Be wary: Knock, knock — it’s no joke

Be wary of door-to-door solicitation.

As summer nears and temperatures rise, the door-to-door scammers come out of hibernation. They offer a variety of products and services and because they are face-to- face with you, the consumer, they often use more aggressive tactics.

Some of the more popular solicitations include:

• Alarm/security systems

• Chimney or gutter cleaning

• Tree trimming

• Magazine sales?

• Discount building materials

• Home repair

• Driveway repair

• Roof repair

Keep in mind:

1) Don’t do business right on the spot.? You can and should always get a second opinion.

2) Remember that a receipt is worth nothing unless the business is valid and reputable.

3) Never pay for services in cash.

4) Don’t be afraid to offend someone by not doing business with them.

5) Never let someone in your home that you did not invite.

Ultimately it is your safety that is most important. Not only your personal safety but the safety of your hard earned money as well. This is why it is so important to exercise extreme caution when presented with door-to-door solicitation of any kind.

Arthritis self-help class

For people with arthritis, living the most active life with the least amount of pain and disability involves becoming an active partner in their arthritis care. The “Den” is offering a six week Arthritis Self-Help course beginning on Friday, May 22, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to encourage people affected by arthritis to be proactive in their health and well-being.

Anyone with any type of arthritis or persons in support roles are encouraged to attend. Class size is limited to ten participants, so please call the Den for registration and further information, at 264-2167. The fee for this class is $10, which will be refunded upon completion of the course. We hope you take advantage of this educational and supportive opportunity to help overcome some of the challenges of arthritis. Linda Mozer, director of nursing, will teach this class at Pagosa Mountain Hospital.

Weekly activities

Friday, May 15 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.

Monday, May 18 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Gardening with Karin, 12:45 p.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.; last day to sign up for Chimney Rock.

Tuesday, May 19 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for healing, 1 p.m.; Sky Ute casino, bus leaves at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20 — Dance for health, 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 21 — Arboles.

Friday, May 22 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Susan Stoffer-stress tips, 12:45 p.m.; Arthritis self-help class, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Gardening with Karin

Everyone had such fun with Karin Kohake in March when she did a presentation on gardening we’ve ask her to come back. Karin is a Colorado Master Gardener and loves to share her passion for gardening. Join us on Monday, May 18, at 12:45 p.m.

Stress: Know the signs

We all go through stressful times. In small doses, stress may be good for you when it gives you a burst of energy. But too much stress or stress that lasts for a long time can take its toll on your body. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, you’re not alone. In fact, a 2007 survey of Americans found that one-third of people are living with extreme stress. Get connected to how you’re feeling and learn about effects of stress on your whole body. Stress can be toxic to your body. Join us on Friday, May 22, at 12:45 p.m. as Susan Stoffer, a professional counselor and registered nurse, will answer your questions regarding stress.

Healthy living with chronic diseases

Healthier living Colorado is a chronic disease self-management program developed at Stanford University. This program is designed to help with the challenges that face anyone living with an ongoing health condition such as a heart condition, lung condition, diabetes or arthritis.

This six-week series will start June 19 on Fridays from 12:45-3:15 p.m., and will go until July 24. The registration fee is $20, which is refundable upon completion of the course. You can register at The Silver Foxes Den or call 264-2167 for more information. The class limit is 12 so hurry and sign up today. Last day for sign up is June 8.

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. For more information about how we might help you or your family, please contact Musetta at 264-2167.

Special thanks

The Silver Foxes Den would like to thank Colorado Cowboy catering for their generous donation to the senior center.

Our thanks to Marilyn Falvey for her thoughtfulness and creativeness on the beautiful cards she makes for our seniors. It puts a smile on their faces.

Meals on Wheels

Archuleta County Senior Services is now offering frozen meals for once a week delivery to reach those who are 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 please call 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, 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 15 — Honey barbecue chicken, scalloped potatoes, Mexicali corn, cole slaw, grapes, roll.

Monday, May 18 — Tacos, refried beans, salsa, broccoli, peaches.

Tuesday, May 19 — Chicken cordon bleu, rice pilaf, asparagus, apricots, roll.

Wednesday, May 20 — Beef and broccoli stir fry, brown rice, carrots, pineapple, and roll.

Thursday, May 21 — Arboles.

Friday, May 22 — Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, spinach, mixed fruit, bread.