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Move underway to start caregiver support group

By Musetta Wollenweber
SUN Columnist

Those of us involved in caregiving know the challenges at hand. Days and moments might be bright and cheery — other times can be flat, not so great and frustrating.

At times, it is helpful to have the opportunity to be able to chat with others who are in similar situations. You might find suggestions on how to handle certain situations, gather information or just find it helpful to be able to vent. There are many facets to caregiving … don’t let it get you down.

I am in the midst of gathering suggestions concerning formation of a caregiver support group, but I need to hear from you to make it work.

Please give me a call at 264-2167, Ext. 28, and let me know what day of the week and time is best for you. Without your input, I cannot put a group together. I look forward to hearing from you.

Understand the fine print

Many products advertise “risk free” and “money-back guarantee” free trial offers. However, some “free” trial offers end up being traps that lock consumers into automatic plans that charge recurring fees.

Many times a free trial offer will require you to provide your payment information for a nominal activation or shipping fee. However, once you accept the free trial offer and the company has your payment information, you may find you’re being charged for products you never wanted. Here are some ways you can protect yourself from “free” trial offers:

Keep track of time: mark your calendar to make sure you cancel before the end of the free trial period so you don’t get stuck with unwanted products and recurring charges.

Understand the terms and conditions: if you can’t find the terms and conditions for the offer, or don’t understand them, don’t sign up or agree to the offer.

Monitor your financial statements: if you see charges you didn’t agree to, contact the free trial company directly to make sure you cancel any future charges. You can also work with your financial institution to dispute future charges.

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t sign up for random services or products you don’t need just because they’re “free.” If you are considering an offer, find, read, and understand the fine print before making a decision.

If the free trial company used deceptive or misleading tactics, you should file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney.

(From AARP ElderWatch — a program with the Colorado Attorney General.)

Volunteers needed

We are currently looking for volunteers interested in participating in training to teach fall prevention classes. This out-of-town training is provided at no cost. Call 264-2167 for more information.

AARP driver safety class

A class will be held Thursday, Aug. 15, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Registration is required.

Cost for AARP members is $12, non-members $14.

For further information, and to register, call Lois O’Dell at 259-5589.

Stitchin’

Join in the fun of Stitchin in the Kitchen on Fridays at 10 a.m. for an hour of creativity, recreational lies, coffee sipping and a treat eating good time. I swear I’ll get that crocheted football hat done for my grandson’s first birthday and in time for kickoff.

Great deal

Did you know there’s a sweet deal at Cafe Fox?

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 of yesteryear. Just make your reservation by 9 a.m. and come in. Great food and company, all for a suggested donation of $4. We look forward to you joining us soon.

Beep, beep

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.

Weekly activities at The Den

Friday, Aug. 9 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

Monday, Aug. 12 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Tuesday, Aug. 13 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Aug. 14 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checks; noon nutrition education handout: protein for muscles and more; 1 p.m. Hand and foot card game.

Thursday, Aug. 15 — Medicare counseling by appointment.

Friday, Aug. 16 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Aug. 9 — Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, whole roll, pineapple bits.

Monday, Aug. 12 — Chicken fajita, cilantro rice, pinto beans, salad, red grapes.

Tuesday, Aug. 13 — Cheeseburger, French fries, baked beans, peaches.

Wednesday, Aug 14 — Red beans and rice, cornbread, banana, orange wedge, peach cobbler.

Thursday, Aug. 15 — Closed.

Friday, Aug. 16 — Grilled ham and Swiss, homemade tomato soup, crackers, salad, banana slices in a splash of orange juice.

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 August 8, 2013.