Highlands Ranch Senior Center Groundbreaking

Highlands Ranch will soon break ground on a new senior center for residents over 55 and their families. This is exciting news for Highlands Ranch!

Highlands Ranch Senior Center rendering

The new senior community center will offer a much-needed antidote to the rising tide of loneliness, especially among older adults.

The 20,000 square foot community center will be built next to Mountainview Christian Church on Highlands Ranch Parkway and will offer a wide variety of opportunities for socializing, lifelong learning, meeting new people, and staying active.

Among the activities planned include fitness classes, potluck dinners, indoor and outdoor games, conversational groups, special interest clubs, events, card games, BINGO, cooking classes, movies, tastings, book clubs, author events, travelogues, pickle ball lessons and leagues, bocce ball, recreational opportunities, and many more social activities.

In addition to a wellness and fitness center, the new facility will include meeting rooms and a large kitchen. Part of the facility will also be used for adult financial programs and other assistance for seniors.

Highlands Ranch Senior Center
Highlands Ranch Senior Center (Rendering from Highlands Ranch Metro District)

A groundbreaking ceremony for the future Highlands Ranch Senior Center is scheduled for Monday, September 19th and will take place from 2:30-3:30 pm in the parking lot of Mountainview Christian Church, located at 40 East Highlands Ranch Parkway, Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

The groundbreaking event will include light refreshments, giveaways, photo keepsakes, and a short program.

The new Highlands Ranch Senior Center is expected to open in 2023.  More info can be found at highlandsranch.org/seniorcenter.

Karl Bruns-Kyler headshotKarl Bruns-Kyler is the owner of The Big 65, an insurance company that provides Medicare insurance services to Colorado. The Big 65 is based in Highlands Ranch where Karl lives with his family. Karl’s role as a health insurance broker is to match Medicare beneficiaries with the right Medicare plan at the lowest price.  For more information, visit www.TheBig65.com.

Medicare Insurance and Credit Card Fraud

Credit Card Fraud and Medicare

In talking with other Medicare Insurance Brokers near me, you’d be surprised how many consumers on Medicare Insurance Plans do not pay enough attention to their credit card information.  Credit card fraud and Medicare are two things I know something about.

Last week I received a new Capital One Debit Card.

The problem?

I didn’t open the account :(.

Apparently, someone with my social security number and a burner phone opened the account on my behalf.

That means they have all my information.

The good news is I was able to cancel the card. If I had opened the account, and deposited money, chances are the scammers would have drained it later.

Credit card fraud is a form of identity theft.  When an unauthorized individual steals another person’s credit card information and uses that information to make purchases or remove funds, this is against the law.  Interestingly, Federal law limits a cardholders’ liability to $50.  That is, if there is credit card theft.  However, many banks will waive this amount IF the owner of the credit card is willing to sign an affidavit explaining the details of the theft.

We can protect ourselves from credit card fraud and identity theft by doing a couple of things now.  Find a card with $0 liability protection.  Sign up for transaction alerts on your current credit cards.  Keep an eye on your credit card information.   And consider adding a credit protection service.  These credit monitoring services can help protect you against credit card theft and put your mind at ease.

Photo of two credit cards.

Credit card fraud and Medicare:  Be careful out there.

And if you have questions about Medicare Insurance, visit www.big65.com.

Medicare insurance broker Karl Bruns-Kyler Big 65

Coffee Ain’t Bad

May this note find you in good health with your Medicare Insurance working properly.

It’s rare to hear good news about things we do actually being good for you but…

A recent New York Times article describes the benefits that coffee can provide, possibly reducing your risk of sudden death by almost 30 percent if you drink 2-3 cups a day.

Cup of coffee photograph

Of course beware if you are able to handle the caffeine :).

The health benefits of coffee include a lower risk of type 2 Diabetes, a lower risk of depression, and improved Liver health.  But there’s more …

One study that involved 1,567 people, had some interesting results:  Researchers found that drinking caffeinated coffee offered positive results.  In fact, the study showed that the coffee drinking participants had a lower risk of death after 18 years of follow-up.  That’s impressive.  The researchers also found that drinking one cup of coffee per day (at a minimum) was also associated with a lower risk of death from cancer.

The health benefits of coffee don’t stop there.   Researchers are finding that additional health benefits of coffee include a reduced risk of developing:  Parkinson’s disease, melanoma, prostate cancer, and more.

Moderate coffee consumption was studies in the Nurses’ Health Study which evaluated 83,700 nurses’ diets.  The study found that drinking coffee was associated with several health benefits, including a decreased risk of stroke in women.

An interesting study conducted by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that caffeine can lead to increased fat oxidation.  This is encouraging news for athletes and non-athletes, alike.

The take-away from all of this:  COFFEE AIN’T BAD.

And if you have questions about Medicare Insurance, book a time on my calendar here.  Or find out more at www.TheBig65.com.