Medicare Fraud and Abuse presentation to be rescheduled

SUN Columnist

Sometimes, life throws lemons at us and we make lemonade, so that’s what I’ve been doing.

I have been out of town for a family emergency; therefore, the Medicare Fraud and Abuse presentation will be rescheduled for some time in March.

I’m writing from Albuquerque and didn’t received an ecstatic phone call that The Den received a $1,000 pledge for me to jump at the Penguin Plunge. Phew and darn, all wrapped up in one.

Medicare 101

Medicare 101 is back again, Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the lounge at The Den.

Are you new to Medicare and lost or confused by all the literature you have received? Do you know which portions you need to enroll in, A, B, C, D? What the heck are all those letters anyway?

Well, we have the answers for you in Medicare 101.

Medicare 101 is for those that are new to Medicare or about to venture into the new world of Medicare.

Call 264-2167 to reserve a seat; seating is limited.

Driver safety

Good news, the AARP Driver Safety Program has returned to Pagosa Springs and will be hosted at the Silver Foxes Den Senior Center located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

This class is a nationwide DMV accredited driver safety class that is designed to help drivers 50 and older recognize and compensate for naturally occurring age related changes that can affect driving.  The state of Colorado has approved a significant auto insurance discount for attending this class for students age 55 and older.  Check with your insurance agent for the exact discount; savings vary by insurance carrier, vehicle and coverage selected.  The class certificate is good for three years.  Cost for  AARP members is $12; non-members pay $14.   This one-day course is being offered Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Call Lois O’Dell to register, 259-5589.

Tax assistance

Income tax assistance is available through AARP Durango for people with income up to $50,000.  Call Durango Senior Center at 382-6428 for an appointment on a Monday, or the Adult Education Center in Durango at 385-4354, for an appointment on a Saturday.

Homebound help

Our home-delivered meal program is in immediate need of a volunteer for approximately one hour each Monday. Your rewarding experience requires a 4WD drive vehicle and your time. The perks of the job are the service you provide to the homebound and a yummy lunch. Call Musetta ASAP at 264-2167 for more information.

Dining out

Do you go out to eat? Why not use one of United Way’s gift certificates to pay for your meal?  For $20, you get a gift certificate to most restaurants in Pagosa Springs; the restaurant will donate $4 to United Way and The Den is one of the lucky participants in United Way programs. Join us at The Den for lunch and purchase a gift certificate while you’re here. Certificates don’t expire until March 31, 2013!

For more information, call Musetta at 264-2167.

Honk, honk

At your service, all aboard! What are you waiting for, get out in the community and let us do the driving! Get to where you need to go; door-to-door bus service available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

Special delivery 

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home-delivery program is available to those living closer to town four days per week, 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.

Weekly activities 

Friday, Feb. 15 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 10:30 brain injury support group; 12:30 gym walk.

Monday, Feb. 18 — Closed, holiday.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 — 11 a.m. Alzheimers support group; 12:30 Gym walk; Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Feb. 20 — 10:45 a.m. Stretch & breathe yoga; 12:30 p.m. Dr. Kurz presents: Alcohol and Older People.

Thursday, Feb. 21 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Feb. 22 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10:30 a.m. book club; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Feb. 15 — Baked chicken breast, clam chowder, baked potato, peas and carrots, tropical fruit.

Monday, Feb. 18 — Closed.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 — Hamburger with all the fixin’s on a wheat bun, salad, roasted sweet potatoes, fruit salad with citrus, peanut butter cookie (if Musetta doesn’t eat them all).

Wednesday, Feb. 20 — Green chili stew with pork, whole wheat tortilla, salad, fiesta corn, pineapple tidbits, oatmeal raisin cookie (if Dolores doesn’t eat them all).

Thursday, Feb. 21 — Closed.

Friday, Feb. 22 — Celebrate February birthdays with chicken fried steak with country gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, cauliflower/broccoli mix, salad with garbanzo beans, raisin nut cup and pineapple orange cake.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. You may make your reservation up to one week in advance at 264-2167 or through our website at, at select departments and 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 February 14, 2013.