July 2018

Welcome To Our New Board Member

My name is Dee Merenyi. My husband and I moved to Monument last year with our dog Fergie. We both really like the Monument/Palmer Lake area as it still has that friendly, small town feel. Not long after we moved here my mother came to visit and decided she wanted stay with us.

In an attempt to help her meet people and find activities she could participate in we took her to visit the Senior Center. During our visit at the Center I learned they needed volunteers and became interested in volunteering my time there. I currently volunteer on the Board of Directors as well as co-manage the Silver Alliance Thrift Store. 

Fergie often accompanies me to the Senior Center for various activities as well as the Thrift Store. 

A Day at the Races

A Day at the RacesCome join us at the Silver Alliance Senior Center on Thursday, July 19th for a day at the horse races, games galore, prizes and some stadium-style food. Gates open at 11:30am. Wear a festive derby hat and receive a special prize! $5 suggested donation. Don’t miss out on the fun. Reserve your spot today! RSVP by July 16th to Sue Walker, 719-330-0241. You can also sign up at the Silver Alliance Senior Center or at our local thrift store. This event takes the place of our ladies tea. Everyone is welcome!

6 Tips for Protecting Your Eyesight as You Age

Some loss of vision is expected as you age, but you may be able to help reduce the chance of severe vision impairment or mitigate loss as much as possible by taking care of your eyes and health now. Here are five easy ways to help protect your eyes.

1. Get regular eye exams. Regular eye exams are one of the best ways to protect your vision. They help doctors catch issues, including cataracts, early enough to treat successfully. Regular checkups also ensure you have the right prescription for glasses, if necessary. The right corrective measures reduce daily strain on your eyes, which can help safeguard vision for the future.

2. Treat dry eyes appropriately. Dry eyes are another common issue experienced as you age, and poorly functioning tear ducts can increase vision problems. Dry eyes are also irritating and uncomfortable and can make your social or outdoor time less pleasant. Talk to your doctor about any dry eye conditions; prescription or over-the-counter drops may help. Keeping a humidifier in your home may also help, especially during cold and dry Colorado winters.

3. Protect against UV rays. Ultraviolet rays are harmful to the eyes. Unfortunately, by the time most people reach retirement age, they have already been exposed to the vast majority of UV rays they’ll experience in a lifetime. In fact, most gen-Xers and baby boomers were exposed to more UV rays by the time they were 18 years old than for the rest of their lives! It’s still a good idea to avoid UV exposure and protect your eyes when you’re in the sun. If you’re enjoying an outing or taking a stroll, consider wearing sunglasses and a hat.

4. Keep blood pressure under control. Blood pressure and eye health are closely related, so your vision is just another reason to keep an eye on your numbers. Untreated high blood pressure can cause damage to your retina or other eye disease, which is harder to treat after the fact.

5. Engage in a healthy lifestyle. Your entire body was created to work together, so ailments or poor lifestyle choices can impact your vision. Engaging in a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and social experiences, can help you keep your vision (and your entire body) as functional as possible.

6. Give your eyes a break from screens. Finally, screens are a modern danger for eyes. If you enjoy movie marathons, evening television programming or Skyping with the grand kids, make sure to take frequent breaks away from the screen. Simply looking away from the screen and concentrating on something in the distance for about 30 seconds every half hour or so can make a big difference to overall eye health.

Courtesy of Bethesda Gardens

Book Club

NEW! Book Club Starts Friday, September 14 at 11am

The Silver Alliance Senior Center is excited to host its very first book club meeting. Our selection for September 14th is, “The Rosie Project”, a New York Times bestseller. The Rosie Project is a 2013 Australian novel and the debut work of Australian novelist Graeme Simsion. The work was first published on January 30, 2013 in Australia by Text Publishing.

The Rosie Project is a hilarious story about a socially inept scientist looking for romance and a wife. This love story will make you laugh out loud! Please contact Sue, 719-330-0241 for more information and to reserve a spot for the first meeting. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Senior Center Activities

For a listing of our current activies, please visit the Events Calendar page.

  • Socrates Café Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.
  • Senior Chats Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon
  • Life Circles Writing Group First and Third Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • History Buffs Fourth Wednesday of the month, 1:30-3:30p.m.
  • German Conversation Group Tuesdays 3:15-4:45 p.m. A discussion group in German. Currently at capacity and looking to establish a second group. If you’re interested, call the library at 488-2370.
  • Monumental Readers Book Club Friday July 20 10 a.m.-noon. This month’s book: Honolulu by Alan Brennert. All are welcome and no registration necessary.
  • Monumental Bookworms Tues. July 10 7-8:30 p.m. An evening book club sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Friends of PPLD. All are welcome! They’ll be discussing The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman. All are welcome and no registration necessary.
  • Knitting! Every Wednesday, 3-4:30 p.m. This intergenerational knitting group meets the first three Wednesdays of each month. Practice materials are provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials. Some instruction provided for new knitters.
  • Antarctic History: Saturday, July 28 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Take a trip back in time to the bottom of the earth, and learn about the extreme endurance, patience and toil it took for man to reach the South Pole for the first time. Along the way you will see and appreciate the sheer size and majesty of the continent of Antarctica and the race to the South Pole by presenter Scott Brock. No registration necessary.
Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance

Adding Life to Our Golden Years