TIME Magazine has a list of “reality shows” this past month. Do you remember the first one…Candid Camera? Probably most of you aren’t old enough to remember the premier episode in 1948. What most of us remember is CBS’s version from 1960 to 1967. That is when it introduced the hidden camera concept to television. The creator and host Allen Funt is often referred to as the inventor of reality TV. And, every memorable show has a tagline: “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!”
The Screenwriters Guild (longest) strike from November to February 2008 was the cause of a small segment to become prolific. Since the networks couldn’t continue their weekly series without them, they put together the much cheaper reality shows that didn’t require good scripts. When the strike was over, it was too late. The viewers had filled their days with easy, nonsense storylines, and the ratings grew.
TIME listed 50 shows (indicating which was each’s “most influential season of all time.”) First there was, back in 1973, An American Family. In 1984 was Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. And in the 1990s was The Real World, and Cops. But it was 2000 when things exploded… with Survivor, and Big Brother. And, 2002 brought the Bachelor and American Idol.
I watched a few early shows because I thought it would be fascinating to see how a group of people locked in a space would behave… a study of human nature. But soon sweet love stories, turned into outrageous “90 day finance” and “fantasy suites.” So I stopped watching. I still like most of the talent shows, like American Idol or Dancing with the Stars; as, the competition relies heavily on getting to know the contestants.
Do you have favorites? Some that you still watch after decades? Or, do you just savor a few precious ones, like Bachelorette Tricia marrying her Colorado fireman Ryan? (and they’re still married today… a rarity). Or Carrie Underwood, who Simon Cowell said would be the winner of American Idol the first time he saw her perform? Do a stroll thru your memory next time you’re sitting at a table with your friends………….your editor, Kathleen Spring
Special articles this month are a wrap up of the Butterfly Pavilion trip with photo; and Medical Tip of the month on protein.
Senior Activities report
TRIP to BUTTERFLY PAVILION: It’s wonderful to see a butterfly roam across your garden, but it’s spectacular to see dozens of butterflies float above you head, and one land on your shoulder. Lyons seniors took a bus trip to see these beauties in August. To walk into the enclosed structure that houses many different kinds of butterflies, is like entering a rain forest. Yes, it’s humid; and yes, there are many varieties of flowers. And, yes, you will see exotic butterflies, from tiny to large.
After see the insect collection (and some let the guide put a tarantula on their hand!), they went off to Rosetta Hall to chose a lunch among multiple eateries. A couple of people stated that they were overwhelmed, and felt they could easily get lost in the large venue. After some socializing, they gathered into the bus, and relaxed on their trip back to Lyons.
WATERCOLOR: Trish Murtha, watercolor art teacher, was able to manage one more class in August before she went out of state. The nine students eagerly hovered over her as she demonstrated yet more techniques that they could use in their drawings. While most did not have time to finish their new piece, some had brought in a piece that they had started before, and did finish it using the instructor’s tips. (It’s a free class that is offered through the Town of Lyons Recreation Dept. If you are a Front Range art or watercolor teacher, contact Lisa for possible teaching opportunities of future classes.)
SEE BELOW for future activities and trips offered to Lyons Seniors through the Town of Lyons Recreation Dept., and Boulder County Aging (BCAAA) offices.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
BE KIND: Small acts of kindness make big benefits. In a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers found that the “givers” consistently undervalued how much their “act” meant to the recipients. Even a quick phone call, or a text had the same results.
MOBILITY & ACCESS PLAN: County commissioners approved Boulder County’s first plan for Mobility and Access for All Ages and Abilities. The PLAN will guide funding for improvements and services to help people of all ages and abilities achieve mobility and independence. It was inspiring to hear from people for whom the services outlined in the plan helped them continue to live independent lives even after events such as a stroke took away their ability to drive.
Sept 19-24: Falls Prevention Week: One in four Americans aged 65 and over fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of injuries, which can be fatal, for older adults. A fall can have serious impacts on long-term health, day-to-day function, and independence. The good news is that many falls can be prevented. === Boulder County Aging (BCAAA) has a list of activities across Boulder EVERY DAY! like TaiChi, testing, dance, or effects/or problems from vision, medication, etc. ==Balance screens and fall risk assessments at Long’s Peak Medical Center== Check out programming and other resources here – https://boco.org/FallsPrevention
ALBUMS on the HILL, Boulder, campus area, has closed its doors. Did you shop for albums there? I heard the owner said it was due to his poor health, and wanting to retire.
WORKING SENIORS: Well, here’s a contradiction… During the pandemic large numbers of seniors decided to retire, many of them taking early retirement. On the other hand, there is one group of seniors that is showing a fast increase in working: women 55 and older, according to an analysis by Steven Byers, senior economist with CSI, a conservative think tank in Greenwood Village.
INFLATION REDUCTION ACT:====We published a breakdown of the act: https://lyonsrecorder.org/2022/08/18/breakdown-inflation-reduction-act-8-16-22/ === And we are added the following link to that page: the team at EcoWatch created an incentives calculator to help consumers understand what rebates and tax credits they qualify for under the IRA. Inflation Reduction Act Calculator
LAND HELD: Rocky Mt National Park grew by 40 acres on Monday, September 12, by adding undeveloped property. The total size is now 265,847 acres. It is located on the lower slope of Estes Cone in the Tahosa Valley along Colorado Highway 7, features meadows, aspen groves, mixed pine forest and steep grades. Darla Sidles, Rocky Mountain National Park Superintendent. “Rocky Mountain Conservancy held the property for us and then Senator Gardner, Senator Bennett and Congressman Neguse helped with the legislation to bring it to fruition.” In 1967, Vance Brand, who was a NASA astronaut, bought the land. Some seniors have land that they have no descendants to give it to; YOU Too can donate land that will be held by RMC. See their web page for details on the great things they are doing. www.Rmconservancy.org
SEPTEMBER is SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH: CRISIS CONTACT INFO: We supply weekly (1) In our “Things to Do” and in our (2) monthly “Senior News”, and (3) daily in our “Community Resources” (pull down menu on front page) many phone numbers and agency names that you can refer to for help.
Reminder, SENIORS! ==Senior Bus Trip to the Denver Zoo – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, September 26, REGISTER NOW firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-823-6622 x30. The coordinator, Lisa Ramsey, says that the Town can help people with mobility problems with some form of free “ride” within the grounds of the zoo, to get around. (see below for more details)
WOMEN’s MENOPAUSE Group in Lyons run by Ms Pecone – contact her direct or on Facebook – she says: “Thursday September 22 at 7p.m. I will host a women’s menopause support group’s first meeting. We can talk about meeting times and content. I’ll make a soup and bread to share. If you are interested let me know.” Open to Lyons residents only. email her at Misslinney@gmail.com
CONSTRUCTION NEWS: The Lyons Recorder has an ARTICLE on several construction projects around town. The first article is about bridges and roads. The second article is about the final Flood Projects left to be done (incl. Black Bear hole). If you don’t get around a lot, you will want to know (1.) Hwy 7 over the St. Vrain River has a traffic light, which stops traffic each way for about three minutes, while construction goes on, and (2.) Apple Valley BRIDGE is closed to traffic during the daytime (take the other entrance.) (3.) The construction on Hwy.36 between Lyons and Estes Park will continue thru the end of October.
NEWS on 20 BUSINESSES IN LYONS: The Lyons Recorder has three articles in September covering new businesses (and two closings). It’s too much to repeat here, but the ones that seniors may be interested in are (1.) Vintage Ladybug has opened a store (in April) at 36/66 intersection, which is a combined flea market and antique shop. Her “partner” Rosey’s Rescues has moved out, and is now located at: a flea market booth in the Lafayette Flea Market, 130 E. Spaulding (2.) The Stone Cup had their final week over Labor Day weekend, and now Mindy and Sam Tallent are retired. See our ARTICLE 9/15/22 about the history of the café and the Tallents. (3.) Oskar Blues music scene is back – They were “The” place to go for many years, but after their renovation the pandemic hit them, and they were slow to re-enter the market.
The Post Office is now open 24 hours/7 days a week again. They had to get a door fixed, and go thru the chain of command with headquarters, which took weeks to do.
BUSES: Lyons now has a free bus to Boulder every weekday morning, and late afternoon. Just wait at a bus stop in town. == It also has free vouchers zTrip which take you to Longmont or Boulder, from Lyons; but it doesn’t operate when the bus does, and it also is available sporadically, so it’s not good to use it for specific appointments times (like doctors). But if you don’t have a car, it is helpful to “go to town,” for anything. Go to the front desk of Town hall and ask for one. It’s good for 30 days. == The Lyons Recorder will have a full ARTICLE, with details later in September.
NEXT TOWN 4th Quarter ART SHOW: will be hung Friday, October 7th. The creations by LAHC Commissioners (past and present) will be presented in the Library. The Town Hall show is open to all residents, of all ages, with the theme being “Thanks. Giving. – Tis the season.” Open House party is Wednesday, Oct. 12. The details are not yet solidified.
SCHOOL BUSES: School has started. Remember that you cannot pass a bus when it is stopped and children are present. Those who violate Colorado’s school bus law are subject to fines of up to $300, with a mandatory court appearance and six points on a driver’s license. A second offense is even worse (fines up to $1,000).
The RAVE to the GRAVE will be Friday October 29. More news to come. (fundraiser party for LEAF)
See Also “Medical Tips” Article below.
Department of Motorist and Vehicles=DMV = If you get text messages or emails saying you either have an overdue fee/or/ you are entitled to a fuel rebate. It will take you to a web site that looks like the state site… and it will ask you to fill in information to identify yourself. But you just need to do a search to see that you should be on the www.sos.state.co.us site (sos is Secretary of State, Colorado State Office, etc). The sites often have names that are close to the real name (eg, Secretary State Office).
A reminder: Avoid clicking any links in an unsolicited text message or email, even if it claims to be a government agency.
COVID-19 NEWS, 8/22
The fall is predicted to be a “bad flu season,” mainly due to people no longer wearing masks or social distancing. Add to that the possibility of still catching COVID-19. So get your TWO vaccines within the next two months (September/October). The new COVID shot is available for all adults, not just “seniors”. Major grocery and drug store chains are offering appointments. (Reports say 49% have had a previous booster shot.)
COVID-19 vaccines: The BA4 and BA 5 subvariant are covered in the new booster, approved by CDC and FTD. Available to: Pfizer 12+ / for Moderna 18+ years. At least two months after most recent shot. It is available at most major chain drug stores, by appointment. This is the only authorized booster now available. Those who were scheduled for the old booster will now be rescheduled. It is predicted to be a bad flu season because people are no longer wearing masks, or social distancing. CDC says it is safe to get both shots at the same time.
REGULAR MONTHLY ACTIVITIES FOR SENIORS
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
SENIOR EXERCISE – free classes – open to all Lyons seniors 55+
These take place at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EITHER at the Walt Self Senior Center basement, or in one of LYONS Parks, 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 hall, lower level, park on Main Street.
Mental Health Partners, Colorado — Crisis Center for walk-ins 24/7 – 3180 Airport Rd., Boulder
(normal resource center: 2935 Baseline)
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 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.
Don’t Call 911 – instead Call 211 – for services and questions (eg, I’m being kicked out of my apartment – get the phone number of housing aid, or free legal aid)
9-1-1 == If there is an emergency situation which calls for help from a “mental wellness counselor”, when you call 9-1-1 for police assistance, you can ask for Co-Responder Lynette Anderson to also come along.
Medical Tip of the Month
SURPRISING TIPS ABOUT PROTEIN: While we all know we should get some protein daily, most of us have never delved into a study of the subject. I attended the monthly “healthy conversations” session put on by Boulder County Aging, and learned a couple of important things about PROTEIN! I knew it was healthy to have protein daily, but I also knew that I had slowly been cutting back on eating red meat, so I wanted to get an update on how much protein I should be eating and any options to meat. Of course, we all know dairy products are great alternatives. But I didn’t know that combining the protein (e.g., tuna) with a carbohydrate (e.g., Triscuit) will help you feel fuller and energize you. Also, that the carbohydrate’s fiber helps digest the meat better — helps to maintain a healthy “gut” (and even lowers cholesterol).
In the session, we used a formula to work out how much protein a person should eat in one day== if you are 180 pounds, it would be 80 grams. Protein should be about 10 to 35% of your daily intake. It helps with bones, muscles, skin, cartilage, and hair and nails. Protein isn’t just about building muscles — It repairs tissues, brings oxygen to your body, helps digestion with enzymes, and regulates hormones! WOW! that’s a lot of good reasons to make sure you are getting enough.
You don’t have to eat meat at every meal; and, it is better to space your protein intake over the day for best advantage. You can start you day with one of these alternatives: Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Peanut Butter, Eggs, or a protein powder added to your milk or yogurt. You will feel energized to start your day.
The next session is October 12 (always the second Wednesday) at 1 p.m. on Zoom, and will be about blood pressure. One participant said that she has tried to get answers to her food questions from her medical provider (Kaiser) and has failed, and in just two sessions, she has gathered a wealth of information. Register here: REGISTER Please feel free to reach out to Patti with any questions! email@example.com These sessions 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.
The Fall Festival in Allenspark takes place Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilltop Guild. This annual festival offers a lunch of homemade chili, cornbread and pies for a small price. Many handmade items from tea towels to coasters also will be for sale and the White Elephant will be open to purchase household items. Three local crafts people will be on hand to sell their ware. Also their schoolhouse will be open (one of only two left in the state).
September 17th – Free entrance to all Smithsonian Museums: Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. This includes the History Colorado museum in Denver. https://www.smithsonianmag.com › museumday › search
SCFD – in return for giving out grants to museum, the grantees offer a fee entrance or show, etc. throughout the year. Go to this page to see a list: https://scfd.org/find-culture/free-days/
Free Museum Day in Colorado – Just show your CO ID; download a ticket on their web site. January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3. Admission is 1¢ for Colorado residents on the first Saturday of each month.
The Lyons Community Library has free passes to a few museums. Check our article, or their web page for more information, or ask at the front desk.
September 25: National Public Lands Day – free admission to National Parks. See how you can volunteer that day — it’s the #1 day for volunteer work in America.
TOWN OF LYONS – SENIOR RECREATION:
9/21/22 – Monthly Birthday party for all those having September birthdays – AND — PICNIC in the Park! This very popular event includes great buffet lunch and games (and free parking). REGISTER: LRamsey@townoflyons.com NOTE: the time is 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. (not the usual 12 noon lunch time) If it rains, it will be moved into the Senior Center. You will get an email that morning if changed (or if you are not on the email list, call town hall 303-823-6622, ext. 30.
9/26/22 – Bus Trip to the Denver Zoo – this was the most asked for trip in Lisa’s survey. So you need to reserve your spot as soon as possible. Registration starts in September. Contact Lisa for costs. === HANDICAP SENIORS === She can reserve a free wheelchair for you, and either she or a friend can push you around. There are also electric scooters available for fee, and she can help pay for that. But both must be reserved before the trip date.
10/12/22, 9:30-11:30a.m. Senior Center: Make a wreath using beautiful dried flowers, with the same instructor who did this at the Lyons library. Popular class! and great results. $10 material fee. RESERVE with LRamsey@townoflyons.com
ART – early November – bus trip to Kirkland Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit. *update* November 11, 11:45 a.m. (eat lunch before the trip). Get a tour of the Wright exhibit, and then have time to wander thru the three other exhibit halls. Must REGISTER with LRamsey@townoflyons.com FEE.
BOULDER COUNTY AGING
“Fresh Conversations” about staying healthy/mainly food topics – second Tuesday of each month – free -This group discusses eating healthy.
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. It’s a small group, so you will be able to speak freely. – The next one is October 12, and will talk about ”blood pressure”.
BOULDER COUNTY AGING (BCAAA), speakers in Walt Self Senior Center Lunchroom, at 12:30 p.m., free: === Sept. 20th – Jennifer Hyder Community Outreach Manager Mental Health Partners. Self Care Workshop. Materials provided . === Oct 4th. Medicare Presentation by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging
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. CLOSES for the Season after Sunday, October 2.
==The Lyons Library has a new schedule of talks, classes, and more. See our ARTICLE for details, or go to their web site. NOTE there will be a series of sketching classes, and a watercolor class in October.
==Busy Readers Book Club (offered bi-monthly, except not in summer) September 21: “Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez 6:30pm – 7:30pm Considered one of the most anticipated books of the year (incl. Oprah). The Lyons Library has a limited number of reserved books ready for you to borrow one.
==ESTES PARK Library Book Club: on books with topics about “death preparation.” must Register
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!
Coco Gordon, Regina Vigil, Pam Barnes, Joanne Farmer, Charlie Corson, Gary Cinnamon, Wanda Janik.
Donna Cole, old Golden Gang member, now in Kersey, CO, Sept. 5th, will be 86 years old, and crocheting afghans for her family.
Gwynne Owen, owner of the now closed Gwynne’s Gardens, Sept. 4th . Now living in Wyoming.
Donna Lee, Sept. 3rd, came to senior lunches, but has moved into a Senior Living home in Hilton Head area in April this year.
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!
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