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Much is done, there’s much to do

In my first week as program coordinator at The Silver Foxes Den I have been impressed with three things.

First, all of the volunteers are generously dedicated and cheerful.

Second, the Senior Center has been growing every year, providing expanded services with no increase of funding.

Third, the lunches and salad bar prepared by our creative cooks Nancy Dickhoff, Dolores Gallegos and Dolores Sause, are amazingly delicious.

We really need more volunteers, and we need them for the following activities:

  • To deliver meals to in-town and out-of-town homebound seniors once a week. Eat lunch with us for free, first.
  • To drive a medical shuttle to Durango as needed.
  • To bus tables and provide general clean up after lunch. Eat lunch with us for free, first.
  • To give a presentation, share a talent or teach a class.
  • To help with the AARP Money Management Program. This program helps seniors with tasks like paying bills and balancing their checkbooks.

Please call me, Jodi Starr, or Musetta Wollenweber, at 264-2167 to help.

Fund-raising

Our Little Caesar’s Pizza fund-raiser raised $400 to help support our programs. Thank you to everyone who sold and bought them. Chris Scarpa won a Fiesta Pizza Kit for selling the most pizzas.

Thank you

We couldn’t function without our wonderful volunteers. Thank you to our home delivery volunteers: Eve and Ron Taylor, Ann Sadler, David and Judy Huerta, Janie Bard, Dot Kirkham, Jarrell Tyson, Anlaug Adams, Kathy Baisdon, John Gwin, Klaus Neubert, Jim and Linda Rigney, Dan and Lee Schmeltz, Robert and Nelda Monjure and Merlin Wheeler. And a special thanks to Bill and Jean Bechtold.

Thank you, Gretchen Fitzgerald and the Forest Service for donating the Osha Root (a root purported to have medicinal properties). It’s already gone! Thank you to Terry Frazier for volunteering on Wednesdays to clean our lunch room. Thank you to the Four Corners Folk Festival for donating tickets to our many grateful seniors. Thank you to Emily Franklin of the Democratic Party of Archuleta County for the sealed containers of potato salad and rolls.

Medicare fraud and prevention

Last week, Katy Deshler, one of Archuleta County’s three volunteer Medicare counselors, performed an entertaining and educational skit in her bathrobe with Musetta Wollenweber about Medicare Fraud. The Colorado Senior Medicare Fraud Program works to detect and report Medicare and Medicaid fraud to help consumers and the government avoid paying for unnecessary or fraudulent services or equipment. As a part of this program, Kay and Musetta repeatedly emphasized to never, ever give out your Medicare number, unless it is submitted it in person in the health care provider’s office.

Things to watch out for are telemarketing, health screenings, medical surveys, offers of “free” items or cash designed to get your Medicare number. Check your billing for duplicate claims for the same service, billing for Medicare covered items when less expensive non-covered items are provided. To report suspected fraud, call (800) 503-5190.

Tai Chi at Arboles

Tai Chi classes are being offered in Arboles by Pam Kircher. Classes will be held on Tuesdays at the Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 22. There will be no class on Sept. 29. Classes will continue Oct. 6 through Thanksgiving week. A donation of $5 per class is suggested.

Tai Chi at Pagosa Springs

Pam Kircher is also offering 10-week sessions of beginning and intermediate Tai Chi in Pagosa Springs beginning Friday, Sept. 11 and running through Nov. 20. Intermediate classes will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the South Conference Room in the Pagosa Springs Community Center. Beginning classes will be at 11 a.m. also in the South Conference Room of the community center. A donation of $5 per class is suggested.

Services

Are you Homebound or do you know someone who is? Let the Silver Foxes Den help you with your meals. We have expanded our service to the more rurally isolated areas of the county and would like to help you, help yourself.

These meals are the same meals prepared in our kitchen by the same cooks who prepare those scrumptious senior center meals. Our hot meal, home delivered program remains available to those closer to town four days per week. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give me or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Lake Hatcher transportation

Do you live in the Lake Hatcher area and need transportation into town? We are exploring the possibility of expanding our service to the Lake Hatcher area. If you are 60 years old, or older, and could benefit from the door-to-door transportation, call me or Musetta at 264-2167 and let us know your interest.

Weekly activities

Friday, Sept. 4 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 7 — Labor Day. Closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 8 — Tacky Tuesday (wear your tackiest clothes), Gym walk 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 9 — Dance for health 10 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10 — Administration Day.

Friday, Sept. 11 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Archuleta Seniors Inc. Board Meeting 1 p.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, please contact Musetta at 264-2167.

ASI memberships

Is it time for you renew or buy your 2009 ASI Membership? During the month of September you can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Folks 55 and older will benefit with discounts from many local businesses, including the local hot springs. This is one of the best deals in Pagosa Springs. All 2008 memberships expired Dec. 31.

This week’s 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 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 4 — Crunchy fish, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pineapple and orange, bread.

Monday, Sept. 7 — Labor Day. Closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 8 — Tater tot casserole, salad, squash, pear with bread.

Wednesday, Sept. 9 — Roast chicken with mushrooms, brown rice, cauliflower and broccoli, apple pear salad, bread.

Thursday, Sept. 10 — Administration Day.

Friday, Sept. 11 — Stewed chicken with olives, Greek spaghetti, salad, karidita.

Our September Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is available on Archuleta County’s Web site: www.archuletacounty.org/Seniors/seniors.asp. Look it up!