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United Way helps Pagosa Country seniors

By Musetta Wollenweber
SUN Columnist

Awesome news: the United Way dining gift certificates are available again, and  $20 will get you a gift certificate/stocking stuffer for one of the following, participating restaurants, but, first …

Why should you choose to use one of the gift certificates?

Because, if you go out to eat, why not use one instead of cash? Four dollars will be donated by the restaurant to United Way, at no cost to you, just for using the gift certificate. (Now, how easy is that?)

The Senior Center receives funding from United Way.  And, hey, the certificates don’t expire until March 31, 2013.

Here are the local restaurants who honor the certificates and make the donation to United Way.

• A Chivalrous Shark.

• Alley House Grille.

• Bacci Italian Restaurant.

• Backroom Wine Bar.

• Bear Creek Saloon and Grill.

• Boss Hogg’s Restaurant and Saloon.

• Boulder Coffee Cafe.

• Buffalo Inn Restaurant and Bar.

• Cafe Colorado.

• Chavolo’s Mexican Restaurant.

• Chimney Rock Restaurant and Tavern.

• Coyote Moon.

• DSP Pizzeria.

• Farrago Market Cafe.

• Higher Grounds Coffee Company.

• Kip’s Grill and Cantina.

• Nello’s Bistro.

• On the Rocks at Pagosa Brew Pub.

• Pagosa Baking Company.

• Pagosa Brewing and Grill.

• Pagosa Peaks Pizza.

• Plaza Grille.

• Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant.

• Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant.

• Smokin Moe’s Unbelievable BBQ.

• Thai Chilie.

• The Pines Restaurant at Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

• The Rose.

• Two Chicks and a Hippy.

For more information, call Musetta at 264-2167.

On behalf of our seniors, thank you.

Medicare 

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?

Did you know you are entitled to certain free services?

Well, we have answers for you, at Medicare 101.

Following Medicare 101, there will also be a special navigational tour of the Medicare.gov website for the do-it-yourselfers. You’ll learn where to find more information on the Medicare website and even how to enroll yourself. Feel free to participate in both sessions or just one or the other; either way, you’ll need to register.

Join us for this informative session on Tuesday, Dec. 11 — at 10:30 a.m. for Medicare 101 and 11:30 a.m. for the website tour. Come with an empty head, ‘cause we are gonna fill it up!

Registration is required, seating is limited. Call 264-2167.

Time is running out

The 2012 General Enrollment for Medicare Prescription Plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage Plans ends Dec. 7.

We highly recommend anyone enrolled in Part D, or needing to enroll, to schedule an appointment with us. The programs can, and sometimes do, change their deductible, the drugs they cover and how much you pay for the drug. Some of the low income plans will no longer be offering services this year, however, they might still offer to enroll you at a higher cost.

Are you enrolled automatically in a plan through Medicaid? Auto enrollment plans may not be right for you and specific to your needs.

Don’t get caught by surprise. Make sure you are enrolled in the plan that best suits your needs. Your neighbor may have a great plan, but it may not be great for you. The best plan for you is based on your specific drugs. Beware of letters you receive encouraging you to buy a program; it may not be best for you.

Read any materials you receive in the mail in regards to your plan; it may contain information on plan changes.

Low income beneficiaries may qualify for extra help with drug costs.

Remember, Medicare will never call you selling a product; never give out your Medicare number.

When in doubt, contact our SHIP office located at the Senior Center.

You are encouraged to make your appointment early; as we move later into open enrollment, we are extremely busy and want to make sure we are able to meet your needs.

For further information, or to schedule an appointment, call 264-2167.

Transportation 

Get out in the community and let us do the driving. Get to where you need to go with door-to-door bus service available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and the second and fourth Thursday of the month, 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.

Cafe Fox special delivery

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 $4 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities at The Den

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

Monday, Dec. 3 — 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 — Compliment Day, compliment someone today (all day); 11 a.m. blood pressure checks.

Thursday, Dec. 6 — Closed.

Friday, Dec. 7 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin in the kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Nov. 30 — Teriyaki chicken, hot couscous with almonds and cranberries, peas, tomato with cucumber salad, half banana, pineapple upside down cake.

Monday, Dec. 3 — Potato bar with chili, cheese, broccoli, salsa, sour cream, spinach-Mandarin orange salad, crackers.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 — Chicken fajita, whole wheat tortilla, lettuce, tomato, cilantro rice, pinto beans, tossed salad, red grapes.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 — Stuffed peppers, rosemary red potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower florets, yogurt with fruit.

Thursday, Dec. 6 — Closed.

Friday, Dec. 7 — Half grilled corned beef and Swiss on rye bread, chunky tomato soup, carrot-raisin salad, unsalted peanuts, half orange.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. Call 264-2167 for reservations.

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 donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $10.50. 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 November 29, 2012.