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By Becky Herman
I have to begin with a personal note in this Senior News column. At lunch on Friday, our table had a particularly enjoyable experience.
We were joined by Joann and Jerry Sager; some of us at the table knew them (I didn’t), and we had introductions all around. It turned out that Jerry and Joann used to come regularly to the center and were now revisiting in order to see what had changed since the first of the year and also to see how comfortable they might feel about coming regularly.
First off, they and the rest of us had a delicious lunch of honey barbecue chicken. Those of us who come often for lunch did our best to make Joann and Jerry feel welcome. We did some reminiscing about past years; it made me think about doing an informal history of the center with the vehicle being interviews with people in order to listen to their Senior Center stories and to record their memories.
But sitting there, an even more significant thought came to me. I remembered early Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI) board discussions where we talked about our goals, one of them being the important task of encouraging seniors who may not have been to the Center in a long time to come back and see for themselves what’s happening. Joann and Jerry were among the first, at least in my experience, to do that.
It was a significant moment for me, a voice telling me that the hard work and the annoyances while working on getting the senior program up and running were all worth the enormous reward of a busy, thriving place where seniors can have good conversations and social interaction along with a meal and, even more important, where each one of them is valued and welcomed.
Do you know seniors who haven’t come recently, or ever, to the center? Please contact them and issue an invitation. Let us know when they are coming; we’ll try to make them feel at home.
In December, the Alzheimer’s Support Group, formerly gathering on Tuesdays at the center, changed its meeting location to the Episcopal Church. If you wish to attend, please call the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association at 259-0122 for details.
Friday, Jan. 24 — Birthday meal; roast pork with gravy, baked apple, mashed potatoes, California vegetables, whole wheat roll, raisin-nut cup, orange wedge.
Monday, Jan. 27 — Grilled ham and Swiss on whole wheat bread, homemade tomato soup, crackers, salad, banana slices with orange juice.
Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Baked chicken, black-eyed peas, orange beets, orange wedges, whole wheat roll.
Wednesday, Jan. 29 — Spinach lasagna, Italian breadstick, Italian veggies, salad, strawberry fluff with sliced bananas.
Don’t forget, the new hours for meals are 11 a.m.–1 p.m. You can have salad whenever you like and your main meal whenever it’s announced. The suggested donation for seniors is $4; the fee for a guest meal is $10. You will find the donation box just inside the door to your left as you come in.
Reservations are required by 9 a.m. of the day you want a meal; for your convenience, you can make a standing reservation and simply notify the center whenever you will not be eating. Call 264-2167 for reservations.