Life After 50 - September 2020

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An Unforgettable Day Trip to the Keenseburg Wild Life Refuge & Butterfly Pavilion

Walk down the world’s longest footbridge while scouting for large cats and bears lounging in the shade or splashing in the pool. With over 9,000 acres of sanctuary lands the Wild Animal Sanctuary is an attraction not to be missed. The sanctuary is home to nearly 500 animals, including lions, bear, jaguars, coyotes, tigers, mountain lions, porcupines, alpacas and more. We’ll spend a few hours observing these magnificent creatures in their habitat. After lunch we head to the Butterfly Pavilion, where you may interact with over 1600 free flying butterflies in their “Wings of the Tropics” display. After your self guided tour, sip tea, crunch cookies and enjoy an educational, adult-focused lecture on the role of insects across cultures to more in-depth information on butterflies and other invertebrates. We’ll return home after a day filled with amazing creatures, both great and small! PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, entrance into the Wildlife Refuge, lunch, Butterfly Museum lecture and all fees

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A TASTE OF THE TRUE SOUTH - Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields. PRICE INCLUDES: 7 night luxury cruise, one night pre-cruise hotel, roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, roundtrip transfers, all meals onboard ship, shore excursion included at each port of call, all port fees, taxes and surcharges.

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Day 1 -Depart Colorado Springs for lovely Honolulu. Check into our hotel and get ready for a sunset dinner cruise. Day 2 -Full day tour, including Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri, the USS Arizona Memorial, city tour of Honolulu and the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater. Day 3 -Today we depart for Maui. After arriving we’ll transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore. Day 4 -Experience Maui on this full day tour. See waterfalls, beautiful beaches, flora and fauna and Mt.HaleakalaDay 5 Whale watching excursion with a Certified Marine Naturalist. Day 5 -On to the Big Island, the largest and geologically most diverse of the Hawaiian archipelago. Day 6 -Full day tour of the Big Island, including Volcanoes National Park, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and much more. Day 7 -On to the lovely island of Kauai. The island is so lush and green Day 8 -Today, we’ll see the north part of the island, including Hanalei Valley, Wailua Falls, Kapaa Town and Moloaa Bay. Day 9 -“The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is on our schedule for today. Waimea Canyon is over ten miles long and 4000 ft. Day 10 -Our last day in Hawaii is yours to enjoy on your own, After we check out of our hotel we’ll head over to Smith’s Luau, perennially voted the best luau on the island. PRICE INCLUDES: Fully escorted tour, roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, 10 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 dinners, all tours as described, transfers, inter-island flights, all taxes and surcharges. Deposit of $400 due to secure space; final payment due 1/5/21.

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Mississippi River Cruise aboard a luxury steamboat


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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A 9-day breathtaking rail tour through spectacular Switzerland




Day 1 - Transfer from Colorado Springs to Denver and depart for Zurich, Switzerland. Day 2 - Arrive Zurich and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this lovely city. Day 3 - Zurich and Lake Lucerne Area. Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most idyllic medieval cities, surrounded by a beautiful lake and nestled amidst snow-capped Alps. Day 4 - Lucerne - Interlaken - Goldenpass Panoramic Train. Cross Brunig Pass en route to Interlaken and spend some timestrolling through the quaint streets. From Interlaken take the BLS RegioExpress train to Zweisimmen. Continue on the GOLDENPASS PANORAMIC TRAIN for your unforgettable journey to Montreux, then continue to Lausanne. Day 5 - Lausanne - Montreux - Tasch - Zermatt: Depart for the delightful Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt. En route, stop to visit the town of Montreux, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and surrounded by vineyards and against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Enjoy some free time or maybe join an optional guided excursion to Chillon Castle before continuing by train to Zermatt. Day 6 - Zermatt - Gornergratt: This excursion takes you to the famous GORNERGRAT, traveling on board Europe’s highest rack railway. The views of the Matterhorn from its summit are spectacular. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Day 7 - Zermatt - Glacier Express - St. Moritz: The train journey today aboard the spectacular GLACIER EXPRESS is without a doubt one of the main highlights of the tour. Day 8 - St. Moritz - Bernina Express to Tirano, Italy: Take the BERNINA EXPRESS train (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Tirano and back for one of Europe’s most spectacular and breathtaking train rides. Day 9 - St. Moritz - Zurich: Leave St. Moritz for the journey back to Zurich. Enjoy some time at leisure in Zurich. Day 10 - After breakfast, we say goodbye to this beautiful country and head for home. PRICE INCLUDES: Fully escorted tour, roundtrip airfare, transfers from Colorado Springs to Denver, lovely accommodations, baggage handling, breakfast each morning, 3 dinners, roundtrip transfers in Switzerland, first class seats on the trains, excursion in Lucerne, all taxes and surcharges.

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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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Anne Armour and her son, former Denver Bronco Justin Armour, purchased the Crystal Park Cantina in 2011. Since then, Anne prides herself on creating entrees that are lathered with one of her own secret recipe sauces – pork green chili, tomatillo Alfredo or mole. Read more about Anne on page 6. Photo by Natalie Minasian

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Cumbres & Toltec scenic railroad a must-ride

Cumbres & Toltec is North America’s highest and longest railroad. The train travels 64 miles on tracks liad down in 1880.


eel the rush of 12 mph on North America’s highest and longest railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec. Yes, you read that right. At the breakneck speed of 12 mph, you’ll soak in all of the majestic Rocky Mountain beauty surrounding you on one of the daily departures running late-May through mid-October. Plus, this train has been judged twice by the readers of USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards to be the No. 1 train ride in the nation. Whether you choose to depart from Antonito, Colorado, or Chama, New Mexico, you’ll be treated to jaw-dropping mountain views and a whole lot of family fun.

The train is a National Historic Landmark When you climb aboard the Cumbres & Toltec, you’re taking a step back in time. This is an authentic experience of turn-ofthe-century railroading on tracks laid down in 1880. As a National Historic Landmark,

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RAILROAD/from page 4 you’ll travel 64 miles in a moving museum. Your conductors will re-create the thrill of traveling by steam railroad, and you might even feel like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday or another outlaw of the Old West who rode this very train. This journey will give you a chance to relive some of your favorite movie scenes along the route. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad has been in more than two dozen films, including “Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade,” “Wyatt Earp,” “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and “Hostiles.”

The scenery is breathtaking As the train burrows through two tunnels and steams over the Cascade Trestle, you might forget to take your camera out because it’s easy to get lost in the stunning natural landscape. Gather your wits and snap a photo as you climb to the top of the 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass, the highest point reached by any steam railroad in North Passengers can take a special sunset dining trip on the train. America. It seems like you should be in the Guinness Book of World Records just for being on board, right? Make your way to the open-air gondola car, free with every ticket, where a docent offers commentary on historic, cultural and geological focal points along the route. From there, you can view forests of aspens, open alpine meadows and fields of bright wildflowers. Watch for deer, antelope, elk, foxes and eagles as they share this pristine landscape with you. Keep your head, hands and feet inside the train as you tunnel your way through mountainsides and teeter on narrow ledges along a rocky gorge of unusual geologic formations.

You’ll enjoy the luxury of train travel With different ticket options, you can leave from either station and return to your car by luxury motorcoach. Classes range from Parlor, with all the perks, to Coach, which is perfect for budget-conscious travelers. Plus, there’s the deluxe class in between. All full-day trips include a hot lunch of roast turkey or meatloaf at the scenic Osier Station, about halfway through your journey. Don’t forget about the homemade bread, salad bar, pies, cobblers and the famous triple-chocolate cake.

Special excursions offer a twist on the classic If you’re looking for something a little different, the garnet-colored train offers plenty of specials throughout the season. Feeling romantic? The summer Scenic Dinner Trains, with music tributes and a delicious prime rib supper, take place as the sun sets behind the mountains, casting the forests around you in a golden-hour glow. Get dressed up in your finest frocks and take yourself to the roaring ‘20s for the Speakeasy Sunset Dinner Train in September. The jazz tunes will be flowing, your flapper dress will be swishing, and a fresh fish dinner will delight your taste buds.

The historic train rides along tight mountain turns.

The holiday season is magical when you include the Cumbres & Toltec. Donate food and toys for families in need, and ride the historic train with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoying hot cocoa and candy canes and a pristine winter wonderland. Departures from Chama, NM have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico. Once restrictions have been lifted, the railroad intends to add departures from Chama. There will be no departures on Mondays no half-day rides. From Sept. 12 – Oct. 18, two trains are expected to depart daily and run between Antonito and Chama with a lunch stop at Osier Station, following the traditional C&TSRR schedule. If you need to cancel your reservation this season, you will get a full refund if you cancel at least 48 hours prior to your trip. Masks are required for all passengers and there will be a temperature check before boarding the

train. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be refunded their ticket and refused a ride on the train. The 2020 schedule is subject to change and passengers will be required to follow all current federal and state safety precautions. Passengers are encouraged to check the website for the most up-to-date information. With the abbreviated schedule, many rides on the C&TSRR, especially September fall color departures, will sell out well in advance. With historic equipment, it is not always possible to add additional cars to meet demand. To ensure that there are seats on the dates you want to ride, the railroad advises to please make reservations in advance at This article originally appeared on Colorado. com. Visit the site to learn more about things to see and do around Colorado.

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Culinary creations keep Armour content Story and photos by Natalie Minasian Hidden in the foothills of Manitou Springs is a wonderful Mexican restaurant with loads of history, including a visit from Chief Manitou when it was known as El-Tejano. The landmark restaurant has been reborn as the Crystal Park Cantina. Its head chef is Anne Armour. Anne’s mantra is “We make it all here.” It is not your average Mexican cafe. Instead, you will find sweet potato nachos with chorizo and cheese, a unique tomatillo Alfredo sauce and distinctive Mexican fare. Following years of working in catering and special events, Armour opened two restaurants in Manitou Springs – Boots & Ann’s and Sweet Anne’s Café, and two in downtown Colorado Springs called Three Doors Down and Café La Difference. Some might be familiar with her son, Justin Armour, a Manitou Springs High School football star who went on to play wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens.

Off to Mexico One day, after retiring from the NFL, Justin announced, “Cara and I are moving to Mexico, and mom you’re coming with us. You can do all the gardening you want and help me with the family.” Anne was a professional gardener, and she planned to help improve Justin’s property. The offer that was portrayed as a beautiful retirement in an exotic country with her grandchildren around was too enticing. She accepted. Justin and his wife Cara had fallen in love with a small village about 40 miles north of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific coast. It was called El Pescadero, and that’s where Anne was headed, along with Justin’s family. Anne started out as head gardener along with a crew of three. Although the hacienda was near the ocean, the view was blocked by a grove of palm trees and dense overgrowth. Putting on high boots (because of snakes) and wielding machetes, they cleared the land until a magnificent view of the water could be seen from their porch. A feisty Sicilian woman cook was the one to spark her interest in native foods. Anne says that a particular tuna dish looked like dog food but tasted heavenly. The cook would not share her recipe but after three or four tries, Anne figured out the ingredients. “My palate is very sensitive, so one by one I learned how to cook these special dishes,” she said.

Taking a liking to the local cuisine Armour spent more than seven years in El Pescadero, sampling and learning to create unique Mexican entrees. Just like her other entries into the

Photos by Natalie Minasian

Anne Armour, usually too busy for breaks, agreed reluctantly to let us photograph her sitting amongst the colorful roosters and flowery metal sculptures at the entrance of Crystal Park Cantina.

card to call her daughter Necole culinary world, she found herself cooking for local back in the states and talk for 20 weddings and large gatherings minutes. Necole had three or entertaining her friends when I’m a finisher. I find out children and, as you might they came down to visit. what to do then get it done expect, Anne became homesick Chilies grew abundantly. and really missed her daughter — whatever it takes. Anne says they could get them and grandchildren. for free if they grew on As Justin and family moved - Anne Armour branches outside the farm fence back to San Diego, Anne got line or if they fell off the ready for her exit from Mexico, delivery trucks. She had no returning to Manitou Springs. problem “harvesting” those free Eventually, all of her family chilies! came to live in the area, so her grandchildren could In El Pescadero and beyond, Anne’s reputation be raised close together. was growing. “I loved to cook so created big, lavish wedding A new opportunity parties – did flower arrangements, made the One day Anne was approached by Ben Macias wedding cakes and of course, prepared delicious who, along with his brother Glenn, owned the meals for the wedding reception,” she said. See ARMOUR, page 7 Each week for 200 pesos, she bought a phone

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Mission Bell restaurant. Ben said, “You need to buy this restaurant!” Anne and Justin liked the fact the restaurant was off the beaten path of downtown Manitou Springs. As you enter Manitou, you turn south onto Crystal Park Road and wind about one-half mile into the countryside to reach the quaint stucco cantina. The Armours were tempted to buy but the price was too high so they bided their time. Once the price came down sufficiently they bought it in May of 2011 — renaming the place the Crystal Park Cantina. Anne and Justin agreed from day one that he would take care of the front of the house, and she would take care of the kitchen in the back. Everything was changed and totally redecorated with bright metal

Above, on a very hot day, these folks know the Cantina’s daily happy hour from 2-5 p.m. would be the perfect place for margaritas — from traditional to mango missi to fighting Sue. Below left, Anne’s excellent sweet potato nachos with her private blend pico de gallo, secret sauce and chorizo. Below right, Avoiding a simple tomatillo sauce, Anne created her own recipe for tomatillo alfredo here smothering a chile rellenos dinner.

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She was more than ready to fashion a fine menu. It is a fusion of

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lathered with one of her own secret recipe sauces – pork green chili, tomatillo Alfredo or mole. Every single morning at 6:30 a.m., Most challenging of running a

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COVID-19: Science says wear a mask By Todd Neff

UCHealth Today


ear a mask. Those three words, the simplest of commands, mask a staggering degree of scientific complexity. Make no mistake: amid this pandemic, you should wear a mask when in close contact with others outside your immediate circle, when in enclosed spaces with others outside the family bubble, and when in crowds outside or inside. But the science behind maskwearing – like so much of the science related to the COVID-19 pandemic – remains a work in progress. The State of Colorado mandates – and many Colorado counties require – masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing masks; the World Health Organization does too; UCHealth requires masks in hospitals, clinics and administrative areas. One model created by Colorado scientists assumes that masks reduce a wearer’s contagiousness by as much as 50 percent. “If you’re not social distancing, I think you should be wearing a mask,” says Dr. Michelle Barron, UCHealth’s top infectious disease expert. Photo by

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“If you’re not social distancing, I think you should be wearing a mask,” says Dr. Michelle Barron, UCHealth’s top infectious disease expert.

Cyrus McCrimmon for UCHealth. “If you’re not social distancing, I think you should be wearing a mask,” said Dr. Michelle Barron, medical director for infection control and prevention at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus and a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “It’s really to prevent others from being exposed to your droplets and spittle without even knowing it.”

The scientific questions surrounding masks – homemade or storebought cloth masks and surgical-style masks, not the still-scarce N95s that health care workers need more than we do – are more nuanced. The mask-skeptical arguments rest on a couple of pillars. One is that there’s little in the way of convincing, peer-reviewed proof that regular folks wearing cloth masks are protecting themselves or anyone else from





COVID-19. Another is that many such masks aren’t great in the first place, and even good ones often aren’t being worn properly (that open-air nose defeats the purpose). Yet another is that masks may lull the wearer into a false sense of security in the crowded places and tight spaces where transmission risk is highest. No less an authority than University of Minnesota epidemiologist Michael Osterholm said in June: “The messaging that dominates our COVID-19 discussions right now makes it seem that, if we are wearing cloth masks, you’re not going to infect me and I’m not going to infect you. I worry that many people highly vulnerable to life-threatening COVID-19 will hear this message and make decisions that they otherwise wouldn’t have made about distancing because of an unproven sense of clothmask security. Distancing remains the most important risk reduction action we can take.” Then why wear a mask?

The science that supports wearing masks

One reason is that the science of

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Senior shopping hours Several stores are making sure those at highest risk for the Coronavirus, especially seniors, have a chance to get the essentials they need to stay quarantined.


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All Walmart stores will reserve the first hour of shopping every Tuesday for customers 60-years old and older. It will Take place an hour before the store usually opens. The Pharmacy and Vision Center will also be open during this time.

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Corporate offices are strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day to be dedicated soley for the shopping needs of those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. will be reserved for the shopping needs of senior citizens. For all other customers, store hours will be 8 a.m. - 8 p.m on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hours will be 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. all other days.

masks and other coronavirus countermeasures work. A 2015 study done in Vietnam compared cloth masks to surgical masks among 1,607 hospital health care workers and found that those wearing cloth masks ended up catching influenza more often (there was no mask-free control group). The same research group recently revisited the topic amid the COVID-19 epidemic. They concluded that, while health care workers need N95-class protection, “The general public can use cloth masks to protect against infection spread in the community,”

particularly in light of the many mild and asymptomatic coronaviruses cases. A 2013 British study concluded that “a homemade mask should only be considered as a last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals, but it would be better than no protection.” A 2008 Dutch study considered N95-style respirators, surgical masks, and cloth masks and found that they all would reduce exposure to airborne influenza virus in that order. An April 2020 review considering N95-class respirators, surgical masks,

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MASKS/from page 8 masks is evolving, and all indications are that it’s evolving toward the theory that masks are an effective way to slow the pandemic’s spread. There are indeed few peer-reviewed studies on the effectiveness of masks on slowing the spread of the coronavirus. That’s because the human disease the SARS-CoV-2 virus causes is still just months old. COVID-19 studies take time; so does peer review. More research, rest assured, is coming. Until then, we must largely rely on work that predates COVID-19 and mathematical models of the disease based on best estimates of how well

and homemade cloth masks came to much the same conclusion, as did a June 2020 review in The Lancet. That study reviewed 172 observational studies and concluded that wearing masks reduce the risk of coronavirus infection – albeit with “low certainty.”

Cloth masks helped during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

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PACE’s mission continues despite COVID-19 By Anthony Welch


OVID-19 has altered how Rocky Mountain PACE services seniors, but the organization has found a way to stick to its mission of helping seniors stay independent. “We’re doing everything to keep them in their home with an abundance of caution to minimize their exposure,” PACE Director of Marketing and Community Engagement Summer Galceran said. While the day center is closed, PACE continues to cook up and package meals that are delivered to seniors. PACE staff has continued offering in-home services and medical care as well. Along with that, staff members call seniors in the program twice a week just to chat and let seniors know they’re there for them. “We were the first day center in the nation to close. On March 11, we made that decision to make sure our seniors were safe,” Galceran added. “This was before New York even closed anything. We won’t probably open until they’re closer to a vaccine or the rates are so low that it will make sense.”

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Rocky Mountain Healthcare Services facilitates the nonprofit PACE program, which is short for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. The program was created in 2008. Its mission is to provide all-inclusive care to seniors 55 and older.

“We want seniors to be independent and stay independent as long as possible,” PACE Community Relations and Marketing Representative Carolyn Wilson said. “We provide the services they need to stay healthy and independent.” Those services include four categories – social, support, wellness and medical. Social includes access to the adult day/health center, recreational activities and educational classes. Support includes transportation services, case management to coordinate services, home health care, personal care and laundry services and respite care. Wellness covers nutritious meals and snacks, homemaker services, recreation therapy, counseling, home health care, medication management and physical therapy. The medical category includes physical and occupational therapy; emergency, hospital and nursing home care when needed; all necessary prescription drugs with no co-pay; medical specialists; medical clinic with physicians and nurses specializing in older adults and skilled home health care. All-inclusive sometimes means helping with tasks not necessarily in those categories, according to Galceran. “There’s no other program of its kind that’s out there,” she said. “It’s an all-inclusive program. If that means we have to clean up your dog because its fleas are bothering you, we’ll do it.” “We have staff that will go out and analyze their living area and make sure (seniors) have what they need in order to be safe in their own home,” Wilson added. “Our maintenance team

makes sure there are safety rails.” While COVID-19 has the day center closed, that doesn’t mean PACE doesn’t have ways to keep seniors active. The organization has posted a variety of videos seniors can access. They include everything from exercises and yoga to crafting, recipes, trivia and sing-along videos. They can be found under the “COVID-19 Support” tab under the Rocky Mountain PACE heading on the website. PACE’s transportation fleet is hitting the streets delivering meal packages to seniors. The fleet also transports seniors to and from the PACE medical clinic, or other specialists, when needed. “People still need assistance. People still need medical assistance,” Galceran added. “They’re just not getting that day center activity.” Rocky Mountain PACE can enroll individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements: • At least 55 years old • Living in our PACE service area • Certified by the State of Colorado as needing nursing home-level care • Able to live safely in the community with PACE services at the time of enrollment. When someone wants to enroll, PACE sends out an intake specialist to their home to help them with the application. “So they don’t feel like it’s a daunting task,” Wilson added. “They just have to call. We’ll take care of everything.” For more on PACE, visit www. or call 719-314-2327.

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Try these five alternatives to meniscus surgery By Carrie Luger Slayback


’d had sore knees before, but what sent me to my orthopedist was that I couldn’t straighten my leg. The doctor gazed at an X-ray of the painful knee. “You have a slightly torn meniscus,” he said, “and you’re not a candidate for surgery.” “Well, what can I do?” I asked. “Here’s a physical therapy prescription,” he said, and I limped out. I remembered my running friends who’d had meniscus surgery and wondered how many other doctors would’ve looked at my meniscus and said, “Operate.” I went online and found a 2017 National Institutes of Health article titled, “Why do surgeons continue to perform unnecessary surgery?” “It is significantly safer to board a commercial airplane, a spacecraft, or a nuclear submarine, than to be admitted to a U.S. hospital,” the article read, because “medical errors currently rank as the third leading cause of death in the U.S.” The article listed two unnecessary surgeries:

1. Arthroscopic meniscus surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures—approximately 700,000 yearly in the U.S. A recently published trial found there was no benefit for patients who had their meniscus repaired. 2. Spinal fusions for back pain do not lead to improved long-term patient outcomes compared to non-operative treatments, including physical therapy and core strengthening exercises. In spite of high-quality trials proving spinal fusion doesn’t help back pain, “spinal fusion rates continue to dramatically increase in the U.S.,” the article read. Why would doctors perform these surgeries, possibly endangering their patients? According to the article, doctors said because that’s what they’ve been trained to do. Current Medicare reimbursement rewards

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doctors for surgery rather than spending time with diagnosis and nonsurgical treatments. Shouldn’t we try everything before agreeing to surgery? Try these approaches first: • Physical therapy: For me, PT was like having a personal trainer. I continue doing the exercises I learned even though I’ve completed therapy. It strengthened muscles around my knee, reduced pain, restored movement, and as an added benefit, I learned to work on balance. Balance protects against the dreaded fall, and a stronger knee keeps me moving. • Maintain a healthy weight: Dr. Frank B. Kelly, in an article for, wrote that “every pound of weight gained puts an extra four pounds of pressure on each of your knee joints…just a five-pound gain, would be like adding 20 pounds to each knee.” Extra weight can damage cartilage causing joint stiffness and swelling. Extra pressure can cause tendinitis and bursitis, which are both painful and potentially disabling. Subtracting pounds diminishes pain and promotes healing. • Tai Chi: The slow, low-impact movements cannot cause injury, and

help painful fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. Practicing Tai Chi contributes to balance while providing pathways for fluid to flow to cartilage. • Yoga: Yoga is strength training without weights. Join a senior yoga class, and you’ll be surprised at how fast your body loosens up. Range of motion gained gives freedom of movement and the ability to prevent falls. • Light weight training: Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass and strength that comes with age. Lifting light weights two to three times a week can build muscle strength, preserve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and the symptoms of heart disease, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. It can also help improve sleep and reduce depression. I’m glad I didn’t have unnecessary meniscus surgery. At 76, I practice what I preach: weight training, aerobic exercise and yoga. Yesterday, I descended the stairs, dumbly looking at my phone, and slid down the last three stairs. I wasn’t hurt, but I made two promises: Don’t look at your phone while climbing stairs, and next time surgery is proposed, explore alternatives.

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MASKS/from page 9 health care workers and others during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the Manchurian plague epidemic of 1920-1921, and, in the 1930s and 1940s, tuberculosis. A study of U.S. mask mandates found that mask wearing may have averted 230,000 to 450,000 coronavirus cases by late May. Another modeling study that estimated that, if 95 percent of the U.S. population wore masks, 18 percent fewer would die from the virus by Oct. 1 (including 125 fewer people in Colorado). The Colorado COVID-19 Modeling Group’s interactive model assumes masks reduce the wearer’s contagiousness by 50 percent, though they add “there remains considerable uncertainty about this assumption.” Among other sources, the Colorado group cites a preprint review article by Jeremy Howard and colleagues that in turn discusses other modeling groups’ work predicting that cloth masks to have enormous impact when widely worn. That article concludes that near-universal mask wearing could itself turn the pandemic’s tide, with a positive economic impact of thousands of dollars per person per mask. (Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, estimated that masks could

prevent the need for further lockdowns that could wipe out 5 precent of GDP.) The Colorado COVID-19 model shows masks to have an enormous impact: if everyone wore masks, statewide intensive care unit bed occupancy wouldn’t exceed 71. With half of us wearing masks, a peak of 460 ICU beds would be filled with coronavirus patients by April 2020. If none wore a mask, 1,116 ICU beds would be filled by next January. Finally, masks – or something like masks – were shown to reduce COVID-19 transmission among Syrian hamsters by about two-thirds. That study was among several that have led scientists to believe that not only droplets that quickly fall to the ground, but also tiny virus-carrying particles that can float about for hours – aerosols – are important COVID-19 transmission routes.

The physics behind mask-wearing

University of Colorado Boulder Prof. Jose-Luis Jimenez, an expert on aerosols, atmospheric chemistry and air quality, turned his attention from air pollution to viral infection with the rise of COVID-19. His team’s coronavirus model – one intended to

help colleges understand the risk of in-person classes – assumes that cloth masks reduce coronavirus contagiousness by 50 percent if the wearer is the potential spreader and by 30 percent if the healthy wearer is exposed to someone with COVID-19. A mask’s effectiveness is ultimately driven by physics, Jimenez explains. It’s complicated – “one could write a PhD dissertation on the computations of the fluid dynamics here,” he said – but the basics are comprehensible to those of us less versed in Brownian motion and van der Walls force. Cloth masks are more effective in protecting others from the wearer than the other way around because, assuming a good fit, we exhale in respiratory jets, Jimenez says: “Velocity gives inertia, and inertia makes the particles impact into the mask material.” When inhaling, the velocity of incoming particles is somewhat lower, and that means fewer collisions of droplets and aerosols with the mask material. He says that besides proper fit, a mask’s material (thick being typically better than thin) and the number of layers matter: two layers have a better chance of snagging particles than one, for example. N95 masks, he adds, are

more effective in part because they include electrically-charged fibers that attract airborne virus-carrying particles. And beware of those masks with exhalation valves, Jimenez says, as they don’t protect others at all. Finally, he says, talking emits far more respiratory particles than breathing, and singing or shouting emits more particles than talking. “Removing the mask to talk – as we see some public officials do – removes a lot of the benefit of wearing masks,” Jimenez said. Though scientists continue to study the effectiveness of cloth masks in slowing the spread of COVID-19, there’s more than enough evidence to support their widespread use, Barron says. “At the end of the day, I don’t want anybody else sick,” she said. “Even if masks were only 10 percent effective, that would still be better than nothing. This can spread like wildfire. Even if you’re young and healthy, others are vulnerable. It’s not just your risk.”

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Maintaining social well-being during a global crisis By Anna Robertson, B.S.


e all need people, and we always have, throughout our lifespan. During times of personal crisis, we often lean on close friends and family for support in various ways. For example, sometimes we rely on our loved ones to provide emotional support after a difficult day. Other times, we ask our loved ones for physical help, such as when we need a little help finishing some daily chores. And still other times, our loved ones might support us through financial means, like a community raising funds to help us reach a personal goal. Socializing literally affects the health of individuals 50 and up. Older adults who interact with others regularly are more likely to be in better physical health, less likely to develop dementia and experience depression less often compared to those who do not have many social experiences with others. During a global crisis, it is natural to want to spend even more time with our loved ones to seek support as well as to offer it however we can. Unlike many of the global crises we have experienced before, the COVID-19 pandemic requires that we physically distance ourselves from most people in our lives to protect us all, making it feel like we cannot reach out for the support we normally would during difficult periods of our lives. COVID-19 also seems to be particularly harmful for people who have developed chronic diseases, and we see that chronic diseases are most

Second, keep a private circle of immediate family or close neighbors to see in person who also limit their interactions with others. pervasive during older adulthood. How, then, can we maintain our physical, mental, and emotional well-being while also protecting ourselves and loved ones during a pandemic? The following are some suggestions that may be helpful or, at the very least, may inspire new ideas on ways to spend time with others. First, use whatever technology you can to stay connected. Create routines to see family and friends through applications such as Skype or FaceTime, or even just call on the telephone more often. Temporarily replacing a social event in our schedules with a virtual conversation with the same group may offer us a sense of stability while we maintain our relationships. Check out online forums, chat groups, and individual messaging options for us to write to our friends and family instantly and conveniently. Return to some old-style communication. For example, writing a letter by hand about your life updates and physically mailing it to distant relatives might provide an opportunity to reflect and wait

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patiently for responses. Second, keep a private circle of immediate family or close neighbors to see in person who also limit their interactions with others. While continuing to maintain physical protections by wearing masks and frequently washing your hands, you can be in the physical presence of a few others who do the same. Enjoy the Colorado summer by going on a walk with a friend outside or visiting with a relative from a distance in your front yard – just wear masks, keep a distance of six feet and refrain from touching anyone. Enjoy the people you can be around, even from a distance. In short, we need to maintain close social connections. While living through a global crisis, we must either create new ways or return to our previously preferred methods of keeping up with our loved ones. Through this process we can individually grow as flexible older adults and grow as a resilient community. For more information about the risks of social isolation for older adults or to find resources available to you, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program website at Anna Robertson, B.S. is a psychology doctoral student training at the UCCS Aging Center. For more information, contact her at arobert4@uccs. edu or call the Aging Center at 719-255-8002.

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society’s gold standard. I y nature, we’re a know lots of people who comparing species. We use this method and feel grow up seeing how similar good about it. But they or different we are to other also feel upset when people. deadlines are canceled And somewhere along and they’ve missed out on in our young years, we several fun things while don’t just compare. We making lists and checking begin to feel better or worse about ourselves in By Nancy Norman off steps. And I have friends comparison to others. who consistently finish Certain styles for tasks using style No. 2 but feel like accomplishing a task, for example, they’re doing something wrong, even have a higher approval rating than feel ashamed of themselves. They others. Society has preferences, no often apologize for being distractible doubt. So it’s not just our mothers or and call themselves “procrastinators,” fathers we compare ourselves to. It’s what the whole culture embraces, “the which is certainly no compliment by society’s standards. best way to do things,” that becomes A friend just finished a project our judge and jury. using her usual style No. 2. She did Take these two contrasting styles other things til deadline came closer, for completing a job: then focused clearly on the objective • 1. Knowing the deadline, and “got ‘er done” in eight hours. But outlining the steps, planning the time when I complimented her, she called frame and checking the steps off the herself a procrastinator and said she list til the task is finished. still feels one-down when she’s • 2. Knowing the deadline and around anyone using style No. 1. completing the whole project when The yardstick we measure the deadline is imminent. ourselves with has values behind it. Style No. 1 has gotten to be

There’s a vital difference between avoiding something because we don’t want to do it and deciding to wait because it doesn’t feel like the right time to do it. Among Style #1 values are conformity and acceptance and praise. Promoted as the “right way” by many, it also can value superiority. Style #2 has values of patience and pleasure and intensity. It may feel more satisfying to do other things than the task to be done since it’s not at deadline. I wonder if other people’s anxiety helped push style No. 1 into the preferred status? Watching someone wait til close to deadline can be extremely nerve-wracking. President Bill Clinton’s aides can attest to that,

as he often put speech-writing off til the last minute. Maybe he “procrastinated” on purpose? There’s a vital difference between avoiding something because we don’t want to do it and deciding to wait because it doesn’t feel like the right time to do it. During the virus restrictions, many deadlines have gone away. All of a sudden we seem to have endless days to do projects. Without firm deadlines, style No. 1 can easily morph into style No. 2. I have my usual list, but I find myself saying, “I have plenty of time to do that. I’ll just wait til the last minute.” Whichever style fits us best — and we can use both — the most important thing is what we think of ourselves while we’re using it. Since we can’t really stop the comparisons, maybe we can slow down the criticisms. Nancy Norman is a licensed clinical social worker, musician with The Storys music and former “Intimacy” columnist for The Wichita Eagle. Email her at jmediaate@aol. com.

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Canning? Yes, you can By Paige Slaughter


anning time! It’s one of my favorite times of year—vegetables are piling up on the counter and pouring out of the fridge. What to do with all that bounty? Maybe this month you’re beginning to enjoy the overflowing abundance that gardens provide. Or, if you’re at a slightly higher elevation like me, maybe your crops are just finally starting to realize it’s summer. (Why are you so shy, squash flowers?) Whether it’s your garden that’s overflowing, or you’re the proud farmer’s market visitor who buys up all the seconds, ‘tis the season of preserving: canning, drying, dehydrating, pickling, fermenting and freezing. Locally grown produce is harvested at the peak of its growing season, which makes it both tastier and more healthful than what you’ll find in grocery stores. Personally, I don’t buy a single tomato outside of tomato season. Instead, I dehydrate and can as many tomatoes as I can

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Eating on nature’s schedule Our bodies, just like nature, are at the same time amazingly complex and quite simple. In the subtlest ways, we crave and benefit from the exact nutrients and types of food that nature provides throughout the seasons.

In the heat of summer when we’re active, sugary fruits are in abundance and we have plenty of herbs and veggies to dry and otherwise preserve for the seasons to come. In fall, we begin to slow down as the weather cools, turning to root vegetables and hearty soups for grounding. Winterhardy dark greens provide nutrients while we stay warm cooking up

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CANNING/from page 16 • Preserve the harvest to enjoy all year long.

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Taste and nutrition are reasons enough to preserve local produce while it’s in season. Caring for our planet and supporting the local economy are bonuses, each helping to create and preserve an abundant world for all people. • Drying and dehydrating: Drying herbs, fruits and vegetables is an easy and a great way to capture the nutrients of plants for winter. Air dry tender herbs by bundling and hanging them upside down in a cool, dark place with a bit of airflow. You can also spread a thin layer of herbs, edible flowers or chili peppers in a basket and lay a cheesecloth over the top to keep dust away. Slice fruits and veggies, and dry in a dehydrator. Once the moisture is gone, you can store dried produce in jars to use in soups and other cooked dishes through the seasons. • Canning: While the process varies for different items, you only need a few tools and a recipe to get started. This is one of the more

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time-consuming preservation techniques, so choose wisely. I like to save my canning efforts for sauces and jams: I blend all my tomatoes into a sauce, and roast peach halves in the oven for winter pies. • Fermentation: This process can be a little scary if it’s new to you, so find a recipe to follow. Basically, let food and liquid sit in a clean jar on the counter, and wait. Fermentation is a natural process that food endures under certain conditions, and our ancestors have been doing it for a long time. There are many different types of fermentation, leading to fantastic eats like kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, wines and spirits. Fermented products are full of probiotics that benefit your gut. • Pickling: Vinegar is a natural preservative, and one of the easiest methods of preservation; use it to pickle peppers, cucumbers and more. I love dicing peppers and pickling them with garlic, salt and herbs to use on sandwiches year-round. Resist the urge to be scared off by preservation horror stories, and you just might discover a new favorite way of eating and summertime hobby all at once!

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Recipes: Commit to more family meals, bonding time family behavior, but this meta-analysis looks at the relationship between family meal frequency and family functioning outcomes,” said David Fikes, executive director of the FMI Foundation. “We can confirm that family meals are a valuable contributor of improved nutrition and family dynamics.” Find tips, recipes and ways to increase family meal frequency at

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pending moments together with loved ones carries obvious benefits like time to catch up and opportunities to bond, but sharing meals actually provides definitive value for families. With restricted social interactions and confinement at home due to COVID-19, many families face meal challenges that have shifted from juggling busy schedules to seeking new ways to mix up the traditional menu or using digital solutions to reconnect at a virtual table. A study published in the “Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior” funded by the FMI Foundation shows more frequent family meals are associated with better dietary and family functioning outcomes. The results build on years of previous research studies to punctuate the creation of the Family Meals Movement, which encourages Americans to pledge to share one more family breakfast, lunch or dinner at home per week. Consider these notable findings from the study: • Family meals improve fruit and vegetable consumption. Studies show a positive relationship between family meal frequency and fruit and vegetable intake when examined separately, but also when fruit and vegetable intake are combined. • Family meals improve family dynamics. Nearly all the studies included in the systematic

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RECIPES/from page 20 On heavily floured surface, knead dough a few times and roll out to fit greased 10-inch tart pan. Carefully spread dough into tart pan and bake 15-20 minutes, or until tart starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Dust crust with cornstarch to help fruit stick to crust. Arrange strawberries, kiwi, banana and blueberries on top of crust; sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

and pineapple. Bake until crust is crisp and browned around edges, about 10 minutes. Let pizza cool 10 minutes before cutting into eight slices.

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1 c all-purpose flour 1/4 c whole-wheat pastry flour 1/2 c sugar 1 egg 1 T half-and-half or cream 1/8 t almond extract or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 T unsalted butter, thinly sliced cornstarch sliced strawberries sliced kiwi sliced banana blueberries 2 t turbinado or powdered sugar (optional) Preheat oven to 350 F. To make crust, beat together flours, sugar, egg, half-and-half and almond extract. Add butter slices and mix together until sticky ball of dough forms. Refrigerate 30-60 minutes.

After years of families grabbing meals on the run, sheltering in place has brought many back to the dining room table. For a simple family meal that focuses on frozen seafood and pantry staples, try this recipe for Shrimp Scampi that involves just a few steps of preparation that can even allow kids to help in the process. If you don’t have time to cook, Aqua Star’s Shrimp Scampi MicroSteam Bowl is a simple way to enjoy the same flavors in minutes, from the microwave, with no clean-up required.

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ASK GABBY GAYLE Dear Gabby Gayle: they have to do the work to With all the protests regardchange one’s self. It doesn’t ing racism in our country, I sound as if they know they have made a discovery: My have a problem! If it were parents are racist! I love I, I would probably tell these people, and they did them about this nice guy not raise us to be racist. But you have been dating, and they are! I’m a widow and you would like them to have been seeing a really meet him, and you want to By Gayle nice black man. Before be sure they will be cordial. Lagman-Creswick introducing him to the Sometimes, when forced to folks, I tested the water and look at one’s self and how asked them a few questions like, much they love their daughter, people “How do you feel about mixed give up their unrealized prejudices and marriages between black and whites?” move ahead. When they get to know My dad went on for an hour about the person, they realize how silly they why that is not a good idea. were. Or, sometimes it can go badly I asked, “What happened to what and you will then have to make a you taught us that all are created choice! Good luck, GG equal?” Dad said, “They are equal, but Dear Gabby Gayle: I am writing separate. That is a racist statement, but about my mother who hounds me I did not want to argue. Can you about my overweight daughter. She change people you love who are in says “It is your fault she is fat. You their 70s? Signed, Help! need to put her on a diet.” We have been to counseling with her and are Dear Help: The short answer: following their advice. My daughter “You can’t change them!” The long doesn’t want anyone to know that she answer is three things have to happen is getting counseling for her weight. for a person to change. 1. They have Our job is to make our daughter to realize they have a problem. 2. feel good about herself, and I’m afraid They have to want to change. 3. Then

mom will say something to her and she will feel ashamed, which is not what we want! I’d like to tell mom to keep her mouth shut, but I know you must have a kinder way! Signed, CJ

dirty and he isn’t either. How do I

Dear CJ: I empathize with you. You probably know I am an advocate of people “minding their own business.” I have a rule that says, “Never give advice to your adult children unless they ask for it, and then only very carefully!” Evidently, your mom does not subscribe to that philosophy. I think you have to tell your mom, “We have a very well thought-out-plan made with her doctor, and we are following that. I would appreciate it if you help us make our daughter feel good about herself the way she is.” No guarantees. I hope it works! GG

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Dear Gabby Gayle: I am writing about dad who lives with us. He has very irritating habits. I love him and get so mad at myself for losing patience with him. He doesn’t like to shower and put on clean clothes. When I tell him I need to wash his clothes, he says his clothes are not

off every day at the sink, so really

cope with this? Any ideas? Out of Patience. Dear Patience: When the older generation, they are bound to get on each other’s nerves. That is why when readers ask my advice about parents living with them, I usually say it often does not work well. I think you have to pick your battles. When my grandfather lived with us, my mom would steal his clothes while he was sleeping and put out the clean clothes, which he would not put on until he showered! He would grouse about it every time, but he did it. Also, old people don’t sweat as much, and most wash don’t have to change clothes or shower often. Hope this helps. GG If you have a question for Gabby, please email it to lagmancreswick@

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Please note that in consideration of COVID-19 and the health and safety of our visitors, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum programs will not be offered in-person at the museum at this time, they are currently being offered in digital format. • Fridays & Saturdays

Living Landscape Outdoor Tour Alamo Square Park - 10 to 11 a.m.

The Pikes Peak region is a living landscape that has changed over time. Join a Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum guide to explore the exterior of the 1903 Courthouse and the surrounding Alamo Square Park. Examine the architecture, public art, and history to learn how the use of this space has adapted to the needs and values of the community throughout time. This is an outdoor tour, so please be sure to come prepared with sunscreen, a hat, water, and comfortable walking shoes. • Sept. 12 [Dis]Information: American

Indians through the Lens of Roland Reed - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exhibit features dozens of pictoralist photographs of American Indians taken by Roland Reed in the early twentieth century. It also includes original artwork and commentary by Gregg Deal, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and 2020-2021 Arts on the Streets Juror Winner, Take back the Power! Visit exhibits/. Sept. 16 Digital Children’s History Hour: Intergenerational Awareness Month - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Zoom registration required. This September we are celebrating Intergenerational Awareness Month. We’ll read “How to Babysit a Grandma” by Jean Reagan and explore how family relationships helped shape our community. Children ages 3-6 and their favorite adult are invited to explore regional history through story time, a family-friendly tour, activity and craft. For more info & to register for Sept. 16, visit

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BEFORE ATTENDING ANY ACTIVITIES, please make sure they are still happening by checking their website or giving them a call. Some may be cancelled or postponed. Others may have changed COVID entry checks, mandated face mask or social distancing requirements. When purchasing tickets it may be advisable to know about their refund policies, too. September - Beat the Rush to Vote! Starting early October ballots will be mailed out and so if you’d like to avoid problems at last minute with either registering to vote or to change your address etc. go online to: sos. or call El Paso County Elections Dept (719) 575-8683. Their offices are located in the Citizen’s Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. on the 2nd floor, suite 2202. Kimball’s Peak Three Theatre will virtual stream movies into the comfort (and safety) of your own home – go to to start watching some awesome movies! Now playing are “Out Stealing Horses,” “Love Express,” “Around the Sun,” and “The Fight.”

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And coming soon: “The Personal History of David Copperfield” and “The Secrets We Keep.” Until Sept. 28: Flying W Chuckwagon Suppers & Western Show. The ranch is located off Flying W Ranch Rd. at 3330 Chuckwagon Rd. For reservations go to: or 719-598-4000. Sept. 1-30: PPLD Pen Pals. Rockrimmon Library will start an adult pen pal program in Sept. You may register online ( or with the library staff at 832 Village Center Dr. Pen pals are randomly assigned and you can drop off letters at the library. All pen pals must assume responsibility for contents of their own correspondence. It will be a fun way during this pandemic to connect with others in our community! Sept. 4-25: Woodland Park Farmer’s Market. Every Friday in Sept. from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. you can shop over 100 vendors of farm-fresh produce, breads, cheeses, pasta, meats, eggs, jams, teas, coffees, and more! There will also be food

trucks on site and live music playing at Memorial Park and Henrietta Ave. Sept. 4-26: Living Landscape Tour in Alamo State Park. Fridays and Saturdays in Sept the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum will give tours of the 1903 Courthouse exterior, its architecture and history, and the surrounding Alamo Square Park, 215 S. Tejon St. Tours are free of charge and start at 10 a.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes and please maintain social distancing. Sept. 5 – Oct. 3: Yoga at Rainbow Falls. Enjoy a relaxing yoga class for all ability levels at this historic site, 1360 Serpentine Dr. Instruction is provided by Manitou Springs Fitness Center and is for adults only. The cost is $10 a class, per person and please pre-register by calling (719) 520-6977. Participants are asked to provide their own mat and to wear a mask. Sept. 5-6: Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. This 44-year traditional hot air balloon event will continue! This year spectators are

Sundays at 10 a.m.

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encouraged to look to the sky and from the comfort of their own homes (7:30-8:30 a.m. Sat & Sun) watch a spectacular array of 35+ balloons lifting off from 10-12 locations across the city. While balloons soar, listen to radio commentary at: 106.3FM, Y96.9, May 99.9, Cat Country 95.1, 96.1 The Beat, 92.9 Peak FM, or AM 740 KVOR. (No events will occur at Memorial Park) Sept. 6-27: Sunday Bingo! Sundays at 6:30 p.m. (doors open 4:30) the Colorado Springs Chapter of Disabled American Veterans hosts Bingo as a fundraiser to help aid local veterans. Wear masks to enter, seating is limited. 6 Knob Hill, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. Each Bingo packet is $7. 719-591-8787. Sept 6: Autumn Songs by Lawrence will serenade you with acoustic music of the 60s and 70s, 10am-noon as you shop the Metcalfe Park Market, 618 E. Ohio Ave in Fountain. The market is open 8am-1pm every Saturday til Oct 17.

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Sept. 7: Labor Day Vintage Baseball. Come cheer our home team, the Camp Creek Cloud Busters, on to victory – 1 p.m. opening pitch is at Rock Ledge Ranch, 3105 Gateway Rd. Seniors pay only $5 admission. Vintage rules include no spittin’ and no swearin’. Picnics welcome and old fashioned sodas, popcorn, peanuts and crackerjacks are for sale. Sept. 9-30: Colorado Farm and Art Market. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. come to the southeast side of the Pioneer’s Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. To shop online go to or come in person to shop Wed afternoons. Sept. 11: “Staying Healthy While Aging,” a free lecture given by Paige Whitney, M.Sc., Center for Active Living, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 4863 N. Nevada Ave. No. 224, 10 a.m. Call 633-5627 for Webinar registration instructions. Curiosity Unlimited welcomes visitors to our continuous learning opportunities. Sept. 11-25: Puccini Double Bill. Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ gives us a Virtual Season of past performances as they anticipate a face to face reunion with their audiences soon. For details go to Until Sept 11 you can watch Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”, and from 11-25 Sept two Puccini operas. Pastor Keith Moore



Open for Sunday Service 10am 13697 Manitou Street, Peyton

2728 Beacon St. Colorado Springs (719) 636-1515

“A Friendly, Welcoming Church” Pastor Bob Hollopeter Sunday Service: 10:30am & 6:30pm Wednesday Night: 6:30pm

Sept. 12: Family, Food & Craft Festival. Join in the fun for a free outdoor event with live music at the Masonic Center, 1150 Panorama Dr. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be lots of vendors, food trucks, home crafted goodies for sale, in the Hall’s parking lot. Admission is free. Sept. 13: Pikes Peak Region’s Memorial Wall. Starting 11 a.m. there will be a wall dedication to honor the sacrifices made for our freedom by members of our Armed Forces who were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept 11, 2001. The Memorial Wall is in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery on Teller County Rd #1 just outside of Cripple Creek. Sept. 13: Organ Spectacular VI. First United Methodist Church’s world-class organ at 2:30 will shake the building in performances of Hindemith’s Kammermusik and a Widor Symphony. Senior admission is $25. The church is at 420 N. Nevada Ave downtown. Sept. 19: Violet Sykora Memorial Walk. Join the Falcon Wanderers Club to get us outdoors and exercising! For details on this hike in

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Bear Creek Park, 21st St near W. Rio Grande St. and to sign up, go to:

Creek Rd. Free to attend but cost of lunch is your responsibility. RSVP to 719-231-6265.

Sept. 19: Introduction to Genealogy. Learn how to begin researching your family tree and discover more ancestral history. This class for beginners 10 a.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., will discuss: Why genealogy? Getting organized, setting goals, common record types and recording information.

Sept. 26: National Drive Electric Week. See and learn about electric cars, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot by Il Vicino, University Village, 5262 N. Nevada Ave. Free admission. Wear masks, social distance and please be respectful of others.

Sept. 20: National Back to Church Sunday will be celebrated at the 10 a.m. Sunday service of Peyton Community Church, 13697 Manitou St. Whether you have been away from church for a while or if you are searching for a new home church, all are welcome – please join us. The church follows Colorado health guidelines. Please wear masks and social distance. 719-215-1333. Sept. 25: The New Energy Market. Learn about the state of fossil fuels vs. renewable energy use and what’s on the horizon from Jim Riggins of the Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society, noon at Margarita at Pine Creek, 7350 Pine

Sept. 26: Elton ‘Dan’ & The Rocket Band – there will be just one performance 7 p.m. of the full Elton experience at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Dr. Doors open at 6. Please stay home if feeling ill, give other guests their space (6 feet), and wear your mask while not seated at your table. For tickets ($18+) call 719-476-2200. Sept. 30: First Aid, CPR, AED Classes. The American Red Cross will prepare you in first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies, 6-7:30 p.m. at Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Ln. Pre-register ($75) by calling 719-520-6745.

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BARGAINS $50 or LESS EARLY BENNINGTON POTTERY PITCHER $30. Green jewelry box from the 50’s, some contens $20. (719) 635-3910. CHROME GRAB BAR (two available), 24-inches long, $25 each, Jo (719) 9858967.

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BANK ON CLASSIFIEDS to turn your ads into dollars! 719-418-2717 Life After 50. PROPERTY OWNER & TENANT SERVICE helps with evictions, legal filings, property security, storage, flipping, repairs, or getting ready for next tenant. Call 719244-2871 for details or with questions.

CAREGIVER LADY WHO IS CHRISTIAN WILL offer companionship, do errands, help with organization, house-sit and do caregiving in Colorado Springs. (719) 291-5053 Thank You. A DEPENDABLE, HONEST & KIND CNA and/or Caregiver. I have a background check, excellent references and am insured. If you need a little help, please call Barbara (719) 578-9865. EXPERIENCED PERSONAL CARE InHome Provider. Ready to help you with whatever your needs and wants are. Kind, trustwor thy and dependable. Love to clean, too. References as required. Call

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CAREGIVERS SENIOR CARE BY ANGELS - Our caring home caregivers help Seniors stay at home. Personal care, meals, and light housekeeping. Up to 24-hour care. Top references and criminal background checks. Call VISITING ANGELS today. (719) 2820180.

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COMPUTER & MEDIA COMPUTER UPDATE & REPAIR $30 per hour (most jobs require 1 hour). Increase speed or memory, destroy viruses, install anti-virus program, block pop-ups or stop unwanted email, clean up files, and install new programs. Free phone help after the service call. Jeff Towne (719) 574-8505. FLAT RATE COMPUTER REPAIR. Most repairs start at $50. Parts extra if needed. Free pickup and delivery or up to 2 hours of on-site tune-up, virus removal and/or training. 35 Years of experience. Call Richard Sobe with SOBE I.T. (719) 216-8994. Thank you for looking at my ad.

FOR RENT ENJOY LIFE AFTER 55 in Circle Drive Senior Citizen Mobile Home Park. Rentals starting at $850 /month includes mobile home, lot rent, trash pickup, water & sewer. 2840 South Circle Dr. (719) 576-1000. FURNISHED BASEMENT APARTMENT Living room, TV, bedroom, office, private bath with shower, washer/dryer, no stove, no refrigerator, $700/mo. (719) 354-4957. NEAR MEMORIAL PARK, unfurnished bedroom for rent in 954sf house, share living room, kitchen and dining room, have a parrot and dog so you must love animals, sm-med dog considered, male/female, LGBTQ ok, available Oct 3. $450/mo + 1/2 utilities + dep. (720) 297-3896.

LIFE After 50 does not in any way endorse the companies, products or services advertised. Readers should always check references. All real estate advertising is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, creed, ancestry or marital status, or an intention to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Advertisements for real estate which are in violation of the law shall not be accepted. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

404 N. State Hwy 67, Woodland Park, CO

(719) 687-3000 • Paula Levy, Executive Director

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SATELLITE APARTMENT - 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment, 8x60 ft balcony with mountain views, 9th floor, all utilities are included. $1250/mo. (719) 207-9154.

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT - Sold as a Set or separately - Exercise Bike and Elliptical. $50 each or $80 for the set. 719-579-6893.


New, Used and Reconditioned Building Materials & Supplies Furniture and Appliances 411 S. Wahsatch, Colorado Springs (719) 667-0840 MON-SAT 9AM-5PM

GOOD BUYS ABOUND AT BARGAIN BOX! You can shop to your heart’s delight at Assistance League’s thrift store, 405 S. Nevada Ave. Check the 99c racks! - Open Tuesday, Thurs. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Free parking in the rear.) Patrons must wear face masks and respect social distancing. ROCKING HORSE HAS BLACK MANE has saddle, makes galloping sounds and neighs, needs TLC $20, will make nice gift for your grandson. (719) 749-8541.

A FUN SALE! MARK your calendar for Sept 25-27th! Tools, puzzles, knicknacks, paperbacks, watches, dolls, rototiller, jackets, nice clothes, boxes of freebies, misc and a water fountain! Fri-Sat 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 9am to Noon Sun. In Village Seven at 4514 N. Sleepy Hollow Circle, off Oro Blanco Dr.

TRUMP’S LAST DAY- Vote Him Out! Bumpersticker $5, Button $5. LOCK HIM UP! Trump 2020 t-shirts or Trump-Putin 2020 t-shirts $20 each. Leave your name and number at (719) 360-5757. You will get a call-back for order info. TWO ELECTRIC BIKES, Raleigh and Giant, only one year old, $1000 each (paid $2400 new), 719-491-9636.

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OVER 60,000 FINE QUALITY BOOKS ~ New, Used & Collectibles ~ Browse & Shop at Books for You! 1737 S. 8th Street (719) 630-0502 Open Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5 ALTERNATIVE RADIO CD’s, BOOKS and transcripts from broadcasts of award-winning weekly public affairs programs on subjects ignored or distorted by corporate media. Order from complete list on our website: or call (800) 444-1977. 4 DESKS, FILE CABINETS, office chairs, fax machine, microwave with cabinet, refrigerator & sofa bed. Everything goes for $5, $10 or $20. Call 719-749-8541 by 9/15.

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QUALITY HAIR CARE IN YOUR HOME. I do Shampoo & Sets, Haircuts, and Perms. Colorado licensed hairdresser. Pedicures and Manicures, too. 719-330-5251.

HEALTH & FITNESS HANDMADE COTTON MASKS with top wire, many colors and patterns, $5 each, non-medical grade, (719) 205-2051.

COTTON MASKS, VARIETY OF COLORS and designs, locally handmade with top wire, $5.00 each, non-medical grade, call Vicki at (719) 205-2051. EPISCOPAL WOMEN’S THRIFT HOUSE Open again - Regular hours are 10-4 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Accepting donations. Upscale thrift store selling gently used merchandise. Free parking. Come see us and shop to your heart’s delight. Seniors get 20% Off! All profits go to charities serving the Colorado Springs area. 1027 S. Tejon Street, (719) 632-5278.




Convenient. Freshly prepared. Make your life a little easier! Choose from 3, 5, or 7 day meal plans. Only $9.75 per meal delivered to your home at lunchtime by friendly volunteers that also do a check-in. Anyone age 60+ can register for Silver Key Home Delivered Meals by calling 719-884-2370.

Donations Accepted at South End of Building Mon-Sat 9:30am - 4:30pm

RESCUED HEARTS UNIQUE BOUTIQUE, an upscale thrift store selling both new and donated merchandise, where our profits fund local animal rescue and welfare causes. A great place to donate, a fun place to shop! 3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, 719-466-9797

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BECOME A VOLUNTEER TODAY! For more information on becoming an AARP Smart Driver Course Instructor, visit driversafetyvolunteer


An all-volunteer thrift store funding local animal rescue/welfare groups.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED to work 4-5 hours per week. Retail experience helpful. Must enjoy being around dogs.

Apply at 3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy or call 719-466-9797 ELECTION JUDGES & STAFF. El Paso County Clerk & Recorder’s Office has temporary job openings in ballot processing, data entry, phone bank and at Voter Service and Polling Centers. The job may run up to 5 weeks through Nov. 3rd election day and usually is paid above the minimum wage. Safety measures for well-being of judges and staff are provided during the pandemic. To learn more visit or contact Angie Leath, Director of Elections, or call 719-575-8683. EXPERIENCED RETAIL SALESPERSON Part-time position available at Westside location. Please apply in person and bring resume to Burlap Bag Clothing & Boots, 31 S. 32nd St., 80904. PIKES PEAK WORKFORCE CENTER. Job Search Assistance, Resumes, Workshops, Hiring Events, Computer Training - All Services are Free - By Appointment Only 719.667.3700. Located at 1049 N. Academy Blvd. Hours: Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TOYOTA This program is supported by a generous grant from Toyota to AARP Foundation. All AARP Driver Safety volunteer positions are unpaid. However, volunteers are reimbursed for approved, programrelated. out-of-pocket expenses, such as mileage and postage.

SAT. MORNING DELIVERY DRIVERS are needed by Project Angel Heart. We deliver free, nutritious meals to those living with life-threatening illness. To volunteer, please call (719) 323-0084.

VOLUNTEER AT SILVER KEY to help provide seniors with meals, rides, client support, food pantry support, and veterans support. Office staff and materials support also needed. Please apply online at: WORK 1 DAY A MONTH delivering Life After 50. We need a good driver who lives in or is familiar with South/SE Colorado Springs. Must be a good driver with valid CO driver’s license, reliable vehicle and proof of insurance. Some heavy lifting is involved. Please contact Bruce at 719.749.8541 or 719.900.7664.

HOME REPAIR & REMODELING ANDERSON HOME REPAIR+REMODEL Expert handyman services, 40 years of quality work, carpentry, doors, trim, drywall, power washing, decks, painting, staining and more. Senior Discount. 719331-4320.

Ken’s Plumbing Heating & Cooling - PLUMBING -

Water heaters replaced, leaky pipes fixed, toilets or faucets replaced, sprinklers repaired.

KNEAD a MASSAGE? Feeling a little Knotty? Google me at Scent of Heaven Massage Windy 719-231-9093


Furnaces replaced, repaired or tuned up.

Discount for Seniors & All Military*


*Discount cannot be combined with other offers.

CALL FOR A Veteran Owned by Ken Rivenburgh

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Air conditioners or swamp coolers installed or repaired.

HELP WANTED ADVERTISING SALES. LIFE AFTER 50 needs a self-motivated Sales Expert with a special place in their heart for seniors. This part-time position has flexible hours and pays generous commissions. Please email your resume to Bruce Schlabaugh,

Interested in giving back to your community and having fun? Volunteer with AARP Driver Safety – a program that helps older drivers stay safe on the road.* Sign up today to be an Instructor for our AARP Smart Driver Class room course: • Training is easy and resources are 100% provided • No special skills or AARP memberships required • Teach at least 3 courses a year, on your own schedule


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Dave’s Home Improvement All Kinds Home Maintenance & Repairs 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE U.S. NAVY VETERAN

EXPERTISE HOUSECLEANING, reliable and trustworthy. Senior personal care services are also available. Please call Karen (719) 434-2922.

(719) 393-5851

TONY’S WINDOW CLEANING. $50 to Clean 10 Windows* and $2.50/each for more. Gutter cleaning, too. (719) 271-2199 (*exteriors).

“… SO YOU’LL RECOGNIZE ME behind my mask, I’m 5’5” tall, blue eyes, shoulder length strawberry blond hair (natural) and slender build. Please write to Strawberry Blond, c/o Life After 50, P.O. Box 50125, Colorado Springs, CO 80949.

G O O D M A N H A N DY M A N . QUA L I T Y WORK - All Jobs Considered. 25% Labor Discount for seniors and military veterans. How can I help you? Call Chad Goodman (719) 244-2871.

DRYWALL AND TILEWORK Repairs • Basement Finishes Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling

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(719) 232-7218 or 390-7779 HANDYMAN SERVICES. ODD JOBS Plumbing, Carpentry, Fences, Decks, Doors, more. (Mowing or yardwork in spring and summer.) John (719) 471-7471. MIKE’S HANDYMAN SERVICE is Ready to Help You in Colorado Springs! Call or Text Mike Whalin (605) 3918375 (please leave message and I will return your call). MORE THAN A HANDYMAN. Home Maintenance, Repairs, Yard Work, Organize. 20% SENIOR DISCOUNT (62+). Call Mike - a Senior and Veteran. (719) 338-4279.


PET STAINS & ODORS OUT! “We Clean Up Where Your Pet Last Wet”

Our Veterinarian-Approved Dry Powdered Cleaning Process is Best for Spots, Entire Rooms or High Traffic Areas on All Types of Carpets!






restoration • renovation • fabrication

25% OFF LABOR For Seniors & Military

Quality Work • Insured Certified Best

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MEDICAL EQUIPMENT GRAB BARS, HANDICAP RAMPS, Bathtub to Shower conversions, other projects to increase your mobility and safety. Quality work, certified best and insured. 719244-2871. INOGEN PORTABLE CONCENTRATOR G-4 and G-5, call leave message 719-2828283, serious callers only. OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS, $450. with Warranty. We sell portable concentrators and oxygen supplies. Repair + servicing of equipment. ASPEN CONCENTRATOR REPAIR SERVICE, 3112 Century St. (off Fillmore) 719-471-9895. WHEELCHAIR LIFT 750# National Wheel-o-Vator, works beautiful, now is prewired, $3500. (970) 657-1198.


1976 REDMAN 14X70 MOBILE HOME. Clean & Spacious in great mobile home park, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, nice deck w/ awning cover & mountain views, double carport, 10x10 shed, gas stove, all appliances, new carpet and freshly painted. $29K OBO. 719-900-8755 (By Appointment Only). CIRCLE DR. SENIOR CITIZEN MOBILE HOME PARK. Rentals starting at $850 / month, includes the mobile home, lot rent, trash pickup, water and sewer. 2840 S. Circle Drive. 719-576-1000.

MUSIC LESSONS NEVER TOO OLD OR TOO YOUNG to learn! Guitar lessons available -beginning thru advanced. $25 per half hour, once per week typical. Online lessons available. Electric/acoustic. 30+ Yrs experience playing, teaching. Email: DavidZahara@yahoo. com or call 719-337-3594.

appliance repair drywall stucco or siding cabinets stone or cement countertops handicap ramps plumbing decks + fences ceiling fans small electrical kitchens bath and tile painting install grab bars asphalt seal windows + doors ....and more! bathtubs to shower conversions


“DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust and be confident in Him and He will bring it to pass. And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as the shining sun of noon-day.” Psalm 37: 4-6

“I do Real Estate the Old-fashioned Way - with Honesty, Patience and Integrity.” Vi Hunt


CHRISTIAN MAN, VERY FIT with numerous likes and interests and enjoyable sense of humor seeks like person, no smokers, no heavy drinking, no drugs, looking for companionship to start and then? You must be fit. Attention: Mr. G., c/o Life After 50, P.O. Box 50125, Colorado Springs, CO 80949.

20 Years Local Experience as Senior Real Estate Professional


Vi Hunt Realty Call or Text

LOOKING FOR A CHRISTIAN MAN, physically active, ages 65-72, to go hiking and to hang out with. Contact Lady Esther, c/o Life After 50, P.O. Box 50125, Colorado Springs CO 80949.

(719) 237-4316

Call Vi for a Free Market Analysis

TESSA SAFEHOUSE and counseling for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Crisis Line (719) 633-3819 or 719633-1462. WOMAN LATE 60’S SEEKS GENTLEMAN Hiking, Camping, Day Trips, Relaxation - Loves God, Companionship, Laughter, Respect, Caring. No drugs, smoking, alcohol abuse. Will not be your caregiver, must have own home. Please respond to Miss Even Keel, c/o Life After 50, P.O. Box 50125, Colorado Springs, CO 80949.

Your Home, Your Way! I Help with your Real Estate Plans to Maximize Success & Minimize Stress.

Call Me for Discount Plans Offered!

Nancy M. Fuller REALTOR®, SRES


PETS PET STAINS & ODORS OUT DRY POWDER CLEANING Process (Not Chem-Dry). We Clean Spots, High Traffic Areas and Entire Rooms. All Types of Carpets. Recommended by Pet Stores and Veterinarians. FREE ESTIMATES. Call 719-941-7662. Results Guaranteed. NEED HELP WITH YOUR PETS? Very responsible senior will take care of them as needed. Reasonable fees. Call Sue (719) 302-3338. Each office independently owned & operated


BEN’S LANDSCAPE, TREE REMOVAL. Also tree trimming and stump grinding. 24/7 Emergency Service. Text or Call (719) 492-1671.



BEN IS BUYING HOUSES. If you would like a quick, no-hassle cash sale for your home in “as-is” condition and for a fair price, please text or call me so we can talk. Ben (719) 492-1671.

DAN THE CARPET MAN. EXCELLENT CARPET REPAIR, the wr inkles restretched, or carpet patches, 48 yrs experience, very reasonable prices, guaranteed satisfaction. (719) 822-8588.

“Working together to serve you better” • Helping more than 700 Seniors since 1988 • Colorado Springs natives • Call for a FREE Market Analysis/Consultation • My company specializes in relocations anywhere in the U.S.

We have up-to-date information on the Springs home market. Give us a call! (719) 338-8110 BRENT DEMOS Real Estate Broker/Co-Founder

KIMBER DEMOS Broker Associate

6760 Corporate Drive #300 Colorado Springs, CO 80919

September 2020 REAL ESTATE

SERVICES PERSONAL ASSISTANT CONCIERGE. General Errands, Home and Office Organization, Vehicle Care, Waiting Service, House-Sitting, House Checks, Grocery Shopping, Gift Baskets, Light Yard Work, Light House Work, Reservations, Tickets, Travel Needs, Packing, Unpacking. Call Angela - VISION CONCIERGE SERVICE (719) 330-3337.

Yesterday’s Values – Today’s Technology

RV SPOT-FREE WASHING* Also, Mobile Homes or other Vehicles washed. We come to your location. Tony’s Window Washing - (719) 271-2199 (*exteriors).

The Tandem Two WORKING FOR YOU JUDY TROUT EVE BLACKMON (719) 332-8811 (719) 231-4079

SENIORS LOVE HELPERS that arrive at their door! If you can assist them by doing heavy lifting, cooking, hair care or offer companionship, place an ad in Life After 50. Readers are hunting for your services! Call (719) 418-2717.

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(719) 633-6223 SERVICES

NEED HELP WITH YOUR PETS? Very responsible senior will take care of your home, pets and house plants as needed. Reasonable fees. Call Sue (719) 302-3338. ORLANDO’S YARD WORKS. Sprinkler Service, Install and Repairs (weather dependent). Fencing, Terraces, New Lawns and more. Call 719.310.0944 or 719.964.1699 for a free estimate.

VEHICLE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE. Tire changes, jump start and fuel delivery 8am6pm 7 days a week, no towing, (719) 2172445.

WANTED 1950s-1960s LP’s, 78’s AND 45’s. Blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, country, Broadway, movie soundtracks, TV, R&B, soul, children’s, spoken word, etc. I’m a collector, not a business. Call me first - I pay the most for your records. (719) 633-5848. BLANKETS, TOWELS and SOAPS are needed at Salvation Army shelters. Please bring new or gently used items M-F 9-noon to 709 S. Sierra Madre or to Rescue Mission, 111 W. Las Vegas M-F 10-4, Sat 9-11am.

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Do you know

LIFE AFTER 50 can help you profit?

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Silver Key to continue lunch pickup, home delivered meals Connections Café Connections Café sites will have “grab and go” (prepared meals) available as an option in lieu of congregate meal site dining. Clients will receive 5 frozen meals for the week; this new procedure will reduce exposure and keep our seniors safe and healthy! No substitutions available.

Silver Key Home Delivered Meals (HDM) including Meals on Wheels During the current circumstances, concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will make every effort to continue to bring this important service as we always have. We plan to observe a 6-foot distance between the delivery person and the client. • When delivering meals to homes, we will bring the meals to the door as usual and leave them in any cooler or container that is designated for HDM or Meals on Wheels. This service will not change. • Meals will be placed in a cooler bag and left at the door before knocking or ringing the doorbell, then the driver will step back at least 6 feet. • If you require assistance to carry meals or the cooler to a more accessible location in your home, the delivery person will respectfully remain 6 feet or more away, as they provide assistance. For those interested in our Home Delivered Meals service this is a helpful and convenient option to consider. Please call 719-884-2300 or visit: services/home-deliveredmeals/ to sign-up today.

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LAUGHING MATTERS Moonshiner Submitted by Bob Breazeale

John just inherited a small farm way back up in the hills of Tennessee. As John and his wife are looking around, they discover a small shed hidden in some trees. When they open the door, they find a moonshine still. They look at each other and John says, “I guess it’s true about moonshining in Tennessee.”


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Later, they are eating lunch at the local restaurant and still talking about the still. The sheriff overhears them and arrests John. John’s brought before a judge. Sheriff: “Your Honor, this man is a moonshiner.” Judge: “How do you plead?” John: “Not guilty, Your Honor. I wasn’t planning on making moonshine. I don’t even know how. I just inherited that place.” Sheriff: “The law states that if a person is in possession of moonshine equipment, then that person is a moonshiner.” John: “In that case, Your Honor, you had

















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better charge me with rape.” Judge: (Shocked) “Are you saying you raped someone?” John: “No, but I am in possession of the equipment.”


Submitted by Jan Weeks

If you had to choose between drinking wine every day or being skinny, would you choose

red or white? The fact that jellyfish have survived for 650 million years despite not having brains gives hope to many people. Wife: Did I get fat during quarantine? Husband: You were never really skinny! Time of Death: 4/25/20, 11:30 p.m. Cause of Death: Coronavirus I might have a slight drinking problem. My husband asked me to toast some bread for him. I raised my wine glass and said, “Here’s to bread!” As you get older, you’ve got to stay positive. For example, the other day I fell down the stairs. Instead of getting upset, I just thought, “Wow, that’s the fastest I’ve moved in years!” Not to brag, but I just went into another room and actually remembered why I went in there. It was the bathroom, but still…

Tea for grandpa

Submitted by Sheryl Fletcher

One day when I was little, my grandma was out and my grandpa was left in charge of me. I was maybe 2 or 3 years old. One of my favorite toys was a little tea set someone had given me. Grandpa was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of tea, which was just water. After he had drunk several cups of tea and praised me for

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LAUGHING/from page 33 such yummy tea, my grandma came home. My grandpa made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was “just the cutest thing!” Grandma waited, and sure enough, there I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Grandpa, and she watched him drink it up. Then she said, (as only a grandma would know), “Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?”

COVID puns

Submitted by Kevin Ray

So many coronavirus jokes out there; it’s a pundemic. Due to the quarantine, I’ll only be telling inside jokes. Finland has just closed their borders. No one will be crossing the finish line. Now is not the right time to surround yourself with positive db people.

There will be a minor baby boom in nine months, and then one day, in 2033, we shall witness the rise of the quaranteens. The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out. Why do they call it the novel coronavirus? It’s a long story… I’ll tell you a coronavirus joke now, but you’ll have to wait two weeks to see if you got it. I ran out of toilet paper and had to start using old newspaper. Times are rough. The grocery stores in France look like tornadoes hit them. All that’s left is de brie. What do you call panic-buying of sausage and cheese in Germany? The Wurst Kase scenario.

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“The Villages” Florida newspaper. Who says seniors don’t have a sense of humor? Foxy lady Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, 80’s, slim, 5’4’ (used to be 5’6’), Searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus. Long-term commitment Recent widow who had just buried her fourth husband. Looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, not a problem. Serenity now I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation. If you are the silent type, let’s get together, take out our hearing aids and enjoy quiet times. Winning smile Active grandmother with original teeth, seeking a dedicated flosser to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy. Memories I can usually remember Monday through

Thursday. If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let’s put our two heads together. Mint condition Male, 1932 model, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn’t in running condition but walks well. Last but not least… A lady in The Villages in Florida was sitting on a bench near another bench where a gentleman was sitting. She asked him if he was new to the community and he said, “No, I have owned a house here for 20 years” “I have been here for 15 years and I have never seen you around!” “I have been in prison for the last 17 years!” She was stunned, and finally asked him what he had done. He said that he had murdered his first wife. She was stunned again, and after a long pause, said “So, you’re single?”

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Finding love in grief

First time seeing wild dogs

By Melissa Shandley

By Marti Benson

Dear Ms Kitty, I recently lost my cat Muffin to chronic kidney disease. I am grieving this loss and don’t know how to move past this debilitating feeling. Do other people find that adopting another cat is helpful? Devastated on Delmonico


Dear Devastated, When we open our hearts and share our lives with a cat, we also learn how difficult it is to outlive them. Everyone processes these experiences differently. Your grief is a way of connecting to Muffin, but it can be shifted into something less painful. Having another cat to care for could be a way to continue sharing your love. “It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All the unspent love gathers in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.” — Jamie Anderson Some people do find solace in adopting another cat shortly after a loss. Others need time to heal before they feel ready to commit to another companion. You will never replace Muffin but you could pay tribute to her, when you are ready, by helping another cat who needs a home. It is important to recognize that every cat is an individual and will have his or her own personality. If Muffin had traits that you found particularly endearing, create a list to help you identify cats that might provide you with similar experiences. Some people love lap cats, or cats that are very talkative, or a kitty who loves to be groomed. Others want a cat that is adventurous and will travel with them, a playful joker to make them laugh. Adopting a new cat may show you the joy of a vastly different personality. You have to be able to accept her or him and not try to judge against your memory of Muffin. Your local cat shelter will have many cats that are just waiting for their loving family to appear. You might consider volunteering with one to be around other cats and see how

that feels. If you are not sure it is time to adopt you might offer to foster a cat who needs special attention as they wait to be adopted. Some cats really have a difficult time in the shelter environment, so foster homes are critical, and shelters always need foster families to help. Sept. 13 is National Pet Memorial Day. If you have not created a ceremony or memorial for Muffin, you might try doing something to process your feelings of loss. The act of honoring Muffin could help you to move from grief to gratitude and make an opening for a new cat companion. • Plant a tree or a bush to serve as a lasting memorial to your cat. • Donate to a charity in your cat’s name. • Write or draw your story of Muffin. • Create a photo collage that will remind you of the happy times with your companion. • Commission a piece of art in honor of your cat. This could be jewelry, a candle, a painting, garden stone or photo frame. You might browse Etsy and search for “cat memorial gift” to get ideas. • Make a shadow box with mementos from your special companion: a collar, some whiskers, a bit of fur, a special toy, her favorite brush and some photos. • Not sharing your grief can make this time feel even lonelier. You might reach out to a pet grief support group either in your community or online. Lasting Paws Pet Memorial Service offers a monthly pet support group at 719-488-3333. You can take your time, visit with some cats at your local cat shelter or browse the adoptable cats online and see how you feel. You might find you connect to just the right new cat friend and get the answer to your question.

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e were warned we may never see them. The African wild dog—or painted dog—is an endangered species. This striking canine is perceived as a nuisance to the locals. Whether by direct confrontation with farmers protecting their livestock, or falling prey to traps set for predators, the population of wild dogs has dwindled dramatically. The African wild dog is, also, viewed as competition to local hunters. I longed to see a painted dog. Friends who had visited Botswana before us lamented never seeing one. Our guide even noted that a sighting was rare. The majestic elephants, giraffes and lions—and all the other critters that loped, slithered or swooshed above us—continually brought me to elated tears. Hippos, hyenas and warthogs—check. As we neared the end of a late afternoon game drive—our last one in the breathtaking Okavango Delta—our guide received a radio call about a leopard-sighting nearby. Racing to the location, our jeep rounded a bend and, “Dogs!” my husband yelled. Lounging before us was a jumble of black and gold and white fur, enormous rounded ears and toothy grins. Adults and pups stared at us, as nine pairs of human eyes bulged from their sockets. Curious youngsters sidled up to our jeep, until the grownups pushed them aside. The hair went up on my neck and my heart skipped a beat or two. “These adults are babysitters,” our guide whispered. “The parents are hunting.” We watched for several minutes before the pack sauntered off into the tall grass. One two, three … 15, 16, 17! Back at camp, we toasted giddily

to our luck. Even our guides enjoyed recounting the extraordinary moment to their comrades. We were still relishing the moment in the morning while waiting at the dirt airstrip for our flights to the next remote camp. While most of the group climbed aboard the 11-seater Grand Caravan, a handful of us volunteered to stay behind for a tiny Cessna that was delayed from elsewhere. “Let’s go for a drive,” our guide suggested. Best airline mechanical ever! Within minutes, we encountered our LET US HELP YOU pack of wild dogs from the night before. This time, I was fascinated with how similar their roughhousing, Marke posturing and antics were to our own Seven your m dogs. The African wild dogs were as before resea range magical and mesmerizing as I’d good imagined them to be—and, yet, their behavior was familiar. After a month in Africa—and a grueling 37 hours to get home—we landed; exhausted. But as we got closer to the boarding facility where our three dogs were waiting, my Frequency and Top of the Mind Awareness H h increasing your brand exposure, heartYour began toarerace. When By the customers making buying g you build brand awareness. That’s the decisions every day based on one ultimate goal. We can help! factor: who comes to mind. Whether attendant brought Yvey, Chip and they’re choosing a restaurant, We are distributed from more than planning for retirement, shopping or 200 locations monthly. for an affordable senior Ernielooking through the door, I was apartment, the decision making process is the same. Suggestions are Readers keep Life After 50 handy batted around basedjoy on businesses all month long. They see your ad overcome with and gratitude. The that come to mind. So how you get through the month – and, if you have B your brand to pole vault into your what they need...they’ll call you! worldcustomer’s is a better place because of subconscious? B Serving El Paso, Teller, Pueblo and B The Right Exposure. This is the Fremont Counties, in Colorado. dogs!condition where you can drive the

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