Learn about the Affordable Care Act

Sun Columnist

The Affordable Care Act is changing how health insurance works for all of us.

Soon, virtually everyone in Colorado will be able to get health insurance, whatever their health history. Insurance will be available either through their employer, from Medicaid, or obtained on their own through a new marketplace called Connect for Health Colorado.

The best news of all is that new federal assistance will make it more affordable for you than ever before.  Federal assistance will be available to small employers and individuals who meet income guidelines. In addition, Medicaid coverage will be available to an additional 160,000 people in Colorado.

You are not required to use this new marketplace; however, to get help paying for your insurance you must apply for your insurance and the assistance through Connect for Health Colorado.

Please join Renee Burch, Health Coverage Guide, for an Introduction to The Affordable Care Act information session Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.

Caregiver support group 

For those of us involved in caregiving, we know the challenges at hand. Days/moments may be bright and cheery, other times can just be flat, not so great and frustrating.

At times, it is helpful to have the opportunity to be able to chat with others in similar situations. You can find suggestions on how to handle certain situations, gather information to help you understand, or just find it helpful to be able to vent.

There are many facets to caregiving; don’t let it get you down. Come to the caregiver support group at The Den the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m.

New head cook

Come in and meet Eric Russell, our new head cook, and enjoy his talent for tantalizing your palate.

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, you can partake in a fabulous lunch; the salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m., followed by the main meal at noon.

Join a friend, bring a friend or make a new one, and have a great time while enjoying the gorgeous view of the San Juan Mountains and the old time decorations reminiscent of yesteryear.

Make your reservation by 9 a.m. and come in; it’s that easy. Great food and great company, all for a suggested donation of just $4.

We look forward to you joining us soon.

Medicare 101

Confused by all the literature you are receiving?

Just exactly what are Parts A, B, C and D?

Don’t know where to turn?

We have the answer.

Attend Medicare 101 where a SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) counselor will navigate you through the SHIP and explain what you need to know. All counselors are trained through the State of Colorado Division of Insurance SHIP program and are part of Archuleta County Senior Services. There is no charge for their services and they’ll help you get what you need to know and even help you enroll through a scheduled one on one appointment.

The next Medicare 101 will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd., at the north end of the community center. Please register for this informative session by calling 264-2167.

AARP driver safety class

A class will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration is required. AARP members $12, non-members $14. For further information and to register, call Lois O’Dell at 259-5589.

Chauffeur service

Your ride awaits you.

Catch our door-to-door bus and get out in the community while we do the driving. Get to where you need to go: grocery store, doctor’s office, pharmacy, hardware store, visit a friend, lunch at Cafe Fox or …?

The service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day.

What are you waiting for? Call for details, 264-2167.

Delivered meals

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness?

If so, Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door.

Our hot meal, home delivery program is available four days per week to those living closer to town, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town may be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal.

Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Activities at The Den

Friday, Sept. 13 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

Monday, Sept. 6 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 — 11 a.m. caregiver support session 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 — noon nutrition education handout: Iron too much or too little?

Thursday, Sept. 19 — Medicare counseling by appointment.

Friday, Sept. 20 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Sept. 13 — Red beans and rice, cornbread, orange wedge, banana, peach cobbler.

Monday, Sept. 16 — Sloppy joe on whole wheat bun, mixed veggies, Mandarin spinach salad, butterscotch pudding.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 — Macaroni and cheese with ham, Brussels sprouts, bread, Waldorf salad, chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Lemon tilapia, oven fried potatoes, peas and carrots, creamy coleslaw, banana, blueberry oatmeal muffin, sherbet.

Thursday, Sept. 19 — Closed.

Friday, Sept. 20 — Meatloaf with gravy, smashed potatoes, peas and carrots, salad, whole wheat roll, Jell-O with fruit.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. You can make your reservation up to one week in advance by calling 264-2167, through our website at www.archuletacounty.org, at select departments and at the Senior Center.

Suggested donation for older adults age 60 plus is $4, guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other individual donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $12.85. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

This story was posted on September 12, 2013.