Most seniors I know are savvy shoppers. Some grew up in a time when the Depression caused everyone to pinch pennies. Some War time families we conscientious consumers. Some started it during college dorm days. Others when they had their children. And, for many of us, it hit when we starting living off of Social Security and/or retirement savings.
We found help, over the years, on making choices when detailed labelling came into effect. When we bought clothing, we could see how much of it was cotton vs. acrylic. Or, we could see it was mass produced in a foreign country, or made in-state by a sustainable brand. We could read how much sugar or salt was in a “fruit drink.” So, it not only helped us decided if that $15 blouse or $5 fruit drink was really worth it, but it improved both our health and that of the Earth. And most people study the labels in grocery stores when comparing two brands (eg. $.23 an ounce vs. $.87 on a $3.99 box of cereal)
We are currently going through a period of high inflation, with the possibility of falling into a depression (although they predict it will all end by the end of 2023(?) Most of us don’t have to worry about buying large quantities of food “for the family,” any more, or a new car every other year, or updating our office wardrobe. But It would be nice to not use up the funds we set aside for a small vacation, or a second cat, or new shelving for our crafts.
But not only are we hurting, but so are manufacturers. Yes, they could absorb the added costs, or they could increase the price, but many have decided to resort to a sneaky tactic. Many companies are selling less in the same size packaging. Florida’s Best Orange Juice is no longer 64 ounces, but is now 59 ounces, and some others are 52 ounces. Have you stopped to read the label on toilet paper? It may say “12 roll pack” but the sheet count may have slipped 10 or 20 percent. Market analysts are referring to it as “shrinkflation”! Remember when we use to buy “a gallon of ice cream,” and now it is 1.5 quarts. “Pint size” ice cream is now 14 ounces (except for Ben & Jerry). But the packages, as I said, are identical.
Even the ingredients in some items have changed in many items, saving the manufacturer money. How much is real milk/cheese now? How many cookies are now in that package? How much empty space is now in your yogurt cup? How full is your laundry detergent box?
Well, there is no easy solution… just a lot of work reading and comparing labels. Are you willing to do it? One box won’t make a difference, but a whole cart would. In the end, let’s hope that things improve once we get past this Inflation.
……………….your editor, Kathleen Spring
General NEWS You Can Use
Rabid skunks have been found in both Longmont and Boulder over the past couple of months. Most of them were found when they had encounters with pets. And, this week, caught mosquitos showed West Nile Disease in Boulder County.
Walt Self Senior Center: Remodeling will continue July and August. New window coverings, tables and chairs; furniture and art work. (new flooring is done).
Grand Opening of new state-of-the-art VETERANS CLINIC for northern Colorado:
The more than 76,000-square-foot facility at 4575 Byrd Drive in north Loveland grand opening in June 2022. Mainly serves Larimer and Weld county; and those residents will no longer have to drive to Wyoming for many of the services needed.
From NHL’s worst team just five years ago to the best! Congrats Avalanche! Combining some great older guys with young recruits, Coach Jared Bednar, who had so many previous playoff disappointments, joined us fans in the feeling that all those past losing attempts made this win feel even bigger. General manager Joe Sakic stuck with him. It was the Avalanche’s 10th come-from-behind win of the playoffs. Were you around for the 2001 win? Did you attend this year’s parade on June 30th? This is good news that we could use, with all the depressing news we hear almost daily!
LYONS BUSINESSES: More than a dozen stores in town have big changes this month. Three new restaurants, and two expansions are happening. See the Lyons Recorder article of June 30th, for those tid bits of news. Later in July it will have more complete coverage of the new places opening. There will be two with general menus, and one with Italian quality dining. Plus the A-Lodge expansion includes permanent food trucks, and an entertainment stage. Moxie’s will expand its hours into a Happy Hour once it gets its liquor license back from the state!
COMPUTER HELP == do you have a problem with your computer? The Lyons library is offering “tech help” — drop-in tech support on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4pm. Begins July 5th. No appointment necessary. Note, they will not help you install software, design newsletters, or such major items. They will be giving you tips on things, like how do I use a “touch pad”? Or how do I respond to an email? You can bring in your portable computer, or use one of the library’s computers.
BEARS: All three local areas have reported regular visits by bears – including Lyons, Blue Mtn., Pinewood Springs, and Big Elk. Robyn Sloan warns that the quarry ponds in the mountains around Lyons have already dried up! And that means bears will be looking for new places to have fun and a drink, so lock up your kiddie pools and gates and car doors!
====The following 4 items are taken from the Lyons Recorder “weekly news” and you can read full articles by searching=====
Pastor Emily Hagan of Lyons Community Church conducted her last church service on Sunday, June 26. See our ARTICLE for more details, including her farewell message. Did you know that she is the THIRD pastor with the first name “Emily” in the past decade!
VETERANS: from senator Hickenlooper: “Last week we welcomed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough to Colorado to celebrate the passage of our bipartisan PACT Act, which is the largest expansion of VA benefits in our nation’s history. The law will help ensure veterans suffering from the effects of toxic exposure get the health care they deserve. See ARTICLE for all the details on this Bill (or do a search online), as well as 9 other VA Bills passed!
OLD TIME JOURNAL OF LIFE IN LYONS: Over a month’s period, in two parts, we have published Marguerite Peoples’ Journal about life in Lyons two decades ago, and even going back to the 1970s when the first traces of Good Old Days started. She recalled many of the special activities that took place in the early years. And, she concludes with how the town was losing its “small town character.” It is amusing to hear people today, in 2022, complain about how “the town is …now… starting to lose its small town character! I guess small town people are always fearful of losing what they love most about their town.
GOOD OLD DAYS: The Lyons Redstone Museum put on a “light” version of the traditional event. They had five speakers in just over half an hour, talking about bits of Lyons history. The classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 had a picnic in the park, and other activities. The class of 1969 had a well-attended ceremony honoring Lyons only veteran killed in the Vietnam War, including the dedication of a sandstone bench. And then the Museum and Johnson Family provided a live concert in Sandstone Park Saturday evening to wrap up a wonderful weekend. (see three articles, with lots of photos)
Mrs. LaVern started planning these events months ago as she refused to see this annual celebration go by the wayside. After keep her distance for a couple of years because of Covid, she was definitely looking forward to seeing everybody at this year’s celebration. Unfortunately, she passed away in May of this year so we definitely had to “LaVern Up” and follow through on her plans. My mother was relentless in her support for her Family and for her beloved Town of Lyons. Thank you, mom, for all you did for all of us. We will continue to preserve the history of the Town of Lyons and its residents like you have done for decades!” ………….. Jerry Johnson
FAKE NAMES: The “American Cancer Society of Michigan,” state authorities say, was a fake charity. And not even a good fake. It was not in Michigan, for one thing. Another fake one is – “The American Cancer Society for Children, Inc.” – NEITHER was even connected to the American Cancer Society.
When the group applied to the IRS to become a tax-exempt nonprofit in 2020, it listed its address as a rented mailbox on Staten Island in New York City. Hosang — a convicted stock market fraudster once accused of dangling a man out of a building — got the IRS to approve 76 nonprofits, often despite glaring red flags of potential fraud. His operations stole the names of better-known charities. He spent the money on mortgage payments, credit card bills and at liquor stores. Hosang did not need to do much to promote the groups; the money came in through online giving platforms that let users choose among IRS-approved charities. Tax law does not prohibit nonprofits from impersonating better-known nonprofits by using sound-alike names.
========WARNING======== there is a company that is scamming OUR WILDLIFE REFUGE in Colorado!!! For a few years now. A very similar sounding name and photos of lions. So if you want to donate to the legit group, go to their web page, and make sure you have the right nonprofit helping distressed large wildlife. Wild Animal Sanctuary.org near Keensburg. West of Ft Lupton – a 10473 acre refuge for more than 500 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves. Check out their web site to see a couple minutes of gorgeous animals roaming their property.
The false company is Wild LIFE Sanctuary ===== they also have fake “Wild Animal Preservation” and Feeding Hungry Children (with pictures of children with animals), Puppies Kittens Rescue, Anti Animal Cruelty, Save the Animals!!! BEWARE!! Always check Charity Navigator, the world’s largest and most-utilized independent nonprofit evaluator Write thta name down! or bookmark their website. Just because it has an IRS ok, doesnt make it good.
You can report spam to www.ftc.gov/complaint. Please especially report any scam that started with an email and resulted in you losing money.
Do you have small grandkids you look after? — The FDA, and then CDC, approved the vaccines for our youngest citizens– 18 million children are expected to be eligible, in the 6 months to five years age group. == Local pharmacies have ordered 100s of thousands of vaccines, so that they can administer them to the younger kids. But be sure to call before you go, as they may not do it for kids three and younger, and may require an online registration.
COVID: The new variant BA.5 is the cause of HALF the cases currently counted. Symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, headache, tiredness. COLORAOD 7-day positivity rate this week was 12.01%. Among the 6 top counties for high transmissions was Boulder. Estes Park also has a high positivity rate. 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. Some states and federal agencies are now asking people to wear masks indoors in crowded situations.
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 and questions
Do’nt Call 911 for “emotional help” like suicide or emotional stress– call the new # 988 — it is Nationwide! It will help avoid bringing in the police if it is not a crime situation.
Mental Health Partners, Colorado — (1.) June 2022, they have now reopened its Crisis Center for walk-ins 24/7 again – 3180 Airport Rd., Boulder (normal resource center: 2935 Baseline) — (2) They have a new representative for Lyons, and she will be speaking on July 20, at 12:30 p.m. at the Lyons Walt Self Seenior Center “after lunch” — (3.) new clinic in Nederland, Clinica will be providing a full scope of primary care services such as well visits, prenatal care, immunizations, chronic disease treatment, lab services, minor surgical procedures, and acute care. The MHP team will be opening on office in the same building to provide therapy and case management not only for Clinica patients, but for many other members of the community.
The country-wide CRISIS hotline/emergencies is now in effect: 988 = for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. July 1, 2022.
Lyons local LEAF offers mental wellness counseling. In most cases it is free, and can be charged to your insurance of Medicaid program. Write mentalwellness@leafLyons.org for confidential help.
Medical Tip of the Month
Very CHEAP prescription DRUGS! == “Cost Plus Drugs” == This is the creation of billionaire and shark judge Mark Kuban. No big mark ups! No Middle Man! They negotiate directly with manufacturers. Offering hundreds of common (and often life-saving) medications at the lowest possible prices. (NOTE, they dont accept insurance, and they do not offer every single kind of medicine. See their LIST, which is updated regularly). You just set up on account online, and have your doctor send your prescription.
For Example: a 30 count supply of 400mg Imatinib will cost:$39 and not $9,600!!
That breaks down to : $31 product; 15% markup of $4.80, pharmacy labor $3.00, and $5 shipping = $39
I read an article recently that surprised me. When you lose muscle, it’s not just your not being able to lift objects (or yourself); but, you’re at greater risk of the following:
Osteoporosis = Arthritis = Chronic back pain = Frailty = Fractures
The key statement that caught my attention was that Sarcopenia (muscle loss) can be considered for muscle what osteoporosis is to bone. Studies showed that the number affected went up to 13 percent of people in people in their 60’s, and as many as 50 percent of those in their 80’s (per Journal of Family Practice)
What causes it? First, the obvious ones are decline in physical movement, hormonal changes, and poor nutrition. But also, through chronic illness or body-wide inflammation. The good news is that no matter what your age, or out of shape you are, you can restore much of the strength you lost.
I know you dread me giving the first suggestion: “high-intensity resistance training.” But it showed significantly enhanced physical abilities in tests done with some people aged 90 and older. And, listen to this: the strength gains averaged 174 percent! What does this mean? The main area helped was the mid-thigh muscle, which resulted in walking speed being improved 48 percent. Now isn’t that one thing worth it! Of course, the other things you can do are to start a strength-training program, which includes using free weights, resistance bands or machines. You can start out easy, at either five or ten repetitions. Once you are feeling “this is easy,” then increase it to 15. The Town of Lyons offers free exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Senior Center, and part of it uses resistance bands, and some minor yoga. And, now that the weather is better, a weekly walk around town, with fellow seniors.
Another key point: To increase muscle mass you need to have adequate protein. They work together. The latest studies show that seniors do not eat enough protein — which is not just meat, …but milk, peanut butter, chicken, peanuts, soy beans, tuna and eggs. You will notice all of these are ‘naturally’ rich in the amino acid leucine. You don’t have to remember that word, just remember the list, and eat some at two or three meals daily.
The University of California, Los Angeles medical school, discovered that muscle loss can determine your life span (they did some long-term studies). It affects your heart, blood sugar, insulin, diabetes. Take some time to set up a program for “good muscle strength” today!
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****Due to some difficulties in getting the August bus trip scheduled, we have nothing to report here, but will add it probably either Thursday or Friday of this week, per Town of Lyons.****
UPDATE 7/18/22 = Lisa Ramsey says: I will have information coming out early next week on our August bus trip to the Butterfly Pavilion and our September bus trip to the Denver Zoo. We will also have a picnic in the park in September. Fun times ahead! — Get on Lisa’s email list to get the news: LRamsey@townoflyons.com
MONTHLY Senior Birthdays — for ONE month only, will be Wedn. July 27 at 12:30 pm due to conflict in schedules. There will also be a free craft! === They are celebrated in “group fashion” on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center – any Lyons 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 under “Regular Happenings” for details)
July 20, 12:30 p.m., Meet the new representative from Mental Health Partners; who will speak about her department, and how she can help seniors. This is free. You can also order “regular Wednesday lunch” (see instructions under “regular senior activities.”) at the Senior Center.
“Fresh Conversations” about staying healthy/mainly food topics – second Tuesday of each month – free -This group discusses eating healthy. This month’s topic “adding more fruit & vegetables to your meals“
Register here: REGISTER Monthly Boulder County Aging Class & Discussion on Zoom. Please feel free to reach out to Patti with any questions! email@example.com These are not just someone “talking at you” but are conversations among all participants. It’s a small group, so you will be able to speak freely.
Lyons Redstone Museum open 7 days a week till October 1. Monday to Friday, and Saturday 9:30-4:30p.m./ Sunday 12:30-4:30. Come see your town’s history. Free, but donations welcome.
==Mondays in the summer: FREE DOCUMENTARY FILMS at the Lyons Library for adults/seniors at 1 p.m. on some Mondays from June 20th to August 8th. Includes “The Power of Songs” starting with Pete Seeger, “Loneliest whale,” “Endless Summer” (surfing classic from 1966), and “Planet Ocean” and more. See calendar/list.
==Every Wednesday in June thru August 10, 6:30 p.m. – 10 Summer Concerts in Sandstone Park (now on Wednesdays) See ARTICLE for description of bands. Concerts “rained out” will most likely be rescheduled at the end of the scheduled series.
Calendar/ New Things to Do
Genealogy: The government has now released its 1950s census records. The bonus is that there are handwritten notes in the census. Also photos. Users can access it for free through a dedicated website at 1950census.archives.gov. or, go to your favorite library or genealogy software to do research. This is a big deal and long awaited by big names like Legacy.com The government must wait 72 years before releasing them, based on the idea that people live for about 72 years.
Turning 60… Check out the poem by our favorite Lyons poet Martin Soosloff who ponders what it means to turn 60: “Summer of 60.”
July 6 to October 1 – the Third Quarter LAHC art show opened up. You can see the solo exhibit at the Library over the next three months; and/or see the residents’ art exhibit at Town Hall, during normal business hours, or BOT meetings.
July 14, 6:30 p.m. Native American Music: At Sandstone Park. Learn the humor and ancient wisdom of the First Nations. Ojibwe performer, Dennis Swiftdeer-Paige, will lead circle dances, animal impressions, stories, songs, flute playing, drumming, and sharing of the Medicine bag…(free, sponsored by the Lyons library) Bring a chair. Will be moved to the library in case of rain. (correction, the press release was wrong, and he is among the Lakota tribes)
July 17, 12-7 p.m., River Bend art show; this is located by the St. Vrain River bridge and across from Planet Bluegrass. Parking requires a $5 cash donation. This Is put on by both the Lyons and Boulder Arts councils, and will be a quality show.
July 19, 7-8:30 p.m. “Five Weeks in Botswana,” a presentation of both photos and educational material on the trip, and how you can plan one yourself. Presented by Lyons local Leslie Larson. (free, sponsored by the Lyons Library, REGISTER)
July 20, 7-8 p.m. online – Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that causes you to repeatedly stop breathing for brief moments during sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea increases your risk for a number of serious conditions, including stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeat and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for sleep apnea. Hear board-certified sleep medicine specialist . Boulder Community Health.
Estes Park Library programs:
7/14 and 7/21 and more – a 5 book series on “being mortal” and thinking about preparing for “end of life”. First one is “Will My Cat Eat my Eyeballs” and second one is “Ethical Wills: When Nobody Wants your Stuff.” Both are in person or on zoom. Note this is not a grief or bereavement group, but just a space for people to have open discussion on interesting books about “end of life.” It will be led by Mindy Richard, the Program Coordinator for the Larimer Advance Care Planning Program.
7/23, 24, 25 “Spark Joy: The Magic of Tidying.”
MUST REGISTER for all of them: www.estesvalleylibrary.org “events”
CAR SHOW == Estes Park Car Club — 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month in the summer. 8 a.m. to noon; Estes Valley Recreation (EVCC) lower level parking lot. (So far about 50 people have shown up each time, and many friendships are forming, and good advice received!)
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.
==WEEKLY “News Briefs” about what’s happening around TOWN, go to Lyons Recorder’s “Editor’s Notes”
Happy Birthday, Seniors! Happy Hot Summer!
JULY BIRTHDAYS: Patty Doyle (10th) Vance French (14th) Chris LaFever (10th) Mike Murphy, Ruth Wilson (5th), Carol Parnell
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