Free Medicare 101 class to be held at library

By Cheryl Wilkinson
PREVIEW Columnist

Medicare counseling will now be offered, by appointment only, every Wednesday and Thursday at the Senior Center.

If you are already on Medicare and need to review your plan (each year), we can help. If you are turning 65 this year and need help or have questions, we can help. If you are receiving Social Security disability benefits, you are probably eligible for Medicare and we can help.

You may be eligible for extra help if your income falls below a certain amount. Again, we can help.

Call to make an appointment by contacting the San juan Basin Area Agency on Aging in Pagosa Springs. Our experienced and talented Medicare counselors are here to help and the service is free. Call 264-0502.

Medicare 101

Not sure exactly what you need help with? The Area Agency on Aging will be hosting a basic Medicare 101 class at the Ruby Sisson Library on Tuesday, June 3, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Join Katy Deshler as she walks you through Medicare 101 basics. You will learn all about Medicare and what you need to know about enrollment and how to avoid late fee penalties for the various service parts (Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D).

If you have any follow up questions or need extra help, Katy will be available afterwards to book an appointment for you with one of our talented Medicare counselors. Please call 264-0502 to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited and the service is free.

AARP — Smart Driver Program 

You may be eligible for senior discounts on your auto insurance for up to three years when you participate in this accredited defensive driver program, which will be held Thursday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 19, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the dining room of the Pagosa Springs Senior Center. Cost for AARP members is $15, non-members, $20. Please call Lois O’Dell at 759-8232.

Car wash and bake sale

Where: Mud Shavers.

When: Saturday, May 17.

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Baked goods, hot dogs and lemonade. All proceeds go to support seniors in Archuleta County.

Membership sales

We are now offering membership sales Monday through Friday.


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Coming soon

A medical program will be coming soon to the center. Watch for details.


All meals include our awesome salad bar. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, May 9 — Baked salmon with rice pilaf, butternut squash, a whole wheat roll, fruit parfait and salad bar.

Monday, May 12 — Chicken cacciatore with whole wheat pasta, Italian vegetable blend, focaccia bread and salad bar.

Tuesday, May 13 — Smothered stuffed peppers with potato leek soup, Italian bread and salad bar.

Wednesday, May 14 — Beef stroganoff with whole wheat roll, fettuccine, green beans, mixed fruit 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 at the Pagosa Springs 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 May 8, 2014.