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Celebrating the fight, home delivery volunteers needed

Dorothy Million rolled her wheelchair into our office, beaming.

Before I could greet her, she excitedly described her doctor’s appointment where she received braces for her legs so she could learn to walk again. Dorothy said she will never run again, but will get out of her wheelchair.

“I couldn’t wait to get here to tell you guys,” she gushed, “nobody else wanted to hear it, but I knew everyone here would be excited for me.”

After lunch, I peered into the lunchroom to see her hunched over, shuffling from chair seat to chair seat with her friends clapping and cheering her and with one of our cooks, Dolores Sause, spotting her.

Are we proud of Dorothy? You bet.

Was it a small victory over hopelessness and wheelchairs? Absolutely.

Here at the Silver Foxes Den not only do we rage against the dying of the light, we celebrate the fight.

Senior Spotlight

Kurt Killion claims he is 38 years old and was born in 1926. His wife, Shirley, and he discovered Pagosa Springs when Kurt was a smoke jumper.

He jumped out of airplanes to fight fires, saying, “It was a great manly job.”

Kurt reports that he has three legitimate children and retired here 33 years ago. His most enjoyable jobs were fitting contact lenses, operating a beer distributorship named “Topsy” and a side pharmaceutical business. He credits his financial success to tax resistance.

When asked if he is a prevaricator, Kurt answered, “No, but I do lie sometimes.”

Carmen Valdez, his friend, affectionately says, “He is a great story teller and an honest liar.”

Swimming and coming to the Silver Foxes Den are his favorite activities.

Thank you

Thank you, Robert Keating, for donating your bumper crop of lettuce. Mr. Keating picked, washed and bagged his bounty, which our grateful Seniors took home to enjoy. Thank you, Ken Bailey, for your generous donation. Thank you to our Medical Shuttle volunteers Rick Sautel, Roger Puryear, Jim Estelle and Merlin Wheeler. They devote entire days driving our people back and forth to Durango for medical appointments.

Volunteers

I wrote last week that if I didn’t get any calls for Tuesday and Friday deliveries I would beg, so here it is.

Our community has but 16 seniors who are enrolled in our meal delivery program. They cannot leave their homes without major assistance, ever. They can’t leave unassisted for trips to the grocery store, for haircuts, movies, to attend our great Pagosa Springs boys high school soccer games, to enjoy short drives or to go to church.

Our community delivers hot lunch meals to them daily. Eight of them live in town and eight of them live out of town. We only need one person to deliver eight meals on Tuesdays and/or Fridays, in town.

It takes about an hour and you can eat lunch for free here afterwards.

Sometimes our “Flower Fairy” leaves bouquets to deliver and you not only make their day but make their week.

Please. Please. Please. Call a friend and instead of meeting for lunch, deliver lunches together. Call 247-2167.

An opportunity

Healthier Living Colorado has a session in Pueblo, Colo., Oct. 21-24, to train leaders to teach chronic disease self management. Participants will become certified instructors and be able to teach this class in our community.

And the Silver Foxes Den has a grant to cover the cost of the class ($650). Call Jodi or Musetta at 247-2167 right away so we can enroll you.

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 noon.

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.

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 (formerly the Mary Fisher Clinic) 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.

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 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 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.

Weekly activities

Friday, Sept. 18 —?Geezers 9 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Ask the Lawyer Forum 12:45 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 21 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 22 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m., Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; Victorian Aid Society presents Dressing From the Inside Out 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24 — Administration day.

Friday, Sept. 25 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Book Club 10:30 a.m.; birthday celebration 12 p.m., piano music by John Graves 12 p.m.–

Medical expenses

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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 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.

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

Monday, Sept. 21 — Smothered chicken, cornbread stuffing, cauliflower and broccoli, applesauce, Waldorf, bread.

Tuesday, Sept. 22 — Hamburger, mustard and onions, lettuce and tomatoes, beans, potato salad, watermelon.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 — French dip au jus, oven browned potatoes, mixed vegetables, strawberry applesauce.

Thursday, Sept. 24 — Administration day.

Friday, Sept. 25 — Chicken alfredo, beets, cranberry apple, roll.