Senior Center request: If you feel ill, stay home

The alert level on the pandemic scale for H1N1 flu (“swine flu”) was raised to 5 out of 6 last week.

Therefore, due to the vulnerability of the senior population, the Senior Center will be asking anyone showing signs of illness to leave the premises. Anyone participating in the senior meal program who is unable to attend due to illness is asked to call the Senior Center at 264-2167 to make arrangements in having meals delivered by the Senior Center.

Facts from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

• The virus is contagious and is spread from human to human via coughing or sneezing or touching something the virus is on, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

• You are contagious one day before symptoms show and up to seven or more days after becoming sick.

• You may have the flu if you have a fever, cough, runny nose or muscle pain.

• Wash your hands often with hot soapy water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. The virus can live up to two hours on surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, shopping carts and desks.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; throw the tissue away after you use it and wash your hands.

• Contact your medical provider by phone at the first sign of the flu or if you believe you have symptoms of the flu.

• Stay home if you are ill.

Weekly activities at The Den

Friday, May 8 - Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi for Arthritis, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Mother’s Day celebration, noon; Arthritis self help class (first class), 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 11 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12 — Chair massage, 10-11:45 a.m.; blood pressure checks, 11 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13 — Dance for health, 10 a.m.; nutrition education — diet and arthritis — noon.

Thursday, May 14 — Administrative day.

Friday, May 15 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Arthritis self-help class, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Tai Chi for Arthritis series

Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation is a high-value program designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis. You can participate while sitting in a chair if that is best for you. The classes will improve flexibility, increase muscle strength, while helping to develop cardio respiratory fitness and stamina. As pain decreases, relaxation improves, resulting in uplifted mood.

Studies show the effects of Tai Chi also improve balance and helps prevent falls. Each class will begin with very gentle warm up and cool down Sun style Tai Chi exercises.

The class will be led by Kay Wilson, Tai Chi instructor certified by the Dr. Paul Lam Program, which is supported by the Arthritis Foundation. The series runs through June 26. Class size is limited so sign up now.

Medical expense assistance

The Silver Foxes Den, in cooperation with Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI), may be able to help with excess medical expenses. Items covered include prescription copays, eyeglasses, hearing aids and dental care. Qualifying amounts are based on income and need. Recipients must be current members of ASI. Dues are $5 per year. For more information about how we might help you or your family, please contact Musetta at 264-2167.

Menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, and Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $9.75. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon.

Friday, May 8 — Oriental pepper chicken, brown rice, broccoli, pineapple, whole wheat bread.

Monday, May 11 — Turkey tetrazzini, Italian green beans, cottage peach salad, strawberry apple sauce, roll.

Tuesday, May 12 — Hamburger with onion, tomato and lettuce, baked beans, potato salad, fruit.

Wednesday, May 13 — Combination burrito with lettuce, tomato and salsa, green beans, cilantro rice, peaches.

Thursday, May 14 — Administrative day.

Friday, May 15 — Honey barbecue chicken, scalloped potatoes, Mexicali corn, cole slaw, grapes, roll.