Bridge tournament moved to Aug. 29

The 10th annual bridge tournament is now scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs Senior Center dining room. The entry fee is $10.

People who play in any group and at any skill level are encouraged to enter. Style of play is party bridge. The primary goal is to enjoy playing and to raise money to benefit the Pagosa Springs Senior Center. Walk-ins are welcomed. Monetary prizes will be awarded.

Bridge for Fun

Bridge for Fun is now meeting on Mondays at 1 p.m. in the dining room. Snacks are provided.

Duplicate Bridge

Duplicate bridge is now meeting on Thursdays at 1 p.m. in the dining room. Snacks are provided.

A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning falls-prevention program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.

The classes help participants to: view falls and fear of falling as controllable; set realistic goals for increasing activity; change their environment to reduce fall risk factors; and promote exercise to increase strength and balance.

You can benefit from the classes if: you are concerned about falls; you have sustained a fall in the past; you restrict activities because of concerns about falling; you are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength; or you are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem-solve.

The Senior Center is pleased to announce its second Matter of Balance program.

The Matter of Balance program lasts eight weeks. Classes will be on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 7. Each class is from 9 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Class size is limited.

Please call 264-2167 for more information or to register. Classes are free.

Technology Wednesdays

We are pleased to announce that we have technology assistance for you and your computer, iPad or cellphone from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Bring your cellphone, iPad, or laptop (a computer will be available if you have a desktop) and learn how to use your electronic device.

Medical alert system

Medical alert monitoring systems are available for seniors. We can help you get set up with a system and assist with the monthly service charges or, if you already have a system in place, we can help supplement the monthly service fees.

Please call Louise at 264-2167 for more information or to sign up.

Medicare Mondays

Are you turning 65? Are you confused about Medicare? We have openings every Monday at the Senior Center to help you with your Medicare enrollment questions.

Here are some quick tips: If you are collecting Social Security, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare parts A and B. We can help you pick a Part D prescription drug plan. If you don’t enroll in a Part D plan, you could face penalties.

If you are new to Medicare, you have an seven-month Special Enrollment Period to sign up for parts A, B and D around your 65th birthday. Medicare starts after your employment ends or the group health insurance plan based on your current employment ends, whichever happens first. You do not pay late penalties if you enroll within the seven-month Special Enrollment Period. COBRA and retiree health plans are not considered coverage based on current employment.

Important dates: General enrollment runs from Jan. 1 through March 31 each year and coverage starts July 1. Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is open (or annual) enrollment for switching plans for Part D and a Medicare Cost Plan; coverage starts Jan. 1.

If you would like to talk to a Medicare counselor, please contact the Area Agency on Aging to make an appointment. Please call 264-0501, ext. 2. We will put you in touch with one of our talented and experienced Medicare counselors.

Memberships

Senior Discount Club memberships are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Menu

Everyone is welcome to join us for lunch. If you are a senior (60 years and older), for only a $4 suggested donation, you are eligible for a hot meal, drink and a salad prepared by our kitchen staff.

The guest fee for those 59 and under is $10 and children 10 years and under can eat for $5 each. Access to the salad bar is only $6 for those under 60.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 25 — Chicken with dumplings, fruit salad, green beans with almonds, salad bar and lemon pie.

Friday, Aug. 26 — Pork roast, whole wheat bread, sweet potatoes, squash casserole, salad bar and apple crisp.

Monday, Aug. 29 — Crispy beef chicken-fried steak, cream country gravy, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, salad bar and peach crisp.

Tuesday, Aug. 30 — Chicken cacciatore, whole wheat pasta, tomato puree, Italian blend vegetables, focaccia bread, salad bar and fresh fruit cup.

Wednesday, Aug. 31 — Pork carnitas, black bean salad with peaches, coleslaw, tortillas, salad bar and flan.

Thursday, Sept. 1 — Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, glazed carrots, salad bar and ambrosia fruit.

Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at 264-2167 by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine in the Community Cafe at the Senior Center.

For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always attend. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days.

This story was posted on August 25, 2016.