We have gathered together resources for older adults during this COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the resources are local to the Colorado Springs area while others are on a national level.
Let us know in the "Comments" section of additional resources you would like added to this list.
Senior Resource Council
Seniors Blue Book
Colorado Springs Senior Center
Silver Key Senior Services
Innovations in Aging
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments/Aging
NAMI Colorado Springs
The Senior List
Healthier Banana Bread
Now, doesn’t this banana bread look scrumptious? And, the recipe has been modified to make it healthier.
The amount of sugar has been reduced and applesauce has been used to replace some of the oil. Personally, I would use coconut oil instead of the vegetable oil. It is healthier!
You can use coconut sugar in place of some of the brown sugar.
We have compiled links of Take-out, Delivery and Curbside Options for Restaurants, Bars & Breweries in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Please 'Comment' with additional info that you would like added to this post.
Restaurants, Bars & Breweries
Old Colorado City:
* Old Colorado City's Take-Out, Delivery and Curbside
* Support the Springs - Take-Out
* Pueblo Food Resource
Take-Out Food Orders
Take-Out and Curbside Restaurants
Please "Comment" with additional information!
It’s time to decorate your front door for spring and the upcoming Easter celebrations with this easy, creative umbrella door decoration.
By using spring colors and items associated with springtime, you will have a great addition to your front door.
* A bouquet of pink tulips, along with greenery and dyed eggshells filled with daffodils. They are tucked neatly into an umbrella for a unique Easter door decoration.
* To make, tie a pretty pink ribbon halfway up a closed umbrella to create a makeshift vase for your arrangement.
* Create pockets between front ribs and tuck in tissue paper to support a crafts-store bird’s nest. Use blown-out dyed Easter eggs, fresh flowers, and greenery such as ferns and moss.
* When you’re finished, wire the arrangement to a hook to hang on your front door.
* You now have a door umbrella decoration that is just right for spring and Easter!
To keep flowers fresh, put the stems in water vials or heavy plastic bags filled with floral foam powder which is available at floral supply stores.
With the recent State of Emergency declaration to combat COVID-19’s spread in Colorado, we are dedicating our outreach to support the health, safety and economic prosperity of small businesses across the State. The State of Emergency declaration is an important step to access key resources to protect Coloradans and our economy.
Our commitment is to share the most timely information, processes and resources available.
The first phase of the State’s response must be containment and that includes information sharing, preventative actions and resources to help.
What you should know:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is leading the State’s multi-agency crisis response. We encourage you and all of your partners to stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information through CDPHE’s website: colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus and the Center for Disease Control .
Additional sources of information:
To limit virus transmission, meetings should be conducted via telephone or video conferences whenever possible.
Telecommuting: Where viable, the role of telecommuting should be discussed as a tool to maintain business continuity.
To best protect public health, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment is recommending that Coloradans follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance released today (March 16, 2020). The guidance states that the CDC “recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus:
Please note that although there is a “How To Apply” button on the SBA link, it may not be activated yet for this situation, because the disaster declaration process isn’t completed yet. Again, we will communicate better information when available.
From our experience with the 2013 Northern Colorado flood, we do recommend you gather key financial documents, if you think you might need to apply for a loan:
· Last three years of federal tax returns for your business.
· Last three years of personal federal tax returns.
· A Personal Financial Statement.
· Articles of Incorporation.
· A Business Plan with Financial Projections might be helpful, but probably not required.
We are here to support our local businesses and entrepreneurs during these very challenging times. We will do our best to communicate useful business resources, and provide support, to mitigate the impacts of this health situation.
SBDC Centers Operation:
As there continues to be new restrictions and recommendations on travel, conferences, work from home policies, and social distancing in order to minimize the spread of the virus, we at the SBDC will continue to embrace these recommendations to help keep our clients, staff, and community healthy. As such, many face to face client meetings may be moved to a phone call or video chat, and trainings will move to online webinar formats.
The Colorado SBDC has compiled the appropriate resources for your business on our Disaster Preparedness and Continuity Page. We will continue to provide updates as they come in.
Today, the President of the United States declared a health emergency. The text from the White House press release is as follows:
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
Pursuant to section 201 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1621), I hereby report that I have exercised my authority to declare that the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States constitutes a national emergency. This declaration invokes section 1135 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1320b–5, to allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to exercise the authority under that section to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance programs and of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule throughout the duration of the public health emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
I am enclosing a copy of the proclamation I have issued.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 13, 2020.
Now... what does that mean to us Over 50? Well, it means more resources from local, state and federal sources are on the way. Check out these points of resources for more information. There will be more information coming out when the federal declaration is reviewed by state and local health officials.
Reliable sources of information
What you should know
Video: COVID-19 Tips from Public Health
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Market fluctuations are enough to give anyone the jitters. But that doesn’t mean market volatility should be a reason to panic. Here are 5 tips to help you from
1. Keep your long-term plan in mind
Review your investment strategy to ensure it’s aligned with your long-term goals, and then stay the course.
2. Consider consulting with a professional before reacting
The value of your investment will fluctuate over time. When the market falls, any losses in your portfolio are only realized if you sell your holdings.
3. Consider buying when the market is down
Think of it as a sale with prices discounted from the recent market peak. Yes, prices always could fall further, but if you’re invested for the long haul, you may want to consider if this is a good time to add to your investment portfolio.
4. Seek out guidance
If you’re not sleeping at night, or your risk tolerance has changed, it’s a good time to talk with your financial professional.
5. Diversify Your Stocks and Bonds
Stocks and bonds seldom move in step with each other, so losses in one asset class may be offset by gains (or less-severe losses) in the other.
For additional information, download this free e-book “Market Volatility: 4 Ways to Protect Your Money.”
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Want to keep your heart healthy? Finally! We’ve been looking for a valid reason to justify the afternoon nap and now we have it. This is especially helpful for the Over 50 population.
Researchers at the European Society of Cardiology conference in London stated that that an hour or more nap has important health benefits. It can cut blood pressure and lower the chance of a heart attack or stroke. It also contributes to people taking fewer blood pressure medications. What a great way to keep your heart healthy!
Lead researcher, Dr Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens, Greece, said, “Two influential UK prime ministers were supporters of the midday nap. Winston Churchill said that we must sleep some time between lunch and dinner while Margaret Thatcher didn’t want to be disturbed around 3pm. According to our study, they were right because midday naps seem to lower blood pressure levels. They may also probably decrease the number of required anti-hypertensive medications.”
He added: “Μidday sleep is a habit that nowadays is almost a privileged due to a nine to five working culture and intense daily routine. However the real question regarding this habit is: is it only a custom or is it also beneficial?”
The findings of the study suggest that midday sleepers have less damage from high blood pressure in their arteries and heart,” according to Dr Kallistratos.
The study showed that midday sleep is associated with lower blood pressure. It also found that longer ‘sleeps’ are even more beneficial. It’s interesting that the midday sleepers had greater dips in blood pressure while sleeping at night. This is associated with better health outcomes.
Patients who slept during the midday were under fewer anti-hypertension medications compared to those who didn’t have their midday nap.
The conclusion was that the midday nap is associated with lower 24 hour blood pressure as well as a fall of BP at night. This results in less damage to the arteries and the heart.
The longer the midday nap, the lower the systolic BP levels and probably fewer drugs needed to lower BP.”
Of course, there is balance in all things. You should still make daily exercise and healthy eating a priority. But, it’s nice to know we can reward ourselves with some rest on a daily basis!
So, if you can, make naps a priority in your daily schedule, and if you really need an excuse, tell people you are doing it for your health!
Over 50? Indulge in a nap to keep your heart healthy!
Are you looking for last minute St. Patrick’s Day food ideas? Well, we have just what you need.
These are easy to make and will be enjoyed by young and old alike!
Olives, blueberries, green grapes, pineapple, orange slices, strawberries, small marshmallows and gold foil wrapped candy.
Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Green Frosting and Gold Foil Wrapped Coins
This is an easy way to make any cupcakes into St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. Chocolate and white cake mixes or recipes work well with the green frosting.
Shamrock Smoothie w/ Gold Coins
Cut up bananas for the “gold coins” or use gold foil wrapped coins for accents!
St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas – Make it a Fun and Memorable Irish Day!
Colorado Springs Over 50
We would love to hear from you on ideas you would like us to investigate and write about.