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Archuleta County Senior Services needs you

Programs available to you at the Senior Center, also known as the Silver Foxes Den, are provided to you through a variety of funders. Without them, we would not have a center.

Our programs are partially funded by a state and federal grant (which is forever decreasing) along with funding through Archuleta County, the Town of Pagosa Springs, United Way, private donations and fund-raising activities.

Here’s where you come in.

During August and September we are hosting a few fund-raisers and we invite you, your friends and family to join in.

• Pancake breakfast, 7-9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Cost is $5.

• Little Caesar’s pizza kits, cookie dough kit and pie kits available. Mmmm, good! Get your order with payment in by Friday, Aug. 14; delivery is Wednesday, Aug. 26.

• Festival of Trees. We are looking for someone to sponsor a decorated artificial tree for this event in November. The tree will be auctioned off with the proceeds to benefit the Senior Center programs.

• Donation to Archuleta County Senior Services. Your support will assist in providing the congregate meal program, which provides a healthy meal and awesome salad bar for seniors ages 60-plus. We boast that our program is an extended family for those participating in the meal program and enjoying a visit with their friends, who then participate in the many social and cultural activities at The Den. Suggested donation, $3.

Home-delivered meals are provided for the homebound living within our service boundary and frozen meals are delivered to those living in more rural areas. Suggested donation, $3.

Door-to-door transportation via our roomy bus is available for folks of all activity levels. Suggested donation for round-trip service is $2.

Our meal and transportation programs are available weekdays, with the exception of Thursdays.

Your donations are so greatly appreciated!

Weekly activities at The Den

Friday, July 31 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; birthday celebration, noon.

Monday, Aug. 3 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 4 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 5 — Dance for Health, 10 a.m.; blood pressure check, 11 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 6 — Arboles.

Friday, Aug. 7 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.

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 might be 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, contact Musetta at 264-2167.

Alzheimer’s support group

Elaine Stumpo, regional director for the SW Alzheimer’s Association, hosts our monthly gathering for individuals who are supporting loved ones who are living with memory loss. Learn how to be supportive of someone with memory loss by participating in this support group the last Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m.

Silver Foxes Book Club

Do you love to read? Do you have a desire to discuss what you read in a group setting of inquiring minds? If so, we have just the thing for you. Kathy Hamilton from the Sisson Library hosts the Silver Foxes Book Club on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Den. Kathy can also obtain books on CD, cassette, and in large print. Stop by the Silver Foxes Den to sign up or call 264-2167.

Meditation for Healing

Stress intensifies chronic pain and encourages negative emotions like depression, anxiety, and anger, which continue the circle of pain in the body and mind. Meditation for Healing is a technique that helps the body to relax and ease pain. Join Sarah Barbara every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Silver Foxes Den.

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, call 264-2167.

Menu

Suggested donation for older adults ages 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, July 31 — Dijon chicken, brown rice with parsley, salad, broccoli and roll.

Monday, Aug. 3 — Barbecue beef on bun, broccoli salad, fresh fruit, carrots and cookie.

Tuesday, Aug. 4 — Combination burrito smothered with green chile, beans and diced pears.

Wednesday, Aug. 5 — Roast pork and gravy, oven browned potatoes, parslied carrots, Jell-O and roll.

Thursday, Aug. 6 — Arboles.

Friday, Aug. 7 — Chicken cacciatore, mashed potatoes, spinach, fruit and bread.