Life After 50 - December 2020

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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region


Crafting Christmas miracles

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4 Fun After 50: Senior Center Activities

22 7 fantastical travel destinations

5 Editor’s Column

24 Faith: The greatest gift of all

6 Cover Story: Crafting Christmas Miracles

25 Talking Digital: Meet your exercise goals with this one technology

8 Counting down to Christmas

26 Crucial year-end financial tips

10 Recipes

28 No pandemic shutdown for scammers

11 Ask the Old Bag

29 Reduce stress during the holidays

12 Healthy Geezer: What is involved with heart-valve surgery?

30 Ask Miss Kitty: Christmas gifts to warm up your kitty

13 3 ways saffron helps with eye health 14 Laughing Matters

31 Canine Column: “This house is dog friendly.”

16 Business Highlight: Community Dental takes care of smiles

32 Calendar 34 News Bits

17 Close Connections

35 Question of the Month

18 Alive & Digging: How to care for trees in the high desert

36 Fun & Games

20 Surviving a Japanese prison camp: A letter to my father

42 Be careful what you ask for

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Wheels of a Dream founders Jim King, left, and Otis Moreland, right, make Christmas miracles come true for children in El Paso and Teller counties.

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he Christmas season arrived early at our house this year. Just before I sat down to write this column I was standing on a 16-foot ladder stringing up icicle lights for my wife. It was just past 9 a.m. and already 60-plus degrees. If only we could have a glorious, sunny and warm Christmas day, I thought to myself. I think we’ll be the first house on our block with Christmas lights up. In light of COVID and the “new strangeness” of the world, my wife decided to go overboard with Christmas decorations to brighten everyone’s spirit. There’s an entire bedroom completely full of Christmas stuff. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She and our son, Jaxson, love Christmas. The kid in me still enjoys Christmas, but cold days crawling around the corner stresses me out a little. I’m a warm weather person. I thrive in the summer. Christmas, to me, means the arrival of winter—and seasonal depression. Plus, there’s the stress over purchasing gifts. As I stood on that ladder—actually sweating in mid-November—and thinking I was about to put up a “Clark Griswold-like” light display, I had pleasant thoughts about Christmas. I decided I’m changing my attitude this year. At least, I’m going to try. I remember how, with four children, even when times were a little tough, our mom and dad always made sure we had a great Christmas. We had our small family traditions of driving into downtown Denver to see the Christmas lights. Then we’d watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Later,

the movie tradition shifted to “A Christmas Story” when it came out. I’d make sure my younger siblings put out cookies and milk for Santa, and then we’d all sleep in the same room. Often we’d stay up late talking and laughing, suffering from that Christmas Eve excitement/ insomnia. On Christmas morning, after my brother Nick woke us up at 6 a.m. or earlier, we came out to find unwrapped gifts (from Santa) and wrapped presents from our parents. We all have our own families now, but we still meet up on Christmas day and enjoy laughs like we’re kids again. And now we get to see the joy in our children’s (and grandchildren’s) faces. Thank you, Mom and Dad for always giving us a great Christmas.

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rafting Christmas miracles Real-life Santas deliver joy to local children

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anta isn’t the only one who grants Christmas wishes. Jim King and Otis Moreland make miracles come true every year for children across El Paso and Teller counties with their handmade wooden toys. The two men have created nearly 5,000 toys through their Colorado Springs-based nonprofit Wheels

of a Dream. Toys are distributed to children who are in hospitals, victims of violence, or going through hard times. “When you see the looks on kids’ faces when they get a toy, you say, ‘Let’s make more toys,’” said King.

A HOBBY WITH PURPOSE King, 75, and Moreland, 85, met a few years ago while driving school

Otis Moreland uses a band saw to carve out the shape of a custom wooden toy. He and Wheels of a Dream co-founder Jim King met at the Academy School District 20 bus garage. buses for Academy School District 20. Both skilled woodworkers, they bonded over their craft and their wooden creations. King retired from a career in custom wood-

working, and Moreland dabbled in it outside of his 50-year career as a pharmacist. “We have both used the same wood supplier, so we could have stood next to each other and never knew it,” said King. In April 2016, they decided to combine their passion with a higher purpose and started Wheels of a Dream. Initially, their goal was to make 5,000 toys by the time the

Above: Moreland and King created school buses to mark the organization’s anniversary. Left: Wheels of a Dream toys include wood burning details.




“WE DO IT AT OUR LEISURE, AND WE DO IT BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BRING HAPPINESS TO A CHILD. THAT’S PAYMENT ENOUGH FOR US.” organization hit its five-year anniversary, but in just four and a half years, they’ve crafted 4,976 toys. Toys are distributed to hospitals and regional nonprofits like Safe Passage, TESSA of Colorado Springs, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado. Wheels of a Dream has also partnered with Colorado Springs Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit to provide toys to children in crisis. “I had no idea this community had such a need,” said King. “There’s a substantial number of kids every year that are mistreated. We got involved with Toys for Tots, and we took 200 toys to kids.”

Jim King sands a toy piece. He retired from a career as a custom wood worker.

GIFTING WITH JOY Wheels of a Dream started out with just 12 toy designs. Now, the organization boasts a catalog of 80 different toys, all made by King, Moreland and a small crew of volunteers.

Above: Moreland shows the details on a bus made to celebrate the organization’s two-year anniversary in 2018. Below: The Wheels of a Dream catalog includes a full wooden train.

“We were very basic in the very beginning,” King said. “Our very first design was a simple race car.” Each toy starts as a drawing. The shapes are cut from wood and are sanded and routed for a smooth feel. Moreland adds the finishing touches by spraying on lacquer and adding wheels. While toy making requires a lot of hours and crafting, to King and Moreland, it never seems like work. “These are a joy. I don’t have to force myself to finish them like I do with my other woodworking projects,” Moreland said. “We do it at our leisure, and we do it because it’s going to bring happiness to a child. That’s payment enough for us.”

NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS King and Moreland are the architects behind the toys and the organization, but they couldn’t have met their 5,000-toy goal without help from volunteers. Currently, they have a crew of six helpers, but they could use more to help with some of the fine details. No experience is necessary. “We can produce the toys. It’s the delicate wood burning we need help with,” said Moreland. “It takes a little artistic talent to wood burn, and Jim and I are a little short on that.”

It’s helped that, due to COVID-19, the two currently aren’t able to drive buses, lending them more free time to make toys. Additionally, students from the Air Force Academy volunteered their time and helped Wheels of a Dream complete 1,200 toys in three months. “If you’re a freshman, the only way to get off the base is to go work for a nonprofit,” said King. “I had a sophomore hear about us. She got four freshmen to borrow a junior’s car and they come and help out at my shop once a month or so. They’re committed to this program. They’ve seen the results of it, and they want to come out here as often as they can.” Last year, Wheels of a Dream built 971 toys. While King and Moreland feel a sense of accomplishment about reaching their 5,000toy milestone, there’s talk of pulling back the reigns and setting a more manageable goal. However, if the need increases, King and Moreland will happily step up to the plate. “It’s all about the kids,” said King. “It’s not about my talents or about my skill set. It’s about keeping this organization going so the kids can have toys.” ■

BE PART OF THE DREAM Shop: Check those toy-lovers off your Christmas list with a gift that’s heartfelt and handmade while helping a local cause. Shop toys from Wheels of a Dream’s online catalog at www. Donate: Just $25 makes a dozen toys. To donate money, visit make-a-donation Volunteer: Are you a gifted craftsman wanting to volunteer your time and expertise? Email or call King at 719-661-2546.



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I can’t help but still get excited about stockings


’ve always loved the idea of Christmas stockings. Last year, my friend Nancy gave me one filled with everything from jewelry, postage stamps and lottery tickets to gift cards and cosmetics. When it comes to Christmas stockings, she definitely knows how to fill one. I’ll never forget the first year I fully understood what Christmas stockings were all about. I was 3 years old, and my parents told me to hang the stocking on my bedpost (because we had no fireplace). Then Santa would creep into my bedroom after I fell asleep and fill the stocking with treats. Sounded like a pretty neat idea to me. So that Christmas Eve, I eagerly hung my little red stocking on my bedpost and began the long wait for Santa.

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Every half-hour during that 200-hour night, I reached over to feel the stocking to see if Santa had been there yet. For some reason, every time I opened my eyes, my mother was standing right by my bed, with her hands behind her back. When I’d cheerfully greet her, she’d roll her eyes, sigh and tell me to go to sleep or Santa never would come. When I opened my eyes again and saw her by my bed, I could swear she was sleeping standing up. Finally, I managed to doze off, but within 20 minutes, I was awake and feeling my stocking. I gasped. It was full! I was so excited, I yanked it right off the bedpost and dashed into my parents’ bedroom. “Mommy! Daddy! Santa came!” I

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cried, whacking my poor father right on the head with the stocking. “And look what he brought me!” After that, my Christmas stockings always contained only soft items. I also remember trying to outsmart Santa when I was about 5. By then, I’d come to the conclusion that Christmas stockings were a pretty simple way to rake in a good haul if I used a little ingenuity.



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So when it came time to hang my Christmas stocking, not only did I hang up a pair of my tights because they could hold more treats, I also unloaded my whole drawer of socks and hung them all over my room for my dolls. After all, I told myself, my dolls were my “babies.” Betsy Wetsy, Tiny Tears and Raggedy Ann all deserved a few treats, too, didn’t they? When my mother saw all of the stockings hanging in my bedroom, however, she didn’t share my enthusiasm. “I don’t think Santa will bring enough treats to our house to fill that many stockings,” she said. “You can’t be greedy. You want Santa to have enough left to fill the stockings of all of the other little boys and girls in the world, don’t you?” Leave it to her to ruin what I thought was an ingenious idea. When I was a newlywed, I decided to try to recapture the excitement of stocking hanging that I’d experienced during my childhood. I bought a festively decorated stocking for myself and a matching one for my husband, and carefully hung them near the Christmas tree. Then I threw hints. “You know, when I was young,” I told my husband, “Santa used to fill

my stocking with all kinds of things, like candy, little stuffed animals, inexpensive jewelry, things like that. It was so much fun to wake up on Christmas morning and discover all of the surprises!” “That’s nice,” he said, not looking up from his reading. “We never did anything like that when I was a kid.” “Then wouldn’t it be fun to do it this year?” I asked. “Sure,” he said, still not looking up. The week before Christmas, I went shopping and carefully selected all sorts of goodies to put into his stocking: tiny bottles of after-shave, his favorite candy bars, disposable shavers, a new leather watchband, baseball cards and more. On Christmas morning, however, I was disappointed to find my stocking totally empty, flat as a pancake. As my husband eagerly dug into his, I just had to ask him, “How come you didn’t put anything in my stocking?” He stopped what he was doing and just stared blankly at me. “Oh, you wanted ME to fill it? Why didn’t you say so? You know how bad I am at taking hints!” In retrospect, I probably should have sent him over to my friend Nancy’s house for some lessons. ■

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Dear Old Bag: We have a big family and have always gotten together for big holiday dinners. It used to be at Mom’s house, but since she downsized, others have taken on the task. The problem is, we haven’t had a big family dinner since the pandemic started. We don’t see Mom except on family Zoom. None of us want to be responsible for giving her the dreaded COVID virus, as she is 81 and has underlying health problems. What do you recommend? Signed, The Kids Dear Kids: I’m reasonably sure your mom understands what is going on and appreciates the care you are extending. This holiday season will be like no other. This isn’t the year for big holiday dinners. Instead, I suggest each kid has the holiday within their own “bubble”—your kids and those you associate with on a daily basis. I also recommend ordering a nice dinner in for your mom. Each of you FaceTime or Zoom with her on the holiday. Let’s all pray that the holidays in 2021 will be a time to rejoice with the whole family. OB Dear Old Bag: When Dad passed away, I helped Mom pack up his things. I was amazed to see the unworn shirts, ties, pajamas, slippers and other brand-new gifts we’d given him over the last few years. The poor guy had so many gifts that he could not use or did not want. Please tell us how we could give more useful gifts to our parents! Signed, D.M. Dear D.M.: Last year I heard from a daughter that she’d given her dad, who lived alone, coupons for 12 homemade pies. Each month she’d bake the pie and take it over so they could enjoy it together. Her dad said it was the best gift he ever had. Another idea from a reader: Write down stories or things you remember about your parent when you were younger. They can read this collection of stories and reminisce. Most of us old people have the things we need, although when I do need something I can’t afford, gift cards are a nice present. After all is said and done, it’s the giver that we love more than the gift! OB Dear Old Bag: My daughter was in the hospital recently for an elective spinal injection. She was very nervous. When the resident anesthesiologist introduced himself, my daughter felt she wanted someone more experienced and requested someone who wasn’t a student. The attending physician corrected my daughter, saying the resident was a full-fledged doctor, not a student. Sensing my daughter’s tension, the nurse suggested another anesthesiologist, who calmed her down and did her spinal. Was she within her rights to say something, or should she have just shut up and let the resident do her spinal? Signed, Mother Dear Mother: While it’s true that the resident is a full-fledged doctor, I subscribe to the philosophy that patients have the right to speak up and feel confident in their practitioner. That doesn’t mean they’re always right. From my perspective, the first physician—in correcting the patient—was in a sense arguing with her, which just adds to the patient’s anxiety. The nurse was very intuitive and saw that a better solution needed to be offered. I’m glad your daughter’s story had a good ending. As a former nurse, I was taught that patients come first! OB ■



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What is involved with heart-valve surgery? F irst, let’s review how the heart works. There are four chambers in the heart—two atria on top and two ventricles below. There are four valves that open and shut with every heartbeat to control the circulation of the blood. Blood flows in one direction through the heart to get a new supply of oxygen from the lungs. Used blood comes back to the heart from the body and goes into the right atrium. The right atrium pumps the blood downward into the right ventricle. The right ventricle pumps the blood to the lungs. The oxygenated blood then returns from the lungs to the left atrium, which then moves the blood down into the left ventricle. The left ventricle pumps the blood out into the body. Valves can malfunction and strain

the heart. If a valve doesn’t close properly, blood will flow backward, causing “regurgitation.” If valve flaps don’t open correctly, they prevent blood from flowing through them. This is called “stenosis.” Advanced valve disease can cause blood clots, stroke or sudden death from cardiac arrest. For seniors, the flaps of the aortic and mitral valves thicken and harden with age, making blood flow more difficult. These changes may lead to complications in people with heart disease. Valve diseases can also be caused by birth defects, infective endocarditis—a bacterial infection of the lining of the heart’s walls and valves—coronary artery disease, and heart attack. People with malfunctioning valves who don’t have serious symptoms may not need treatment.

Medicines can help with symptoms, but surgery is often needed to correct valve disease. There is also a percutaneous (through the skin) procedure that may be used to open narrowed valves, where a balloon-tipped catheter is inserted into the narrowed valve and inflated. The balloon makes the central area of the valve larger, before it’s deflated and removed. Valve surgery is an open-heart operation that requires the heart to stop beating. A heart-lung bypass machine keeps the blood circulating in the patient’s body.

During surgery, valves may either be repaired or replaced. Repair may involve opening a narrowed valve or reinforcing a valve that doesn’t close properly. Surgeons replace irreparable valves with prosthetic valves. Prosthetic replacement valves can be mechanical—plastic, carbon or metal—or can be composed of human or animal tissue. There’s an increased risk of blood clots forming with a mechanical valve, so patients who get them have to take blood-thinning medicines as long as they have these kinds of valves. ■

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3 ways saffron helps with eye health I f you’ve ever cooked using saffron spice, you know that it’s flavorful and aromatic. For me, saffron is a must-have for many dishes. Unlike other herbs, the active medicinal compounds in saffron come from a tiny part of the flower, not from a bulb or the leaves. The painstaking labor required for harvesting it by hand makes the price of saffron extremely high. That’s also why it hasn’t been studied for human diseases as much as, say, rosemary, turmeric, garlic or sage. Specific components of saffron spice have demonstrated benefits in several eye ailments. These diseases include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and cataracts. AMD may lead to blindness, especially among persons over 65. The eye disease occurs gradually and with little to no warning. It begins with a loss of central vision, and may eventually progress to total blindness. Researchers know the breakdown of the macula occurs, but aren’t sure why. Obviously, reversing the progressive condition would be the dream scenario, but halting it would suffice. Studies suggest saffron offers protection against oxidative damage in patients with early AMD. It’s important to note that conventional medicine has found no way of restoring vision loss from AMD. Treatments such as prescription drugs and laser surgery may slow its progression. So, if an herb can augment your current protocol, have a conversation with your ophthalmologist about it for three reasons:

1. Saffron contains many different constituents, including crocin and crocetin. These have shown neuroprotective properties for the eye in multiple studies. 2. Saffron contains potent antioxidant capabilities, meaning they neutralize those troublesome free radicals that attack the retina and the macula. 3. Two double-blind, placebo-controlled trial studies published in the Journal of Translational Medicine have produced information about saffron that is impossible to ignore. In one trial (using their proprietary form of saffron from France), patients who supplemented for three months with a low-dose of saffron (20 mg/day) experienced improvements in retinal sensitivity, color perception and visual contrast. When the trial was extended over a year, the participants experienced even more benefits in terms of increased visual acuity!

We know saffron can improve low mood, and now it appears that oral saffron supplementation may partially reverse the damage to visual perception. No one is claiming that saffron cures AMD, but the benefits are pretty crisp! Even a modest improvement in eyesight is a big deal to many people. Ask your doctor if saffron is right for you. You can cook with it as a spice; otherwise saffron teas, supplements and extracts are available nationwide. ■

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You’ll eat ice cream in the winter.

You’ve gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities.

When the weather report says it’s going to be 65 degrees, you shave your legs and wear a skirt. It snows 5 inches and you don’t expect school to be canceled.

You always know the elevation of where you are.

You wear flip flops every day of the year, regardless of temperature.

You wake up to a beautiful 80-degree day and wonder if it’s going to snow tomorrow.

You have no accent at all, but can hear other people’s. And then you make fun of them.

You don’t care that some company renamed it, the Broncos still play at Mile High.

“Humid” is over 25 percent.

Everybody wears jeans to church.

Your sense of direction is “toward” the mountains and “away” from the mountains.

You actually know that South Park is a real place not just a show on TV.

You say “the interstate” and everybody knows which one.

You know what a “trust fund hippy” is and you know its natural habitat is Boulder.

You know what the Continental Divide is.

A bear on your front porch doesn’t bother you.

You call it Elitches, not Six Flags.

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Broncos and whoever is beating the Raiders (and the Patriots). When people out East tell you that they have mountains in their state, too, you just laugh. You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels “sticky” and you notice the sky is no longer blue.

TRICK TO WEIGHT LOSS Submitted by Cooper Hansen Mr. Johnson was overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. He said, “I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat for two weeks. The next time I see you, you should’ve lost at least five pounds.” When Mr. Johnson returned, he shocked the doctor by having dropped nearly 20 pounds. “That’s amazing!” the doctor said. “You did this just by following my instructions?” The slimmed-down Mr. Johnson nodded. “I’ll tell you though, I thought I was going to drop dead that third day.”

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COPS AND ROBBERS Submitted by Terry Mercer As three, rowdy 8-year-old boys played cops and robbers throughout the house, Ray-Ray encountered Mom in the kitchen. She was instructed to put up her hands in defeat, and then told to give up all her money. When the lady of the house said that she didn’t have any money, the robber replied, “Okay, well give me all your food stamps!”

FORGIVE YOUR ENEMIES Submitted by Bob Dobbins The subject of the preacher’s Sunday sermon was “forgive your enemies.” After a long sermon, he asked the congregation how many were willing to forgive their enemies. About half held up their hands. Not satisfied, he harangued for

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another 20 minutes and repeated his question. This time he received a response of about 80 percent. Still unsatisfied, he lectured for another 15 minutes and repeated his question. With all thoughts now on Sunday dinner, all responded except one elderly lady in the rear. “Mrs. Jones, are you not willing to forgive your enemies?” “I don’t have any,” she said. “Mrs. Jones, that is very unusual. How old are you?” “Ninety-three,” she replied. “Mrs. Jones, please tell the congregation how a person can live to be 93 and not have an enemy in the world.” “It’s easy,” she said. “I outlived them all.”

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Submitted by Bob Breazeale Mary and Jane have been best friends since kindergarten. They graduated from high school together, joined the Navy together, and were delighted to be assigned to the same ship. Now, Mary is very attractive and Jane is, well, not. After their first day at sea, they go to the women’s quarters, flop down on their bunks and in unison say, “Wow, am I tired.” Mary asked, “Why are you tired?” Jane replied, “Because I spent all day swabbing the decks. Why are you tired?” Mary stands up, and in her best Mae West pose and voice, clenches her fist and says, “Because, dearie, I spent all day deckin’ the swabs!”

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After a first date, a young man takes the girl back to her home. He decides to try for their first kiss. With an air of confidence, he leans with his hand against the wall and, smiling, he says to her, “Darling, how about a goodnight kiss?” Embarrassed, she replies, “I couldn’t do that. My parents will see us!” “Oh, come on! Who’s gonna see us at this hour?” “No, please. I would just die of embarrassment if someone saw us.” “There’s nobody around. They’re all sleeping!” “It’s just too risky!” “Oh, please, please! I like you so much!” “No. I like you, too, but I just can’t!” “Please?” Suddenly the porch light turns on and the girl’s sister shows up in her pajamas, hair disheveled. In a sleepy voice, she says, “Mom says to go ahead and give him a kiss. Or I can do it. Or if need be, she’ll come down herself and do it. But for crying out loud, tell him to take his hand off the intercom button!”

ONE-LINERS Submitted by Hap Jordan Why do we tell actors to break a leg? Because every play has a cast. I invented a new word: Plagiarism! How many times can you subtract 10 from 100? Once. The next time, you’d be subtracting 10 from 90. ■

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Community Dental takes care of smiles By Anthony Welch


ichelle Vacha has always enjoyed having her teeth cleaned. It’s a small part of why she went into dentistry. The bigger part is helping people. “I’m passionate about the importance of people’s smiles and dental health. It’s rewarding making a difference in every person’s life,” said Vacha, founder and executive director of Community Dental Health.

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Community Dental Health’s Colorado Springs staff, from left: Dr. Dulci Schulmeyer, Jessica Pfeiffer, Benae Hickman, Casey Drotar, Michelle Vacha and Cyndi Jensen. dental office. It was much easier for me to go see them,” she said. Vacha and her husband Mike created the nonprofit Senior Mobile Dental in 2006 to provide dental care to residents in nursing and senior residential facilities. In 2012, the organization received grant support to provide dental care in the community for people aging in place. “We focused on seniors because of the difficulties they faced receiving dental care. Whether you’re low income or not, our philosophy is to provide much needed, individualized care and focus on what’s truly needed,” said Vacha. The couple opened offices in Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, while continuing to provide preventive dental care in long-term care facilities. Vacha recruited an entire dental team to provide services that included fillings, extractions, dentures, cleanings and X-rays. Eventually, Vacha decided to turn her focus to southern Colorado and closed the Denver office. In 2018, the 501(c)(3) organization changed its name from Senior Mobile Dental to Community Dental Health. “We went through a name



“OUR FEES ARE TYPICALLY HALF OF WHAT THEY’D BE AT A PRIVATE DENTAL PRACTICE.” change because everyone thought we operated out of a bus or motorhome,” Vacha explained. “But we were going into the senior facilities.”

SENIOR FOCUSED Seniors make up 75 percent of Community Dental Health’s patients, according to Vacha. The two offices serve around 160 patients a week and have provided $3 million of dental care since the organization opened. “Even if somebody is not low income, our fees are typically half of what they would be at a private dental practice,” Vacha added. Community Dental Health believes in traditional dental care. As a result, the clinic does not provide implants, bridges and cosmetic procedures such as veneers. Instead, its focus is on treating active decay and disease by providing basic dental services such as: • Examinations • X-rays • Periodontal and preventive dental cleanings • Silver diamine fluoride treatment • Fluoride varnish

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Composite/tooth-colored fillings Extractions Emergency needs Partial and full dentures Along with grant support, Community Dental Health accepts Medicaid and works with other foundations to help make dental care affordable for seniors and veterans. Call 719-310-3315 to schedule an appointment today! For details, visit www.CommunityDentalHealth. org. ■

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Love and democracy take work


ove and democracy are two of the hardest things in life to practice. Certainly, they don’t get any easier with age. And yet we keep fighting for democracy and extending our hearts to love. What’s so difficult about practicing love and democracy? Practicing is the keyword here, not just believing. If you’re like me and grew up believing that love comes naturally, it’s been quite an adjustment. I thought loving someone was like Ozzie and Harriet—funny and kind, and it just happened when two people fell in love. Democracy also makes bold claims such as equal rights and justice for all, as if those are givens. I don’t think so. Both loving others and democracy take work. To love someone—and to give those around us the democratic right to their own beliefs—can make us feel unsafe. In love, we know the risks and reality of being hurt. To practice democracy, we have to hold back our own feelings of fear and anger (even hatred) when those we vehemently disagree with express their views. Even when we feel threatened, we have to find a way to live with it. The values behind love and democracy are sometimes very difficult to live up to. “Love is patient, love is kind...Love keeps no record of wrongs.” Hmmm. Does that mean if we’re to be loving, we don’t hold grudges? Another tall order. Being loving doesn’t always bring about a loving response. Also, just because we don’t condemn another for his or her views doesn’t mean

LIVING WITH UNFAIRNESS IS PART OF THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOCRACY. someone won’t condemn us for ours. It’s not fair, but living with unfairness is part of the challenge of democracy. In both love and democracy, each vote counts. Majority rules, but who’s the majority in a couple? Both people are. To give up the idea of “one right answer” and the illusion of “winning” allows us to respect each other’s rights to their opinions: where to eat, what movie to see, who to vote for and even how to hang a picture. When we practice love and democracy, we recognize that conformity doesn’t trump diversity. If we differ from the majority of people, our constitution says we can say our piece anyway. Maybe part of what keeps us believing in love and democracy is that more than one idea can lead to better solutions. In relationships, as in democracy, listening to and showing respect for each other’s suggestions increases trust. Trust is an asset for the future. Despite the challenges of practicing love and democracy, we must remain steadfast in both. Both are imperfect states of being, no matter how hard we try. Both are great dreams with high ideals. Without love, life is barren. Without democracy, we lose our liberty. Love and democracy are both worth fighting for. ■

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Dear Ms. Paige: You gave me a wonderful birthday gift when I saw your article in October’s issue. Where I live, rocks and stones are normal and gardening is minimal. Three and half years ago, I planted an autumn blaze maple tree and a silver maple. A few weeks ago, I purchased two 1.5-cubic foot bags of NatureScapes and spread each tree with one bag. Then, when I read your article, I think I put too much around each tree. Do I take away some of the mulch? Do I turn it each year? My water bill said last year to water every three months. Usually, I water for 3-4 minutes. Is that enough? Sincerely, Janet


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Maple trees: Commonly, maple trees aren’t native to Colorado, although the Bigtooth maple grows in western canyons and on stream banks and hillsides. The silver maple is a common landscape tree but performs poorly in the heavy alkaline (high pH) clay soils of the high desert, and is often plagued by iron chlorosis—yellowing of leaves caused by iron deficiency. Autumn Blaze maple, a hybrid between red and silver maples, suffers from some iron chlorosis, too.

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the soil is too compact (and so the tree is getting overwatered) or there’s a lack of soluble nutrients— probably iron. Mulching with organic matter helps to build soil, protect the tree’s roots, regulate soil temperatures throughout winter and, over time, decomposes and provides nutrients. Compost is always a good idea. You can mix it into your mulch or add a layer of compost first with a layer of mulch on top of it. Spread the mulch out at least two feet from the trunk to create a 2-4-inch layer—do not pile it up against the trunk. Mulch around trees and other perennials gradually decomposes and doesn’t need to be turned after plants are planted and established. Renew the mulch when the layer gets thin: gently rake the decomposing layer to make way for fresh air and water, check for signs of fungal disease and see how deep the layer is before adding a thin layer of fresh mulch.

WATER How much you water depends largely on your soil. Clay soils tend to retain water, which is why compost and organic matter are so beneficial to our high desert garden ecosystems. Maple trees are dormant in winter and don’t need to be watered as frequently as during their growing season, if at all, depending on snow. The best way to water any tree is slow and deep. Ideally, apply a slow trickle at the tree’s base for several hours rather than a more frequent, heavy, short soaking. During the growing season, you can determine whether or not to water maple trees by digging down about four inches into the soil next to the tree. If the soil is wet at this depth, do not water; if the soil is dry, water. You can also observe the leaves.


Underwatering shows up in browning or drying of leaves while overwatering can cause leaf yellowing.

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A letter to my father By Mary Stobie Dear Dad, It’s December 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and I wonder if you knew after you died of Parkinson’s Disease that Mom finished your book “Bail Out”? It has a photo on the cover of you with your squadron. It’s a terrific book! You talk in the book about your experience as a navigator for a B-24 called the Fyrtle Myrtle. It was World War II in the South Pacific, and evidently many men on your crew had pregnant wives. On a bombing mission your pilot, John Farrington—nicknamed “Mother”—stayed in formation even though the hotshot pilot in your group hung around the target of nickel mines after the bombs were dropped. You wanted to “get the hell out of there” before the “Japs” would attack, but Mother held formation, protecting the hotshot pilot. It cost Mother his life and nearly yours when the angry Zeros buzzed in like hornets and shot down Fyrtle Myrtle. Pilot John Farrington and half your crew were killed instantly and the survivors, including you, had to bail out with parachutes.

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HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD, A JAPANESE OFFICIAL HIT YOU SO HARD WITH A BASEBALL BAT IN YOUR BACK IT DAMAGED YOUR KIDNEYS. Dad, your stories about prison camp are etched in my mind, such as the Japanese guard whispering to you, “My wife is in Los Angeles, do you think she’s okay?” (probably referring to the internment of Japanese Americans in prison camps.) You made friends with everybody, didn’t you? Mom didn’t know if you were dead or alive for 23 months. How stressful that must have been with baby Bill being born and growing up as a toddler never having met you. Halfway around the world, a Japanese official hit you so hard with a baseball bat in your back it damaged your kidneys. You were close to death, weighing only 100 pounds. The Japanese moved you to another camp for those about to die, Ōfuna. But with your friendly nature, you even got along with British jewel thieves. They crawled up and down ducts and brought you crab and sugar, which saved your life. Late on the afternoon of September 8, 1945, Mom was preparing dinner with a visitor when they

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a travel journalist who has visited and written about nearly 80 countries, the current situation is especially frustrating. However, while my travels are restricted, my imagination isn’t. I’m dreaming about bucket list trips to magical places—some real, some not. Some may even require a time machine. From the fictitious land of Oz to our solar system’ s red planet, adventure is only a day dream away. the opportunity to enjoy some bliss there for even a brief time.


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scarecrow, a tin heartless woodman and a cowardly lion who dreams of being brave? I would love to recreate their journey along the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to meet the supposedly “great and powerful” Wizard of Oz. Other never-never lands have spots on my fantastical travel wish list. Shangri-La, the paradise conjured up by British author James Hilton in “Lost Horizon,” is located in a valley nestled beneath a mountain range far from the ocean. People in this joyful heaven on earth aged slowly, living for hundreds of years. No wonder the name of the mythical place has become synonymous with utopia. While I wouldn’t expect an imaginary immersion to lengthen my lifespan, I’d treasure WWW.LAFIFTY.COM

And then there are the myths. Who wouldn’t wish to check out an island-nation founded by demigods, inhabited by exotic animals and festooned with magnificent plant life? Plato’s fictional city of Atlantis served as an example of human hubris: it was submerged into the ocean when its inhabitants became too arrogant and prideful for the deities. Despite the allegorical underpinning of Plato’s work, some semi-scientific sleuths have speculated that Atlantis actually existed

and have conducted expeditions to find it—so far unsuccessfully. The fabled city of Troy may be the most famous city in the history of the world, due largely in part to Homer’s “The Iliad.” The story relates a mythical telling of the Trojan War which, depending upon the source, took place sometime during the 13th and 11th centuries BC. In truth, there was a city of Troy located in present-day Turkey and there may even have been a Battle of Troy, although many historians believe it referred to repeated sieges of the settlement during the Bronze Age (approximately 33001200 BC). The city was attacked,

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IT WOULD BE FASCINATING TO SHARE WAR STORIES WITH THE LIKES OF SIR LANCELOT, SIR GAWAIN AND THEIR ASSOCIATES IN ARMS. destroyed and rebuilt a number of times. While it’s possible to visit ruins that have been uncovered through archaeological excavations, it’s impossible to know which reincarnation of Troy they represent. My preference would be to walk the streets of the famous and fabled site when it was at its heyday. Another experience I’d relish is passing time with the Knights of the Round Table in King Arthur’s court. The legendary Arthur and city of Camelot where he reigned were introduced in French romances during the 12th century. The writings placed them in Great Britain,

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sometimes associated with real cities. Whether the legends are based in truth or not, it would be fascinating to share war stories with the likes of Sir Lancelot, Sir Gawain and their associates in arms.

NATURE’S WONDERS As a nature enthusiast, I couldn’t pass up a stroll through the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. It’s no wonder that the enchanting oasis of floating terraces, lush greenery and cascading streams was included by Herodotus in his list of classic Seven Wonders of the World. The story of the Gardens was perpetuated in Greek and Roman lore, and some historians continue their search for literal seeds of truth to the tales. Last but not least on my aspirational travel bucket list: Mars. While Mars actually does exist, it’s questionable whether and when humans will be able to visit there, much less survive. Despite similarities to Earth’s length of the day, comparable seasons and the presence of water, the roadblocks on our celestial neighbor are many. Both the atmosphere and soil on the Red Planet are toxic, the climate is much colder and severe storms can block sunlight for weeks. Despite these challenges, or perhaps because of them, Mars is included in my list of places I would like to visit, but never will. ■

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oes it bring you joy to receive a gift? It certainly does to me. I’ve been very blessed to have been given many gifts in my lifetime—the gift of Jesus, family, grandchildren and a great grandchild, as well as friends. I’ve also been given the opportunity to serve my fellow man, which is a gift. As I look back over the years and remember the special gifts that were given to me, there’s one in particular that remains vivid in my memory. I was pregnant with my first child and was experiencing a very difficult pregnancy. It soon became clear that I was losing my first born. The technology 64 years ago was not what it is today, and I was told there was no hope for my baby. The doctors, family and friends began to prepare me for the loss of my child. However, my trust and hope were not dependent on the doctors alone, but on the One who loved me and my child the most. Even when I was told that to continue the pregnancy would put my life in jeopardy as well, my faith did not waver. While lying in bed for months waiting for my son to be born, I continued to trust in God to bring us both through this difficult time.

As my little three-pound baby boy was taken from my womb by C-section, I thought about another young woman who gave birth to her firstborn son. That son was to become the greatest gift of all. That little baby, born in a manger, grew up to be the savior that lived and died for the sins of the world. Such an awesome gift makes not only Christmas a very special day, but every other day as well. My first born is now married, the father of two wonderful children and continues to be a special blessing to me today. While my son was a special gift to me and my family, the greater gift to all of us is Jesus. Have you had the opportunity to receive the gift that God freely offers today? Have you received His gift of salvation, and the gift of love that can be yours? If not, this is the perfect time to do so. This has been a difficult season for many in our world, but I can honestly tell you, from experience, that His love can help you even in the most trying of times. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 Have a blessed Christmas, enjoy your family and friends, and remember that the greatest gift of all is there for you. ■


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I’d been playing Oculus games. He told me he had to verify they hadn’t mixed-up the results with another patient because all of my numbers were within the normal range. While such results aren’t a guarantee, I don’t think I’m alone. I’ve joined several online communities for Oculus Quest owners and it’s no surprise that I’m not the only fat old guy who is using the device for fitness. Nearly every day, someone new joins the group expecting it to be full of young gamers. After apologetically announcing his or her age, they realize that the group is largely full of “50-plus-ers.” The Oculus Quest costs $299. The device isn’t recommended for users under 14 because some science indicates that it could negatively impact the development of the brain and eyes in younger users. Personally, I believe that’s the perfect excuse for refusing to let the kids play with my new toy. ■

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ened life expectancy, by all means, start drawing on the money you’ve saved. Otherwise, your best bet financially is to wait until you must start removing the funds, which is age 72. At that magic age, a formula determines how much you must withdraw each year (RMD). The CARES act waived RMDs for 2020, but check your situation carefully. The penalty for under-withdrawing is 50 percent! Health Savings Account (HSA). Working seniors may still have an HSA, as long as they are not already signed up for Medicare. Max out your contribution. If your employer contributes to your HSA but that contribution zeros out at the end of the year, consider whether non-emergency medical proce-

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Losses. The pandemic can be blamed for many types of losses. If you sold stocks at a loss this year, remember that you can deduct up to $3,000 in losses beyond your realized gains each year. Additional losses are pushed to future years. Giving. The end of the year—particularly this year—is the time to take a look at how you can help others with your largesse. For those able to make or even increase charitable donations amidst the difficulties of this era, give gratefully. A great time to support Colorado nonprofits is on Colorado Gives Day, which is set for Tuesday, December 8. Donations are accepted online at www.ColoradoGivesDay. org. Donors can schedule a donation now that will benefit from a $1 million incentive fund, shared among all nonprofits receiving Colorado Gives Day donations. Giving smarter. Give tax-efficiently by donating your RMD to a 501(c)3 of your choice, lowering your taxable income. Another possibility is taking advantage of tax code changes in the last couple of years. One change increased the standard deduction while instituting a limit on the total deductions allowed on an itemized return. Some folks now bunch their charitable giving into every other year. That is, one year they double up their contributions and the next year they take the standard deduction. However, this strategy may be more troublesome and awkward than its value. ■

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• Dishonest retailers. Panic at the beginning of the quarantine resulted in a shortage of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, soap and masks. This led to many dishonest retailers and fake products popping up. “The fear of scarcity created a gateway for scammers,” Orestis said. “Fraudulent online retailers are showcasing these items as bait, especially medical supplies.” He recommended sticking with reputable stores. Scammers also try to sell products to prevent or cure COVID-19, even though they don’t exist. “Anyone who receives a message from someone selling any of these items should not respond,” he added. • Phony advertisements. Scammers also try to advertise hard-tofind products through social media, email or pop-up ads. Avoid clicking on anything unfamiliar, because cybercriminals may be trying to steal your personal information or infect your computer with a virus. “Be cautious of people who try to contact you under odd usernames and do not have a profile picture,” Orestis advised. “If anyone asks for your personal information or invites you to click on a link, block them immediately or report them as spam.” • Government or organization

disguises. Is a government official or someone from the CDC or the World Health Organization trying to contact you? Maybe, but probably not. According to Orestis, scammers often try to convince potential victims that they are with a legitimate agency or group. “For example, an email might claim that there have been new COVID-19 cases in your area and ask for your personal information to see if you have been in contact with anyone infected,” he said. “Be suspicious of any COVID-19 related emails and use only official government websites to get information about the virus.” • Fake charities and crowdfunding. Criminals have also created counterfeit charities and crowdfunding sites. They ask for money in the form of cash, gift cards and wire transfers. “Real charities will never use these resources,” Orestis said. “Be sure to use reputable sites and research the charities you want to donate to for coronavirus relief.”

• Phone scams. Phones are still the number one way scammers target seniors, both through calls and text messages. The Federal Communications Commission warns about these methods being used by people who claim to be the IRS or have coronavirus treatments, athome testing kits and vaccinations. “If you receive a robotic voice call, do not press any buttons or return any calls,” Orestis said. “Hang up immediately. If you receive text messages regarding this information, do not respond or click on any links.” It’s important to apply that wariness both off and online. “The more conscious people are of how scammers are trying to trick them, the less likely they are to fall for one of those tricks,” he added. ■


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2) Family gatherings: Navigating family gatherings this year will be difficult. For some, traveling by airplane and being in an enclosed space might be out of the question. Though you might not be able to see family and friends in person, phone calls and video calls offer a way to still visit with them during the holidays. If you have access to a computer or cell phone, try video calling using free platforms like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype or Zoom. The Colorado Springs Senior Cen-

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Free online training promotes connectivity during COVID-19 The Greater Resilience Information Toolkit (GRIT) is a free, digital training designed for people looking to build up their resiliency. Its creators announced the campaign, “Let’s Talk Grit,” which enlists individuals and organizations to learn tools for greater resiliency and to coach others in their support network. According to the Colorado Health Foundation, 53 percent of Coloradoans surveyed reported increased mental health strain like depression, anxiety and loneliness due to the pandemic. One in three people have reported difficulty sleeping due to COVID-19 worry and stress, and 13.3 percent of Americans have reported beginning or increasing substance use. Beyond everyday coaching skills, self-care and social support techniques, GRIT highlights local resources for those experiencing stress or trauma through its partnerships with El Paso County Public Health, AspenPointe and NAMI Colorado Springs. For information, visit PPLD limits access inside libraries Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has limited access to libraries due to El Paso County’s COVID-19 restrictions. PPLD libraries will only allow patrons inside if they have a reservation to use a computer (call 719-389-8968). Printing, copying, scanning and/or faxing service availability varies by location. Curbside services remain available, in addition to 24/7 returns outside of all libraries. PPLD also boasts a large digital collection, extensive hub of online resources and many virtual programs. Wi-Fi should be accessible outside most library facilities for anyone to use, day or night. For more information, visit or call 719-3898968 ■

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What’s the most memorable history-making event you’ve witnessed in your lifetime? JoEva Forsythe “Two especially come to mind. The Oklahoma City bombing was the worst of mankind. And the best was the space shuttle project— seeing how education, commitment, trust and hard work came together. When Americans work together, we can do great things.”

Karen Aibner “I guess the legalization of pot. It’s about time!”

Betty Cain “That’s an easy one—the assassination of President of John F. Kennedy. I was in boot camp. We were very patriotic and looking forward to our service to America. When our president was assassinated that shook our whole world. It took us two days before we could recover enough and continue our training.”

Charlie Searle “The event in my lifetime that most rocked my personal world has to have been the murder of John Lennon 40 years ago. I was immersed in the Beatles and music in general at age 18 and heard the news upon landing in L.A. en route to a cousin’s wedding. I still have newspapers and magazines in a box somewhere collected from the days following.”

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Tick Tock Shop Celebrating our 45th Anniversary

Over 1000 Watches and 1000 Clocks On Display

Expert Clock and Watch Repair Service now offering in-house jewelry repair 7 N. Circle Colo. Spgs. CO (719) 475-8585 •

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Live Better Rocky Mountain PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides innovative, coordinated healthcare for seniors, assisting participants so they can live enjoyable and independent lives.

At Rocky Mountain PACE, the safety of our participants is our number one priority. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve changed some of the ways we care for our participants to keep them healthy and protected, including: • Providing Personal Protection • Home-Based Care/In-Home Equipment (PPE) to All Staff Assessments • Updated Social Distancing • Continuous Sanitization of Measures Transportation Vehicles • Mandatory Temperature • Emergency Food Package Screenings Delivery • Virtual Visits with Providers • Home Medication Delivery • At-Home Activity Kits

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offered “my kingdom” for 14. Banned apple spray 15. Half a fly 16. Delaware tribe 17. Cloudlike 19. Labyrinthine 20. Meat, lettuce, cheese and tomato in a foot-long bun? 22. Source of iron 23. Sends out 24. Matured 26. Wedge-shaped 29. ___ kwon do 32. Kentucky college 33. Mistake 37. Like afterschool activities 40. Arizona sights 41. Drench 42. Thoroughfares: Abbr. 43. A dish best served cold, it’s said 45. Small opening 48. Puppeteer Lewis 53. Therapists’ org. 54. Amused

58. Narrate 60. Capital of


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27. Cautious 28. Long-legged bird 29. Pro ___ 30. Lumberjack’s tool 31. “The X-Files”

extras 32. Tin or zinc, e.g. 34. “Treasure Island” monogram 35. Cereal grain 36. Monopoly quartet: Abbr. 38. ___ avis 39. British verb ending 44. Sport of hunting 45. N. Atlantic archipelago 46. ___ can of worms 47. Speed contests 48. ___ Paulo 49. Takes on 50. Make ___ of (write down) 51. Leases 52. Thoughts 55. Psyche parts 56. Few and far between 57. Skier’s transport 59. Henri’s here


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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 S. Circle Dr. 719-576-1000. PEACEFUL & QUIET HOME in nice northeast neighborhood, off Woodmen Rd. Lower level big 230sf room with 2 windows, small refrigerator and private bath. Shared kitchen & laundry, entrance thru garage door. No pets, no drugs. Available Dec. $700 rent + 1/2 utils. $200 deposit (non-refund). 719649-9054. THE VILLA AT SUNNY VISTA, a HUDsubsidized senior and disabled adult apartment complex located at 2480 East Dale Street in Colorado Springs, announces that its waitlist will open on November 9, 2020. The Villa is an independent living facility with age, disability and income requirements. Applications are entered in the order in which they are received. Pick up an application at the building on or after the 9th or call 719-635-9595 to request an application. We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

FOR SALE 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, 719466-9797




MAKE MUCHO MONEY with a classified ad in Life After 50. Call 719-4182717.


TWO ELECTRIC BIKES, Raleigh and Giant, only one year old, $1000 each (paid $2400 new), 719-491-9636.

2013 NISSAN LEAF Electric Car, 63K miles, 20-40 miles range, great second vehicle for running local errands, $4000/or best offer. 719-685-4239 (leave message) BANK ON CLASSIFIEDS to turn your ads into dollars! 719-418-2717 Life After 50.

WHITE OVERSIZE ARMCHAIR and half-moon hassock $60. Text or leave message 719-460-8314.

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



E P I S C O PA L WO M E N ’ S T H R I F T HOUSE Open again - Regular hours are 10-4 Thurs, Friday & Saturday. 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. GREAT BUYS AT BARGAIN BOX! Shop to your heart’s delight at Assistance League’s thrift store, 405 S. Nevada Ave. Check the 99c racks! - Open Tues, Thurs & Sat 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Free parking in the rear.) Face masks a must and please respect social distancing.

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

CREATE ANOTHER STREAM of income through our socially responsible Health and Wellness Co. Call 719-3571561 for details and information.

~ New, Used & Collectibles ~ Browse & Shop at Books for You! 1737 S. 8th Street (719) 630-0502 Open Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5


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

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.

Life been stressful?

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS ALLIANCE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS ages 50 and older. You can make a difference in the MS Community. For more information please call 719-633-4603.

PIKES PEAK WORKFORCE. 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: M-F 8-4.

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HELP WANTED CAREGIVER WANTED, Thursdays and Fridays, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If interested, please call/text Judy for details 719-776-0817.

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 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.






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USO VOLUNTEERS can make a big difference in the lives of active duty military, veterans, and their families. 3-4 Hr Shifts are available. Please contact Karla Wright-Giles 719-524-1043.

HANDYMAN SERVICES. ODD JOBS Plumbing, Carpentry, Fences, Decks, Doors, more. (Mowing or yardwork in spring and summer.) John 719-4717471.

ACORN CHAIRLIFT 130 Superglide in great condition, $2000. 719-330-5865.

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

M I K E ’ S H A N DY M A N SERVICE is Ready to Help You in Colorado Springs! Call or Text Mike Whalin 605-391-8375 (please leave message and I will return your call).

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:

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

(719) 393-5851 *MORE THAN A HANDYMAN. Home Maintenance, Repairs, Yard Work, & Organize. 20% SENIOR DISCOUNT (62+). Call Mike - a Senior and Veteran. 719-338-4279.

DRYWALL AND TILEWORK Repairs • Basement Finishes Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling

HOUSECLEANING EXPERTISE HOUSECLEANING, reliable and trustworthy. Senior personal care services are also available. Please call Karen 719-434-2922. RESIDENTIAL HOUSECLEANING. ALL supplies included. Affordable, fully insured, 20+ years experience with many references. 719-477-0679. TONY’S WINDOW CLEANING. $50 to Clean 10 Windows* and $2.50/each for more. Solar panels & gutter cleaning, too. 719-271-2199 (*exteriors).

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ELECTRIC 4-WHEEL PRIDE Scooter Chair, in fair condition $400. 719-5916689 leave message. ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR Jazzy Select 6, used once, new battery and charger, $2000. 719-591-6689 leave message.

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GRAB BARS, HANDICAP RAMPS, Bathtub to Shower conversions, other projects to increase your mobility and safety. Quality work, certified best and insured. 719-244-2871. 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) 719-4719895.

Ken’s Plumbing Heating & Cooling - PLUMBING -

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


Furnaces replaced, repaired or tuned up.


Air conditioners or swamp coolers installed or repaired.


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WHEELCHAIR LIFT 750# National Wheel-o-Vator, works beautiful, now is pre-wired, $3500. 970-657-1198.

MOBILE HOMES 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. or call 719-337-3594.


DAILY LABOR: YARD CLEAN-UP / GARDENING / PAINTING / ALL THOSE THINGS YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR. $20 PER HOUR. 719-3105247. EXPERT CARPET REPAIRS 40 Yrs Experience. Repairs, Re-stretches, Seam Repair and Pet Damage Inlays. 719-229-1597 or 719-473-5110. Free estimates and Senior discounts. 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.


CHRISTIAN, HONEST, hard-working woman looking for Christian, honest hard-working man for friendship and what may develop. Age 50+. Serious inquiries only to: Honest Woman, c/o Life After 50, P.O. Box 50125, Colorado Springs, CO 80949. DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS - restoring women who have been abused to the abundant life God intended. Always personal and confidential. Beryl Williams 719-649-9054. GENTLEMAN, AGE 62, needs an escort, lady age 50+ who’s down to earth, for movie or dinner out. Serious inquiries only please. 719-308-1106 TESSA SAFEHOUSE and counseling for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Crisis Line 719-633-3819 or 719-633-1462. THE LORD BLESS YOU and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26


Your Home, Your Way! I help you Maximize Success and Minimize Stress in Real Estate.

Call for Discounts!


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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.

SERVICES ASSISTANT AND COMPANION: A Caring Christian Lady will help! Need a little assistance with cooking, cleaning, projects, packing, organizing, errands, etc? Need company for visits, appointments and events? Need a Private Secretary? I am a great listener! Sunny 719-271-0165.

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

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WANTED VINTAGE ITEMS WANTED. TOYS, comic books, children’s books, dolls, movie and music posters, Halloween,


guitars and amplifiers, and plastic model kits. I’m a collector, not a business. 719-633-5848 or 719-440-9288.



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. CASH FOR DIABETIC SUPPLIES OR

Wedding Guitarist




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(719) 661-7354


P E R S O N A L A S S I S TA N T C O N CIERGE. 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. PRIVATE TUTOR: Grandchildren’s education disrupted? Looking for options? Experienced Public and Homeschool Teacher, Tutoring Preschool - Elementary (“Old School” Solid foundations + creative & concrete). Also Electives, Sewing and Cooking. Ages 7-adult. Individual or small group. 719-271-0165. SENIORS LOVE HELPERS that arrive at the door! If you can do heavy lifting, climb ladders, caregiving, painting, cleaning, cooking, or hair care, place an ad in Life After 50. Readers are hunting for your services! 719-418-2717.

CALL 719-749-1436.

WILL TRADE HOME REPAIR for RV Space to occupy and safe outdoor storage for contractor equipment, have 30 years experience in all areas of construction. Please call or text to discuss: 719-244-2871.


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. 719-6335848 or 719-440-9288.

MARIAN HOUSE needs bulk food

Lawrence Shiroma

(424) 247-3109

presidential pin back buttons, Simpich dolls, military insignia and memorabilia.

“I will sing to the Lord with a string instrument.” Isaiah 38:20

Will buy single items or entire collections. 719-632-9904.

items: 3-5# rolls of hamburger, pasta, etc, for their kitchen which provides 100’s of lunches daily. Drop off 10-11 a.m. Mon-Fri at west side dock entrance 14 W. Bijou St.

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Be careful what you ask for By Michael Murphy

s I gazed out the window one lovely morning, the tranquility was shattered by my neighbor sprinting down the sidewalk, screaming for help. Close behind was a howling lawnmower, nipping at his heels, its blade churning in a bloodlust. “I’ll be danged,” I muttered, “my neighbor must have gotten one of those new smart mowers, the kind that is voice-activated. Looks like someone has already hacked it.” I shook my head and headed back to the kitchen to call out to my new smart pancake maker, “Aunt Jemima, make breakfast.” Sound far-fetched to you? Then it’s time to get you up to snuff on the technology craze taking over the world—voice-activated devices. My wife just got a phone upgrade. Her old phone was basically limited to giving directions during

our trips. But, boy, her new one has a lot more voice features and is very chatty. Personally, I thought it was bad enough when my wife would talk to the dog, and I’d frequently shout, “What?” from another room. Now, in addition to the dog, she is talking to her phone all the time, commanding things like “Siri, give me a recipe for left-over eggplant soup,” resulting in my shouting “What?” twice as often. If you, like my wife, have an Apple device such as an iPhone, you can ask Siri for instant information. Concerned about the weather forecast? Just say, “Hey Siri, show me the weather radar map,” and the image will appear on your phone. Green means rain is coming, and blue says snow is imminent. If the approaching blob is purple, turn off the phone and head to the basement as fast as you can.

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A big seller last holiday season was an Amazon device that responds to all sorts of voice commands. Now a person can come home, kick back on the couch, and boss around a gal named Alexa. Just say, “Alexa, play ‘Jingle Bells’” and there’s a 50/50 chance she’ll get it right. Odds are pretty good that you’ll have several dental fillings pop out of your mouth as Alexa cranks up “Hells Bells” by AC/DC. Tell Alexa to order a pizza, and within minutes the doorbell will ring, and you’ll more than likely be greeted by a delivery guy handing you a fragrant bouquet of roses. Having one of these amazing devices will really liven up those boring evenings at home by keeping you guessing what will happen next. Microsoft has another voice-activated device, named Cortana.

One of its truly impressive abilities is that you can program it with photos and then command it to show specific ones. For example, let’s say you want to show off photos from your trip to Hawaii. You say, “Cortana, show Justin underwater on the wakeboard” and shazam! There’s Justin on the 65-inch HDTV screen wearing only his underwear and dancing on the bar at the tiki lounge. Oops, wrong picture! Word to the wise: Be careful what you ask for. And don’t leave Cortana, Siri and Alexa alone in the same room for too long. Just imagine the stories they could share about you. ■ Mike Murphy retired after a 35-year teaching and coaching career. He has a master’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is an Associated Press award-winning columnist.

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2430 Oakshire Ln, Pueblo, CO 81001 - or -


Last August, when my 96-year-old mom fell at the home she had lived in for 50 years, we realized she needed to move to an independent living community. When we visited Summit Glen, we knew we had found her new home! From the minute she moved in, she has felt precisely that way. She found her new home! Natalie, the community manager, promised us that they would treat mom like she was their mom, and they have fulfilled that promise every single day. Mom has a lovely apartment with a deck. We can’t believe how many of her precious things we were able to bring to that apartment. The storage is amazing! The building is beautiful and always clean. The food is delicious, and mom enjoys visiting with her many new friends at meals. Mom just loves everyone who works there from her housekeeper to the servers and the chef, the activities coordinator, and of course, the wonderful managers. We feel so blessed to have found the perfect home for mom at Summit Glen! ~Nancy Daigle I was introduced to one of the managers while visiting my cousin, who also lives here; I liked her immediately. She invited me to move in and “try it out” with no long-term commitment. My daughters all urged me to accept the invitation as they were concerned about my time alone. The residents at Summit Glen just amazed me; they are all very friendly and make me feel part of the group. Besides enjoying excellent meals with my new friends in the dining room, I do ceramics, belong to the book club, do crafts, play bingo, take an exercise class each morning and sing in the choir. One should never choose a community for a new living experience without coming to Summit Glen to “try it out first!” ~Aleene Mills

4825 Old Farm Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80917

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Be careful what you ask for article cover image

Be careful what you ask for

pages 42-44
Question of the Month article cover image

Question of the Month

pages 35-37
Ask Miss Kitty: Christmas gifts to warm up your kitty article cover image

Ask Miss Kitty: Christmas gifts to warm up your kitty

pages 30-31
News Bits article cover image

News Bits

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Calendar article cover image


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Reduce stress during the holidays article cover image

Reduce stress during the holidays

page 29
No pandemic shutdown for scammers article cover image

No pandemic shutdown for scammers

page 28
Close Connections article cover image

Close Connections

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Talking Digital: Meet your exercise goals with this one technology article cover image

Talking Digital: Meet your exercise goals with this one technology

page 25
Faith: The greatest gift of all article cover image

Faith: The greatest gift of all

page 24
Crucial year-end financial tips article cover image

Crucial year-end financial tips

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7 fantastical travel destinations article cover image

7 fantastical travel destinations

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Business Highlight: Community Dental takes care of smiles article cover image

Business Highlight: Community Dental takes care of smiles

page 16
Surviving a Japanese prison camp: A letter to my father article cover image

Surviving a Japanese prison camp: A letter to my father

pages 20-21
Laughing Matters article cover image

Laughing Matters

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Cover Story article cover image

Cover Story

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Healthy Geezer: What is involved with heart-valve surgery? article cover image

Healthy Geezer: What is involved with heart-valve surgery?

page 12
Fun After 50: Senior Center Activities article cover image

Fun After 50: Senior Center Activities

page 4
Ask the Old Bag article cover image

Ask the Old Bag

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3 ways saffron helps with eye health article cover image

3 ways saffron helps with eye health

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Editor’s Column article cover image

Editor’s Column

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Counting down to Christmas article cover image

Counting down to Christmas

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