Photo by :
Elizabeth Jane Photography, LLC
at Loveland Hobby Lobby
Mon. 12/3 THRIVE Free Monthly Pizza Dinner for Older Adults (50+) 4:00pm-5:30pm 325 E 5th St, 1st floor Community Room (Use residence entrance), Loveland
White elephant gift exchange. Bring a new or gently used gift from your home ($10.00 value), wrap it up, and join us for what promises to be a fun gathering! Space is limited, please RSVP at 720-252-6880
Tues. 12/4 Loveland’s Talking—Past, Present, Future 1:30pm-3:30pm Chilson Center, Oak Room
Topic this month: How Are the Holidays for You Now?
Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at: 720-252-6880
Weds. 12/12 Savvy Senior Seminars 2:00pm-3:30pm Perkins, 2222 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland
Topic: Preparing your house to sell. Space is limited, please RSVP at 720-252-6880
Bus Schedule 970-962-2700
Chilson Rec Center (main) 970-962-2386
Chilson Senior Center 970-962-2783
Crime Report Submission 970-962-2151
Drivers License 970-667-7247
Fire and Rescue (non-emergency) 970-962-2537
Golf Tee Times 970-669-5800
Loveland Water and Power 970-962-2111
Meals on Wheels 970-667-0311
Para-transit System 970-962-2700
Rialto Theater 970-962-2120
Sheriff (non-emergency) 970-416-5108
Utility Bill Payments 970-962-2111
Vehicle Licensing 970-619-4521
VOA Lunch Program 970-472-9630
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Important Phone Numbers
Nov. 26 - Dec 17 Help us gather gifts for homebound seniors
The gifts will be gathered and distributed by Meals on Wheels.
Bring your donations to: Meals on Wheels at 437 North Garfield Avenue
Warm flannel or fleece robes and pajamas (all adult sizes, ladies and men's but probably more medium, large and extra large as we run out of the larger sizes every year)
Warm blankets and afghans (We always get a lot of these but each year we hear from our clients how much they like them )
Broncos and Rockies logo gifts, like shirts, sweatshirts, pajama pants, thermal mugs, hats, socks...several of our clients are big sports fans.
Food gift sets like Hickory Farms, Tea and Coffee and cookie sets, jars of gourmet nuts, gift chocolates
Ladies bath sets with perfumed soaps, lotions, body washes, loofah...some of our ladies really like them
Pretty kitchen and bath towels and placemats
Welcome mats for front doors
New pillows, sheets and pillowcases
LED lanterns and LED decorative candles (flameless)
Small crock pots and coffee makers and tea kettles
Warm socks, non-slip slippers of all sizes both men's and women's
Pet gifts like new pet beds, toys, catnip toys, winter pet coats
In This Issue...
Index of Sponsors.................5
In the Spotlight.....................6
Out & About..........................7
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Mon. 1/7 THRIVE Free Monthly Pizza Dinner for Older Adults (50+), 4:00pm-5:30pm
325 E 5th St, 1st floor Community Room (Use residence entrance), Loveland
Space is limited, please RSVP at 720-252-6880
Tues. 1/8 Loveland’s Talking — Past, Present, Future 1;30pm-3:30pm Chilson Center, Oak Room. Topic this month: Creating a "Vision Board". Join us as we develop a vision for our future. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at: 720-252-6880
Meet the Publishers
Index of Sponsors
Index of Sponsors
Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.
Edward Jones, Art Aldrich
Hearing Aid Batteries
In Home Care
Medical & Non-Medical
Phoenix Home Care
I Love Loveland
Loveland Senior Magazine
Elizabeth Jane Photography, LLC
Elizabeth Fehringer, 720-250-6067
Eve McCormack, 970-430-0722
Senior Living Advisors
Senior Living Advisors of Colorado
Danita Nixon, 970-541-4592
THRIVE Loveland was created to serve seasoned adults (50+) in Loveland, Colorado.
We believe that people need THREE things in order to THRIVE:
Someone to care about them.
Something to do.
Something to look forward to.
It is our mission to help meet these needs by creating meaningful, local connections through this monthly publication and local events.
We invite you to contribute! We are looking to feature the following types of articles that spotlight seasoned adults (50+) or are of interest to older adults in our community:
Local Heroes, Volunteers, Artists Senior-Owned Businesses Home & Garden Organizations that serve seniors Loveland Senior Events Recipes Travel Pets
Senior Spotlight - Professional photos are taken for this article. One free image is given to the participant as a thank you for allowing us to spotlight you in THRIVE Loveland. (additional images may be purchased from the photographer if desired)
Danita & Mark Nixon
Let's meet for coffee, our treat!
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Danita & Mark Nixon are the proud publishers of THRIVE Loveland. Prior to moving to Loveland in 2017, they owned a community magazine in Highlands Ranch, CO.
Mark is a native of Colorado, he was born in Ft. Collins. Danita was raised a Navy brat, and considers Colorado home.
Danita and Mark also own Senior Living Advisors of Colorado (Slacolo.com). They help older adults (and those who care for them) find resources that meet their needs, desires and budget.
When they aren't working or serving in the community, Danita & Mark can be found spending time with friends and family, geocaching, traveling or soaking in hot springs!
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November THRIVE Meeting
In The Spotlight
The FREE THRIVE Loveland dinner occurs on the first Monday of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. For more information, check out the calendar on page two of this publication.
THRIVE Loveland Monthly Dinner
Author: Dorey Schmidt
Director: Shirley Finkbeiner
Cast: Skip Umstot, Denice Thompson, Mary Ann Hoyt, Mary Lambert, Julie Mueller and Bill Resor
Crew: Marcus Thompson, Gary Biermann and Larry Miller
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Katie Fahrenbruch, Regional Director for the Alzheimer's Association came and gave a very informative talk on brain health for our November THRIVE dinner.
Lincoln Place Ladies were spotted at the Loveland Habitat Builder's Ball!
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Out & About
The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Six Affinity residents performing as the Affinity Autumn Actors, presented a one-act comedy, "The Keys to Her Kingdom" to eighty attendees in early November.
The comedy addresses the age old dilemma of an older adult who wants to continue to drive, in spite of signs that it might be time to give up her keys.
The play was written by Affinity Resident Dorey Schmidt; Dorey has a passion for senior theater and has written numerous plays and overseen several performing troupes.
While the plays she writes may be lighthearted and fun, she does not make fun of the difficulties seniors face. "Many of the senior plays I've found make fun of seniors, I am careful not to do that", she explains.
Dorey is hoping to put on more of her plays locally, and eventually she would like to start a traveling troupe of senior actors.
Two Colorado authors, Charlotte Hinger and Kaia Anderson, shared their writing techniques October 13 at the Best Western Crossroads Inn in Loveland. The event was sponsored by Loveland AAUW as part of their ninth annual Conversations with Authors.
Ms. Anderson is the prize-winning author of Trial by Fire: A Personal Journey of Consciousness, Power and Freedom. Ms. Hinger, an accomplished historian and mystery writer, has several award-winning novels to her credit. Fractured Families, Deadly Descent and Hidden Heritage are but a few.
The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. The Loveland branch awards graduate scholarships to local women.
AAUW invites you to join them If you are looking for a stimulating, cordial group of women. There is a full schedule of events each month including guest speakers, book groups, and social activities.
AAUW-Loveland has a new public Facebook site, www.facebook.com/LovelandAAUW/. Women who are interested in the AAUW mission and are Facebook users can search their branch page to find information about meetings and to have access to information about initiatives from AAUW National.
Why Does Santa Say,
"Ho Ho Ho?"
Santa Sightings in Loveland!
Sentiments of a Santa
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Let's see how it would sound if he laughed differently:
If he went around saying
"ha ha, ha," people would think he was laughing at them.
If he said "har har har," people would think he was a pirate.
If he said "hoo hoo hoo," people would think he was an owl.
As cold weather moves in, residents of Loveland eagerly prepare for the Christmas season. People can be seen buying gifts, decorating trees, and awaiting the arrival of friends and family to celebrate the joy of the Christmas season. However, there is perhaps no one more eager for the season to begin than Loveland resident, Charles Morgan.
Charles has lived in Loveland since 2003. He has come to love the friendly people, the small town, and the close-knit community. He enjoys spending time riding his motorcycle and eating at Bai Tong and The Golden Corral. However, his favorite thing about Loveland, as it would be anywhere, is Christmas.
Why? Well, while others are dawning sweaters, Charles dawns a red suit, while others bake cookies he prepares for a month of eating them. 30 years ago, when his daughter’s school needed a Santa for an event, Charles jumped into what would become a long-lasting passion: becoming Santa for the Christmas season. As I sit down with Charles to ask what he loves about being Santa, he explains it’s always been in him. “As a Vietnam veteran... My heart reaches out to people that are in need. I don’t have as much stress during Christmas and that’s what I like about it. I look forward to it every year", Charles explains.
A self-professed child at heart, Charles smiles as he tells about happy days at Toys R Us combing every aisle, carefully learning about each toy. He talks about his work at Bath Garden Center, his primary Santa stop, where he spends his day amongst beautiful reindeer, listening to the wishes of each child and sprinkling in magic touches to make their visit unique, knowing it will add to their Christmas experience. He tells stories of sneaky elves whispering children’s names to him and the squeals of excitement as children notice his reindeer herd. As I listen to his Christmas tales, I can’t help the smile that comes to my face, and he grins back at me as he notices. “That’s what it’s about,” he says. “Your smile, your laugh. That’s what it’s about.”
Santa was seen shopping at Hobby Lobby at 3133 N Garfield Ave in Loveland. He was buying holiday decorations and gifts for his hard working staff of elves, Mrs. Claus, and his faithful reindeer.
Santa then stopped by the Chilson Center and brought smiles to the faces of seasoned adults who were playing cards, table tennis, bunko, and pool!
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By: Evyn Batie Photos by Elizabeth Jane Photography, LLC
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I recently had the opportunity to tour the Loveland/Berthoud Meals on Wheels facility, meeting their staff and volunteers, and enjoying a tasty home cooked meal. My visit with this amazing organization has prompted me to be proactive in helping to educate our community, ensuring that those who need this service receive this service.
While most people have heard of Meals on Wheels many don’t understand how the program works and who qualifies to receive their services. The below questions & answers were created to answer some of the common questions I’ve come across:
What is the requirement to qualify for Meals on Wheels (MOW)?
Be homebound and unable to shop or cook for yourself due to a physical or mental handicap, age, illness, or recent hospitalization
Live in Loveland, Berthoud, Masonville, Carter Lake or southern Larimer County
Be 60 years of age and over, or under 60 with a disability
Is there a financial qualification to receive Meals on Wheels? No. Anyone who is housebound, regardless of their income can receive Meals on Wheels.
What does it cost to receive Meals on Wheels? Due to special funding through the Older Americans Act, clients age 60 and older get their meals subsidized based on their income. Suggested donations are based on monthly income, and the number of meals received. No senior is ever denied service based on an inability to pay.
Is Meals on Wheels just for those who are housebound for the long term? No, MOW can be received for any length of time. In fact, clients get on and off the program based on what is going on in their lives. Circumstances where one might receive services for the short term includes:
Recovery from surgery or an accident.
Health issues that are keeping one homebound for a short time.
Flare up of chronic conditions that are keeping one home bound.
Primary caregiver unable to cook and potential client is homebound (food can be provided for both caregiver and homebound client)
Is there a lot of “red tape” to get qualified for the program? No, there is not. In fact, a person can call in on one day, and receive services almost immediately.
Caregivers for those who are housebound: If you are living with and caring for someone who is housebound, both of you can receive Meals on Wheels.
For more information or to sign up for Meals on Wheels call: ( 970) 667-0311 between 9:00am and 2:00pm Monday – Friday
Statistics show that older adults who stay engaged and active, live longer, healthier lives. Loveland Parks & Recs, I Love Loveland, and Thrive Loveland have partnered to create a monthly conversation called, "Loveland Talks - Past. Present. Future." Our goal with this monthly gathering is to engage older adults, bringing them together so they may get to know each other on a different level, have fun, and...talk. Each month the topic will represent either the past, present, or future.
Loveland Talks held its' first meeting in November, bringing together older adults from the community, and the Small Fries preschoolers for a wonderful session of show and tell. There was a lot of great energy in the room as the seniors and preschoolers took turns showing each other their prized possessions which ranged from old marbles to stuffed animals.
Meals on Wheels
By: Danita Nixon
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The Loveland Connection had twenty-four members attend Loveland's Habitat for Humanity Builder's Ball at Elllis Ranch. The evening was filled with great food, conversation, dancing and music. It is safe to say that a great time was had by all, and money was raised for a very worthwhile cause.
"When we understand the connection between how we live and how long we live, it's easier to make different choices. Instead of viewing the time we spend with friends and family as luxuries, we can see that these relationships are among the most powerful determinants of our well-being and survival." - Dean Ornish
Meets: Second Tuesday of every month
At: All Saints Episcopal Church
3448 N Taft Ave.
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The Loveland Connection
Let’s Get Social! Are you new to the area? Do you wish to make new friends? Join us for fun, learning and friendship at The Loveland Connection, popularly known as “TLC” – a fitting acronym. The Loveland Connection is a volunteer-run non-profit social organization. Membership is open to both new and long-time residents of Larimer County. They come from all over the county, are single and married, and united in their desire to meet new people in a warm and supportive environment. Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month and offer a broad range of activities, including guest speakers, monthly luncheons, book clubs, potlucks, bridge, men’s breakfasts, movie time and visiting local points of interest. Yearly membership costs only $15.00 per person. Anyone is welcome to visit a meeting to see if they are interested in joining.
We love to welcome new members. For more information contact Bonnie Coleman, president at 970-800-3959.
By: Stel Barnett
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Registered Merino full rams. Ages 6 months to 8 years old, prices ranging from $400-$600 each. Text Joan at 970-232-8394
Award Winning Merino fleeces, raw and batted, many colors. Text Joan at 970-232-8394
Mosaic Art. Contact Kay at 970-391-0566
Designated Beneficiary Agreements
Betty with her gift baskets,
jam & jellies
Betty Pascual is known for the amazing jams and jellies that she makes every year. When friends and neighbors have excess fruit from their fruit trees, Betty comes to the rescue transforming them into her sweet jam and jelly concoctions!
Betty sells the jams and jellies in single jars, but also pairs them into wonderful, creative gift baskets perfect for holiday giving.
Some of the flavors she makes are: Sour cherry, gingered pear, blueberry, spiced blueberry, black berry, strawberry, strawberry mango, peach, gingered peach, spiced black grape, and spiced plum.
This year, Betty has made about 150 jars of Jams and Jellies. You can find them at the Thompson School District Holiday Bazaar and Craft Show December 5th - 7th. or you can contact her directly at 970-292-8901.
Planning to purchase or lease a car?
As the purchaser of 52 vehicles, I can help you:
· Determine the best car to fit your needs
· Shop for best pricing and assist with negotiation
· Navigate financing
· Stand by you until everything is signed, sealed and delivered
Reasonable rate. References available.
Contact Fred at 720-841-8684 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Holiday Bazaar & Craft Show
Thompson School District - Transportation Dept.
2500 E 13th St, Loveland
Weds. Dec 5th through Fri. Dec 7th 9am - 6pm
Holiday Shopping --
Unmarried couples cannot inherit from their partner’s Estate without an estate plan in place, and frequently unmarried partners are denied access to their partner’s hospital rooms and are unable to communicate with their partner’s medical providers under the direst of circumstances. The Colorado legislature recognized these issues and enacted law to provide a workaround—the Designated Beneficiary Agreement.
Essentially, a Designated Beneficiary Agreement is an agreement between two people designating one another as beneficiary of the other and/or providing one another with certain financial and decision-making authority for the other. Among the rights and powers available, parties to such an agreement can acquire, own, or transfer property as Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship with one another; they may serve as one another’s Trustees; they may be designated as the other’s named beneficiary for PERA, firefighter and police pensions, life insurance policies, and health insurance policies. Such parties can have priority to serve as Guardian, Conservator or Personal Representative for the other; may have the right to visitation in a hospital, nursing home, hospice care, or other facility; may serve as medical proxy/decisionmaker for the other; may have the right to receive notice of withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures for the other; may have the right to inherit property when the other person does not have a Will or Trust in place; may have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits on behalf of the other; may have standing to sue for wrongful death of the other; and may direct the disposition of the other’s remains after their passing.
To enter into a valid and enforceable Designated Beneficiary Agreement, one must be at least 18 years old, be mentally competent, not be married to another individual or party to a civil union with another individual, and not be a party to another Designated Beneficiary Agreement. Once drafted, the Agreement must be signed and notarized, as well as recorded in the county where at least one party to the Agreement resides.
Even if properly executed, Designated Beneficiary Agreements may not necessarily prevail in certain circumstances. If there is a Will, Trust, Codicil, Advance Healthcare Directive/Living Will, Medical or Financial Powers of Attorney, Remains Directive, marriage license or certificate of civil union, or beneficiary designations on either an insurance policy, retirement account, pension, or checking or savings account, such documents or designations will override the provisions contained in an otherwise properly-executed and recorded Designated Beneficiary Agreement. This is true whether the Designated Beneficiary Agreement is executed prior to or after such other documents or designations.
If you are interested in exploring Designated Beneficiary Agreements further, especially in relation to other methods of estate planning, please reach out to the attorneys at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. to discuss further.
Mix a little bit of charm, and a lot of great customer service with cutting edge innovation, and you’ve got a locally owned company known as “Good Day Pharmacy”.
Good Day Pharmacy is owned by three local pharmacists, David Lamb, Nancy Lamb, and Vicki Einhellig, who have 40 years of experience in the industry. Their promise to the community is, “We are comprehensive enough to serve you, and small enough to really take care of you.”
When you walk in to drop off or pick up a prescription at any of their nine Colorado pharmacies, it is like you have walked into Cheer’s (you know, where everyone knows your name). There are thoughtful gifts, great personal products, and medical supplies all available in a friendly, and inviting atmosphere.
Good Day Pharmacy is not “just” a traditional pharmacy; they also compound prescriptions. Prescription compounding is the art and science of creating personalized prescription medications to treat individual and unique needs. Some of the common prescriptions they compound assist with hormone replacement, adrenal dysfunction, thyroid Imbalance, and pain management. They also compound prescriptions for pets; talk about “full service”.
An unusual offering that Good Day Pharmacy provides, is a breast care center in Ft. Collins at 2001 S. Shields. The Good Day Breast Care Center offers a boutique-like setting to assist with fitting state of the art bras and forms, as well as fashionable scarves, hats, and other apparel for women with breast cancer, mastectomy and augmentation. The Breast Care Center also features essential oils, supplements, ambulatory aids, and skin care products including pharmaceutical grade compounded creams.
One of the most convenient services that Good Day Pharmacy provides is their prescription delivery program. We all have had those times when picking up a prescription was impossible, but getting the medication was important;
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The Market Place
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