Thursday, March 14, 2019

Recently while at a doctor’s office, staff used the phrase, “Well this is for older people”.
I bristled internally as I thought to myself, how does this apply to me! I am not in that category! But then I thought does being over 65 put me there? I happily reminded myself that self-perception, how I act, how I respond physically and other factors will determine whether I am older! And yes, each of us is older today than we were yesterday! By: Kirsten Hartman

Monday, February 18, 2019

Thumbs up Grace and Frankie

Anyone watch season five of "Grace and Frankie" yet? How about "The Kominsky Method"?

Both Netflix shows feature older adults faced with aging issues and situations. Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston (Grace and Frankie), and Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method) are all brilliant actors. Plus I know who they are! Moreover, the story lines blend real-life senior issues with comic flair.

Grace and Frankie's kids try to suffocate their independence, Frankie gets the city to add more seconds to a walk light at a very wide and busy cross walk, and they embrace living by their own rules.

"The Kominsky Method" - well let's just leave it that I binged watched the entire season. Yep, it's that good. Can't wait for season two!

Are there any other "age-appropriate" shows worth watching?

By: Cheryl Noble

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Self-checkouts are such fun

I’ve never done this before,” I said to the fellow standing next to me at the self-check out. I was hoping maybe he’d have a suggestion to get me started. I would not have ventured out to shop so early if I’d known that King Soopers’ manned checkout counters aren’t open in the early hours. So, it wasn’t like I had a choice.

If it hadn’t been for the lady assigned to help newcomers, I would not have made it out of there with my purchases.  The fellow told me to scan my King Soopers card to get started, and that’s all he had to offer. A voice keeps telling you where you must put your items. I managed to obey and scanned away, one item at a time, until I had only a red lettuce and a celery stalk remaining in my cart. No codes attached to them.  Now what?

I learned that if there’s no bar code, you must weigh an item, identify it, look up its code on a rotating bar and insert it. With help, I got that done. After I had inserted my credit card three times, only then did it allow me to swipe rather than chip, and I was done. I looked around until I found a receipt emerging from another machine. I moved my things into my own bags and got out of there—quick.

On the way, I thanked the nice lady for her help and told her the whole experience had made me feel like an idiot. “Come back and try another time,” she said.

Maybe I will.

Submitted by Libby James

By: Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

As The Years Go BY

For many years I have belonged to a book reviewers’ group that meets at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month to socialize over dessert and then hear a review of a book by one of our members. There was a time when we shared lunch, but we have decided that just dessert is much easier.

Today was my turn to host our gathering. I got everything ready, then decided I had barely enough time to walk for a hour before my guests arrived. I got home about 12:30, in plenty of time to start the coffee and serve up the dessert—or so I thought.

On my kitchen table I found a note saying: “I got no answer so walked in, called and searched the place, saw that everything was ready, and wondered what was up. Then I left.”

Uh oh, I thought. I tried without success to call the writer of the note, and decided to just hope for the best. Just after 1 p.m., the note writer showed up. “Sorry. I got the time mixed up and came an hour early.”

A few minutes later, the phone rang. It was the day’s presenter. “Have you changed your house somehow?” she said. She’d been up and down the street but had been unable to spot it so had gone home. “Could have sworn it was white stucco, but I see that it is red brick,” she said when she arrived close to 1:30.

“Did you have a phone in the car with you?” I asked.
“Yes. But it was dead.”

Everyone appeared to enjoy dessert and the book discussion of How to Eat Well and When was a hit. I set a timer because someone had a time restriction. “28 seconds to go,” I announced. And then we talked some more.

We planned a place to have our February gathering and chose someone to review a book. 

As my friends made their way out the door, I caught one who had left her coat behind. Another left her cell phone on the coffee table.  “If my behind weren’t so big, I’d forget it as well,” she commented, (actually using a three-letter word for the body part in question).

As I began clean-up, the only “left-behind” I found was a mechanical pencil. I put it in my pencil pot. I doubt if the owner will miss it.

Did I mention how many laughs we had or how much we appreciate each other as the years pile up and we get goofier and goofier as time passes? 

Submitted by Libby James

By: Bonnie Wolfe

Monday, January 21, 2019

Still WiseCracking: Happy Jack, Happy Me

What a pleasant surprise, yesterday we were cross-country skiing in beautiful snow at Happy Jack (near Laramie WY) with our granddaughter.  We had not been there for a long time and the snow was perfect.  The hills are gently rolling and with moderate temperatures, it was ideal.  If you go, (Exit 323, off I -80, go N 1 mile on Happy Jack Rd) it is often very windy when you park. BUT when you are on the trail amidst the trees, it is calm.  If you have snowshoes, they have specific trails for you.   It was euphoric, feeling grateful for a beautiful day.  Time outdoors is so restorative.  And oh, there was a little stiffness today.  A good trade-off.

By: Meliss Anderson

Ups and Downs

Sunny morning here. Horrible weather in other areas. People I know in cold, no electricity. My house is toasty. I am relatively healthy, yet others are dealing with surgery and cancer.  Remembering to keep the balance of hope and positive emotions while I enjoy the sun. 🌞🌞

By: Kirsten Hartman

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Bucket List

Do you have a "bucket list"?  Why?
To me that implies that your daily life is not satisfying and you yearn for things you want to do before you no longer can.
There is a Zen story which rings true for me.  Some young Buddhist monks approached their master
as he was tending his garden.they asked, "Master, if you knew the hour of your death was near, what
would you want to do?"  He smiled and replied, "I am doing it."
So I think that by the time we are considered elderly we should have figured out what brings us joy and contentment. No matter what that is, like the Zen master,  we should be doing it. Check things off
if you do have a list but mostly just aim for making every day full of the things that bring you joy! By: Sue Kerchenfaut