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, 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!
Don’t you just love this tiered Easter egg centerpiece?
It’s easy to assemble and will, no doubt, be the topic of conversation at your Easter dinner.
Supplies you will need:
1) Two-tiered serving plate
2) Craft bird nests
3) Shredded crinkle or fine cut craft paper
4) Dyed Easter eggs
5) Spring flowers and twigs
Single-color name cards and napkins with an Easter motif complement the centerpiece, and now you have a stunning Easter table!
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How are Easter dates decided?
This year (2020) Easter is on April 12. Hopefully, it is a nice, warm day!
This holiday is a movable feast but it always falls somewhere between March 22 and April 25 every year.
It’s calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring. The full moon is known as the Paschal (Passover) Full moon.
Easter Door Umbrella Decoration
Easter Egg Centerpiece – Just perfect for your Easter dining table!
Here are five cake recipes to choose from that will be a hit on Easter Sunday! Growing up we always had cake for Easter dessert. Sometimes it was a layer cake and other times it was a bunny cake.
1) Easter Bunny Cake
This is a favorite of mine and is easy to make. It is definitely a topic of conversation at the dinner table. It also makes a great centerpiece!
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2) Easy-to-make Bunny Cake!
Two layer cake rounds and a little cutting and shaping will make a Bunny Cake in no time!
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3) Easter Egg Layered Cake
This is such a pretty cake and is easy to make. Kids love the various colors of the layers and Mom’s love the simple, easy recipe.
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4) Peeps® Easter Garden Cake
What a fun cake for all ages…bunnies in the garden!
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5) Tiramisu Layer Cake
If you want a more traditional cake dessert, this easy version of the wonderful Tiramisu is a perfect choice for Easter dinner.
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Enjoy Making and Eating these Cakes for Easter!
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
STAY TUNED FOR MORE!
Colorado Springs Over 50
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