We have gathered together resources for older adults which were helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic and are still valuable today. 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
Seniors Guide to Medicare
A Seniors Guide to Budgeting and Couponing
Grants & Resources for Seniors
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
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?
Yeah, OK, keto may be all the rage, but I’m not a fan. Sure it can result in some quick weight loss, but not always without detrimental long term effects. There is no one eating style that works for everyone, and keto definitely has some contraindications. For example, the following people should most definitely reconsider:
-middle aged women (due to the hormonal changes experienced at this age)
-anyone with a history of adrenal issues
- anyone who is underweight
- anyone with potential blood sugar issues (not only limited to diabetes, but also metabolic syndrome and hypoglycemia)
-anyone with any history of disordered eating behaviors or an unhealthy psychological relationship with food. (Foods should never be “bad” or “taboo”)
-anyone with a history of insomnia or depression. (carbohydrates are needed for our bodies to make serotonin.)
To this I would also add anyone looking to workout with any level of intensity. Which should be everyone, since exercise is very important for mental and physical health, even more so as you age. If you are really trying to hit it in the gym and finding yourself hitting a wall during your HIIT or weightlifting workout, your body doesn’t have enough glycogen storage to provide you with the energy you need.
Rather than sticking with this low carb high fat fad diet on a daily basis, and not allowing yourself any deviation, I suggest carb-cycling as a more effective, safer and realistic option for weight loss.
Carbs are a very important part of healthy nutrition as they fuel both your brain and body, especially when doing high intensity cardio or any significant muscle building workouts. When doing intense exercise, carbohydrates and fat are burned for energy instead of protein, allowing the protein to be used for its intended purpose – powering and repairing muscle. However, on days when you are not active, extra carbs encourage your body to store unused glucose in fat cells. This is why carb cycling based on your activity level makes sense.
How to do it
I do not believe in counting every calorie and macro gram that you consume. This is stressful, takes time and can lead to disordered eating, as well as causing guilt, poor mood and cravings if your numbers aren’t “just right”. That being said, counting for a few days so you know about what your needs looks like is totally fine. But then just be mindful and intuitive from that point.
Basically you should aim to eat moderate to higher carbs on the days that you perform high intensity exercise such as interval training, weight lifting, HIIT or long distance runs. This does not mean you can pig out on refined junk and sugar. The focus should be on adding in more fruits, whole grains, beans and legumes, and sweeter root vegetables such as yams. To compensate for any shift in calories (which you may not need to do depending on your activity), you can always cut down on your fat intake on these days. Your depleted carb stores will be replenished, recharging your metabolism and leading to greater fat loss.
On days when you are not active, or doing light exercise such as gentle yoga, Pilates or a light walk, eat low carb so your body turns to fat for energy. The focus should be on protein and vegetables.
Once you know what your needs look like, counting isn’t necessary in my opinion. If you are sticking to mostly protein and veggies on low carb days, you are less likely to binge eat. (Most people overeat bread or chips, not salads and chicken). On your higher carb days, you can allow yourself those treats that you won’t eat that often, such as some whole grain pasta with dinner or a healthy dessert made with bananas and honey, for example. Knowing you can have these things on occasion when your body needs those extra carbs helps make “compliance” on the low carb days all that much easier! Just make sure to practice portion control. The most important thing is to make sure your diet isn’t monotonous. Focus on variety.
To give you an example of what a carb cycling week might look like, let's say you are doing heavy strength training and cardio in the gym on Mon, Tues, Thu and Fri. Those would be your higher carb days. Wed and Sat, you still exercise but maybe less intensity, and Sun is a rest day. These would be your lower carb days.
Carb cycling can get you over that plateau, allowing for more weight loss, greater energy, and quicker results at the gym, all while being far less restrictive and more enjoyable!
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You have a choice of days as well as the type of music you prefer. The music genres are varied throughout the summer: jazz, blues, rock, R&B, Motown, oldies, bluegrass, reggae, Americana, Dixieland, pop, Latin, country and more!
All you need is a blanket or chair as well as some yummy snacks. The difficult part is deciding which concerts to attend!
Monday Music Series
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mondays
Summer Concerts On Gazebo Island in Green Mountain Falls
FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Fridays (June & July)
First and Main Town Center, 3650 New Center Point
PIKES PEAK JAZZ AND SWING SOCIETY’S ~ JAZZ IN THE PARKS
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays
Manitou Springs Live Music
For concerts in Manitou Springs – Click Here
University Village Colorado - Summer Concert Series
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Fridays
University Village Shopping Center - 5246 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs
HILLSIDE GARDENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute, Colorado Springs
Admission is $15 and that includes a house drink. Enjoy local food vendors.
BANNING LEWIS RANCH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays
Banning Lewis Ranch, 6885 Vista del Pico Blvd., 522-2432,
LIMBACH PARK - TOWN OF MONUMENT
6:00 p.m. Wednesdays May 31 - August 9
Concerts in the Park Schedule
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN AT GRACE AND ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
7:00 p.m. Fridays
601 N. Tejon St., 328-1125,
MUSIC ON THE LABYRINTH
6:30 p.m. Saturdays
First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave.,
MUSICAL MONDAYS IN MONUMENT VALLEY PARK
6:30 p.m. Mondays
Monument Valley Park, on lawn west of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center,
170 W. Cache la Poudre St.
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE GLEN
6:00 -7:30 p.m. Wednesdays ~ July & August
The Glen at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.,
EL PASO COUNTY CONCERTS IN THE PARK
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursdays - Starting August 3
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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Your “golden years” can be the best time of your life, especially when you've found just the right person to share them with. However, entering into a new marriage and merging your lives and families can sometimes be tricky. Read on for a few ideas about how to smooth out the process.
Incorporating Your Families
One of your first concerns in your new life is to incorporate both of your families into it. Let
your family members get to know each other and spend time together. Holding joint family
gatherings and holiday celebrations can help with this. The two of you may also want to
take your grandchildren on outings, so they can adapt to the new situation and learn how
much fun having a new grandparent and cousins can be.
Finding a New Home
You must also think about blending your two households. It can be difficult for one spouse
to move into the long-time family home of the other, so you may want to consider buying a
new home to start your new life together. Search for a place big enough to accommodate your physical needs, as well as all your combined possessions, although you may have to eliminate some old furnishings or purchase some new ones.
Dealing With Finances
As you join your lives in marriage, you must also decide how to handle your finances, and
this can be quite difficult. Do you want to combine your bank accounts and investments,
keep each person's finances separate, or designate one spouse as the owner and the other
as the beneficiary?
Also, update your Social Security information, and determine how your marriage affects
that income. Call the Social Security office for advice about your particular situation.
Don't forget to make any necessary changes to your insurance policies and Medicare
coverage. When tax time rolls around, you must decide whether to file jointly or separately.
Planning for the Future
Part of your adjustment to married life is planning for your future. For one thing, you need
to modify your will to reflect your new situation. This may mean making some tough
decisions that your families may not like, so keep the channels of communication open
throughout the process.
Also, consider what may happen if one of you needs nursing home care. Purchasing long-
term care insurance may be an option. In addition, put aside money for funeral expenses, so
your families don't have to think about that later.
Embarking on a New Venture
Finally, you and your spouse may embark on a new venture together by starting a small
business. You can enjoy working together while giving your income a boost. This kind of
job doesn't have to be a regular 9-to-5 commitment. You can work on your own schedule
by freelancing or consulting. You may even consider forming a corporation for tax benefits,
flexibility, and limited personal liability. Research carefully, for regulations vary from state
Enjoying Married Life
As you integrate your families, home, finances, and work, also focus on simply enjoying
married life and loving your spouse.
Visit the Silver Key website for more resources on how to live your best life in your golden years.
We want to share with you several 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?”
As time marches on and technology continues to advance, certain generations find themselves holding on to the familiar relics of the past. One such generation is the Baby Boomers, who often have a penchant for keeping and using outdated items in their homes. From landline phones to fax machines, vinyl records to VHS tapes, Boomers embrace these relics as a reminder of simpler times and a nod to their personal preferences.
Here are 15 outdated things that Baby Boomers keep in their house and actually still use!
2. Fax Machine
3. Vinyl Records
4. VHS Tapes
8. Answering Machines
9. Wall Calendars
10. Address Books
11. Carpet in Bedrooms
12. Fake Fruit
13. Potpourri or Seashells
14. Pay Paper Bills with Checks
How many of these items do you own and still use?
If you want to live a longer, healthier life, then you have to get up and move every day. There’s just one problem: With so many different forms of exercise, how do you choose the best one for you?
It’s a simple question, but the answer’s not so cut and dried.
“The best type of exercise is one you enjoy doing, the exercise that makes you feel better when you’re finished compared to when you started, and the exercise that doesn’t cause any pain,” says fitness expert David Jack.
In other words, there is no “best” type of exercise for an entire group of people. Everyone is different. You have your own pace, passions, and physical limitations. And what may give you energy and help you maintain a healthy weight might feel boring or painful to someone else.
That said, most older adults share a common goal: to maintain the capacity to use your full body. And to do that, there are three key types of workouts that should be incorporated into your routine. Otherwise, Jack says, “if you don’t use it, you do lose it.”
Workout Type #1: Endurance Training
Endurance, or aerobic, activities include anything that gets your breathing and heart rate up. These types of workouts improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. They also help delay or prevent many diseases that are common in older adults such as diabetes and heart disease.
Ideally, you’d do some form of moderate-intensity endurance exercise every day, but if that’s not possible, aim to fit in at least 150 minutes of activity per week. You can break it up into however many sessions you need.
When it comes to what you do, the possibilities are seemingly endless: Walking, jogging, hiking, biking, dancing, and swimming are all great options.
“You want to choose an endurance workout that will give you maximum health benefits and do the least amount of damage to your body,” Jack says. “Swimming is a great example. You’ll still work your heart, but the water helps reduce the effects of gravity, so you’re not pushing your bones, ligaments, and joints too hard.”
If you want to try swimming (or get more out of your time in the pool), check out these 10 tips for a better swimming workout. Not a fan of water workouts? Consider one of these eight low-impact, calorie-burning exercise options.
Workout Type #2: Strength Training
Endurance workouts are important, but if that’s all you do, you run the risk of overworking certain muscles and joints, Jack says. That doesn’t mean you have to stop jogging if that’s what you love—it simply means you have to balance it with exercises that will allow you to keep going.
“If I want to continue jogging,” Jack says, “then I know I need to keep my glutes strong, my hips durable and capable, and my ankles mobile.”
That’s where strength training comes in. Research shows that as you age, you’ll start to lose a significant amount of muscle mass and strength, making you more susceptible to overuse injuries and falls or fractures.
To maintain the muscle you need, aim to lift weights at the gym or perform bodyweight exercises at home at least two days per week. Learn more about the best exercises you can do in our beginner’s guide to strength training.
If you prefer group fitness classes, SilverSneakers offers a variety of great muscle-strengthening options, including. Check your eligibility here, or find a location near you here.
Workout Type #3: Balance and Flexibility Training
Most of the movements you do in your everyday life require some form of balance and coordination, Jack says. So adding things like yoga or tai chi to your routine means you’ll be more solid and confident on your feet.
That’s important, considering one in four Americans ages 65 and older will fall this year, according to the National Council on Aging.
When it comes to yoga, a little bit can go a long way in helping your balance and flexibility. Try adding these five poses to your daily routine as often as possible. Or if you prefer a longer practice, try this do-anywhere sequence specifically designed to improve balance and coordination.
The bottom line: There’s not one best type of exercise for all older adults. So instead of searching for a magic bullet, focus on creating a weekly routine that combines your favorite endurance, strength, and balance and flexibility exercises.
As we age, our bodies undergo a variety of changes that can affect our overall health and well-being. One of the most important things we can do to maintain our health and vitality as we get older is to engage in regular exercise. However, not all exercises are created equal, and it's essential to choose activities that are safe, effective, and appropriate for our age and fitness level.
So, what exercises should older adults do every week? The answer depends on several factors, including your current level of fitness, any health conditions you may have, and your personal preferences and interests. But, there are some general guidelines that can help you choose the best exercises for your needs.
First and foremost, it's essential to engage in activities that help you maintain and improve your cardiovascular health. This means getting your heart rate up and breathing harder for a sustained period of time. Walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, and dancing are all great options that can help you improve your cardiovascular fitness while also providing a low-impact workout that's gentle on your joints.
Strength training is also crucial for older adults, as it helps maintain muscle mass and bone density, which can decline as we age. Resistance exercises like weightlifting, resistance band training, and body-weight exercises like push-ups and squats are all effective ways to build strength and maintain muscle mass.
Flexibility and balance are also important components of a well-rounded exercise program for older adults. Gentle stretching exercises like yoga or Pilates can help improve flexibility and range of motion, while balance exercises like tai chi or standing on one foot can help reduce the risk of falls and improve overall stability.
It's important to remember that any exercise program should be tailored to your individual needs and abilities. If you have any health conditions or physical limitations, it's crucial to work with your doctor or a qualified fitness professional to develop an exercise plan that's safe and effective for you.
In addition to choosing the right exercises, it's also important to make sure you're getting enough physical activity each week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (like brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (like jogging) per week, along with two or more days of strength training exercises that work all major muscle groups.
In conclusion, there are many exercises that older adults can do every week to maintain their health and fitness. By engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility and balance exercises, and getting enough physical activity each week, older adults can stay active, healthy, and independent for years to come.
Remember to consult with your doctor or a qualified fitness professional to design an exercise program that's right for you, and always listen to your body and make adjustments as needed to ensure your safety and well-being.