Senior News – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:48:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Legal help, tax help and more coming to senior center http://www.pagosasun.com/legal-help-tax-help-and-more-coming-to-senior-center/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192848 The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging provides legal services for seniors through the program attorney, Daniel Fiedler. Fiedler will be spending the day at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center on Jan. 23, 2020, by appointment.
Following are the legal services Fiedler can assist with:
• Public benefits and utilities shut off.
• Landlord-tenant problems, such as persons being evicted.
• Simple wills, power of attorneys, medical durable power of attorney and living wills.
• Consumer issues such as advocating for persons harassed by debt collectors.
• Emergency limited long-term Care guardianship and domestic problems, such as abuse.
Please come by or call the Senior Center office to schedule an appointment, 451 Hot Springs Blvd. (inside the Ross Aragon Community Center), 264-2167.
Tax preparation help
The IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be returning to prepare federal and state income tax returns at no charge.
The 2020 dates are Feb. 22, 2020, and March 14, 2020, by appointment only. The gross income limit this tax season is $54,000.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to make an appointment.
Health and wellness
The Senior Center is continuing the pilot program which expands health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
The next health and wellness date will be Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Memberships
Senior Discount Club Memberships are now 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 $8.50 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, Dec. 12 — Chicken enchilada suizas, Parmesan baked zucchini, charro beans, milk, salad bar and German chocolate cake.
Friday, Dec. 13 — Crab cakes with remoulade sauce, brown rice pilaf, seasoned asparagus, milk, salad bar and apple crisp.
Monday, Dec. 16 — Beef chili, zucchini medley, escalloped corn, milk, salad bar and cherry cream cheese pie.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 — Teriyaki salmon with tartar sauce, mushrooms with barley and brown rice pilaf, cauliflower snowflakes, milk, salad bar and banana cream pie.
Wednesday, Dec. 18 — Barbecue glazed chicken wings, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, roasted squash, tomatoes and onions, milk, salad bar and brownie.
Thursday, Dec. 19 — Sliced ham with pineapple sauce, baked sweet potato, broccoli with garlic and butter, milk, salad bar and cranberry salad.
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.

]]>
Legal services help coming to Senior Center in January http://www.pagosasun.com/legal-services-help-coming-to-senior-center-in-january-2/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 17:47:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192396 The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging provides legal services for seniors through the program attorney, Daniel Fiedler. Fiedler will be spending the day at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center on Jan. 23, 2020, by appointment.
Following are the legal services Fiedler can assist with:
• Public benefits and utilities shut off.
• Landlord-tenant problems, such as persons being evicted.
• Simple wills, power of attorneys, medical durable power of attorney and living wills.
• Consumer issues such as advocating for persons harassed by debt collectors.
• Emergency limited long-term Care guardianship and domestic problems, such as abuse.
Please come by or call the Senior Center office to schedule an appointment, 451 Hot Springs Blvd. (inside the Ross Aragon Community Center), 264-2167.
Tax preparation help
The IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be returning to prepare federal and state income tax returns at no charge.
The 2020 dates are Feb. 22, 2020, and March 14, 2020, by appointment only. The gross income limit this tax season is $54,000.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to make an appointment.
Yet another use for those pretty cards that you hate to throw away: a Christmas globe
A free one-hour art class will be held on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.
No art skills are needed. Bring old cards if you have them or use the ones provided. No materials are needed, just come and have fun.
We will be learning how to make a globe using 20 identical circles, glue and topping it off with ribbon. This is the perfect craft to teach to any young people who will be visiting with you over the holidays. Instructions will be provided to take home along with your finished globe.
The instructor will be Denise Fisk, former art teacher in Iowa.
History (Book) Club
Are you interested in reading and talking about history with others? If so, please join us and bring your ideas and experiences as we continue a history discussion group at the Senior Center. The discussions will cover many historical subjects based on the preferences of the group. Please come and bring your friends who might also be interested.
On Nov. 20, the History Group began its study of English history and how it influenced America. There will not be a group discussion on Dec. 18, but the group will continue to study the history of England on Jan. 15, 2020, and Feb. 19, 2020.
The essence of the discussions concerning England is what America adopted and what it rejected regarding England’s form of government and culture.
Facilitated by Jim Van Liere, the group meets the third Wednesday of every month.
The next meeting will be Jan. 15, 2020, at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room in the Senior Center.
Health and wellness
The Senior Center is continuing the pilot program which expands health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
The next health and wellness date will be Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 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 $8.50 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, Dec. 5 — Pork baked ziti, roasted cauliflower soup, glazed carrots, milk, focaccia bread with butter and salad bar.
Friday, Dec. 6 — Chicken, broccoli and rice casserole, squash calabacitas, Italian green peas, milk, salad bar and carrot cake.
Monday, Dec. 9 — Turkey sausage soup, green peas, buttered corn, milk, salad bar and Key lime pie.
Tuesday, Dec. 10 — Beef goulash, cauliflower roasted with red pepper, green bean casserole, milk, salad bar and pineapple/orange cake.
Wednesday, Dec. 11 — Pork posole, caramelized butternut squash, sautéed spinach with mushrooms, milk, salad bar and flan.
Thursday, Dec. 12 — Chicken enchilada suizas, Parmesan baked zucchini, charro beans, milk, salad bar and German chocolate cake.
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.

]]>
Legal services, tax help and more coming to Senior Center http://www.pagosasun.com/legal-services-tax-help-and-more-coming-to-senior-center/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:00:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192141 The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging provides legal services for seniors through the program attorney, Daniel Fiedler. Fiedler will be spending the day at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center on Jan. 23, 2020, by appointment.
Following are the legal services Fiedler can assist with:
• Public benefits and utilities shut off.
• Landlord-tenant problems, such as persons being evicted.
• Simple wills, power of attorneys, medical durable power of attorney and living wills.
• Consumer issues such as advocating for persons harassed by debt collectors.
• Emergency limited long-term Care guardianship and domestic problems, such as abuse.
Please come by or call the Senior Center office to schedule an appointment, 451 Hot Springs Blvd. (inside the Ross Aragon Community Center), 264-2167.
Tax preparation help
The IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be returning to prepare federal and state income tax returns at no charge.
The 2020 dates are Feb. 22, 2020, and March 14, 2020, by appointment only. The gross income limit this tax season is $54,000.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to make an appointment.
Yet another use for those pretty cards that you hate to throw away: a Christmas globe
A free one-hour art class will be held on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.
No art skills are needed. Bring old cards if you have them or use the ones provided. No materials are needed, just come and have fun. We will be learning how to make a globe using 20 identical circles, glue and topping it off with ribbon. This is the perfect craft to teach to any young people who will be visiting with you over the holidays. Instructions will be provided to take home along with your finished globe.
The instructor will be Denise Fisk, former art teacher in Iowa.
Health and wellness
The Senior Center is continuing the pilot program which expands health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
The next health and wellness date will be Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 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 $8.50 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, Nov. 28 — Closed for Thanksgiving.
Friday, Nov. 29 — Closed.
Monday, Dec. 2 — Tuna melt, sweet potato fries with smoked paprika, cream of zucchini soup, milk, salad bar and oven baked apples and pears.
Tuesday, Dec. 3 — Hot turkey salad, snap pea medley, corn chowder, milk, salad bar and pumpkin pie.
Wednesday, Dec. 4 — Beef meatloaf with gravy, macaroni and cheese, honey garlic green beans, milk, salad bar and peach cobbler.
Thursday, Dec. 5 — Pork baked ziti, roasted cauliflower soup, glazed carrots, milk, focaccia bread with butter and salad bar.
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.

]]>
Legal services help coming to Senior Center in January http://www.pagosasun.com/legal-services-help-coming-to-senior-center-in-january/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191662 The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging provides legal services for seniors through the program attorney Daniel Fiedler. Fiedler will be spending the day at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center on Jan. 23, 2020, by appointment.
Following are the legal services Fiedler can assist with:
• Public benefits and utilities shut off.
• Landlord-tenant problems, such as persons being evicted.
• Simple wills, power of attorneys, medical durable power of attorney and living wills.
• Consumer issues such as advocating for persons harassed by debt collectors.
• Emergency limited long-term Care guardianship and domestic problems, such as abuse.
Please come by or call the Senior Center office to schedule an appointment, 451 Hot Springs Blvd. (inside the Ross Aragon Community Center), 264-2167.
Yet another use for those pretty cards that you hate to throw away: a Christmas globe
A free one-hour art class will be held on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.
No art skills are needed. Bring old cards if you have them or use the ones provided. No materials are needed, just come and have fun. We will be learning how to make a globe using 20 identical circles, glue and topping it off with ribbon. This is the perfect craft to teach to any young people who will be visiting with you over the holidays. Instructions will be provided to take home along with your finished globe.
The instructor will be Denise Fisk, former art teacher in Iowa.
Health and wellness
The Senior Center is continuing the pilot program which expands health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
The next health and wellness date will be Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Memberships
2019 Senior Discount Club Memberships are now 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 $8.50 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, Nov. 21 — Pork posole stew, squash calabacitas, milk, caramelized butternut squash, salad bar and flan.
Friday, Nov. 22 — Turkey, broccoli and rice casserole, snap pea medley, cream of zucchini soup, milk, salad bar and cherry/peach tart.
Monday, Nov. 25 — Chicken tortilla soup, Spanish rice, refried beans, milk, salad bar and snickerdoodle cookies.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 — Lemon baked tilapia, macaroni and cheese, baked tomatoes provencal, milk, salad bar and cherry cream cheese pie.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 — Roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, turkey sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce, milk, salad bar and pumpkin pie.
Thursday, Nov. 28 — Closed for Thanksgiving.
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.

]]>
History Club, health and wellness events and more offered at Senior Center http://www.pagosasun.com/history-club-health-and-wellness-events-and-more-offered-at-senior-center/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191249 Are you interested in reading and talking about history with others?
If so, please join us the History Club and bring your ideas and experiences as we continue a history discussion group at the Senior Center.
The discussions cover many historical subjects based on the preferences of the group. Please come and bring your friends who might also be interested.
Facilitated by Jim Van Liere, the group meets the third Wednesday of every month.
The next meeting will be Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room in the Senior Center.
On Nov. 20, the history group will begin its study of English history and how it influenced America.
There will not be a group discussion on Dec. 18, but the group will continue to study the history of England on Jan. 15, 2020, and Feb. 19, 2020. The essence of the discussions concerning England is what America adopted and what it rejected regarding England’s form of government and culture.
Health and wellness
The Senior Center is continuing the pilot program which expands health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
The next health and wellness date will be Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Memberships
2019 Senior Discount Club Memberships are now 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 $8.50 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, Nov. 14 — Teriyaki salmon with tartar sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, stir-fry citrus asparagus, milk, salad bar and baked apple.
Friday, Nov. 15 — Ham quiche and spinach quiche, black bean and corn salsa, spring pea medley, milk, salad bar and German chocolate cake.
Monday, Nov. 18 — Shrimp and grits; asparagus stir-fry; roasted zucchini, tomatoes and onions; milk; salad bar; and lemon dessert.
Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Chicken and dumplings, spinach sautéed with mushrooms, oven-baked okra with ketchup, milk, salad bar and poached pears.
Wednesday, Nov. 20 — Beef meatloaf, cauliflower mashed with gravy, carrots with crème fraiche, milk, salad bar and pineapple/orange cake.
Thursday, Nov. 21 — Pork posole stew, squash calabacitas, milk, caramelized butternut squash, salad bar and flan.
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.

]]>
Interested in history? Join the History Club http://www.pagosasun.com/interested-in-history-join-the-history-club/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:15:52 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190709 Are you interested in reading and talking about history with others?
If so, please join us the History (Book) Club and bring your ideas and experiences as we continue a history discussion group at the Senior Center.
The discussions cover many historical subjects based on the preferences of the group. Please come and bring your friends who might also be interested.
Facilitated by Jim Van Liere, the group meets the third Wednesday of every month.
The next meeting will be Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room in the Senior Center.
Health and wellness
The Senior Center is continuing the pilot program which expands health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
The next health and wellness date will be Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Medical alert monitors
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 to your service provider or if you already have a system in place, we can help supplement the monthly service fees to your provider.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to sign up.
Memberships
2019 Senior Discount Club Memberships are now 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 $8.50 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, Nov. 7 — Chicken piccata with orzo, eggplant gratin, broccoli with garlic and butter, milk, salad bar and chocolate raspberry cake.
Friday, Nov. 8 — Tuna and noodles, Brussels sprouts, creamed corn, milk, salad bar and pumpkin muffin.
Monday, Nov. 11 — Closed for Veterans Day.
Tuesday, Nov. 12 — Beef lasagna, spinach, bacon green beans, focaccia bread with butter, milk and salad bar.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Lemon chicken, loaded baked potato, broccoli salad, milk, salad bar and peach cobbler.
Thursday, Nov. 14 — Teriyaki salmon with tartar sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, stir-fry citrus asparagus, milk, salad bar and baked apple.
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.

]]>
Senior Center to host class on repurposing gift cards http://www.pagosasun.com/senior-center-to-host-class-on-repurposing-gift-cards/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:49:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190309 Hate to throw away those beautiful greeting cards you receive? If so, please join us at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. for a free class to learn how to make a gift box out of a greeting card.
No reservations or art talent are needed. If attending and you have a card(s) you would like to use, bring it(them) along. All other materials will be provided at no charge. These boxes are great for small items such as jewelry, gift cards or money.
The instructor will be Denise Fisk, former art teacher in Iowa.
Zentangle
Zentangle is a form of relaxation using easy-to-learn patterns, drawn by focusing on single lines one at a time. The method focuses on simple, elemental strokes that anyone can draw, regardless of creative ability, and allows the mind and body to release stress while creating beautiful images.
The class instructor will be Roberta Strickland, CZT. She can be reached at 946-4582 or 264-2167.
The next class will be held Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.
Medical alert monitors
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 to your service provider or if you already have a system in place, we can help supplement the monthly service fees to your provider.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to sign up.
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 $8.50 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, Oct. 31 — Beef brisket on hoagie roll, potato salad, Parmesan green beans roasted with pine nuts, milk, salad bar and butterscotch brownie.
Friday, Nov. 1 — Barbecue chicken, broccoli casserole, cornbread salad, milk, salad bar and pineapple pie.
Monday, Nov. 4 — Pork and green chile stew, glazed carrots, roasted beets, Mexican cornbread with butter, milk and salad bar.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 — Hot turkey sandwich, green bean casserole, potato and leek soup, milk, salad bar and blueberry lattice pie.
Wednesday, Nov. 6 — Beef Salisbury steak, mushrooms with barley and brown rice pilaf, seasoned asparagus, dinner roll with butter, milk and salad bar.
Thursday, Nov. 7 — Chicken piccata with orzo, eggplant gratin, broccoli with garlic and butter, milk, salad bar and chocolate raspberry cake.
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.

]]>
Art class at Senior Center to focus on repurposing greeting cards http://www.pagosasun.com/art-class-at-senior-center-to-focus-on-repurposing-greeting-cards/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 22:28:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189901 Hate to throw away those beautiful greeting cards you receive? If so, please join us at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. for a free class to learn how to make a gift box out of a greeting card.
No reservations or art talent needed. If attending and you have a card(s) you would like to use, bring it(them) along. All other materials will be provided at no charge. These boxes are great for small items such as jewelry, gift cards or money.
The instructor will be Denise Fisk, former art teacher in Iowa.
Zentangle
Zentangle is a form of relaxation using easy-to-learn patterns, drawn by focusing on single lines one at a time. The method focuses on simple, elemental strokes that anyone can draw, regardless of creative ability, and allows the mind and body to release stress while creating beautiful images.
The class instructor will be Roberta Strickland, CZT. She can be reached at 946-4582 or 264-2167.
The next class: will be held Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.
History (Book) Club
Are you interested in reading and talking about history with others? If so, please join us the History (Book) Club and bring your ideas and experiences as we continue a history discussion group at the Senior Center.
The discussions cover many historical subjects based on the preferences of the group. Please come and bring your friends who might also be interested.
Facilitated by Jim Van Liere, the group meets the third Wednesday of every month.
The next meeting will be Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room in the Senior Center.
Health and wellness
The Senior Center is continuing the pilot program which expands health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
The next health and wellness date will be Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Medical alert monitors
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 to your service provider or if you already have a system in place, we can help supplement the monthly service fees to your provider.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to sign up.
Memberships
2019 Senior Discount Club Memberships are now 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 $8.50 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, Oct. 24 — Chicken, broccoli and rice casserole, squash calabacitas, milk, the salad bar and brownie.
Friday, Oct. 25 — Beef meatloaf, milk, cauliflower mashed with gravy, zucchini medley, salad bar and peach cobbler.
Monday, Oct. 28 — Shrimp scampi with orzo, oven-fried okra, milk, stir-fried zucchini, breadstick with butter and salad bar.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 — Pork zuppa Toscana, eggplant gratin, creamed corn, focaccia bread with butter milk and salad bar.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 — Turkey tetrazzini, split pea soup, glazed carrots, milk, salad bar and Key lime pie.
Thursday, Oct. 31 — Beef brisket on hoagie roll, potato salad, Parmesan green beans roasted with pine nuts, milk, salad bar and butterscotch brownie.
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.

]]>
Flu and pneumonia shot clinic scheduled for Senior Center http://www.pagosasun.com/flu-and-pneumonia-shot-clinic-scheduled-for-senior-center/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:15:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189163 A flu and pneumonia shot clinic will be held at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring your Medicare Care cards. Flu shots and both pneumonia vaccines (Prevnar and Pneumovax) will be available.
Emergency preparedness kit and disaster skills workshop
There will be a free presentation by San Juan Basin Public Health on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center Community Café, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
If you would like to have lunch during the presentation: adults 60-plus, $4 suggested donation; adults 59 and under, $10; salad bar only, $8.50. Reservations for lunch are required: 264-2167.
Accommodations for Spanish and sign language interpreters are available upon request.
If you have questions or accommodation requests, contact Lorena at 335-2068 or Lauren at 335-2069.
Zentangle
Zentangle is a form of relaxation using easy-to-learn patterns, drawn by focusing on single lines one at a time. The method focuses on simple, elemental strokes that anyone can draw, regardless of creative ability, and allows the mind and body to release stress while creating beautiful images.
The class instructor will be Roberta Strickland, CZT. She can be reached at 946-4582 or 264-2167.
The next class will be held Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.
History (Book) Club
Are you interested in reading and talking about history with others? If so, please join us the History (Book) Club and bring your ideas and experiences as we continue a history discussion group at the Senior Center.
The discussions cover many historical subjects based on the preferences of the group. Please come and bring your friends who might also be interested.
Facilitated by Jim Van Liere, the group meets the third Wednesday of every month.
The next meeting will be Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room in the Senior Center.
Health and wellness
The Senior Center is continuing the pilot program which expands health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
The next health and wellness date will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Medical alert monitors
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 to your service provider or if you already have a system in place, we can help supplement the monthly service fees to your provider.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to sign up.
Memberships
2019 Senior Discount Club Memberships are now 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 $8.50 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, Oct. 17 — Pork baked ziti, Italian spinach with mushrooms, escalloped corn, focaccia bread with butter, milk and the salad bar.
Friday, Oct. 18 — Barbecue chicken, roasted zucchini, tomatoes and onions, honey/garlic green beans, milk, salad bar and banana cream pie.
Monday, Oct. 21 — Chicken with pistachio pesto linguine, Irish carrots, green peas, milk, the salad bar and cherry cream cheese pie.
Tuesday, Oct. 22 — Teriyaki salmon, corn, chowder, green bean casserole, milk, the salad bar and banana pudding.
Wednesday, Oct. 23 — Roast pork with lentils, baked sweet potato, cornbread with butter, milk and the salad bar.
Thursday, Oct. 24 — Chicken, broccoli and rice casserole, squash calabacitas, milk, the salad bar and brownie.
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.

]]>
Older Americans Act update and Medicare open enrollment http://www.pagosasun.com/older-americans-act-update-and-medicare-open-enrollment/ Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179737 By Kay Kaylor
PREVIEW Columnist
For San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (SJBAAA), I am not only a part-time, long-term care ombudsman, which is an advocate for residents at Pine Ridge, a 24-hour extended care home, and BeeHive, an assisted living residence. I also am an aging and disability resource specialist and trained Senior Medicare Patrol and State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor. Information on the many aging and care concerns will be included here.
As mentioned in past articles, the Older Americans Act (OAA) reauthorization is before Congress. Last month, the House Education and Labor Committee advanced to the full House the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019 (HR 4334) to reauthorize the OAA. The bill authorizes significant funding increases across all OAA programs, including an immediate 7 percent increase in the first year and 6 percent for the four following years.
The OAA currently assists 11 million Americans ages 60 and older annually. It funds a wide range of programs and services, including those via SJBAAA, that millions of seniors rely upon every day, such as senior lunches, Meals on Wheels and transportation. Final funding amounts will be determined by the Appropriations Committees and may vary from the authorization amounts.
When the full House will vote on the legislation is unknown. According to the House Committee on Education and Labor, “As the population of Americans age 60 and over has grown, funding for OAA is not keeping pace. In 2010, OAA funding was $42.95 per senior in today’s dollars. Today, it is $27.25 per senior.
The Dignity Act also has several other provisions, including extending national strategic work to support family caregivers and increased funding for Native American in-home and community programs.
2020 Medicare Open
Enrollment
The annual period to join or change Part D, prescription drug plans and Part C, Medicare Advantage health plans, or return to Original Medicare, begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. The premiums for a couple Part D plans have decreased to under $15 a month and others are about $20 a month. You can find information and sign up on Medicare.gov or call the number below for a SHIP appointment.
SJBAAA offers resources for people age 60 and older or on Medicare. For further information, please call me at 264-0501, ext. 1 or send an email to adrc@sjbaaa.org.

]]>