Would you like to do something today or this evening besides watching TV? There are plenty of options for all budgets and situations. You might spend a small amount of time or choose an activity that is very time consuming.
We have also included "Tips for Getting Away from the TV Habit" in case you need a few ways to remind yourself of your new plan!
Here's your list of "Things to do Instead of Watching TV"
1. Read a Book
2. Write Something
3. Go for an Evening Walk
4. Get Fit
5. Create Art
6. Make an Elaborate Dinner
7. Learn a New Skill or Language
8. Spend Quality Time with Your Family
9. Call a Friend
10. Deal with Those Annoying Chores
11. Spruce Up or Redecorate a Room in Your House
12. Expand Your Horizons
13. Join a Club
14. Make Plans for the Future
15. Work Towards Your Goals
You will find an explanation for each of the above items as well as "Tips for Getting Away from the TV Habit" here...
Let's hear it for Trivia!
Here's a free trivia quiz website that provides free trivia quizzes on a multitude of subjects.
It has a variety of trivia games for adults as well as kids. Topics covered include U.S. history, geography, Harry Potter, Disney films, science, sports, holidays general knowledge, Bible trivia, movies, music and more!
All of the free trivia quizzes are in multiple choice format, so even if you don’t know the answer, you’ve still got a chance to guess correctly! Have fun and let us know what your favorite category is!
Here's the link:
Let's hear it for IQ Tests!
You can take quick, free IQ tests that provide instant results and will also show you where your score sits compared to the full spectrum of IQ ranges.
Here's the link:
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.
Pikes Peak Library District
Tech Enhanced Life
Privacy and Your Cell Phone
Internet Basics for Seniors
Privacy in the Digital Age
Retire Guide - Senior Benefits Discounts
Retire Guide - Medicare
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
So many people, especially those Over 50, are looking for ways to assure better sleep!
These ten tips are simple and can be easily incorporated into your day and evening routines.
Getting enough sleep is important because it helps you feel better during the day. Sleep also plays a critical role in maintaining your good health. according to The Sleep Council.
You need to “power down” your brain if you’re going to sleep well. Meditation is a great way to give your brain a break. Label your bedroom as a worry-free zone so you can sleep soundly.
Keep everything that relates to work or stress in a separate room which is physically separated from where you sleep. That means your phone, TV, paperwork, bills, etc., will be out of sight and, hopefully, out of mind!
Did you know that we spend 33% of our lives asleep? Therefore, improving sleep means improving 1/3 of your life!
You will find additional information and resources at the bottom of this page!
Did you know that Overnight Oats are an easy, healthy breakfast you'll feel good about eating and they're perfect for taking on the go? They’re high in protein and fiber — which will keep you full until lunchtime! Unlike a bowl of warm oatmeal, overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, straight from the refrigerator (no reheating necessary).
To make them, you’ll soak rolled oats in milk and yogurt overnight, which gives them a soft, slightly toothsome texture that’s ultra-creamy and subtly sweet. In the morning, you’ll add your favorite toppings — fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and nut butters are all fair game.
Don’t let the overnight soak fool you — overnight oats are incredibly simple to make. They take no more than five minutes to prep, and then the breakfast makes itself while you sleep. If you stir together a batch during your weekend meal prep, you’ll be left with four grab-and-go breakfasts to eat throughout the week (the oats last about four days in the fridge). You can also scale the recipe down and make single servings instead.
You need the following ingredients: Old-fashioned rolled oats, milk, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, & flavorings, such as ground cinnamon, maple syrup or honey which add a hint of sweetness, and a pinch of kosher salt is necessary for a balanced flavor.
A helpful hint: Use equal parts old-fashioned rolled oats and milk, plus half as much yogurt.
How do you serve Overnight Oats? You can certainly eat them as is (just give the bowl a good stir, first). However, overnight oats are even better with toppings. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and nut butter are all delicious additions.
While nut butter, dried fruit, some fresh fruit (like blueberries, apples, and citrus) can be added in advance, you’ll want to wait to add delicate or crunchy toppings, such as nuts, seeds, and toasted coconut, until the morning you plan to eat them.
Here’s a recipe for making the very best overnight oats every time.
Overnight Oats Recipe
Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yes, parent's stuff can be a boomer burden!
Many baby boomers and those in the over 50 group are facing the inevitable in life. They have aging parents or their parents have already passed away.
Besides coping with the emotional burden, there is also the matter of the financial aspect of a death and also dealing with your parents stuff. It can certainly be overwhelming!
Top 4 suggestions for action to take now and later:
1. Start Now – If parents are alive and willing, ask if they would like help in deciding what they want done with their belongings when they die. They might also want to start giving things away to family and friends while they are still alive.
2. Savor Memories – One way to remember a loved one is to make shadow boxes containing mementos of their hobbies and activities. They take up much less room and provide pleasant memories of a loved one. They can also be made for other members of the family. They make nice mementos for grand children and nieces and nephews.
3. Don’t Wait Too Late – You will be surprised to know that your aging parent (s) would actually welcome help in culling out possessions. It is a good time for them to reflect back on their life. It is also an excellent way to find out more about their life that you maybe didn’t even know! Communicate with your parents early!
4. Dealing with Siblings – Keep in mind when working with siblings in this situation that there are differences in how things should be done. Some adult children just want to “get it done” without giving much time or thought to the process. There are also those that want to touch each item and reminisce to great lengths. Come up with a plan on how you are going to deal with your parent’s possessions that will be workable for all to handle.
Professional organizer, Claudia Smith, advocates a simple rule of thumb. “We spend our first 40 years in life collecting things and the second 40 years getting rid of things.”
How to Deal with Your Parents Stuff!
Bucket lists are a popular topic among all age groups, but especially those in their 50’s, 60’s and beyond. There was even a popular movie titled The Bucket List, released in 2007, featuring seasoned actors Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman – who played two men with terminal illnesses – who wanted to cross items off their own bucket lists before they died.
Of course, you don’t need an illness to start a bucket list. Better to begin long before your own mortality is staring you in the face. Here are some reasons you might or might not want to start and pursue you own bucket list.
Bucket List Pros:
Bucket List Cons:
There is a Common Misperception That Bucket lists are Only for Big Items
There is a common misperception that bucket lists are only for big items, but they are really for whatever you find meaningful. Here are the types of things that can go on bucket lists:
If you are looking for idea starters, try this article from developgoodhabits.com. They not only give you 553 potential bucket list items but also the following great advice for building your own list: “As you go through this list, be sure to write down the items that resonate with your “personal why.” Then add the ideas that sound like a great challenge. Then the stuff that’s fun. Then the ideas that you can share with your significant other. And finally, the ideas that will help with your self-improvement efforts.”
Remember that the bucket list is a positive endeavor – what you intend to do – and not about what you aren’t going to do. Not doing cool stuff is a common deathbed regret. And guess what my friend – you get to define what you consider cool stuff! This is a great privilege but can be wasted if you fail to write out and go make the items on your bucket list happen. What better time to start than right now? .
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The Cumbres and Toltec Railroad is a National Historic Landmark. It's a 64-mile day trip that you will thoroughly enjoy and never forget. The narrow-gauge heritage railroad operates between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico. It crosses the borders of Colorado and New Mexico 11 times as it chugs its way up and over the 10,015′ high Cumbres Pass. You can depart from Antonito, Colorado or Chama, New Mexico for a steam train ride of a lifetime!
The Cumbres & Toltec goes where no automobile can go. Most of the route is through “off-the-grid” wilderness, so you’ll experience views into canyons and over ridges that can’t be seen in any other way.
The train travels at a top speed of 12 miles an hour, and that’s the beauty of it!
You won’t miss the aspen groves, the wildflowers, the steep mountain canyons, or the plentiful wildlife.
The steam engine is coal fired and carries you through steep mountain canyons, high desert, and lush meadows as you zig zag between the Colorado and New Mexico borders. There is, indeed, spectacular and rare Western scenery which can only be viewed from the train's unique route.
The Cumbres and Toltec Railroad has steamed through history and across the Rocky Mountains since 1880, when first tracks were laid across Cumbres Pass. This unique experience will take you back in time and off of the grid so you can experience the sounds, steam and steel of bygone years. Your daily grind can’t follow you into the great, unspoiled West.
Originally part of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad's narrow-gauge network, the line has been jointly owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico since 1970.
In 1988, a nonprofit organization called the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad was established to preserve the history of the railroad and help maintain infrastructure and rolling stock. The Friends of the C&TSRR also participates in various education programs and provides the railroad guides, known as docents, who inform passengers about historical aspects of the railroad as well as locations of interest.
(Image Courtesy of Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad)
A recent honor:
USA Today - "Best Train Ride in America”
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad ranks among the most authentic steam-operated railroads still in existence. Passengers aboard this National Historic Landmark travel along a track laid in 1880 between Chama, N.M. and Antonito, Colo. Source...
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We want to share with you 4th of July quotes from famous Americans who have contributed so much to our freedoms and wonderful way of life. We are forever grateful.
John F. Kennedy
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”
“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forevermore!”
Marquis de Lafayette
“Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
George Bernard Shaw
“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.”
“The essence of America—that which really unites us—is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea—and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from, but where you are going.”
“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
Oscar Wilde“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
What day did most signers of the Declaration of Independence actually sign the document?
Aug. 2, 1776
How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th?
Which three of the first five presidents died on the Fourth of July?
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third, died on the same day in 1826, the 50th anniversary.
Which president was born on the Fourth of July?
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.
What other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?
Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Denmark Danes and Norwegians celebrate American Independence Day because thousands emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s. Other European countries, like England, Portugal and Sweden, hold celebrations near American military bases and or spots frequented by American tourists to boost travel during early July.
When did the U.S. Congress make Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees?
When did Independence Day or Fourth of July become a paid legal federal holiday?
Is there something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence?
It might not be a treasure map as the movie claims in “National Treasure,” but there is apparently a message written upside down at the bottom of the signed document: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” It’s not known who wrote this and when it was written. Parchment was usually rolled up during the Revolutionary War years, it’s thought this statement served as a label.
Learn why John Adams would think the country is celebrating Independence Day on the wrong date:
Adams wrote that July 2, the date the Second Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to declare independence from Britain, not July 4, would be the day patriots celebrated their freedom. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, (a new or distinctive era or a moment in time) in the History of America,” Adams wrote on July 3. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
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July 4th is a Wonderful, Patriotic Holiday in the USA – Enjoy!