Medicare Prescription Drug and Advantage plans

Open enrollment for the Medicare Part D (prescription drug program) and Medicare Advantage plans (like HMOs and PPOs) ends Dec. 31, so do not wait until the last minute to schedule your appointment — our schedule is almost full. 

Our counselors at The Den are trained through the State of Colorado Division Insurance SHIP program and are here to help you through the, at times, confusing process. 

Part D low income assistance is available to qualifying individuals.  If you are not sure if you qualify we can help you make that determination; call to schedule an appointment for low income assistance.  Qualifying individuals may have a zero premium and prescription costs may be as low as $3.

Anyone already participating in the Part D program is strongly encouraged to schedule a re-assessment appointment or go online at www.Medicare.gov to ensure that you are in the best program for you. 

Over the years we’ve had many individuals tell us they’d like to have their friend’s or neighbor’s program, or enroll with a particular well-known company name.  Folks need to understand that these programs are based on their individual medications and your friend’s plan may actually be worse for you.  Programs also may change the drugs they cover from time to time or the amounts they charge for your premium and/or drugs. 

If you have not yet enrolled in a plan, there are penalties involved and these penalties continue to increase the longer you wait.  We’re here to help you through all the choices.

Don’t delay, call today for your appointment, 264-2167; walk-ins cannot be accommodated. You may also call 1-800-Medicare for assistance.

Healthy breakfast options

Skipping breakfast is rarely a good idea, but starting the day with unhealthy choices won’t do your body any favors. It’s easy to eat right: the ideal breakfast should provide one quarter to one third of your day’s protein, a fair amount of fiber (as low-glycemic carbohydrates) and little fat. Here are some quick, healthful ideas:

1. A bowl of whole-grain cereal with calcium-fortified soymilk and some fruit. Add a tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseeds on top as a source of omega-3 fatty acids.

2. A soy shake (blend 1/2 cake silken tofu, 1/2 cup apple juice, 1 cup frozen organic strawberries and 1 banana).

3. Keep some hardboiled eggs (choose free-range, omega-3 fortified eggs) on hand to eat with whole-grain toast. Include a glass of calcium-fortified orange juice and a container of nonfat plain yogurt. Add your own fruit or granola.

(With permission from Dr. Weil.)

Weekly activities at The Den

Gym Walk — Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 11:15 a.m.; keep up your cardiovascular systems

Canasta — Mondays at 1 p.m. in the lounge.

Meditation for Healing — On Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Sarah Barbara hosts the weekly Meditation for Healing program and will teach you how to meditate and reap the healing benefits of the practice. This program is free.

Dance for Health — On Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Karma Raley, the dance instructor, enjoys sharing her love of dance and blends basic ballet and modern jazz with yoga awareness to create a full body routine which makes it possible to work out to the degree you want and/or need to. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel. This program is free.

Geezers — Are you a geezer? For stimulating conversation and an opportunity to meet and greet other geezers, drop by for coffee on Friday mornings at 9 a.m.

Monthly activities at The Den

Alzheimer’s Support Group — Please note the Alzheimer’s Support Group regularly scheduled to meet the last Wednesday of every month has been canceled due to the holiday and will meet again Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. For more information regarding this group, call The Den at 264-2167.

Silver Foxes Den Piano

If you love to play the piano, and miss having an audience, we have a piano at the Silver Foxes Cultural Center just waiting for you. Drop by any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday between 10:30 a.m. and noon and play for our local seniors. For more information, call 264-2167.

Special events

Chair Massage — A 15-minute chair massage can reduce stress and anxiety levels, minimize neck and shoulder pain, relieve headaches, increase energy, enhance creative thinking and problem solving skills, and boost immunity. Rebecca Cortez and Silverhawk or Deni, licensed massage therapists, will offer free chair massage on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 10-11:45 a.m., by appointment.

Adventures in Africa — Eddie Bennett, who lived and traveled extensively in the continent for many years will share his experiences and insights from the extraordinary to the amusing. Join Eddie Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 12:45 p.m. to hear his African tales.

Sounds of Assurance — The Sounds of Assurance have been singing together for five years. They enjoy both Christian and patriotic music and perform for various churches and community functions throughout the Pagosa area. They will lead a singalong of your favorite Christmas music. You won’t want to miss lunch on Friday, Dec. 12. See you at 12:30 p.m.

Meals on Wheels

Archuleta County Senior Services is proud to announce the expansion of the Meals on Wheels Program. Frozen meals may now be ordered for once-a-week delivery to those who are more rurally isolated and unable to participate in our regular route of the Meals on Wheels program. The suggested donation for these meals is $3 each. To find out if you qualify for this program or for more information,call 264-2167.

Archuleta Seniors Inc.

This is one of the best deals in Pagosa. Help out seniors and save money at local businesses with the discount card. Archuleta Seniors, Inc. is selling annual memberships for folks 55 and older at The Den for $5 on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Also, the ASI Board would like folks to know computers at the Silver Foxes Den are now up and available for your use.

Menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus and kids 12 and under is $3; guests $5. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $6. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon.

Friday, Dec. 5 — Bratwurst, sauerkraut, pickled beets, peaches.

Monday, Dec. 8 — Chicken A La King, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, orange wedges, whole wheat roll.

Tuesday, Dec. 9 — Ham and beans, broccoli, parslied carrots, orange juice, corn bread.

Wednesday, Dec. 10 — Beef stew, corn, herbed green beans, diced pears.

Thursday, Dec. 11 — Administrative services only.

Friday, Dec. 12 — Sloppy joes, spaghetti, squash, peas and carrots, tropical fruit.