINST Telemarketing TRICKSTERS: The Federal Trade Commission 5/2/22 proposed extending protections against telemarketing tricks and traps and strengthening safeguards against other pernicious telemarking tactics plaguing consumers. — The agency is seeking comments on updates to the Telemarketing Sales Rule that would protect small businesses against business-to-business telemarking schemes, address tech-support scams that target seniors, and extend “click-to-cancel” requirements to telemarketing. www.FTC.gov
Most seniors I know still wear masks when they are in a room with many strangers (eg, concerts and supermarkets). COVID is not over yet! In recent weeks there have been some “cluster” cases in long-term senior homes. Only about half the population have got their first Booster shot. Colorado is still a safe state, but the rate has gone up to 7%, which is above the desired 5% or less.
The newest variants are much more contagious, but also less severe, with fewer hospitalization. The PAXLOVID pills can be taken within the first couple of days of finding out you have COVID-19, and people say they feel better within a few days. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about it.
COVID-19 News Reminder: it is recommended all people 65 and older get their second Booster shot, 4 months or more after your 1st Booster. Go to your doctor, pharmacy or clinic. Also, for those 50 and over who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
Regular SENIOR Happenings in town
LUNCHES: 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 $12). 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
May – picnic in the Park /// June – trip to baseball game at Coors Field.
SENIOR EXERCISE – free classes – open to all Lyons seniors 55+
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 to sign up, and if you have questions. Go here for more details: https://www.townoflyons.com/624/Register-for-Recreation-Programs
FOOD PANTRY: Wednesdays – 3:30 to 6 p.m. – for those in need. Contact LEAF for more information. Come inside and pick what you need. At the Lyons Community Church, lower level, park on Main Street.
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. For example: 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.
Medical Tip of the Month
NEW! Low Dose Aspirin for Hearts: physicians no longer recommend take daily low-dose aspirin for those 40 to 59 years old. They should only take it if they have a high risk for heart disease. They found it increases bleeding in the brain and stomach. See your doctor for their advice.
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APRIL – Senior program coordinator Lisa Ramsey brought lovely annual flowers, attractive 6″ pots, and potting soil to the Senior Center, and each senior got to plant and take home a beautiful, healthy arrangement of annuals.
MAY 18 – Join Lyons seniors for a lunch buffet in one of Lyons’ Parks at noon on Wednesday May 18th. REGISTER with LRamsey@townoflyons.com – it will be in the shaded pavilion. Free. Ask her for a free parking pass, if needed.
May 21 – “Talk a Walk on the Wild Side” – follow a professional herbalist on an easy stroll through one of Lyons parks, while she points out “weeds/wildflowers” and gives out remedies and recipes to use them. Free to Lyons seniors; contact Lisa Ramsey ($20 for all others). For more Details on the class https://www.townoflyons.com/624/Register-for-Recreation-Programs
JUNE 1, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. – 8 seats left on the bus trip to see the Marlins vs. Rockies Game! Contact LRamsey@townoflyons.com for more information, how to pay, and register. $11. Lyons seniors 60+ The last day to get tickets is May 18; must be pre-paid by cash or check. https://www.townoflyons.com/624/Register-for-Recreation-Programs
MONTHLY Senior Birthdays are celebrated 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 fun greeting card for you! It will be followed by a simple fun craft, or activity, or theme. 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) =========end==========
Sweet POEMS written by locals, to enjoy:
Poet’s Corner: Mother’s Clock VIEW HERE = May 5, 2022
Poet’s Corner: Old Friend VIEW HERE April 28, 2022 (pet dog)
Poet’s Corner: Winning at Love VIEW HERE April 21, 2022
“Fresh Conversations” about staying healthy – second Tuesday of each month – free, Register here: REGISTER Monthly Boulder County Aging Class & Discussion on Zoom. Please feel free to reach out to Patti with any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org These are not just someone “talking at you” but are conversations among all participants.
Lyons Redstone Museum open on weekends in MAY. Saturday 9:30-4:30p.m./Sunday 12:30-4:30. Come see your town’s history. Free, but donations welcome.
==May 16, 1- 4 p.m. “Mission: JOY, Film Screening” In-Person Viewing: May 16th, 1:00pm, Library Community Room == Online Home Viewing: Anytime, May 14, 7pm to May 17th, 7pm ….bringing the documentary film Mission: JOY, highlighting the friendship shared between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to the Lyons community! REGISTER.
==May 21,10-11:30a.m. “Take A Walk on the Wild Side” — follow a herbalist thru Bohn Park wild-side and discover the useful remedies and eatables that we call weeds. REGISTER Town of Lyons.
==June 6 – 10: “Eyes of Freedom” EXHIBIT and film, about issues of mental health of veterans. Done by a local artist; the exhibit has travelled the US. REGISTER. Lyons Community Library.
June 4 – Lyons Artisan Market Art Farm, Bohn Park, 10-4 p.m.
June 8 – first of 10 Summer Concerts in the Park (now on Wednesdays)
June 18 – Lyons Garden Tour, 9-1pm
June 18 – Lyons Pridefest
June 24-25, Lyons Good Old Days
July 6 – Third Quarter LAHC art show
BINGO – (1.) Longmont Bingo Hall, Longmont, every Sunday – funds go to the Middle/High School equipment (2.) Estes Park American Legion Hall, every Sunday 6 p.m.
VETERANS: Information and support services are available to Veterans every Wednesday at the Estes Park American Legion Hall, from 9-11 a.m. New Opportunities coming soon. Esteslegion.org – Menu available. // Boulder American Legion has: meals, trap range, and Texas Hold Em card games. American Legion Post #10, 4760 28th St., Boulder
See the Lyons Recorder weekly
==“Things to Do” article for activities and deadlines… such as art openings, library events, deadlines, and more.
== PHOTO SPREAD – Spring Baby Animals = VIEW HERE
==WEEKLY “News Briefs” about what’s happening around TOWN, go to Lyons Recorder’s “Editor’s Notes”
INDEX (click here for information on:)
==Wildfire Community Preparedness Day NATIONAL CAMPAIGN = proactive mitigation steps
==Lyons PREPARED Group (all emergencies) = a volunteer citizen partnership with the Lyons Fire Protection District formed after the 2013 flood to help the community and our respective neighborhoods prepare and support one another when dealing with future community emergencies and disruptions. (see where you live in their map/district)
==see also separate “Wildfire Evacuation Check List“ = 2 pages to print out
Happy Birthday, Seniors! Happy Spring!
MAY BIRTHDAYS: Margit Percival, Bonnie Newman, Carrie Gonzales, Zeke Little (turning 80 years old!), Neil Sullivan, John O’Brien, Darlene Godfrey, Jerry Johnson, Cheryl Appell, Amber Wolf, Bonnie Pace, Cheryl Foland, Loretta Milburn.
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