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The ‘senior’ prom — getting there is the hard part

“Senior” prom — getting there.

Oh, the visual I had in my head while Queen Elizabeth (an elegant lady whose name has been changed to protect her innocence) shared her story of getting ready for “senior prom.”

She hadn’t worn pantyhose in quite some time; the challenge was now on. Attempting to worm her way into the first pair she pulled out, she discovered that after a great deal of work, those darn pantyhose had holes in them.

Taking a quick break, she wiggled her way back out of that holey pair and took out the new pair to tangle with. Not realizing this task was going to be quite an event, she now squirmed, yanked and wiggled some more. Sweat was beginning to form on her brow, it was time for a much-needed break from this workout. Mission not yet accomplished, she propped her hands on the bed to keep from falling over and put her other foot in the next leg of this monster.

Success was eventually her middle name, but did she have the energy to make it to the prom?

Now for the next problem …

She hadn’t worn the pair of slacks she had chosen for this party in quite some time and found that her height wasn’t quite what it used to be, yep, she shrank. A couple of yanks and twists and her slacks fit.

Now for the trip to the mirror. Hmmm, thinning hair (that she had chopped), perhaps it was best for this elegant woman to wear a wig.

She enjoyed herself immensely at prom, so much so that now her feet were sore from the shoes she wore due to those ever-growing bunions and fattening feet. Deciding to walk around the rest of the afternoon in her stocking feet, she abandoned those medium-high-heeled shoes that pushed on the ends of her toes and strutted her stuff without putting a hole in those new pantyhose. At least she tells me they don’t have a hole in them, she didn’t pull her feet up to check, who would after that workout?

Queen Elizabeth tells me she will be 80 a year from this June (it’s hard to believe, I tell ya). She encourages others to have goals and accomplishments while keeping love in their hearts.

Thank you for sharing, my dear Queen Elizabeth.

Thank you

A special thank you to a dear friend for his donation of $100 in support of our congregate meal and assisted transportation programs. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Special events

Medicare 101. Are you new to Medicare and lost or confused by all the literature you have received? Do you know what portions you need to enroll in, A, B, C or D? What the heck are all those letters anyway? Did you know you are entitled to certain free services? Well, we have the answers for you in Medicare 101. Join us for this informative session on Monday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required; call us at 264-2167 to sign up. All you need to do is bring an empty head, because we are going to fill it up!

Baby/Young Child Photo Contest. Bring in your favorite photo (of yourself), and we’ll make a copy of it for our contest in June. We’ve got a little bit of a pile going; keep ‘em coming.

“The Kennedys.” An eight-part series. Twentieth-century America’s most storied political family gets the epic treatment in this miniseries that spans three decades of Kennedy history. The chronicle begins with Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s power plays and ends with his son Bobby’s assassination. We’ll show two episodes at 1 p.m. in the lounge of The Den, through May 25.

Alerts

We received a call the other day regarding a phone call a senior, right here in Archuleta County, received about a new National Medicare card that would entitle him to, “$400 in discounts” with his Medicare card.

This scam has been around for quite some time, although it apparently is just surfacing here. The caller knew his name and his bank routing information and pushed for his account number and Medicare number. Right on, senior —you did the right thing: you asked for their phone number and did not give out your information! Note: the number this senior was given is not the same number as noted in this article. If you suspect fraud/scam activity, feel free to contact our office, but be sure to contact ElderWatch, the Colorado Consumer Line, at (800) 222-4444, a program with the Colorado Attorney General and the AARP Foundation.

Phone calls a medi-con

From AARP Bulletin Medicare.

In some of the phone calls, they pretend to be with Medicare or the Social Security Administration. In others, they say they’re with an official-sounding, but nonexistent organization, such as the National Medical Office. Or they may claim to be calling from a medical equipment company.

Whatever their alleged affiliation, their bogus story is the same: They tell you that they need to issue you a new Medicare card, but in order to get it, you must first authenticate your identity—by providing personal information such as your Medicare number (which is your Social Security number), your birth date, or your credit card and bank account numbers.

Of course, it’s a lie—the latest attempt by scammers to exploit confusion over Congress’ recent passage of health care reform.

Another variation that’s cropped up in recent weeks: con men who phone Medicare recipients or go door-to-door warning that continued coverage requires purchase of a new Medicare health plan — from them. These scammers claim to be federal employees — sometimes they even say they’re from “ObamaCare.”

“They use fear, they use change as an opportunity to get to seniors,” says Rona McNally of the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol, an advocacy group funded by the federal Administration on Aging.

Fear is also being used in the bogus calls that promise new Medicare cards.

“When people refuse to provide the requested information, a phony supervisor comes on the line to say that the information must be provided to remain enrolled in the Medicare program,” says West Virginia Attorney General Darrell V. McGraw Jr.

“The thieves then use information collected to steal victims’ identities and remove funds from accounts through checks and electronic transactions.”

In West Virginia and other states, many people who receive these bogus calls report that their caller ID displayed the incoming number as 866-234-2255. When Scam Alert dialed that number, a recorded message said that “Medicare scammers are spoofing” it, meaning that the number was being electronically hijacked. The message said that anyone getting a call with that number popping up should file reports with their state attorney general’s office or the Federal Trade Commission.

That phone number has been used since last year in this scam and others.

Your best move should you get one of these calls requesting personal information?

“Hang up the phone immediately,” advises Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, who has also issued an official warning about this phone scam. “Medicare or Social Security employees will not contact you via phone requesting this type of information. If you have any questions about the status of your Medicare or Social Security benefits, you can contact the agencies directly.”

Library

Come on in to The Den and check out our library. We have quite the collection of books, including some large print, as well as books on tape/CD, videos, DVDs and audio tapes for you to borrow.

At your service

Not driving anymore? Car in the shop? Get to where you need to go; door to door bus service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

Food delivery

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Senior Center meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home delivered program is available to those living closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living further out of town you may be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

Friday, May 11 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen, 11 a.m. Cafe Fox grand opening; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk, 1 p.m. “The Kennedys,” Episodes 3 and 4.

Monday, May 14 — 10:30 a.m. Medicare 101; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta

Tuesday, May 15 — 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation For Healing

Wednesday, May 16 — 12:30 p.m. Dr. Kurz: Arthritis.

Thursday, May 17 — Closed.

Friday, May 18 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen, 11 a.m. Cafe Fox grand opening; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk, 1 p.m. “The Kennedys,” Episodes 5 and 6.

This week’s menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, guests $6, kids 12 and under $3. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other donations 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, May 11 — French dip on hoagie roll with au jus, mixed vegetables, oven browned potatoes, mandarin oranges, chocolate cream pie (reservations needed, maximum 70).

Monday, May 14 — Ground beef tacos, refried beans, salsa, fiesta corn, fruit salad.

Tuesday, May 15 — Lemon chicken, oven-browned potatoes, broccoli, whole wheat bread, split pea soup, chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, May 16 — Chicken fried steak with country gravy, mashed potatoes, California vegetables, tossed salad, wheat roll, apple.

Thursday, May 17 — Closed for administrative day..

Friday, May 18 — Grilled ham and cheese on whole wheat bread, homemade tomato soup, salad, banana slices with orange juice.

Arboles meal

Lunches are served in Arboles on the first and third Thursdays of each month, weather permitting, in the basement of the Catholic Church. Reservations are required the Monday preceding. The suggested donation is $3 for age 60-plus. Call 264-2167 for more information or to make a reservation.

Thursday, May 17 — Chicken fajita, whole wheat tortilla, lettuce and tomato, cilantro rice, pinto beans, red grapes, chocolate cream pie.

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