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Congratulations, you survived the zombie apocalypse

Mar 22, 2021 02:28PM ● By Cloie Sandlin
BeaconFest 2021 is coming back this fall! Colorado's largest Boomer and Senior Fair, free admission.

It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, I was writing my column, trying my best to assure readers (and myself) that despite looming shutdowns and uncertainty surrounding the virus, we would outlive the trying days ahead of us. 

At the time, it felt like the world was forced into a real-life zombie movie. But since I don’t watch zombie movies, I scrambled to know what to do, or say, next. Events over the coming months weren’t always fun, but in perspective, it wasn’t as bad as I imagined it would be last March. 

Months passed before a spike of infections hit western Colorado. Until then, I hadn’t known anyone personally who had contracted the virus. To this day, I’m fortunate that I don’t know anyone who has died from it. 

If only the rest of the world could’ve been so fortunate.

But here we are a year later: survivors. While we can’t be completely certain about the efficacy of the COVID vaccine and how we will be protected in the future, it’s comforting to know there is hope. 

BeaconFest is back in 2021!

High on my list of things I’ve missed are dining together and live music—which, hopefully, will all be back at our BeaconFest Boomer and Senior Fair this fall! 

A year without BeaconFest is not a year I care to repeat. I’m so excited to see everyone at our annual celebration of age at the Grand Junction Convention Center on Thursday, September 9, and at the Montrose Pavilion on Thursday, October 14. Mark your calendars! Details to come.

Do doctors know best?

I’m a relatively healthy person. Sure, I could always stand to eat better and exercise more, but my visits to the doctor are rare and so are the occasions that I take medication. 

Truth is, doctors kind of scare me. After all, they’re only human, and it’s hard to trust any human with something as valuable as my health. Don’t get me wrong—my current team of doctors is wonderful. But, could it be because I almost never see them?

To combat this fear, retired physician Dr. Phil Mohler encourages seniors to develop a trusted relationship with their doctor. His advice in this month’s cover story tells you how you can take control of your health by asking questions and challenging your doctors, so that they put you on the best route of care according to your standards. He explains what tests to be wary of, and how certain industries take advantage of uninformed patients by convincing them of issues they may not have—all to make more money.  

Our country is over tested, over diagnosed and over medicated, says Mohler. Now is the time to take back your health and embrace aging, instead of fighting it.

P.S. Did you know the Centers for Disease Control actually has a page for zombie preparedness? True story. Visit

Letters from our readers

“What were you thinking showing as your [March] cover photo at a vaccination place—the woman does not have [her] nose covered. Another example people can point to and say must be okay.” - BW 

“I received your February issue. Very awesome in layout and content. Many interesting articles. I like the high quality of paper that you are using as well as the glossy front and back sheet. Wow!” - Gary C.

RE: “Songbird of the South” (March)

“It did my heart well to read Aaron Reynold’s article about Bonnie Sarchet. It was well written and beautifully told. Once again, Bonnie feels like a star.” - Siggie Carpenter, Montrose

RE: “The Art of Cooking Small” (January)

“I called to let you know how much I enjoyed the article about cooking small. I hope that you’ll repeat that with other recipes by that author. We enjoyed it very much. Thanks for a fine publication.”

- Anonymous caller

We asked our email subscribers: “Has COVID changed all things?” 

“For those of us helping home school grandchildren, we were able to spend a lot more quality time with them than we would have in a normal situation.” - Diana B.

“In my family, there is no divide. It helps that we have very similar views regarding COVID. We eat healthy, have good sleep habits and exercise. We visit our health care providers regularly and look to them for honest answers to our questions. We wear masks because to enter businesses we are required. We fully realize that COVID is real. But the proliferation of conflicting information by the CDC is troubling to say the least. Who and what we can trust remains vague at best.” - Robert V.

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