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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region August 2021 | Volume 34 | Issue 8 Publisher Kevin K. VanGundy
Managing Editor Rhonda Wray Editor in Chief Cloie Sandlin Multimedia Editor Lauren Berg Graphic Designers B. Bigler Michael L. Madsen
6 COVER STORY Forest Therapy
Unplug and find a better connection in the great outdoors, or even your back yard using all of your senses
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11 How can I help?
The Old Bag gives readers advice on how to care for friends who are dealing with dementia
Explore your family tree with a trip to ancestral lands, and the chance to discover new relatives
27 What is a podcast? Discover the audio version of a blog, perfect for multitaskers or long drives
12 Prepare for mosquitoes
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14 New Alzheimer’s drug
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19 Asking pups for forgiveness
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34 Fun after 50
Senior Center Activites
36 News Bits 37 Support Groups
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Jane Scanlon (purple shirt on right) conducts a final sharing circle and tea ceremony with a forest bathing group. Photo courtesy of Jane Scanlon.
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September 25, 2021
A Spectacular Day Trip to South Park City & Breckenridge
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Discover the golden leaves of Colorado’s shimmering aspen trees on this stunning drive during peak viewing season. As we head over Wilkerson Pass we’ll see brightly colored gold patches of aspen trees dotted among the stately Colorado evergreens. Passing through the land where bison roam and antelope play, we soon come upon the historic and remarkably well preserved town of South Park City, where over forty authentic buildings are filled with over 60,000 artifacts of a day gone by. After leaving South Park City we climb Hoosier Pass, home to magnificent views of the Continental Divide. Here you will find panoramic views of golden aspens quaking in the breeze. After some photo opportunities, we’ll continue on to the beautiful city of Breckenridge, where we will enjoy a lovely lunch and walking history tour, along with free time for shopping. Breckenridge’s main street is home to over 200 shops, so you will certainly find something for everyone! After a lovely afternoon in Breckenridge we’ll head for home, with still more beautiful fall colors to see along the way. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, gourmet lunch, guided history tour, fabulous sighteeing and all fees.
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Day 1 - Arrive in French Canada - Settle into your conveniently located hotel before a welcome dinner this evening. Day 2 - Montreal Sightseeing and Notre-Dame Basilica - Embark on a narrated tour of Montreal, one of Canada’s vibrant cities known for its rich French-Canadian heritage Day 3 - Ride VIA Rail and Quebec Sugar Shack - After breakfast, Canada’s VIA Rail service takes you to Quebec City. The only walled city in North America, Quebec’s Grande-Al-lee is alive with many quaint shops and sidewalk cafes. Day 4 - Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame, St. Anne de Beaupre and Montmorency Falls - Depart this morning for a scenic drive along the “Old King’s Road” passing beautiful Normandy and Brittany homes to St. Anne de Beaupre, for a visit to the beautiful shrine, the oldest pilgrimage site in North America. Day 5 - Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio and Ermitage Saint-Antoine Shrine - Learn the intricacies of producing copper art at the Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio with a tour and hands-on workshop to make your own copper work of art. Day 6 - St-Felicien Zoo and Old Perron Cheese Factory - Traveling to the shores of Lac St-Jean, come to the famed St-Felicien Zoo. Day 7 - Our Lady of the Cape Shrine - Today, travel to the city of Trois-Rivieres where you’ll visit the Borealis Center to explore the history of the pulp and paper industry in Quebec. Day 8 - Transfer to Montreal and Home - After breakfast we depart for home. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour as described, round trip airfare from Colorado Springs, all transfers, lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 lunches, and 6 dinners.
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Join us as we head to Denver for a fabulous day! Enjoy lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy, excellent seats for the Lion King, and then shopping at Christkindl Market for any last-minute Christmas gifts! Experience the Stunning Artistry, Unforgettable Music, and the Exhilarating Choreography. Now is the Time to Join the Circle of Life at Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical. PRICE INCLUDES: Fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motor coach, ticket to the Lion King, wonderful lunch including salad, appetizers, entree, beverage, and dessert, and time to shop at the Christkindl Market.
An Old Time Branson Christmas November 1, 2021 Celebrate the Holidays with fabulous shows, lights, shopping and an old-fashioned paddleboat!
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Day 1 - Depart Colorado Springs for Salina, KS and overnight. Day 2 - We’ll stop at the Russell Stover Outlet Store. We’ll arrive in Branson early this afternoon and check into our hotel, The Savannah House. We’ll have dinner at a steakhouse and then it’s on to the award-winning The SIX Christmas Show at American Bandstand Theater. After the performance we’ll head to the Trail of Lights, Branson’s most beautiful Christmas light display. Day 3 - After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head to the Pierce Arrow Theater to see the Doug Gabriel Christmas Show. This afternoon is on your own to shop, relax or view the beautiful Christmas displays all through town. This evening, we’ll dine at Landry’s Seafood House and then it’s on to Clay Cooper’s Country Express Christmas. After we’ll head back to the hotel for hot cobbler, fresh cookies and ice cream! Day 4 - This morning we head to the amazing Titanic Museum. This afternoon you’re in for a treat as we board the Showboat Branson Belle for the dinner and show. This classic showboat-style activity transports guests to the days of paddleboats along the Mississippi River right on Table Rock Lake. After we leave the Showboat Branson Belle it’s on to the world-famous Dutton Theater! After our evening performance we’ll head back to the hotel for homemade deserts! Day 5 - We say goodbye to Branson after breakfast and head to Carthage, MO where we will tour the Precious Moments Chapel and store. Then, it’s on to Osceloa, Missouri, where the Osceloa Cheese Company started in 1944. We’ll have time for shopping before stopping for lunch. After lunch, we’ll head toward Salina and overnight. Day 6 - This morning we’ll continue toward home, stopping at the historic Cathedral of the Plains, located in Victoria, Kansas. After lunch in Colby, it’s home to Colorado Springs. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, 5 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 3 dinners, all shows and attraction tickets as described, luggage handling, all taxes and fees.
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n August my thoughts turn to school. I look back with equal parts relief and wistfulness, since my kids are no longer students. A new grade held the smell of pencils and possibility. It meant the school’s ice cream social and class lists posted on the doors, discovering who would teach them and which friends they’d call classmates. It meant shoes that no longer fit after a summer of flip-flops, fading vacation tans and last-minute haircuts and dental appointments. It was making one master supply list from four individual ones before embarking on a hunting and gathering mission to find packs of dry erase markers and notebook dividers. Though we’d always end up with a cart mounded full, we never could find everything we needed at one store. It was usually three.
SCHOOL SUPPLY NOSTALGIA The school supplies in my days of reading, writing and ‘rithmatic were far more modest. I actually had a trifold plastic sleeping mat for kindergarten. (Now kindergartners read. There’s no time for napping.) I’d had a new box of Crayola crayons, starting with the thick primary set of eight and graduating to the cool, multi-hued 64. A ruler with inches and centimeters because, we were warned ominously, we’d all be using the metric system by the time we were adults. A metal lunchbox that buckled shut. Maybe a Big Chief tablet to practice my printing. (Apparently, they stopped making these iconic red tablets for more than a decade. Now they’re back, available—where else?—on Amazon.) I know a lot of teachers, and I’ve heard their tales of Zoom classes, both funny and poignant. These teachers deserve far more than an apple for hanging in there through mask mumbling, quarantine, all that screen time and so much more. My youngest was on the verge of graduating when COVID hit, and he had no idea he’d never step foot in his high school again when
“I am so impressed by your magazine! Your articles are meaty, informational and inspirational.” - Sandra Wise “Your magazine is great!” - Sarita Shoemaker they were suddenly dismissed. To even have a label of “in-person learning” is curious enough when that’s all anyone knew for the most part. May the 2021-22 school year hold less limitations and lots of learning.
LIFELONG LEARNERS School days or not, knowledge is always there for the acquiring. I’ve heard quite a bit about the concept of being a lifelong learner, and I embrace it! Ditto for a growth mindset. That’s what keeps us interested and aware. The school of Google is just clicks away, and the Pikes Peak Library District offers more than a lifetime of reading material. Every time I open Life After 50, I learn more about this community I call home and the resources available to us as we face the joys and challenges of senior living. The art of face-to-face conversation must not be overlooked, either. Our publisher, Kevin VanGundy, says, “Every senior has a story to share, if only someone will ask them. When you ask a senior their story, you open the door to a relationship, and everything starts with relationship.” Isn’t that the truth? Sit a spell with a senior and you’ll see.
THANK YOU Count me among those still learning as I continue to absorb all I can from the Life After 50 Jedi Masters around me. I met former editor Anthony Welch recently, as he handed the baton (in the form of a PO box key) to me. I salute his season at Life After 50, keeping our readers informed and updated. Thank you, Anthony! ■
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Above the Clouds
Forest therapy soothes the senses and the soul Story and photos by Rhonda Wray
he sparkling prism on a dewdrop. The subtle serrated edge of a leaf. A fluffy feather floating on a pond. The forest’s gifts are abundant. Nature is the perfect antidote to our dizzying days of devices and distractions. Relief awaits—and it’s as close as the great outdoors.
MADE IN JAPAN
Jane Courtland stoops to examine a flower as she soaks up the life-giving natural environment at Cottonwood Creek.
In the 1980s, the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, literally “taking in the forest atmosphere” (alternately, forest bathing or therapy), began, perhaps in response to another Japanese term, karoshi: “death from overwork.” Trained guides lead groups through an immersive outdoor physiological experience that awakens the senses and eliminates stress by quieting the mind. It is not intended to be a
one-and-done experience but a recurring practice, like exercise, yoga or prayer. Fortunately, one doesn’t need to travel to Japan to experience the mental and physical benefits of forest bathing. Our plentiful aspens and pines beckon us to join them near “Sun Mountain,” as the Utes called Pikes Peak. Local guide Jane Scanlon with Above the Clouds Forest Bathing has always gravitated to the outdoors. When she encountered personal challenges, spending time in nature helped her make a shift in how she perceived the problem. When a friend sent her an article on forest bathing, Scanlon was excited to discover her personal experience was an actual practice. “This was one of only three moments in my life where I thought, ‘I can’t not do this,’” said Scanlon, 66. She completed her certification in 2019 through a weeklong immersion program,
followed by six months in a supervised practicum. There are 1,200 forest bathing guides in 60 countries. Although we have more forests than guides in El Paso County, the number of guides is growing.
BATHING IN THE FOREST As long as you’re dressed for the weather (walks take place in every season), you need little else. Bring a sit pad or other portable seat if desired, water and a small backpack. A journal is also fine “unless it becomes a task, like okay, now I have to put words to this sensation,” said Scanlon. Although she leads groups of various sizes, Scanlon prefers to cap the number at eight as it’s easier to converse and observe distancing guidelines. A guide leads intuitively, and no two
“WE SAY THAT NATURE IS THE THERAPIST AND THE GUIDE MERELY OPENS THE DOOR.” walks are ever the same. The experience typically lasts two to three hours. It unfolds with a series of gentle invitations. Breathing. Wondering together. What are you noticing? What is in motion? “Open your eyes and pretend that someone who loves you very much painted a picture for you,” says Kim Nielsen, 59, another local guide. Sensory activities might include sifting dirt through your hand, using a high-powered magnifying glass to observe the most minute detail, enjoying the cool scent of mint leaves, listening to the birds’ melodic song and eating sweet and juicy fruit. “We believe there may be up to 13 senses,” Scanlon revealed. “We say that nature is the therapist and the guide merely opens the door.” Focus is everything. Sharing circles provide an opportunity to process the experience. Scanlon’s sessions always close with a tea ceremony, brewing native plants with established health
Kim Nielsen guides a group of locals and tourists in a forest bathing experience.
benefits such as blue spruce. Scanlon recalled one walk when someone began operating a chainsaw nearby. “It was so loud we could almost feel the vibrations, and there was nothing I could do,” she said. “Interestingly, at our sharing circle one woman said, ‘I think we all noticed the chainsaw, and it was disruptive. But then I thought of when I was a little girl and I would go out with my father while he cut firewood, and my mood shifted from annoyance to joy and gratitude for that memory.’”
SUITABLE FOR SENIORS Forest bathing is accessible to any fitness level. Guides deliberately choose short (about 1 mile), flat routes. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a forest either. “Sitting by a plant in your backyard or holding an apple—any connection with nature using the senses—gives you some of the same benefits,” said Scanlon. She once brought the forest to an individual with mobility limitations. Scanlon offered pinecones, rocks and other natural objects to see, smell and taste. “Research shows that even 20-30 minutes outside two to three times a week can impact your immune system,” Scanlon noted. Science shows a definite connection between nature and health. Trees and plants produce a number of different aerosols that protect trees from parasites and disease. Passersby exposed to these substances strengthen their immune system’s natural killer cells. Studies show phytoncides—organic compounds with antibacterial components—released by trees may also contribute to one’s health amidst ongoing stress. The benefits for seniors are many and varied, targeting maladies that come with age. Physically, this means lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improved cardiovascular health, a stronger immune system, better sleep, accelerated recovery from illness, lowered risk of diabetes and obesity, and improved heart rate variability. Likewise, our bodies’ DNA needs natural compounds to keep our nervous systems running well, which requires spending time outside. Cognitively, those who spend time outdoors tend to feel more focused, alert and creative. “As we age, it’s easy to continue doing what we’ve always done,” said Scanlon. “Spending time connecting intimately with the natural world creates an awe approach, as we discover what might unfold.” Walks also provide an opportunity for human connection. Shared silence is welcome, and fun!
Kim Nielsen closes a forest bathing session with a tea ceremony. One participant expressed her thanks for nature because it’s healing her, in the form of chemotherapy derived from a yew tree. “The natural world used to be our only medicine cabinet,” said Scanlon. “I believe it still has what we need.”
PANDEMIC PRESCRIPTION Scanlon’s walks continued through the pandemic, providing safe human connection outdoors and lowered anxiety. “You don’t have to social distance with trees,” she said. “I think nature is calling us back, cultivating our relationship with the natural world.” In a world where many things are quantified, it’s healing to just be, without expectation or judgment. So slow down. Breathe. Take in the tiny fish or the tree branches reaching to the sky. Although there’s no Wi-Fi in the forest, the connection is far better. ■
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Women in STEM and Space 36th Space Symposium takes flight August 23 By William J. Dagendesh
atherine Steele was pursuing a graduate degree in engineering when a lack of money inspired her to accept a fellowship from Hughes Aircraft in exchange for working for the company. Steele planned to attend business school eventually. She hasn’t any regrets though, as her engineering degree helped her to later become a respected voice in the space industry. “I looked forward to going to work and watching brilliant people do amazing things. I have many fond experiences,” said Steele, 64. Steele hopes to share those experiences with the community during the 36th annual Space Symposium, scheduled for August 23-26 at The Broadmoor. The event is designed to bring together space leaders and innovators to address, discuss and plan for future space exploration. Hosted by the Space Foundation, the Space Symposium is regarded as the premier assembly for the global space ecosystem. More than 14,000 people from throughout the world attend the sights and sounds extravaganza each year to glean information on all sectors of space.
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For the first time, the Space Symposium will be conducted in a hybrid format, allowing for in-person and/or virtual program attendance. Registrants will be able to see, hear and engage with the presentations, panels, awards and programming. Visitors who attend the symposium can tour the exhibit hall and learn what is happening in the space communities and in cutting-edge technology. Steele is particularly thrilled about the exhibits that recognize women and their contributions to the space industry and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Steele believes STEM is the future, and women are leading the charge in bringing it forward. “Our future will rely on STEM because it involves space travel, transportation and communications. We need more people with STEM backgrounds and women, more than ever, are becoming involved,” Steele said. Certainly Steele knows from experience, having worked in these areas. In 1985, Steele joined the Aerospace Corporation, an independent nonprofit dedicated to applying science and technology to solve
During a recent visit to the Space Foundation, Catherine Steele, right, discussed the future of women in space with foundation Volunteer Manager Jennifer Walters. critical issues affecting the nation’s space program. She went on to serve as Vice President of Strategic Space Operations, where she oversaw mission area activities for U.S. Air Force Space Command, Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space/Missile Systems Center. She later assumed the reins of Senior Vice President of the National Systems Group, which is responsible for systems engineering and integrations support for National Reconnaissance Office space programs. Steele holds a bachelors in electrical engineering/system science and a masters in engineering control systems from the University of California, Los Angeles—degrees once held exclusively by men. Leadership roles require diverse thinking, Steele said, and educated
women bring this quality to the professional table. “We need diversity in problem-solving and in covering every angle, and women have proven themselves capable of handling the job,” Steele said. Jennifer Walters, volunteer program manager with the Space Foundation, agreed, adding that women are demanding to be accepted for their engineering and technology skills. “Women don’t shy away, but step up and say, ‘I am part of this industry,’” said Walters. Looking back, Steele thanked those who helped pave the way to a rewarding career. “I had good mentors who launched me on a pathway to my future. I credit them for giving
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“OUR FUTURE WILL RELY ON STEM BECAUSE IT INVOLVES SPACE TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE WITH STEM BACKGROUNDS AND WOMEN, MORE THAN EVER, ARE BECOMING INVOLVED.” me a message in a way to which I listened,” Steele said. “Walking that path wasn’t easy—I got knocked down a lot. But I was resilient, got back up and moved forward.” An advocate of lifelong learning, Steele encouraged people to work hard, treat others with respect and never stop learning. “There is no substitute for hard work, so give only your best because your work represents you,”
Steele said. Walters believes the days of Sputnik and of families watching the first moon landing on TV figure heavily in seniors having sought a career in the space industry. “The moon landing inspired people to go down that career path, and now they want to share their past and present and bring their expertise to the future,” Walters said. ■
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Prepare for potentially paralyzing mosquitoes Courtesy of News & Experts
handful of states just reported this summer’s first mosquitoes are carrying a serious virus called Chikungunya. Although Colorado does not have a large number of virus-carrying mosquitoes at this time, several bordering states, including Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona, may have pockets of one of the two species of mosquito that transmit Chikungunya. A 2013 outbreak in the Caribbean caused most of the American cases, from vacationers. While rarely fatal, Chikungunya causes severe joint pain and fever. The bad news is that most of the U.S. populations of mosquitoes get infected with Chikungunya easily. The good news is that this virus only spreads between humans and mosquitoes, whereas West Nile virus can live in birds and other animals.
Because more people are outside in the summertime, this likely means an uptick in cases. Still, if people can keep from getting bitten, that can stop the virus from spreading. In the spirit of prevention, Joe Malinowski with Mosquito Authority offered five tips on reducing the likelihood of mosquitoes and their bites: 1. Consider a professional service. Sometimes people prefer DIY when it comes to fixing home issues, but they later find that a persistent problem is often better left to trained professionals. “Companies that specialize in mosquito control can effectively address the problem by implementing an entire program over a period of time,” Malinowski said. “There is a science and strategy to a program, and it requires considerable knowledge of how to
treat different types of yards in different regions of the country.” 2. Get rid of standing water. Still water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Common places include clogged drain gutters, birdbaths, pet bowls, planters, trash and recycling bins, and kiddie pools. “It’s important to remain vigilant and remove any containers and debris from your yard to lower the habitats available to mosquitoes,” Malinowski said. “A mosquito needs only about a tablespoon of water to lay eggs.” 3. Use safe repellents. Repellents registered by the Environmental Protection Agency have been reviewed and approved to pose minimal risk when used properly. “Some of the most effective ingredients commonly referred to
in a repellent are DEET, Picaridan, and oil of lemon eucalyptus,” Malinowski said. 4. Dress appropriately. “Studies have shown that some mosquitoes are more attracted to dark clothing,” Malinowski said. “Avoid wearing lightweight, thin materials, which mosquitoes can bite right through. Clothing that provides UV protection is typically tightly woven and often protects against insect bites, too.” 5. Keep your landscape clean. “Trimmed trees and shrubs improve a property’s air circulation,” Malinowski said. “The increased air flow will physically push mosquitoes out of that area and remove the environment they thrive in. Also, basil, lavender and catnip are all plants that mosquitoes don’t like.” ■
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Why you need glutathione and which meds deplete it
hat if you were taking an over the counter med, like an antacid or an analgesic, and it was stripping you of an important antioxidant? Wouldn’t you want to know? Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress. It may even help with skin conditions like psoriasis, as well as alcohol-related liver injuries and non-alcoholic fatty liver. Special forms like the “acetylated” forms of glutathione penetrate the brain and may help with neurological diseases. Glutathione is made naturally in the body and is also found in many supplements nationwide. In the human body, you have many complex metabolic pathways. The methylation cycle makes biologically active B9 (folate). Likewise, you make B12 in your gut. Think of each metabolic pathway as a spinning cycle using different gears, and each gear needs to be well-oiled with nutrients or else the spinning temporarily stops, which would be bad for your health. One of the body’s complex metabolic pathways is called the transsulfuration pathway, which needs vitamin B6 to produce cysteine. Anything that depletes or blocks B6 slows down the production of cysteine, which is required to make glutathione. Here’s a list of medication categories that impact levels of glutathione, as well as my reasoning behind it: • Acid blockers/antacids. These medications severely impact the human gut microbiota. They suppress absorption or block production of the entire B complex family, especially B12, which is required as a precursor nutrient
GLUTATHIONE IS MADE NATURALLY IN THE BODY AND IS ALSO FOUND IN MANY SUPPLEMENTS NATIONWIDE. in the pathway that ultimately makes glutathione. • Analgesics. The medications listed in my book “Drug Muggers” all contain acetaminophen, which can deplete glutathione stores. This is well known in the medical community and, hopefully, your physician has made you aware of that. If not, please pose the question at your next doctor’s visit, because acetaminophen (aka paracetamol) has been proven in other countries to directly deplete glutathione. • Antibiotics. These life-saving medications are sometimes taken for more than 14 days. If that’s the case, you can expect a total disruption of your gut flora, which suppresses B12. This then results in the transsulfuration pathway “gear” being cramped, meaning you can’t make glutathione. • Nicotine. Glutathione production is suppressed by smoking. Glutathione supplementation may be helpful to avoid profound oxidative injury to your lungs and liver. I hope you find this information useful and are able to apply it to yourself or a loved one. If you’re uncertain about glutathione and whether it’s right for you, please ask your practitioner before self-supplementing. ■
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n June 7, 2021, the FDA approved Aduhelm (aducanumab). Biotechnology company Biogen is marketing Aduhelm as “the first new Alzheimer’s drug in almost 20 years.” Biogen makes clear that Aduhelm is not a cure for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but an attempt to slow memory loss. So, is it time to celebrate with the six million families in the U.S. who suffer from this disease that Nancy Reagan once called “the long, long goodbye”? Or is this a time to bemoan Big Pharma’s greed and the FDA’s kowtowing to the Alzheimer’s Association and Biogen?
HOW IT WORKS One hypothesis about Alzheimer’s is that amyloid, a naturally occurring protein in the brain, clumps together to form plaques that collect between neurons and disrupt cell function. Aduhelm, a monoclonal antibody (which are currently used in treating several cancers, multiple sclerosis, and COVID-19), targets and binds to amyloid in the brain, breaks it down, and eliminates it from the brain and spinal fluid. The drug is administered as an intravenous infusion (45-60 minutes) every four weeks in a doctor’s office or infusion center. In the clinical trials that brought Aduhelm to market, 35 percent of patients had evidence of brain swelling on MRI, and 19 percent had evidence of brain hemorrhage. Commonly reported side effects were headache, confusion, dizziness and unsteadiness. Over 6 percent of patients in the trials stopped Aduhelm because of brain swelling and bleeding, and one patient died of bleeding in the brain. Aduhelm was evaluated in two identical, randomized clinical trials.
Patients with early AD (i.e. mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia due to AD) were given either Aduhelm or a placebo. Outcomes were evaluated based on a patient’s change in score on a dementia rating scale. Problematically, experts can’t agree on what an important difference is on this scale. In March 2019, both trials were terminated following an evaluation that showed that Aduhelm was not effective. Predictably, Biogen re-analyzed the data and found a possible positive treatment effect in one trial, but not the other.
THE FDA’S BLUNDER FDA Advisory Committees are independent, expert scientists and clinicians who provide advice to FDA decision-makers. In the vast majority of new drug approvals, the FDA follows the advice of their Advisory Committees. The Neurology Advisory Committee met in November 2020 and voted 10-0 not
IN APPROVING THIS DRUG, THE FDA CREATED FALSE HOPE FOR ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
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to approve the drug. Three days after the FDA approved Aduhelm anyway, members of the committee resigned in protest over the FDA’s decision. “The FDA’s decision was probably the worst drug approval decision in recent U.S. history,” said former committee member and Harvard Professor of Medicine Aaron Kesselheim. “This decision will undermine the care of these patients, public trust in the FDA, the pursuit of therapeutic interventions and the affordability of the health care system.” Another committee member who resigned—Mayo Clinic neurologist David Knopman—added, “I don’t wish to be a part of a sham process... The approval of Aduhelm appears to have been foreordained.” The Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER)—an independent organization that produces cost-effective analyses on how much new drugs should cost—similarly protested the FDA’s decision. ICER reported that “the FDA, in approving Aduhelm for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, has failed in its responsibility to protect patients and families from unproven treatments with known harms.” ICER estimated that the annual price for Aduhelm, assuming that the one “positive” study is accurate, should be $2,560 to $8,290. However, Biogen’s actual price is $56,000 per year with a promise from Biogen’s CEO that he won’t raise prices for four years. The estimated associated annual cost of MRIs, PET scans and infusions is $30,000.
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• Totally ignored the unanimous decision of their advisory committee not to approve this drug. • Assumed that a positive study trumps a negative study. Usually, the FDA requires two positive studies to approve a drug. • Assumed that the disappearance of amyloid on imaging is synonymous with clinical improvement or slowing of deterioration. There are actually lots of data suggesting that isn’t true. • Approved Aduhelm for all Alzheimer’s patients when the Aduhelm studies were carried out exclusively in those with mild disease. Lastly, in approving this drug, the FDA created false hope for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. I’m optimistic that thoughtful physicians will spend the time to educate Alzheimer’s patients and their desperate loved ones about the lack of documented effectiveness and the potential harms of Aduhelm. ■ Phil Mohler, MD, is a contract employee of Rocky Mountain Health Plans. He spent the latter years of his career caring for nursing home patients, many who had dementia. Now he focuses on caring for his wife, Nancy, who suffers from Alzheimer’s dementia.
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Submitted by Kevin Ray I asked my husband if I was the only one he had ever slept with. He said yes, all the others were nines and tens. I told my wife I wanted to be cremated. She made me an appointment for Tuesday. (This is from the guy in the first joke!) I’m on two diets. I wasn’t getting enough food on one. A cold seat in a public restroom is unpleasant. A warm seat in a public restroom is worse. Apparently RSVPing to a wedding invitation with “Maybe next time” isn’t the correct response. Don’t irritate old people. The older we get, the less “life in prison” is a deterrent. Have you ever listened to someone for a minute and thought, “Their
cornbread isn’t done in the middle”? Aliens probably fly by earth and lock their doors. I really don’t mind getting older, but my body is taking it badly. It turns out that being an adult now is mostly just Googling how to do stuff. I miss the ’90s when bread was still good for you and no one knew what kale was. Do you ever get up in the morning, look in the mirror and think, “That can’t be accurate”? I want to be 14 again and ruin my life differently. I have new ideas. As I watch this new generation try to rewrite our history, one thing I’m sure of....it will be misspelled and have no punctuation. Confuse your doctor by putting on
rubber gloves at the same time he does. My wife asked me to take her to one of those restaurants where they make food right in front of you. I took her to Subway. I picked up a hitchhiker. He asked, if I was afraid he might be a serial killer. I told him the odds of two serial killers being in the same car were extremely unlikely. I went line dancing last night. Okay, it was a roadside sobriety test. Same thing.
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Submitted by Lee Bowerman Some rednecks held a press conference because they had built a rocket to go to the sun. The interviewer told them that was crazy because they would burn up before they got anywhere close to the sun. They answered, “Yes, but we’re going at night!”
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Submitted by Lauren VanGundy Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, “Esther, I’d really like to ride in that helicopter.” Esther always replied, “I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is 50 dollars, and 50 dollars is 50 dollars.” One year, Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, “Esther, I’m 85 years old. If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.” To this, Esther replied, “Morris that helicopter ride is 50 dollars, and 50 dollars is 50 dollars.” The pilot overheard the couple and said, “Folks, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don’t say a word, I won’t charge you a penny! But if you say one word it’s 50 dollars.” Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word. When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, “By
golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t. I’m impressed!” Morris replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know, 50 dollars is 50 dollars!”
Submitted by Robert Breazeale You know you’re getting old when you go into a restaurant to order a 3-minute egg and they ask you to pay in advance.
ST. PETER VS. FORREST GUMP
Submitted by Lee Bowerman At the pearly gates, Forrest Gump was being questioned by St. Peter. “You’re too early, but if you can pass a three-part test, you will be allowed to stay. How many days of the week start with a T?” Forrest said, “Four.” St. Peter said that wasn’t exactly the answer he wanted, but Forrest explained, “Well there’s Tuesday, Thursday, today and tomorrow.” St. Peter allowed him that one. “How many seconds are there in a year?” Forrest replied, “Twelve.” After Forrest explained “the second of January, second of February, second of March…” St. Peter allowed that one too. But he said, “Now, no one ever gets this one: what’s God’s real name?” “Andy,” Forrest replied. “My mama always sings this song, ‘Andy walks with me and he talks with me…’” ■
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So you’ve turned into your parents. Now what? By Melanie Wiseman
n our younger years, we scoffed at the idea of becoming like our parents someday. We made it our youthful mission to avoid anything remotely resembling them. For all of the years we spent attempting to be independent and avoid the inevitable, the prophecy has most likely come true. Sometimes we still try to fight it. I’ve heard countless women say, “If I ever do such and so like my mother, please tell me so I can stop!” Needless to say, they do it now, too, and as good friends, we stay silent so they can save face. Taking on the characteristics, vocal inflections, habits and looks of our dear parents is part of who we are. While some inherited features are less desired, what if instead you focused on the positive attributes you were gifted? As a kid, it drove me crazy when my dad said, “Life isn’t fair.” I was upset and I wanted his sympathy, not something that felt like a brushoff at the time. But he was right, and now I find myself saying the same thing. Basically, stop whining, put on your big girl pants and figure it out. At the time, I didn’t realize he was helping mold four children into strong, resilient adults. With my parents now in their 90s, my sisters and I sound so much like my mom on the phone that my dad can’t tell us apart. My husband says all the women in my family also share the same subconscious sigh of contentment. He added that I laugh like my mom, which I never really thought about, but I guess I do. I love my mom’s laugh. When I look down, I see her aged hands in mine. The same hands that taught me to sew, knit, crochet and create. Sue Springer, 69, and her mom won second place in a motherdaughter sorority lookalike contest
FOR ALL THE YEARS WE SPENT ATTEMPTING TO BE INDEPENDENT AND AVOID THE INEVITABLE, THE PROPHECY HAS LIKELY COME TRUE. during her sophomore year at Colorado State University. Fifty years later, Springer does a double-take in the mirror each morning and is tempted to say “Hi, Mom!” “It’s not a bad thing,” she said. “We were also good friends, and I like that we share a lot in common.” From the way he cocks his baseball hat to the way he holds his mouth when he eats and drinks, Sue added that her husband, Bill, 72, is a carbon copy of his dad. “When we were younger I said to Bill, ‘Can you picture my mom married to your dad? Because that’s going to be us someday.’ It’s uncanny,” said Sue. Lucky for Sue, Bill adored her mom. Getting stuck on trying not to be like our parents can lock us in the past. Instead, forgive them and move on. You are not identical to them. Just because you may be like them doesn’t mean you are them. Try focusing on your own values and who you want to be while enjoying the good stuff. ■
Ask your dogs for forgiveness T he first Sunday of every August is International Forgiveness Day. I’m snuggled under my sheets, scrolling aimlessly through my iPhone in the morning sun, when I discover this. My dog, Chip, jumps up next to the bed and puts his paws on my arm. I suddenly pretend to be asleep—but he knows better. “Just five more minutes, buddy,” I say—and Chip reluctantly slides down to the floor. For lunch, I make a big salad. I toss a piece of carrot to each of my three dogs, and they circle me eagerly for more. I show them my empty hands. “That’s all I have,” I say, as they eye the heaping mound of vegetables on my plate and slink away. My husband and I decide to have a night on the town—dinner and drinks. We give the boys early supper and promise we’ll be right back. It’s dark when we return. They are bunched near the door—asleep in the glow of the television—as we put the key into the lock. I lie in bed and think about International Forgiveness Day and all the white lies I tell my dogs during the day. It hits me that I should be asking my three dogs for absolution for so many things. The “short list” I work on turns quite long: • Calling a trip to the vet a “ride in the car.” • Smelling like strange dogs when I come home from work. • Toenail trims. • Praising them for barking at squirrels in our peach trees,
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ardening offers many excellent mental and physical health benefits. You’re not only exercising as you move around, you’re boosting your emotional health by spending time outdoors while tending to your plants’ needs as they grow. Unfortunately, as you age or if you have any physical impairments or conditions, all the bending, extending, kneeling, lifting and other gardening aspects can become painful or difficult. If you find gardening is taking a toll on your body, luckily there are many handy products out there. Certain gardening gadgets and equipment can reduce strain and support you through various challenges to make the experience possible and enjoyable!
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incing, I flash back to early 1970 when I attended a Led Zeppelin concert at Boston Garden. I was higher than a hippie in a hot air balloon on magic mushrooms. As strobe lights bedecked the stage and Jimmy Page began “Whole Lotta Love,” I leapt in exuberance, nearly plunging off the balcony. If not for the quick grasp of my lucid companion, I would have taken the stairway to heaven express. It was definitely a foolish use of psilocybin mushrooms, but my frontal lobes were infantile. I confess, innocently dabbling in psychedelics opened doors to my mind that some might suggest should have remained shut. But I digress. Flash forward: John Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research scientists have discovered psilocybin found in psychedelic mushrooms has vast benefits for treating trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction (smoking, alcohol, opiate or other drugs of abuse), schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, and clinical depression. And, it can heighten brain function. Despite ongoing research into its therapeutic and medical benefits, psilocybin has been listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act since 1970, which includes heroin, crack cocaine and
meth. However, the times they are a changin’ as cannabis, psilocybin, ayahuasca and MDMA are currently recognized as beneficial when used in supervised setting under the watchful eye of experienced, legally approved medical authorities.
GOOD VIBRATIONS Decades researching plant food as medicine taught me that many psychoactive plant medicines and treatments—stigmatized as dangerous, evil tools of Satan, and illegal— are rising to new research laboratories, suggesting there just might be something to earth’s psychoactive plant medicines. “Psychiatrists, scientists and mental health professionals considered psychedelics like psilocybin to be promising treatments as an aid to therapy for a broad range of psychiatric diagnoses,” stated the Drug Policy Alliance, whose supporters work to ensure the U.S.’ drug policies cease to criminalize those disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that in the search for new ways of tackling depression, researchers have compared psilocybin against a well-established antidepressant in a small phase II trial. It’s still early research, but promisingly, the results show psilocybin
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Who do you think you are? Explore your family tree with genealogy tourism By Victor Block
n planning a visit to Poland, the land where his ancestors lived, Bernard Janicki used the internet to get his travel itinerary started. He first tracked down the parish priest in the village where his mother had been born. When he arrived in that small town, the pastor helped him examine church records dating back to the early 20th century. Using the information he gathered, both in person and online, Janicki was able to trace his grandfather’s lineage to 1819, and the maternal side of his family all the way back to 1751. Thus, he became one of an increasing number of people who’ve made genealogy tourism—combining travel with the research and tracing of family roots—one of the fastest-growing segments of the tourism industry. Many people use the wealth of records and information available online to begin their trip down memory lane without having to leave home. A few quick searches can unearth census records, ship passenger lists, immigration documents and a treasure trove of other data.
The National Archives, for example, contains a motherlode of information. Another essential tool is www.cyndislist.com, a free categorized and cross-referenced list of more than 335,000 links to helpful resources. Categories include localities, ethnic groups, re-
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ligions and more. If planning a trip, this can help one locate archives, courthouses, cemeteries and other places holding information on one’s family history before leaving home. More than two million people have subscribed to Ancestry.com, which claims the title as the world’s
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largest online resource for family history information. It has digitized, indexed and published billions of historical records on its 18 separate websites, and its users have created more than 70 million family trees. Other sources can add to the avalanche of facts and figures.
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NO AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE CAN COMPETE WITH THE THRILL OF PERSONALLY CONTACTING RELATIVES YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN EXISTED, OR VISITING PLACES WHERE ONE’S FOREBEARS LIVED AND FAMILY ROOTS WERE PLANTED. But no amount of knowledge can compete with the thrill of personally contacting relatives you might not have known existed, or visiting places where one’s forebears lived and family roots were planted.
TRAVEL WITH A GROUP For those seeking such hands-on experiences, tour companies offer both organized group trips and individual visits to states and countries where birth, marriage, death and other sources of information await discovery. There are even genealogy cruises for people who prefer to combine learning with the opportunity to take to the high seas. Family Tree Tours takes small groups of travelers to Germany, Poland and Ireland, where they use one location as a home base and explore nearby regions by train. The company obtains research information from tour members in advance, which is forwarded on to researchers on the scene who make contacts and arrange meetings in each family’s village. Family Tree also offers private tours. For those looking for genealogy tours closer to home, agencies such as Ancestor Seekers and Ann-Mar Genealogy Trips arrange visits to Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake’s Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the world’s largest depository, with records from more than 100 countries. Trip participants have access to the center’s voluminous information and are also able to enjoy a rehearsal of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir or a tour of the magnificent 35-acre Temple Square Garden during their free time.
PERSONALIZED TRIPS If a personalized tour is more up one’s alley, Ancestral Footsteps offers the ultimate experience. Through this company, a researcher accompanies clients throughout their journey to places where their ancestors lived, attended school, worked and worshipped. Its luxury offerings can even include travel by private jet and a chauffeur-driven car. Sea lovers can combine the pleasures of a cruise with family exploration. Legacy Family Tree cruises offer daily genealogy classes taught by experts in the field with itineraries that range from the Caribbean and Panama Canal to Alaska and Australia. When not getting valuable information and assistance hunting down one’s family tree, passengers enjoy Legacy’s cruise ship amenities and activities, plus some surprises like an ice skating rink, miniature golf and classes in wine tasting, jewelry making and other pursuits. Travelers who sign up for a genealogy voyage with Cruise Everything get to help plan the topics discussed by experts in the field. Passengers receive a questionnaire several months in advance, which allows speakers to cover the topics of greatest interest. Presentations include information about using the internet for research, photography and sources of helpful records. Participants may also arrange a private appointment with a presenter to get personal assistance. Genealogy tourism offers a variety of opportunities for those seeking to combine a love of travel with the chance to add branches to the family tree. ■
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Behind that crabby old woman, what do you see? By Kay Owen-Larson, PH.D
“Don’t reject me when I grow old; when my strength fails, don’t abandon me.” Psalm 71:9
n a time when our elderly are without families and the emotional and spiritual care they so desperately need, I thought this poem (which I found online) would speak to our hearts and remind us who they are and what they need.
CRABBY OLD WOMAN By Phyllis McCormack (This version has likely been modernized by subsequent authors) What do you see, nurses? What do you see? What are you thinking when you’re looking at me? A crabby old woman, not very wise, uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes? Who dribbles her food and makes no reply, when you say in a loud voice, “I do wish you’d try!” Who seems not to notice the things that you do, and forever is losing a stocking or shoe?
I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still, as I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.
Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead. I look at the future, I shudder with dread,
I’m a small child of ten with a father and mother, brothers and sisters who love one another.
For my young are all rearing young of their own, and I think of the years and the love that I’ve known.
A young girl of sixteen with wings on her feet, dreaming that soon now a lover she’ll meet. A bride soon at twenty, my heart gives a leap, remembering the vows that I promised to keep. At twenty-five now, I have young of my own, who need me to guide and secure a happy home.
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will, with bathing and feeding, the long day to fill?
A woman of thirty, my young now grown fast, bound to each other with ties that should last.
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see? Then open your eyes, nurse, you’re not looking at me.
At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone, but my man’s beside me to see I don’t mourn. At fifty, once more babies play ‘round my knee. Again we know children, my loved one and me.
I’m now an old woman, and nature is cruel: ‘Tis jest to make old age look like a fool. The body, it crumbles, grace and vigor depart, there is now a stone where I once had a heart. But inside this old carcass, a young girl still dwells, and now and again, my battered heart swells. I remember the joys, I remember the pain, and I’m loving and living life over again. I think of the years all too few, gone too fast, and accept the stark fact that nothing can last. So open your eyes, people, open and see, not a crabby old woman; look closer...see ME!
Remember this poem when you next meet an older person whom you might brush aside without looking at the young soul inside. Lord willing, we will all one day be there, too. ■
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eird Al Yankovic once explained that he releases a new album every 3-5 years so that every album is a comeback album. Like Weird Al’s music, every time podcasting is discovered by another generation, it becomes new again. The audio and video delivery process known as podcasting has been around since 2000, but it experienced its latest resurgence in 2014 when NPR began producing exclusive podcasts and promoting them along with their regular radio programming. Podcasting is a delivery platform for audio and video content. If you listen to NPR on the weekend, you likely hear content that is developed primarily for a podcast audience. Radiolab, Science Friday, Ted Radio Hour, Planet Money, etc. are all shows that have more podcast listeners than radio listeners. The internet as a media distribution platform began with blogging. Online services allowed anyone to set up an easy-to-edit website called a “blog” where a person could write personal commentary, local news articles, original literary content and more. But blogs were more than just websites—they contained code that allowed readers to “subscribe” and receive updates whenever new content was added. This syndication process is referred to as RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and it’s the fundamental delivery vehicle for podcasts.
Most people think of podcasts as topical radio-show-style programs that they listen to with their phone or computer’s media player, but a podcast can be any audio or video file. What makes it a podcast is that it is distributed automatically via RSS syndication so that listeners can subscribe and hear the most current episodes. Like a blog, anyone can create a podcast. There are no official rules or regulatory agencies over podcasting. Unlike radio shows, podcasts are typically developed for a targeted micro audience rather than a general macro audience. There are podcasts about woodworking but there are also podcasts specifically about using a scroll saw. Likewise, there are podcasts about dentistry, xeriscaping, taco trucks, salmon fishing and virtually any other hobby or lifestyle imaginable. Podcasts are free to subscribe to. Some may offer premium subscriptions, but the purpose of a podcast is to distribute information
TALKING DIGITAL or cover a topic that needs more exposure. Producers of podcasts occasionally make money from advertisers, but most podcast creators do it out of love for the featured topic. While video podcasts are gaining popularity, it’s unlikely they’ll ever be as popular as their audio counterparts. Video requires more time and energy to both create and consume. Audio podcasts are popular among commuters and office workers who listen passively. Video podcasts can be more informative and offer a richer media experience, but if commuting, you might hit the car in front of you if the episode is too engaging. The most common way to listen to podcasts is via a podcast app, such as the podcast app on your iPhone, Google Podcasts on your Android device, Spotify, TuneIn and Stitcher. Each of these free apps allows you to sample and subscribe to any of the thousands of podcasts available. ■
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t’s all about personal information. Maybe we should be flattered. Never in the history of humankind has anyone cared more about every detail of our lives, and been willing to pay for it. Should we try to protect our private information from being sold? I have to admit that I’ve been bothered—more like freaked out— by two recent financial news stories. One is Wells Fargo’s deal with Envestnet, the other is Blackstone’s acquisition of Ancestry.com. Who will have access to my personal information, and what will they do with it? Even if I trust Wells Fargo and Blackstone, they may spin off my personal data to some other company. Envestnet is a “turnkey asset management platform,” providing tools to help investors manage their money. Wells Fargo’s deal means they’ll now provide their customers with Envestnet apps for spending, saving and planning. Granted, tools like these are invaluable for keeping track of personal budgets and investments, helping small investors become more financially literate.
WE’RE BASICALLY STILL IN THE WILD WEST ERA WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTIONS REGARDING HOW THE DATA MIGHT BE USED. However, Envestnet also sells its data to third-party brokers who then may provide the data to other financial entities and investors. The apps are “free,” but not without cost: we’re paying by sharing our financial data. We’re basically still in the Wild West era when it comes to protections regarding how the data might be used. Tailored ads are the least of our worries. What’s more worrisome is the thought of being turned down for a loan, insurance or a job because of what your data may predict about your profile. If you want to protect your financial data from being shared by your bank, you’ll have to look further than Wells Fargo. Envestnet has made deals in the last two years with Schwab, Citi, and J.P. Morgan. Investment News warns that
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IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH EXTRA TIME TO OPT-OUT OF ANY SHARING CHOICE YOU HAVE. “[The] industry needs to determine sooner rather than later the best ways to ensure that sensitive consumer information remains protected and that consumers are aware of how data is being used and sold.” Blackstone’s purchase of Ancestry.com is even scarier for consumers. Blackstone Group Inc is arguably the leader in private equity placement. It buys and sells private companies using investor money and debt. “They own health care companies. They own insurance companies. They own retail companies,” explained Michael Roberts, Wharton finance professor. “So they can identify spending behavior, health care expenses, and actual health outcomes for individuals.” Blackstone sees big dollar signs in genetic data, having paid $4.7 billion for Ancestry. In fact, the same month Blackstone acquired
Ancestry.com, Bloomberg revealed a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing showing Blackstone would begin to “package and sell data” from the companies it acquires as a fresh revenue stream. A Blackstone spokesperson pledges that Ancestry’s data won’t be accessible to any Blackstone employee, its stakeholders, or other companies owned by them. An email to Neo.Life’s Matthew Ponsford said the company is “deeply committed to ensuring that Ancestry has world-class consumer privacy” and the data will “never be part of the effort detailed in the SEC filings. Not just the initial sale.” Blackstone is judicious to try to assure Ancestry customers that their privacy is intact. Customers can pull their data off the site if they don’t feel secure. But how customers can verify their data is
deleted, I don’t know. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, has been working to protect our medical privacy since 1996. HIPAA does not apply to Blackstone or Ancestry. Further, Ancestry isn’t the only company finding profit in genetic information. The other big player, 23andMe, negotiated a 4-year deal with GlaxoSmithKline in 2018 to tackle diseases and work on new drugs. After giving customers the opportunity to opt-out, 23andMe is sharing de-identified data. An Independent Review Board was hired to review the ethics of the deal. “DNA data, by its very nature, cannot be anonymized,” said Pam Dixon, the executive director of the World Privacy Forum. “It’s always going to maintain some semblance of identifiability.” You can’t get around “agreeing”
to the interminable legal agreements that are standard on every website. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take much extra time to click on the “more info” link and opt-out of any sharing choice you have. Importantly, you should check the privacy settings on any site with which you share information: your bank or brokerage, an ancestry or
genetics company, your medical clinic and your insurance company. Choose the strictest privacy allowed. For-profit companies are in business for a profit, not to debate the ethics of sharing your genetic and personal data with companies who could use it to your detriment. ■
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Take a meditative morning walk at Garden of the Gods. This is a slower-paced, contemplative stroll to awaken the senses—journaling optional. Preregistration required. 9-10:30 a.m. | Free | programs@ gardenofgods.com
Lift your spirits with three inspiring days of preaching and music at the nondenominational 40th annual Word and Worship Conference, held at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church. Variable times | 3615 Vickers Dr., Colorado Springs | Free | www. onevoicemission.org
Mindful Mondays: A Garden of Gratitude
August 2 & 21
Virtual Genealogy Basics
Research your family tree with this introduction to genealogy research from the Pikes Peak Library District. In celebration of Colorado Day (August 1), August’s classes will focus on researching your Colorado ancestors. Registration required. 10 a.m. | Free | www.ppld.org | 719389-8968
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Food Truck Tuesdays
Enjoy a tasty lunch from a variety of local food trucks at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum every Tuesday on the museum’s west lawn. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs | Free | www. cspm.org | 719-385-5990
The Beach Boys
Don’t worry, baby—you’ll have fun, fun, fun groovin’ to these perennially sunny ’60s popsters from So Cal. The Beach Boys, featuring Mike Love, perform at Pikes Peak Center. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs | $73-$92 | www.pike speakcenter.com | 719-520-7469
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August 7 Silver Key 50th Anniversary Gala
Celebrate a half-century of helping seniors live healthy, independent lives in Roaring ’20s style. “Engaged at Every Age” is the theme of this strolling soiree and entertainment at Boot Hall. Black tie suggested. Join in-person or virtually. 6-10 p.m. | 13071 Bass Pro Dr.,Colorado Springs | $150 in-person, free virtual | 719-884-2300
August 4 & 11
Manitou Springs Library Lawn Concert Series
Listen to your heart’s content to Frog and Fiddle on August 4 and Archtop Eddy on August 11. Held outdoors on the lawn of the former Carnegie Library. 6-7:30 p.m. | 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs | Free | www.ppld.org | 719-389-8968
Honoring the Brave benefit concert
Salute those who served their country by rocking out to live music with cover band Sofakillers at the Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers. Ticket sales support the Home Front Military Network. 5-7 p.m. | 13071 Bass Pro Dr., Colorado Springs | Tickets TBD | www. homefrontmilitary.org
August 5 & 19
Live Music at Banning Lewis Ranch Farmers Market
Listen to live folk, gospel and pop music performed by guitarist Law-
rence Shiroma while shopping at the farmers market in Banning Lewis Ranch. 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 8833 Vista Del Pico Blvd., Colorado Springs | Free
August 6, 20
Knob Hill Street Art Walking Tour
Admire the extraordinary amount of street art and talk to the artists behind it in the Knob Hill neighborhood. Learn about the community organization Knob Hill Urban Art District that creates the murals. Registration required. 3 p.m. | 2331 E. Platte Ave., Colorado Springs | Free | www.ppld.org | 719-389-8968
COS150 Downtown Walking Tour
Calling all history buffs! Start at Story Coffee (complimentary beverage included) and join Pioneers Museum
staff for a new walking tour drawn from the museum’s newest exhibition. Objects tell stories, and at 150 years old, Colorado Springs has a lot to say. 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. | 120 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs | $10 | www. downtowncs.com/event/tours | 719886-0088
August 7, 8
Mountain Arts Festival
Browse dozens of artists and vendors, eat great food and enjoy music at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 210 E. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park | Free | www.the mountainartists.org | 719-502-5085
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Listen to folk, gospel and ballads by solo guitarist and trombonist Lawrence Shiroma while enjoying your favorite coffee beverage at Third Space Coffee. 3:30-5:30 p.m. | 5670 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs | Free
Give back to your community by cleaning up the weeds at Rainbow Falls. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and work gloves. Please RSVP. 9-11 a.m. | Free | 719-520-6977
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Learn about the latest fraud and scams targeting older adults and tips on how to detect, report and protect yourself and your loved ones from becoming a victim at this webinar. Online registration required. 12-1 p.m. | Free | www.ppacg.org/ events
Banning Lewis Ranch Concert in the Park
Pack a picnic and head for Vista Park to listen to Martini Shot, “Southern Colorado’s hottest band.” This sixpiece cover band includes horns for a unique sound. 6-8 p.m. | Free | 8833 Vista Del Pico Blvd., Colorado Springs | www. banninglewisranch.com
August 12, 19, 24
Drawing With Deb Ross
Join instructors Deb Ross and Pat Fierro to learn the basics of pencil drawing at the Rockrimmon Library. Registration required. 1 p.m. August 12 & 24; 5 p.m. August 19 | 832 Village Center Dr.,
Rainbow Falls Volunteer Day
IMAGE Golf Tournament
Hit the links at the beautiful Eisenhower Golf Course at the Air Force Academy and invest in the future by raising funds for scholarships. Includes green fees, golf cart, breakfast buffet, prime rib lunch, range balls, beverages and goody bag. 6:30 a.m. | 2304 Cadet Dr., Colorado Springs | $65-$125 | joseph.kahoe@ bowheadsupport.com | 719-2105568
C.S. Lewis: The Great Divorce
C.S. Lewis’ mesmerizing fantasy about heaven, hell and the choice between them comes to life with Lewis’ signature wit, amazing actors and dazzling stagecraft! 4 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs | $49-$69 | www. pikespeakcenter.com
Feast on an authentic meal prepared by the Sons and Daughters of Italy (Pikes Peak Lodge 2870) at the Colorado Springs Elks Lodge. Includes spaghetti, two meatballs or Italian
sausage, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Proceeds support their scholarship fund. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. | 3400 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs | $10 adults, $5 ages 4-12, free for 3 and under | 719-260-8773
2:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. Saturday & Sunday | 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs | Tickets start at $25 | www.broadmoorworldarena. com | 719-389-8968
Enjoy a pasta sauce cookoff; beer, wine and whiskey tastings; live and silent auctions and a cork pull at the Myron Stratton Home to support TESSA. 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 2525 South State Hwy 115, Colorado Springs | $120 | firstname.lastname@example.org
From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic vocals, and a few dozen ever-classic songs, Chicago’s concerts are celebrations. 8 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs | $50-$127 | www. pikespeakcenter.com
Colorado Springs: A Photographer’s Look at a Changing Landscape, 1971-2021
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Yesterday—The Beatles Tribute
Get your ’60s on through this feelgood show about the Fab Four, the best-loved pop group ever. Rich in memories and musical showmanship. In-person or livestreamed. Doors open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs | $20-$25 | www.stargazers theatre.com | 719-476-2200
Join author, journalist and photographer Stewart Green in the East Library Community Room for a personal photographic journey of Colorado Springs over the past 50 years. Registration required. 4 p.m. | 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs | Free | www.ppld.org | Answers to your Medicare Augustquestions. 28 719-389-8968
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CLUBS 21st Century Toastmasters meets weekly at Library 21c. Fridays | 1 p.m. | 719-591-8045 ACC Grass Roots 307 Cribbage meets weekly at the Colorado Springs Elks Lodge. Wednesdays | 4:30 p.m. | 719-3311200 ACLU defends civil rights and liberties. 303-777-5482 Austin Bluffs Sertoma meets twice monthly for breakfast at Hotel Elegante. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 7:30 a.m. | 719-460-5561 (Pat) Austrian-American Enzian Club meets monthly at the VFW Post #101. 4th Wednesday | 5 p.m. | 719-3801163 Bingo fundraiser to help aid local veterans at DAV-26 Knob Hill, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. Sundays | 5:30-9 p.m. | 719-5918787
Patty Jewett Clubhouse. Cost for lunch is $18 (cash/check). Call/visit website to RSVP. 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | 719-260-0651 or www.tbc50plus.org Bridge Players Duplicate plays daily at the Bridge Center. Monday through Saturday at 12:30 p.m. | Sunday at 1:30 p.m. | 719634-7250 Bulldog Club meets monthly at Westside Community Center. 4th Monday | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 719385-7920 Carnelian Coffee Book Club meets monthly at the Out West Gift Shop. 1st Sunday | 1 p.m. | jpaisley@ppld. org Colorado Springs Chess Club meets weekly in the Acacia Apartments ballroom. Tuesdays | 6 p.m. Colorado Springs Coin Club meets monthly at Fraternal Order of Eagles #143. 4th Tuesday | 6:30 p.m. | 719-4338417
Library Children’s Room. 1st Tuesday | 7:30 p.m. Curiosity Unlimited offers free lectures monthly September through May at the UCCS University Center, Room 116. Call to RSVP. 2nd Friday | 9:30 a.m. | 719-5741449 El Paso Pacers is a walking club that meets monthly. RSVP by email. 3rd Thursday | 9 a.m. | 719-5206977 | email@example.com Falcon Adult Group meets monthly at High Prairie Library. 1st Wednesday | 11 a.m. Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship meets monthly for breakfast at IHOP, 6005 Constitution Ave. 2nd Saturday | 7:30 a.m. | 719-2293317
Bingo (Paralyzed Vets of America) plays weekly at Bingo World. Tuesdays | 12:30 p.m. | 719-578-1441
Colorado Springs Numismatic Society meets monthly at Hilltop Baptist Church. 2nd Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-433-8417
Black Forest AARP gathers monthly for a potluck lunch at Black Forest Lutheran Church. 2nd Wednesday (beginning September) | 12 p.m. | 719-596-6787
Colorado Springs Scrabble Club meets virtually weekly for three games on Woogles.io (must create account). Mondays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-332-5141
Gleneagle Sertoma meets twice monthly for lunch in the Northgate area. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 1st & 3rd Wednesday | 11:30 a.m. | 719-331-1212 (Harvey)
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Silicon Mountain Mac User Group meets virtually monthly. Visit website for Zoom link. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | www.smmug. org
Pikes Peak Over the Hill Gang for active people 50+ who enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, golfing, camping, etc. (variable times/dates). Membership required. Meets monthly for dinner. 2nd Wednesday | 719-388-1534 | www.ppothg.org
Socrates Cafe meets weekly for discussion at the Monument Library. Tuesdays | 1-3 p.m. | 719-531-6333, ext. 7005
Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners meets monthly for dinner and a program at the Masonic Center. Call to RSVP. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | 719-4730330. Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers (of children in the military) meets monthly at the Falcon Police Department. 1st Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-651-8038 Rotary Club meets weekly for lunch and a speaker at The Antlers. Visit website for Zoom link and to RSVP. Fridays | 12:15 p.m. | 719-338-3239 | www.portal.clubrunner.ca/3250 Senior Chats occur weekly at the Rockrimmon Library. Tuesdays | 10:30 a.m. Senior Circle Book Club meets monthly at the Woodland Park Public Library’s large meeting room. 2nd Thursday | 10:30 a.m. | 719-6879281
Sons and Daughters of Italy meets monthly at the VFW Post #101. 1st Tuesday | Dinner 5:30, Meeting 6:30 p.m. | 719-290-9586 Sons of Norway meets monthly for a heritage meeting at Viking Hall. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 5719-743717 Travel Club meets regularly through the Fountain Valley Senior Center. 719-600-2602 | mbowers@fvs center.org Triviality Trivia plays weekly at Gold Camp Brewing Company. Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-319-3798 Vietnam Veterans of America (chapter 1075) meets monthly at Colorado Technical University. 4th Saturday | 9 a.m. | 719-650-1513 Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association—Army Women United meets monthly at various homes and backyards. 4th Saturday | 10 a.m. | 719-6603641 ■
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SPECIAL EVENTS Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknowns 1:30-3 p.m. | August 3 | $3
Newcomers Orientation 1-2 p.m. | August 26 | Free
LIFELONG LEARNING Annuities
The Power of Painting the Middle Values of Watercolor
1-3 p.m. | Tuesdays | August 24-September 21 | $47
9-10:15 a.m. | Mondays & Thursdays | August 23-October 11 | $60
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Wednesdays | August 25-September 22 | $47
Painting Seasonal Landscapes
10:30-11:30 a.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | August 23-October 11 | $55
Italian Immigration to America
1-3 p.m. | Wednesdays | August 25-September 29 | $53
1-2 p.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | August 23-October 11 | $60
Living History #4: Theodore Roosevelt
9-11 a.m. | Fridays | August 27-October 1 | $53
1-2:30 p.m. | August 12 | Free
10-11 a.m. | August 17 | $5
1:30-2:30 p.m. | August 24 | $5
Indoor Plants for Health & Beauty 1-2:30 p.m. | August 27 | $3
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Painting on Fabric
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9-11 a.m. | Thursdays | August 26-September 30 | $53
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9-11:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | August 31-September 7 | $27
9-11 a.m. | August 6 | $53
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Loose & Free Watercolor Painting
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9-11 a.m. | Tuesdays | August 24-September 21 | $47
3:30-4:45 p.m. | Mondays & Thursdays | August 23-October 11 | $60
10:45-11:45 a.m. | Tuesdays & Fridays | August 24-October 8 | $55
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11-11:45 a.m. | Tuesdays & Thursdays | August 24-October 7 | $50
Yoga Flow for Beginners
9:15-10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays | August 25-October 6 | $33
Medicare: Navigating the Maze
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9:15-10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays | August 25-October 15 | $33
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11 a.m.-12 p.m. | August 9 | Free
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Line Dancing 1
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SPECIAL EVENTS Simple Steps to Boosting Your Immunity 12:30-2:30 p.m. | August 11
8 a.m.-3 p.m. | August 21
Springs Vegan Market 12-4 p.m. | August 28
EXERCISE SilverSneakers Classic
9-10 a.m. | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | $5 if insurance doesn’t cover class
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays; 12-3 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays
1-3:30 p.m. Mondays; 12-2 p.m. Fridays
Beginner’s Line Dance 10-11 a.m. | Wednesdays
Intermediate Line Dance 6-7 p.m. Mondays; 2:30-4 p.m. Fridays
HEALTH VNA Foot Care Clinic
9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Tuesdays biweekly
OTHER Bible Study
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Thursdays
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Blackrose Acoustic Jam
August 5: Fiddle tunes August 12: Gospel August 19: Radio oldies August 26: Bluegrass oldies 6-8 p.m.
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Discussion: “When No One is Watching” by Alyssa Cole. 11 a.m. | 2nd Friday | 719-330-0241
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