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Here to help you Navigate Medicare

Did you know that the Silver Foxes Den offers Medicare Navigation (counseling) on a regular basis?

Whether you are entering the world of Medicare and need help navigating all the decisions you are faced with, or have concerns with a bill, we are there to help you out at no charge.

I have been part of the SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) for approximately 11 years. My main position, in addition to the counseling I provide for our local SHIP office, is coordinator. I have five awesome volunteer counselors working with me to help you, who have taken the same training I have. What an honor to have such dedicated individuals as part of our SHIP.

I’ve just returned from Denver where I spent two and a half days with three of my counselors in the National Train the Trainer program, an annual event which is in addition to other training and updates throughout the year.

The State of Colorado is part of Region VIII, which, in my opinion, is the best of the six states representing Region VIII, but Montana took the cake when they were out on break. A man staying at the hotel joined in on their smoke break; he shared with them that he had just turned 65, which is something we hear quite often, but when Arlo Guthrie tells you he just turned 65, you have your picture taken with him!

Back to the matter at hand …

We reviewed some of the upcoming changes in Part D, some of the changes with Healthcare Reform, many case studies, got in some great networking, learned about better resources and so much more. The tour of the haunted restaurant in Lodo was entertaining and included some fascinating history — a much needed break from the intense information.

More to follow later. For now, if you need assistance in any area of Medicare, we are available by appointment. Please call 264-2167.

Presentations needed

Do you have something fun to offer in a presentation? Maybe you were the lead spy for FBI, CIA, a Navy Seal or were involved in an exciting mountain expedition? Perhaps you were part of a famous rescue, sang to the president, worked in the White House, cooked for Carey Grant, starred in a movie, specialized in furniture making, invented something or have great vacation slides of another country. If you would like to share your adventures with others, I’d love to hear from you. Please call Musetta at 264-2167.

Reservations, please

You now need to make reservations to dine at Cafe Fox.

I have received notification from the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging requiring a reservation system be in place in an effort to avoid waste; so take time to plan ahead just a wee bit, folks.

You’ll now find we have set out about a week’s worth of reservation lists enabling you to sign up in advance. If you are already at Cafe Fox, see Rob at the front desk and he’ll help you with your reservation, or call by 9 a.m. the morning you would like to join us. If we are unable to make it to the phone, dial Ext. 27 and leave a message.

For you computer savvy folks we have added a link to our website; please visit www.archluetacounty.org, select County Departments and then Senior Services and you’ll see the Meal Reservation link.

Please do not ask to sign up more than a week in advance; we will not be able to accommodate your request. We also find that seniors have darn busy schedules and change often, so reserving a seat more than a week in advance could create no-shows, putting us right back to the problem of waste.

Thanks bunches for your assistance and understanding. Make your reservation today at 264-2167, Ext. 27.

Free Wi Fi

Cafe Fox is pleased to announce the availability of free WiFi, courtesy of the Ross Aragon Community Center. Beat the heat, join us for lunch and enjoy free WiFi while you’re at it.

Help out

We are accepting applications to assist in our kitchen, library and dining room.

Like to help in the kitchen? Is chopping, slicing, dicing, prepping and stirring your middle name? If so, we need you, and several of you at that. We’d love to have you aboard.

Like to greet people and lend a hand? We have the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for a few people that would like to greet our folks, introduce new clients to our services, show them the ropes of the dining room and offer assistance to those needing help filling out our new client form. Please call Musetta at 264-2167 for an application.

At your service

Don’t hitchhike, let us do the driving. Get to where you need to go; door to door bus service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

Special delivery

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home delivery program is available four days per week to those living closer to town, with frozen meals Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town may be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $4 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Special events

Wednesday, Aug. 1 — 1 p.m. Senior Movie Choice: “The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans–Seas of Life” — tidal seas and coasts.

Weekly activities

Friday, July 27 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Book Club; 12 p.m. Picnic in the Park; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, July 30 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta

Tuesday, July 31 — 12:30 p.m. Preventing Medicare Fraud; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Aug. 1 — No scheduled activities.

Thursday, Aug. 2 — Closed.

Friday, Aug. 3 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Brain Injury Support Group; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

This week’s menu

Reservations required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox.

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $4, 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 $10. 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. 264-2167 , Ext. 27 for reservations.

Friday, July 27 — Picnic in the Park: barbecue pulled pork on whole wheat bun, macaroni salad, savory black beans with cilantro, carrot and celery sticks, watermelon, orange.

Monday, July 30 — Sloppy Joe on whole wheat bun, mixed vegetables, spinach mandarin salad, butterscotch pudding.

Tuesday, July 31 — Smothered chicken, cornbread stuffing, plums, peas, creamy coleslaw, whole wheat roll.

Wednesday, Aug. 1 — Beef and sweet peppers, brown rice, broccoli, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, brownie.

Thursday, Aug. 2 — Closed.

Friday, Aug. 3 — Honey barbecue chicken, oven browned potatoes, spinach, fresh apple, bran muffin.

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