EyeCare America provides medical eye care at no out-of-pocket cost for seniors age 65 and older.
By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision-threatening eye disease, but many people do not know it. EyeCare America ensures that every senior has access to medical eye care and promotes annual, dilated eye exams. The program raises awareness about eye disease, provides free eye care educational materials and facilitates access to medical and surgical eye care.
EyeCare America is designed for US citizens or legal residents who do not belong to an HMO or have eye care through the Veteran’s Administration.
To be eligible for the program an individual should fall into one of the two categories below:
• Those who are age 65 or older and who have not seen an Eye M.D. in three or more years may be eligible to receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists will waive co-payments and unmet deductibles, accepting Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full; patients without insurance receive this care at no charge.
• If you are not eligible for the above care, those determined to be at increased risk for glaucoma (by age, race and family history) and have not had an eye exam in 12 months or more may be eligible to receive a free glaucoma eye exam if they are uninsured. The initiation of treatment is provided if deemed necessary by the doctor during the exam. Those eligible with insurance will be billed for the exam and are responsible for any co-payments.
Whether or not website visitors are eligible for a referral, EyeCare America also offers free brochures, resources and medication assistance information online.
To see if you, a loved one, or friend is eligible, please visit their online referral center at www.eyecareamerica.org. You can also stop by the senior center to pick up brochures and other information. Please note the closest EyeCare America ophthalmologist is located in Farmington. Call (505) 866-3937 for more information or visit the website mentioned above.
A great way to get around town! We have a senior bus that runs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get your errands done, join in the fun at the Silver Foxes Den, go grocery shopping or get to your medical appointment, all by simply riding the bus and not relying on others to get you around town. Available for those 60-plus, suggested donation $2 per day. Please call Rob Gaston at 264-2167 for details.
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-delivered program remains available to those closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals on Thursdays and weekends. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give Rob or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.
Weekly activities at The Den
Friday, July 1 — Wear red, white and blue! Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m. ice cream social 12:45 p.m.
Monday, July 4 — Closed.
Tuesday, July 5 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6 — Writing for Generations 1 p.m.
Thursday, July 7 — Administrative day.
Friday, July 8 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI meeting 1 p.m.
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 $11.51. 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, July 1 — Pork and green chile stew, whole wheat tortilla, tossed salad, fiesta style corn, pineapple tidbits, oatmeal raisin cookie.
Monday, July 4 — Closed.
Tuesday, July 5 — Tahitian chicken, Waldorf salad, bran muffin, brown rice, mixed vegetables, orange juice.
Wednesday, July 6 — Spinach lasagna, tossed salad with sunflower seeds, green beans, apricots, wheat roll.
Thursday, July 7 — Closed.
Friday, July 8 — Crunchy baked fish, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat roll, creamy coleslaw, banana.