Senior day at Walgreens

Walgreens Senior Day!

First Tuesday of each month – This month:  Tomorrow, Sept. 6th

Discounts available for 55+ and AARP members.  Balance® Rewards card required.

In Store – 20% regular priced merchandiseBalance(R) Rewards

Online – Extra 15% off medicines and treatments with code 15MAT

Don’t have a Balance Rewards card?  Just ask for one at the register.  It’s easy, free and only takes a minute to complete the process.  Ask for details at your local Walgreens store or check it out at: https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/seniorday.jsp.

God-given gift

Image result for baptism images“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  Matthew 28:19-20

My youngest grandchild will be baptised today!  

Baptism is a wonderful God-given gift.  The benefit of baptism is forgiveness of sins and the promise of salvation in Jesus Christ.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Luke 18:16-17

You don’t have to be a young child to be baptised and receive God’s gift.  I was in elementary school when I was baptised and my late father was baptised as an adult.

Weld County Senior Law Day

September 15, 2016

7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

University Center, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

A Public Service Program Offered To All Weld County Older Adults

Each participant will receive a copy of the 2016 Senior Law Handbook, published by the Colorado Bar Association, as well as a comprehensive book of all seminar highlights and local resources. Suggested donation of $5 includes keynote speaker, breakfast, 3 classes and 26 exhibitors.  Free parking is available.

You may call 970-346-6950 for more information and to register or online at:  http://seniorlawday-weldcounty.com/.

Would you like to sit here?

I was asked this question on August 19th when I boarded a crowded shuttle bus in Rocky Mountain National Park. The young woman from Michigan was willing to give up her seat next to her husband.  At first I was taken aback.  I had never been asked this question before by a young woman.  Did I look like a senior citizen or someone with a disability who needed to sit down?  I turned down her generous offer and politely thanked her.  Instead, I asked if the young children belonging to the family standing in front of me could have her seat.  She said yes and those two little ones cheerfully took her seat.

priority seating

Then I saw the sign by the window about priority seating, which is reserved for seniors and the disabled under Federal Law.  It said riders should give up their seats.  After reading the sign, I still didn’t know what to think.

First, I believe the offer to give up one’s seat on a standing room only bus is a gracious and selfless act.  Second, I’m wondering why the husband didn’t offer his seat.  In the past, men were usually the ones offering their seat to a woman or an elderly person, not a young woman.  Third, when did I start looking like a senior citizen?

When was the last time you went fishing?

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Colorado Residents, age 64 and over, can get an annual fishing license for only $1!

In Colorado, you and your grandchildren, under the age of 16, can go fishing together for $1, the cost of a senior annual license! For more information go to: http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/FishingSeasonDatesFees.aspx. If you don’t live in Colorado, check with your state’s parks and wildlife division.

senior fishing license

Do you have your NPS Senior Pass?

The National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating its 100th birthday today!  

You can enter any of the 412 national parks for free from August 25 through August 28.  Seniors can celebrate for a lifetime with a NPS Senior Pass.  Here are the specifics from the National Park Service website:NPS Senior Pass

  • $10 Lifetime NPS Senior Pass
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
  • May be obtained online, in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail or online is twenty dollars ($20). Ten ($10) for the Senior Pass and ten ($10) for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
  • May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
  • Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
  • Note: Golden Age Passports are no longer sold. However, these passes will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

For more information or questions go to:  http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html.

Retirement Adjustment Stages

adjusting to retirement

I get out of bed at 7:00 a.m. instead of 4:45 a.m.  Instead of driving 30 miles one way to work, I don’t go anywhere unless I want to.  I am home alone most days instead of in a public high school with 1500 people.  In the evenings, I can do whatever I want instead of grade papers or plan lessons.  I can even stay up late watching a movie. When I read the newspaper, I read for  personal information instead of cutting out relevant articles to instruct my business/marketing students.  I can see friends and family, go to the store or do housework when I want, instead of just on the weekends or during school holidays.  I have a sign in my home’s entryway which reads,

“I don’t want to.

I don’t have to.

You can’t make me.

I’m retired.”

Retirement is a different life.  A life I entered into June 1, 2015 and one I have had difficulty adjusting to.

In The Retirement Maze:  What You Should Know Before and After You Retire, the authors would say I am experiencing one of the “…four  phases that deal directly and specifically with retirement adjustment: 1.  The Honeymoon, 2. Disenchantment, 3.  Reorientation, 4.  Stability.”  One year after receiving a glass retirement clock from my employer, I believe I am living in the reorientation phase of retirement.

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