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Take some steps to a healthier you

By Musetta Wollenweber

SUN Columnist

Are there times you wish you had the means to know how to be a bit healthier and actually be able to follow through?

If so, we have a program for you.

Thanks to the Wellness Center, once a week, beginning Feb. 13, and for three months, you can load your brain with all kinds of information, have the opportunity to move those muscles and get a bunch of freebies, too!

Quite the deal is being offered: $25 for a three-month class, and for those who have difficulty with the $25 there may be assistance available. This is normally a $150 course, so, like I said, this is quite the deal.

Be sure to be at The Den for the presentation on Monday, Feb. 4, at 12:30 p.m. to learn the scoop. If you can’t make it, please call 731-1533 for more information.

Be the first in our hood to take the steps to a healthier you.

Medicare sessions

We’re hosting a Medicare fraud and abuse presentation. What is a Medicare Summary Notice anyway, and how do I use it? All attendees will receive a free personal health care journal. Join us Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 12:30 p.m.

Medicare changes. Law and program policies concerning hospitalization and the role of home health care in preventing re-hospitalizations, and the expanded role of home health in keeping persons out of the hospital. This session is set for Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 12:30 p.m.

 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 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 $14.   This one-day course is being offered Thursday, Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 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.

Volunteer

Our home delivery meal program is in need of a volunteer for approximately one hour each Monday. Your rewarding experience requires a 4WD 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.

United Way

Do you go out to eat? Why not use one of United Way’s gift certificates to pay for your meal?  Just $20 will get you 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. And, hey, the certificates don’t expire until March 31.

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 is 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 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. 1 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group; 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Monday, Feb. 4 — 12:30 p.m. Wellness course presentation; 12:30 p.m. gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 — 12:30 p.m. Medicare fraud and abuse presentation; 12:30 p.m. Gym walk, Meditation for healing.

Wednesday, Feb. 6 — 10:45 a.m. stretch and breathe yoga; 12:30 p.m. Medicare changes and you presentation.

Thursday, Feb. 7 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Feb. 8 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 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. 1 — Pork chop, roll, roasted sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, applesauce, yogurt berry parfait.

Monday, Feb. 4 — Beef chili with crackers, cornbread, apple, yellow squash.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 — Chicken fajita, cilantro rice, whole wheat tortilla, pinto beans, salad, red grapes.

Wednesday, Feb. 6 — French dip on hoagie roll, oven browned potatoes, mixed veggies, orange wedges.

Thursday, Feb. 7 — Closed.

Friday, Feb. 8 — Lemon chicken, pea soup, oven browned potatoes, broccoli, wheat bread, chocolate pudding.

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 (call 264-2167 for reservations) or through our website at www.archuletacounty.org, 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 January 31, 2013.