Senior News – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 19:41:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Registration open for AARP Smart Driver course http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/12/registration-open-for-aarp-smart-driver-course-5/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177610 The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.
Why take the course?
Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result of what they learned in the course, and over eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.
AARP membership is not required to take the course.
The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.
To register, please call (970) 462-9613.
Due to popular demand, the Senior Center is hosting a fifth class on Oct. 4 from 1 to 5 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 next meeting will be Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café Dining Room at 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 next health and wellness date will be Sept. 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, Sept. 12 — Pork and green chili stew, sautéed cabbage, roasted Parmesan green beans with pine nuts, buttermilk biscuit with butter, milk and salad bar.
Friday, Sept. 13 — Turkey Rachel sandwich, roasted sweet potatoes, milk, broccoli/cheese soup, salad bar and pumpkin muffin.
Monday, Sept. 16 — Chicken cacciatore, eggplant medley, bacon green beans, focaccia bread with butter, milk and salad bar.
Tuesday, Sept. 17 — Salmon taco, spaghetti squash with spinach and mushrooms, tomatoes provencal, milk, salad bar and Key lime pie.
Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Chicken and pork sausage gumbo, enriched white rice, green chili/corn pudding, milk, salad bar and bread pudding with pecans.
Thursday, Sept. 19 — Hot turkey salad, snap pea medley, milk, broccoli with butter, salad bar and banana nut loaf.
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.

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Wood carving and sculpting lecture by Duane Bosch this evening http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/05/wood-carving-and-sculpting-lecture-by-duane-bosch-this-evening/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 21:02:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176986 Duane Bosch has been creating sculptures in cedar and alder in the traditional style of the Northern Tlingit for over 25 years.
Bosch resides in Hoonah and Haines, Alaska. His inspiration is closely drawn from the coastal wilderness of the area.
He has worked closely with native elders and carvers, creating totem poles and ceremonial regalia around Hoonah and Juneau. These include the two 30-foot poles at Icy Straight Point, the Shark Pole, the “Whispering Raven” canoe in Hoonah and the Wave House Front at the Augustus Brown Pool in Juneau. Bosch also teaches northwest coast woodcarving classes at University of Alaska Southeast Juneau.
Please join us at 6 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center for this lecture and a light meal afterward. RSVP to 264-2167.
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 Wednesday, Sept. 11, 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 will 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 Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café Dining Room at 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 Sept. 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, Sept. 5 — New England clam chowder, Mexican cornbread with butter, spinach with mushrooms, milk and blueberry pie.
Friday, Sept. 6 — Sliced ham with pineapple sauce, baked sweet potato, stir-fried asparagus, milk, salad bar and poached pears.
Monday, Sept. 9 — Beef goulash, roasted cauliflower with red peppers, green bean casserole, milk, salad bar and carrot cake.
Tuesday, Sept. 10 — Chicken piccata with orzo, eggplant gratin, broccoli with garlic and butter, milk, salad bar and chocolate raspberry cake.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 — Crab cakes with remoulade sauce, brown rice pilaf, seasoned asparagus, milk, salad bar and apple crisp.
Thursday, Sept. 12 — Pork and green chili stew, sautéed cabbage, roasted Parmesan green beans with pine nuts, buttermilk biscuit with butter, milk 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.

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Wood carving and sculpting lecture set for Sept. 5 http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/29/wood-carving-and-sculpting-lecture-set-for-sept-5/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 21:00:17 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176484 Duane Bosch has been creating sculptures in cedar and alder in the traditional style of the Northern Tlingit for over 25 years. Bosch resides in Hoonah and Haines, Alaska. His inspiration is closely drawn from the coastal wilderness of the area.
He has worked closely with native elders and carvers, creating totem poles and ceremonial regalia around Hoonah and Juneau. These include the two 30-foot poles at Icy Straight Point, the Shark Pole, the “Whispering Raven” canoe in Hoonah and the Wave House Front at the Augustus Brown Pool in Juneau. Bosch also teaches northwest coast woodcarving classes at University of Alaska Southeast Juneau.
Please join us at 6 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center for this lecture and a light meal afterwards. RSVP to 264-2167.
AARP Smart Driver course
The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.
Why take the course?
Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result of what they learned in the course, and over eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.
AARP membership is not required to take the course.
The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.
To register, please call (970) 462-9613.
Due to popular demand, the Senior Center is hosting a fifth class on Oct. 4 from 1 to 5 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, Aug. 29 — Chicken with broccoli and rice casserole, zucchini medley, milk, salad bar and carrot cake.
Friday, Aug. 30 — Crab cakes with remoulade sauce, snap pea medley, sautéed cabbage, milk, salad bar and poached pears.
Monday, Sept. 2 — Closed for Labor Day.
Tuesday, Sept. 3 — Beef meatloaf, cauliflower mashed, gravy, escalloped corn, milk, salad bar and cherry cream cheese pie.
Wednesday, Sept. 4 — Lemon chicken, loaded baked potato, broccoli salad, milk, salad bar and peach cobbler.
Thursday, Sept. 5 — New England clam chowder, Mexican cornbread with butter, spinach with mushrooms, milk and blueberry pie.
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.

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Registration open for AARP Smart Driver course http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/22/registration-open-for-aarp-smart-driver-course-4/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176025 The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.
Why take the course?
Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result of what they learned in the course, and over eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.
AARP membership is not required to take the course.
The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.
To register, please call (970) 462-9613.
Due to popular demand, the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is hosting a fifth class on Oct. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
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 Aug. 28 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 will 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.
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.
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, Aug. 22 — Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, seasoned asparagus, dinner roll with butter, milk and salad bar.
Friday, Aug. 23 — Chicken Alfredo with pasta, Mexican beets, cauliflower snowflakes, milk, salad bar and chocolate raspberry cake.
Monday, Aug. 26 — Ham and/or spinach quiche, asparagus stir-fry, potato/leek soup, milk, salad bar and strawberry shortcake.
Tuesday, Aug. 27 — Turkey tetrazzini with egg noodles, green peas, squash calabacitas, milk, salad bar and cherry cream cheese pie.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 — Beef brisket sandwich, potato salad, green bean medley, milk, salad bar and brownie.
Thursday, Aug. 29 — Chicken with broccoli and rice casserole, zucchini medley, milk, salad bar and carrot 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.

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Driving course, Zentangle and more offered through Senior Center http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/16/driving-course-zentangle-and-more-offered-through-senior-center/ Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175556 The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.
Why take the course?
Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result of what they learned in the course, and over eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.
AARP membership is not required to take the course.
The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.
To register, please call (970) 462-9613.
Due to popular demand, the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is hosting a fifth class on Oct. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
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 Aug. 28 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 will 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 Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room at 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, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
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, Aug. 15 — Hot turkey sandwich, green bean casserole, glazed carrots, milk, salad bar and snickerdoodle cookie.
Friday, Aug. 16 — Beef goulash, roasted cauliflower with red peppers, green bean medley, milk, salad bar and carrot cake.
Monday, Aug. 19 — Tuna noodle casserole, Brussels sprouts with bacon, creamed corn, milk, salad bar and pumpkin muffin.
Tuesday, Aug. 20 — Pork posole, squash calabacitas, whole-wheat tortilla, milk, salad bar and flan.
Wednesday, Aug. 21 — Turkey Rachel sandwich, baked sweet potato, broccoli salad, cranberry sauce, milk and salad bar.
Thursday, Aug. 22 — Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, seasoned asparagus, dinner roll with butter, milk 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.
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.

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Registration open for AARP Smart Driver course http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/09/registration-open-for-aarp-smart-driver-course-3/ Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174972 The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.
Why take the course?
Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result of what they learned in the course and over eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.
AARP membership is not required to take the course.
The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.
To register, please call (970) 462-9613.
Due to popular demand, the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is hosting a fifth class on Oct. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
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 Aug. 28 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 will 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 Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room at 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, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
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, Aug. 8 — Pork and green chili stew, glazed carrots, roasted beets, Mexican cornbread with butter, milk and salad bar.
Friday, Aug. 9 — Hot turkey salad, broccoli with lemon butter, honey garlic green beans, milk, salad bar and pumpkin pie.
Monday, Aug. 12 — Chicken Parmesan, whole-wheat pasta with marinara sauce, eggplant medley, roasted asparagus with lemony breadcrumbs, focaccia bread with butter, milk and salad bar.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 — Shrimp scampi with orzo, stir-fried zucchini, green chili corn pudding, breadstick with butter, milk and salad bar.
Wednesday, Aug. 14 — Canadian bacon and vegetable pizza, broccoli with lemon and butter, milk, salad bar and baked apple.
Thursday, Aug. 15 — Hot turkey sandwich, green bean casserole, glazed carrots, milk, salad bar and snickerdoodle cookie.
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.

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Registration open for AARP Smart Driver course http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/01/registration-open-for-aarp-smart-driver-course-2/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 21:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174233 The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.
Why take the course?
Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result what they learned in the course and over eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.
AARP membership is not required to take the course.
The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.
To register, please call (970) 462-9613.
Due to popular demand, the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is hosting a fifth class on Oct. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
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 Aug. 7 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 will 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 Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room at the Senior Center.
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.
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, Aug. 1 — Mahi taco with coleslaw, cilantro/lime rice, Brussels sprouts with sweet chili sauce, milk, salad bar and lemon dessert.
Friday, Aug. 2 — Pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, caramelized butternut squash, milk, salad bar and baked apples with pears.
Monday, Aug. 5 — Beef meatball sandwich, cream of zucchini soup, baked sweet potato fries with smoked paprika, milk, salad bar and orange dessert.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 — Lemon chicken, loaded baked potato, green pea salad, milk, salad bar and peach cobbler.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 — Tilapia taco, mango salsa, refried beans, baked tomatoes Provencal, milk and salad bar.
Thursday, Aug. 8 — Pork and green chili stew, glazed carrots, roasted beets, Mexican cornbread with butter, milk 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.
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.

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Registration open for AARP Smart Driver course http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/07/25/registration-open-for-aarp-smart-driver-course/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 22:12:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=173882 The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.
Why take the course?
Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result what they learned in the course and over eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.
AARP membership is not required to take the course.
The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.
To register, please call (970) 462-9613.
Due to popular demand, the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is hosting a fifth class on Oct. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
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 Aug. 7 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 will 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 Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room at 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, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
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, July 25 — Chicken with broccoli and rice casserole, yellow squash medley, milk, salad bar and cherry pie.
Friday, July 26 — Lemon baked tilapia with tartar sauce, mushrooms with barley and brown rice pilaf, sautéed cabbage, milk, salad bar and lime dessert.
Monday, July 29 — Turkey wrap, roasted asparagus with walnuts, cucumber salad, milk, salad bar and Rice Krispies Treats.
Tuesday, July 30 — Beef goulash, roasted cauliflower with red peppers, green bean medley, milk, salad bar and carrot cake.
Wednesday, July 31 — Chicken Marsala, polenta cake, spinach sautéed with mushrooms, bacon green beans, milk, salad bar and strawberry shortcake.
Thursday, Aug. 1 — Mahi taco with coleslaw, cilantro/lime rice, Brussels sprouts with sweet chili sauce, milk, salad bar and lemon dessert.
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.

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Senior Center to offer AARP Smart Driver course http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/07/18/senior-center-to-offer-aarp-smart-driver-course/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:33:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=173412 The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.
Why take the course?
Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result what they learned in the course and over eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.
AARP membership is not required to take the course.
The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.
To register, please call (970) 462-9613.
Due to popular demand, the Pagosa Springs Senior Center is hosting a fifth class on Oct. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
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 Aug. 7 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 will 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 Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Community Café dining room at the Senior Center.
Caregiver support group
The next caregiver support group is scheduled for Aug. 20 from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. and will be facilitated by Elaine Stumpo.
If you are a caregiver of a friend or a family member, please join us for this support and respite group. Adults age 18 and older are eligible to participate. A support group can have significant positive effects on caregivers’ overall well-being. It is a chance to speak with other caregivers who have common experiences with caregiving, learn about resources available in the community and nationally, learn how to keep yourself healthy so you can better deliver the care, and is a chance for respite.
Learn practical self-care information, talk through challenges and ways of coping and learn about community resources and support.
For more information, please call 264-2167.
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, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
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, July 18 — Beef Philly cheesesteak, corn chowder, cauliflower snowflakes, milk, salad bar and brownie.
Friday, July 19 — Chicken with pistachio pesto linguine, Irish carrots, green peas, milk, salad bar and cherry cream cheese pie.
Monday, July 22 — Pork baked ziti, glazed carrots, roasted cauliflower soup, focaccia bread with butter, milk and salad bar.
Tuesday, July 23 — Turkey sausage soup, green peas, buttered corn, milk, salad bar and Key lime pie.
Wednesday, July 24 — Beef brisket, caramelized butternut squash, charro beans, baked hushpuppies, milk and salad bar.
Thursday, July 25 — Chicken with broccoli and rice casserole, yellow squash medley, milk, salad bar and cherry pie.
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.

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What are long-term care ombudsmen? http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/07/15/what-are-long-term-care-ombudsmen/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=172688 By Kay Kaylor
PREVIEW Columnist
I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge, a 24-hour extended care home, and BeeHive, an assisted living residence, as the part-time, long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County. Federal and state laws protect residents to promote quality of care and quality of life.
The term “ombudsman” (om-budz-man) is a Swedish word meaning “one who speaks on behalf of another.” All long-term care ombudsmen, currently 67 full- and part-time staff and volunteers in Colorado, are certified annually with at least 15 hours of continuing education annually. The Region 9 lead ombudsman, Greg Walton, covers specific homes in Montezuma, La Plata and Dolores counties.
The Colorado program is administered by Disability Law Colorado under a contract with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services.
After initial training, long-term care ombudsmen visit nursing homes, assisted living residences and other adult care homes to help residents, family and staff resolve issues related to care, health, safety or residents’ rights. We attend family and resident council meetings at licensed homes, provide community education and facility training, and simply visit residents to monitor their care.
For further information, please call me at 403-2164 or send an email to ombudsman2@sjbaaa.org.

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