Did you know that the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has the tallest dunes in North America?
The Sand Dunes of Colorado can reach as high as 750 Feet!
The sand dunes constantly shift with the wind, water and time sculpting its appearance and beauty. The dunes are in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo (“Blood of Christ”) Mountains.
The Dunes stretch across 30 square miles with an average elevation of 7,500 feet.
Interesting Facts About the Sand Dunes in Colorado:
1) Members of the Ladies P.E.O. sponsored a bill to Congress asking for national monument status for the Great Sand Dunes. The bill was signed into law in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover.
2) In 2000-2004 the Sand Dunes in Colorado was expanded into a national park and preserve.
3) About 300,000 people visit the Great Sand Dunes every year because of the oddly beautiful combination of desert dunes and high mountain peaks, the spring-time flow of Medano Creek, and dark, quiet nights in the Dunes wilderness.
4) Camping, hiking, and photography opportunities are plentiful in the area.
“Visitors must walk across the wide and shallow Medano Creek to reach the dunes in spring and summer months. The creek typically has a peak flow from late May to early June in most years. From July through April, the creek is usually no more than a few inches deep, if there is any water at all.
Hiking is permitted throughout the dunes with the warning that the sand surface temperature may reach 150 °F (66 °C) in summer. Sandboarding and sandsledding are popular activities, both done on specially designed equipment which can be rented just outside the park entrance or in Alamosa.” Source…
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Yes, parents 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, with Clear Your Clutter Consulting, 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.”
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We take our eye health for granted. What can we do as we age to keep our eyes healthy?
Here are 5 Simple Steps to take:
1. Get tested at least annually! Diseases of the eye can be spotted and then referred to a specialist. Pay attention to symptoms like blurred vision, light flashes, eye pain, swelling or irritation near the eye or eyelid.
2. Wear Sun Glasses. Protect your eyes from bright sunlight and its UV rays. UV extended exposure increase the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
3. Quit smoking! Your risks are increased for cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration.
4. Eat the right foods and nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins E and C have been shown in studies to reduce the risk of eye diseases.
5. Use safety glasses or protective goggles when participating in work tasks and various sports activities. Shield your eyes to protect them!
Another concern in our present-day world is the relation of technology and eye health.
As we continually rely on technology, we increasingly have incidents of eyestrain. How can we protect our eyes in this digital age?
Make sure you blink frequently when working on the computer. On average, we blink about 18 times per minute. However, when we stare at a screen this slows the blink rate. Not blinking enough will lead to itchy, dry and burning eyes.
Here are a few additional ways to protect yourself from eyestrain:
Other contributing factors to developing eyestrain include devices with small print held at non-ergonomic angles too far from the eyes. Also, the blue light emitted from digital screens can cause eye strain and keep you awake at night!
People who wear glasses or contacts are also susceptible to eye strain. Their prescriptions might not be ideal for mid-range viewing of electronics.
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Approximately 2.7 million Americans have Hepatitis C (or “hep C virus” or “HCV”), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate is so high among baby boomers that doctors urge that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested.
If you test positive for Hepatitis C, you learn your genotype (genetic strain), which affects your ability to clear Hepatitis C without drugs and the effectiveness of the drugs.
About one-third of Hepatitis C victims will naturally rid themselves of the virus within six months without treatment. The remainder develop chronic Hepatitis C. Untreated, it can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.
Hep C is more likely to become chronic if you have HIV or Hep B, are male, drink alcohol or are Native American or African-American.
People get Hep C from infected blood, so injection-drug users who share needles are at high risk.
You are also at risk if you received a tattoo by an artist who didn’t use clean needles or dipped into ink he used for a previous customer.
You’re not likely to get hep C by having sex with someone who has it. However, you can get a trace of contaminated blood from a shared toothbrush, manicure scissors or a razor.
One of the easiest ways to catch hep C is to frequent hospitals and clinics, where the virus can linger on equipment for weeks. “That’s why people on dialysis have higher rates; they have an increased exposure,” said Dr. Kris Kowdley, hep C researcher and hepatologist at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
If you received a blood transfusion before 1992, it may have infected you with hep C. That’s when blood banks started screening for it. “It was also when we went from paid blood donors — more likely to be young people in high-risk lifestyles — to volunteer donors,” said Dr. Stuart Ray, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Most people with hep C have no symptoms present. However, some people will experience fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and yellowing of the eyes and skin. It’s best to be tested to find out if you’ve been exposed to it, so you can be treated appropriately.
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Yes, only 15 minutes to a less cluttered bedroom!
Wouldn’t you agree that your bedroom should be a haven for peace and tranquility? Hopefully, yours is! If not, keep reading!! We know you want a less cluttered bedroom.
If you are sick and tired of a cluttered bedroom, you can actually spend only 15 minutes a day to get it well on its way to being organized and functional.
While you may only use the bedroom for a few hours of sleep each day, nothing feels more restful and relaxing than going to bed at night in a clean and clutter-free bedroom.
If you have time in the morning to spend on decluttering, great! If that time of day doesn’t work for you, when you get home from work or are done running errands for the day may work better. Be creative, you can squeeze in 15 minutes sometime during your busy day!
Start by making the bed…this must be done every morning…without fail! If you can change the sheets in less than 5 minutes, then go ahead. Otherwise, pull up the sheets and comforter or bedspread, fluff up those pillows and it is done!
Now it’s time to address the clothes situation. Are they tossed all over the place? If so, put the dirty ones into the hamper. Hopefully, the hamper is in the bedroom, make sure it has a lid. If the hamper is in the closet, a lid is nice but not necessary. If you have clothes that aren’t dirty but need repair, designate an area in your closet for these items. A basket to put them in would work fine, that way they are easy to distinguish from your other clothes. For clothes that don’t go in the closet (such as undergarments) and are clean, give them a quick fold and put them in a dresser drawer or attractive storage unit.
It is now time to remove or straighten up all the miscellaneous items. Remember the daily rule – if you don’t use it daily then it needs to be put away. So, put those items away. Just a note here: this ISN’T the time to clean out the nightstand drawers. It is a natural tendency to put something away in a drawer to get it out of sight with the intention of finding a home for it later. Then, when you open the drawer and see the mess, you are inclined to clean it. That is a task for another day when that is your main focus.
Just think – only 15 minutes and you made great strides to your goal of having a peaceful and tranquil bedroom. Another day and another 15 minutes…do this over and over until you reach your goal!
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Hurray! Enjoy Your Less Cluttered Bedroom!
Happy Valentines Day 2019!
This is a special day to send love to those special people in your life.
Enjoy this Valentines Day poem to celebrate this special day.
A Valentine is Nothing Like
A Valentine is nothing like
A chocolate or a rose.
For in a week these shall be gone,
But Valentines remain.
If love were always sweet to tongue
Or fragrant to the nose,
Each day would be like Valentine’s,
And we would go insane.
A Valentine just hangs around
Waiting to be kissed
Long after special days have passed
And every days are here.
So one is wise to choose one well
And chocolates to resist.
For in the midst of mania
It’s nice to have one near.
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Enjoy ~ Happy Valentines Day 2019
In this day and age, a Baby Boomer may very well be a solo senior for various reasons!
According to Sara Zeff Geber, about 20% of Baby Boomers today do not have children. There are also thousands of Baby Boomers whose kids are estranged, not functional or live far away. They will also age solo!
On any given weekend in a retirement community you will find lots of visitors milling around the property and visiting the residents. Most of these visitors are family; namely, adult children and grandchildren of the residents. These families are making sure their oldest members get out of their homes and remind them they are not alone in the world.
What happens when the older generation in our society who do not have family to take them to lunch and visit with them? Who can they count on for companionship? And, who will give them aide when they reach a point in life where they cannot do everything for themselves?
It is crucial that solo seniors carefully prepare to ensure a safe and secure future for themselves.
Short on time this Valentine’s week? These Valentine cupcakes are quick and easy.
Make your favorite cupcake recipe or buy plain cupcakes from the bakery.
Use white frosting and red hot candies to decorate them
You now have a simple, eye-catching Valentine’s Day treat.
We suggest that you use white or, even better, red velvet cupcakes.
These flavors will add a special touch to this special day.
These cupcakes are great for both young and old to craft.
This will keep the little ones occupied for quite some time by frosting and putting on the red candies!
Chocolate or Red Velvet cupcake with vanilla frosting and a delicious strawberry to adorn the top!
Enjoy Valentine’s Day with these Cute and Easy-to-Make Valentine Cupcakes!
Do you want to know the 6 Myths of Retirement?
Of course you do!
How much to save for retirement ~
“Your retirement plan and withdrawal strategy should be as unique as you are, taking into account your current finances, future income, goals and dreams along with many other considerations.”
Medicare will cover healthcare needs during retirement ~
Medicare can be a godsend for doctor visits and hospitalization costs. However, it does not cover most long-term care needs such as extended nursing home stays, assisted living and many types of home health care. Keeping health care costs in mind is a vital part of retirement planning.
I can’t count on Social Security ~
You can’t count on Social Security payments to cover all your retirement needs. However, it can make sense to estimate what your payments will be as part of your overall retirement planning and budget. Consider delaying Social Security payments beyond your full retirement age up until age 70. You may receive significantly larger monthly checks.
I can work as long as I have to ~
Did you know that half of all early retirements are due to illness or disability? Also, finding good paying jobs later in life can be difficult. The bottom line: it’s probably best not to rely too much on income that you may make during your retirement.
I’ll spend less and pay less taxes in retirement ~
You may actually be spending more in retirement than you thought. Think about traveling, visiting children and grandchildren as well as pursuing new hobbies and activities. It all takes money!
Home situation will stay the same ~
Moving is often a major part of retirement. You may decide to move closer to family members. Or, you may need an assisted living situation or an area with more transportation and maintenance services at hand.
Make sure you consult with a certified financial planner (CFP) and/or a lawyer with expertise in finance issues for retirement.
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Just in time for Valentines Day…clever snack ideas for Valentines Day are easy to make. Add a festive touch to this special day with these snack ideas for Valentines Day that even the kids and grand kids can help make.
1) Easy Marshmallow Valentine Treats
Use strawberry marshmallows, dip them in melted chocolate and sprinkle them with little nonpareils. Decorate them with heart picks. So easy and fun!
Source: Marshmallow Valentine Treats
2) Cupid’s Arrows: candy hearts + pretzel sticks
Source: Cupid’s Arrows
3) Heart Kabobs – Made with strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon and black olives.
Source: Via Pinterest
4) Valentine Cinnamon Cookie Crunch Popcorn Mix
This is a printable and can also be used on a tin can treat…for complete instructions:
Snack Ideas for Valentines Day at Your Fingertips!
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We would love to hear from you on ideas you would like us to investigate and write about.