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Laughter brightens the day at the Senior Lounge

On Tuesday, I was working on the newsletter when I heard laughter in the Senior Lounge. I smiled and continued working.

The laughter escalated. I began laughing as did Musetta Wollenweber, Senior Center director. The laughter spread, and visitors in the building stopped in to see what was happening.

What was so funny? Karen Richardson, an occupational therapist and the instructor of the Fall Prevention class, said they were just having a good time. It was their last class and the participants were awarded their own “body balls” — big, inflated exercise balls. The class teaches balance, strengthening, in home adaptation and exercise. Thank you, Karen, for bringing joy and keeping us on our feet.

Senior Spotlight

Lena Bowden, 85, has been volunteering at the Silver Foxes Den for 35 years. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1924, and stayed there until the ’70s when she and her husband came to Colorado for a vacation. The weather was better here, so they moved and have never missed New York since.

She has three children and nine grandchildren. Her favorite things to do are to volunteer here at the Silver Foxes Den, play Bingo on Sundays, watch “Golden Girls’ on television, and smoke. She thinks radio is the most amazing technology she has witnessed, credits gambling at the casino for her financial success, and “always match your clothes” is her best beauty tip. When asked what is the worst thing a person can do to themselves she answered quickly, “Not get out of bed.”

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who ate pancakes with us at our Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser. We served more than 100 people in two hours. Thank you to Linda Lee for volunteering in the kitchen. Thank you Ron Gustafson for distributing flyers to people waiting to camp at the Folk Festival.

Volunteers

We received only one call last week. We are not desperate yet, but next week I will beg.

We need volunteers to:

• Deliver meals to in town and out of town homebound Seniors once a week. We need someone to regularly deliver meals on Fridays, and substitute on other days. Eat lunch with us for free.

• Drive a medical shuttle to Durango as needed.

• Bus tables and provide general clean up after lunch. Eat lunch with us for free, first.

• Give a presentation, share a talent or teach a class.

• 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.

Influenza vaccines (flu shots)

The health department will give flu shots to seniors at the Silver Foxes Den in Pagosa Springs on Sept. 15, between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. This vaccine is the regular seasonal flu shot.

The shots for H1N1 (swine flu) will not be available until later.

The health department will give flu shots in Arboles on Oct. 1, between 11 a.m. and noon. The cost for the shots is $25, unless you have Medicare Part B or Rocky Mountain Health Plan which covers the cost.

Shots will be given to the general public daily at the Pagosa Mountain Hospital Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tai Chi in Arboles

Tai Chi classes are being offered in Arboles by Dr. Pam Kircher. Classes will be held weekly 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 in Pagosa Springs

Kircher is also offering 10-week sessions of Beginning and Intermediate Tai Chi in Pagosa Springs beginning Friday, Sept. 11, through Nov. 20. Intermediate classes will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the South Conference Room in the community center. Beginning classes will be at 11 a.m. also in the South Conference Room of the 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-delivery program remains available four days a week to those closer to town. 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 transport

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. 11 — Geezers 9 a.m.; gym walk 11:15 a.m.; Archuleta Seniors Inc. board meeting, 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 14 — Gym walk 11:15 a.m.; canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Blood pressure check 11 a.m.; gym walk 11:15 a.m.; Sky Ute Casino trip 1 p.m; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; belly dancing demonstration 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 17 — Administration Day.

Friday, Sept. 18 — Geezers 9 a.m.; gym walk 11:15 a.m.; Ask the Lawyer Forum.

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.

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. to 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.

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

Monday, Sept. 14 — Barbecue beef brisket, ranch style beans, fruit, bread.

Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Chili, marinated vegetable salad with crackers, cooked apples.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Baked ham, sweet potatoes, green beans amandine, cranberry mold, roll.

Thursday, Sept. 17 — Administration Day.

Friday, Sept. 18 — Chicken fajita, lettuce and tomato, cilantro rice, cabbage, grapes.