Best Bikes for Baby Boomers

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

The Easy Boarding bike by Biria. (Photo Courtesy of Biria)

The Easy Boarding bike by Biria. (Photo Courtesy of Biria)

By Jim Miller

If you’re interested in leisurely, recreational riding for fitness and fun, a great option is a “comfort bike,” which is very popular among baby boomers. Here’s what you should know about this option, along with some tips to help you shop and choose.

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Connect with Your Family on Genealogy Day

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

A genealogy enthusiast is urging Vermonters to connect with their relatives on Aug. 9 with a free event, Ceal Moran’s Genealogy Day Get Together. Ceal Moran has hosted the traveling event since 2009, held in a different town each year. Read more

From the Garden to the Plate

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Food

NasturtiuminsaladBy Melinda Myers

Make every meal a special event by bringing the garden to the table. Serve your favorite dishes made from homegrown ingredients. Then allow guests to add their own herbal seasonings right from the garden or container. Read more

Keeping Seniors’ Money Safe

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Money

Tori and Wanda in the truck CMYK By Victoria Lloyd

Did you know people over 50 years old hold 70 percent of our nation’s wealth? This wealth represents the hard work and savings of the baby boomers. It also provides the unscrupulous with an opportunity to part you or your parents from their wealth. Financial exploitation is a significant problem, with recent estimates indicating that seniors nationwide are losing more than $36 billion each year to this crime. Read more

Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend any long-distance caregiving tips that can help me help my elderly father who lives in another state? He has physically declined over the past year, but is determined to stay living in his own house.

–Worried Daughter Read more

Local Support Groups

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

Below is a sampling of local support groups for caregivers and those they are taking care of. Please call the support groups for the latest times and dates, as meetings are subject to change.

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The Paperwork of Caregiving

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents

Senior Woman At Desk Working In Home Office With LaptopBy Stephanie Choate

When someone is in the last stages of an illness—or suffers a sudden medical crisis—families can be left facing baffling questions about medical care.  Read more

Making Connections Through Remembered Joy

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

Grandmother SketchBy Trudy Lyon

I remember as a child sitting with my grandmother sorting through vegetable and flower seeds each spring. She would start looking forward to planting her gardens and what if anything she would add new to her already large garden patches. She would reminisce about how her flowers and vegetables grew the previous year and what did well and what did not.

When my grandmother developed dementia and was no longer living in her home, we would take her flowers or go for walks in the neighborhood to look at other people’s flowerbeds. She could no longer remember the names of most of the flowers she had once planted and watched grow in her backyard, but she still loved looking at them. Later, as the dementia progressed and she was not able to get out and around, my sister, who has been a caregiver for as long as I can remember, would take in books or magazines that featured beautiful gardens and numerous varieties of flowers.  Read more

Nurturing Relationships & Meaningful Conversations

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

By Stephanie Choate

When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, caregivers are faced with a barrage of responsibilities. Read more

Fun! For Young and Young at Heart at the Champlain Valley Fair

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

The Champlain Valley Fair offers ten days of fun for all ages and interests, an annual tradition that earned the Fair a spot among Vermont’s ten best events. The fair opens Friday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. with half price admission and ride bracelets all day, and closes on Sunday, Sept. 3 at midnight.

Vermont’s largest annual agricultural and entertainment tradition brings together people from across Vermont, New England, Quebec and beyond. It is the place to see old and new friends, enjoy great local food and compete for satin blue ribbons and bragging rights for the best chili, handmade quilt or heaviest pumpkin in Vermont.

The “Ten Best Days of Summer” also describes the Fair’s Coca-Cola Grandstand entertainment, both the Budweiser Concert Series and the other shows coming to the grandstand. Advance tickets to the summer’s biggest concerts include gate admission the day of the show.

This year’s concerts, all at 7 p.m., include:

Aug. 25: I Love the 90s, the Party Continues! With TLC, C&C Music Factory and more

Aug. 27: Brantley Gilbert

Sept. 1: John Mellencamp with Special Guest Carlene Carter

September 3: Pentatonix

The Fair’s staff has not forgotten the thrill-seeking motor sports fans, bringing back the Burnett Scrap Metal Championship Figure 8 Race on Aug. 30, or the Demolition Derby, Aug. 3. The Seth Yacovone Band will be performing before the show and between the preliminary bouts and the finals. The Monster Truck Night of Fire and Destruction will be Aug. 27 — these daredevils will take your breath away as they soar through the air doing acrobatic tricks. Note, admission to the Fair is not included with motor sports advance tickets.

On Aug. 29, the Fair welcomes the ultimate Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction, for a free show in the Coca-Cola Grandstand.

Executive Director Tim Shea notes, “We’ve worked extra hard this year to make sure the fair is affordable for families.

New this year, the Fair is offering free parking before 1 p.m. on weekdays, giving people a chance to come out early and save a few dollars, while enjoying the fair at a quieter time.

Senior Day

Senior Day at the fair is Tuesday, Aug. 29, and those 55 and older save $3 off the admission with ID.  “It’s a great day for grandparents to bring their families to the fair and celebrate the last day before school starts,” Shea said. In addition, there will be food vendors offering $3 specials during the midweek.

Friday, Sept. 1, is Military Appreciation Day, with free admission for past and present members of our military with a valid Military ID.

 “The Strates Shows Midway returns with over 40 rides and games. They are again offering their pay-one-price ride bracelets every day. The ride bracelet can be used to ride all of the rides, all day long. “

Another way to save is advance discount admission and pay-on-price ride tickets available at all Price Chopper grocery stores in Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York. Tickets will be available from the beginning of August through Thursday, Aug. 24 and fair guests can save up to 25 percent by purchasing them in advance.

For a complete daily schedule and information on concerts and free entertainment, or to sign up for a free e-newsletter, visit

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