Senior News

ASI to hold nutrition education session on carbohydrates


Are you interested in learning more about carbohydrates in your diet? 

Join Archuleta Seniors Inc. (ASI) on May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Senior Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd., for Fresh Conversations. 

You will get to sample some healthy, delicious food while you learn about the differences between refined and whole grains, and how to select healthier alternatives to refined carbohydrates. 

You will also walk away with helpful information about the benefits of physical activity and how to fit it into your daily lives. 

We will provide you with a newsletter about the topic you can take home. Come join us for a great conversation. 

Picnic in the park

On Friday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join ASI for a picnic in the park. 

Join us as we renew a tradition of the past hosting lunch for older adults and community members of all ages in Yamaguchi Park, located at 684 S. 5th St.

Local band Acoustic Picnic will provide music and generate an ambiance of connection and relaxation. All community members are invited to join. 

We just ask that you please RSVP for lunch by 9 a.m. on May 30 by contacting or texting the ASI office at (970) 264-2167.

Free electric bicycles and tricycles for seniors 

The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE), in partnership with the Town of Pagosa Springs and La Plata Electric Association, is offering free electric bicycles and tricycles to Pagosa Springs residents. 

To qualify for the program, you must be 55 years old or older, a resident of Pagosa Springs and make 80 percent of the area median income or lower. 

The application window is open now until May 31, and applications may be picked up at three locations around town — ASI, the Ross Aragon Community Center and the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library — or accessed at 

Completed applications may also be mailed to: 4CORE at 10 Town Plaza #190, Durango, CO 81301. 

For more information about the Pagosa Springs 55+ eBike program, please email or call 4CORE at (970) 259-1916.

Immunization clinic

The Archuleta County Public Health Department (ACPHD) welcomes the community to join us on May 22 for an immunization clinic being held at the Pagosa Senior Center — located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. — from 9 to 11 a.m. 

The ACPHD will be offering spring COVID boosters, recommended for seniors 65+; as well as TDap; Hepatitis A&B; MMR; and Prevnar 20 for those who qualify (must be able to present recent vaccination records to confirm eligibility or self-pay option available). 

If you are unable to attend, the ACPHD’s doors are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to the community, and they would love to meet you to learn how to best improve our community’s health. 

For more information on services available, please contact the ACPHD office at (970) 264-2409.

Emotional Freedom Technique

At 1:15 p.m. on May 24, there will be a follow-up session for Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). 

The technique is an evidence-based method which uses acupressure trigger points and elements from other therapeutic practices. 

Extensive research and more than 100 published studies have shown EFT to be effective with lowering both psychological and physiological symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, stress and more. 

Once you’ve learned EFT, you can use it at any time you need it. Those who utilize the technique often report a reduction in symptoms in the first 90 seconds. 

In this session you’ll be able to ask questions and we’ll practice a few rounds of EFT to make sure you’re comfortable with your new EFT skills.

Healthy aging yoga
therapy class series

This spring, a Healthy Aging Yoga Series will be offered in person at the Senior Center on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

Classes will be structured by therapeutic yoga tools and techniques with chair movement, standing stretches, gentle postures, breathing practices and reflective meditative moments. 

Monthly themes for the series will include topics such as sustainable strength for healthy aging individuals, brain health, heart and cardiovascular health, mental and emotional well-being, community connections, and stress management, to name a few. 

Classes will be educational for participants to utilize practices in daily life and are meant for all levels of experience with yoga. 

Mats and chairs will be provided at the Senior Center; some blocks and Therabands are available, too. The addition of yoga props is always welcomed. 

We are requesting that individuals who are new to joining the series arrive early for intake inquiries and to please communicate with AJ Connors directly by emailing

Pagosa Springs
Share lunch Monday through Friday

Join us at the Silver Fox’s Den, aka the Community Cafe, in person for daily hot/cold meals Mondays through Thursdays at the Community Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. It is open to all. Pickup is available all week, including Fridays. 

Our dining hall is open to all ages and welcomes you all with kindness and warmth. We provide hot/cold meals for anyone in the community interested in a nutritious and delicious meal. For those 60 or older we request a suggested donation of $6, but no one will be turned away. There is a $10.50 charge for guests under the age of 60. 

Meals include a main course, side dish, fruit/dessert, garden salad plus beverage. Some popular menu items include Frito chili pie, pork tenderloin with harvest chutney, Singaporean pork ribs, vegetarian lasagna, Hawaiian shrimp with coconut rice and always a beautiful green salad. Many of our items are locally sourced and organic. 

Our chef works with a team of local food professionals to hand-prepare your meal for dine-in service in our cozy dining room (with an amazing view of the San Juans) or for takeout (via our convenient drive-through). Our menu changes daily. 

To reserve your meal for the day, please make your reservation via text or phone call to (970) 264-2167 by 9 a.m. weekdays.

Community Cafe menu

Thursday, May 16 — Vegetable minestrone soup with focaccia bread, garden salad, fruit, pineapple upside-down cake and milk.

Friday, May 17 — Grilled turkey, Swiss tomato sandwich on sourdough bread, sweet potato fries, garden salad, fruit, mini Danish and milk.

Monday, May 20 — Chicken fajitas, flour tortilla, refried beans, sour cream guacamole, garden salad, fruit and milk.

Tuesday, May 21 — Pork tenderloin with harvest chutney, asparagus hollandaise, garden salad, fruit, blueberry cake and milk.

Wednesday, May 22 — Pumpkin ravioli with browned sage butter, wilted spinach, garden salad, fruit, strawberry rhubarb crisp and milk.

Thursday, May 23 — Mahi-mahi with tangy salsa verde, zucchini medley, garden salad, fruit, blueberry-lemon cheesecake and milk.

Friday, May 24 — Beef Frito pie, green beans, cornbread, garden salad, fruit, vanilla yogurt and milk.

Grab-N-Go meals

Dine-in and Grab-N-Go meal reservations and cancellations are required. Please call or text by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you want to pick up a meal. A suggested donation of $6 helps to sustain our program. For ages 59 and younger, the cost is $10.50. No one will be turned away for their inability to donate. Please call or text us at (970) 264-2167 to make a reservation.

Meals on Wheels

We deliver fresh Meals on Wheels five days a week (and provide frozen Meals on Wheels for weekends) to homebound Archuleta County residents. Call or text us at (970) 264-2167.

Text reservations

Don’t forget that we offer a convenient texting service for you to communicate with us. Text us at (970) 264-2167. When texting, please include your name, phone number and the days you want a meal. If you are canceling a reservation, please include your name, phone number and the days you want to cancel. 

Texting services are available for dine-in meal reservations, Grab-n-Go meals and Meals on Wheels recipients.

COVID-19 test
kits available

Stop by the Senior Center to pick up a pack of six free COVID-19 tests kits for your personal use. These kits are available to anyone in the public who needs affordable access for health promotion and disease prevention.


Mahjong is a 19th century Chinese tile-based game that is commonly played with four players. Each player receives 13 tiles with a goal to make matching sets and pairs (like poker). To win, a player must form four sets and one pair. 

Come to the Senior Center to learn or play every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.

Medicare call by

For anyone who needs help enrolling and navigating Medicare plans, the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging helps with parts A, B and D. They can also help you with fraud concerns and troubleshooting any billing issues you may be having. By appointment only. Please call the Medicare line at (970) 264-0501, ext 2.

Board vacancies

The ASI Board of Directors has multiple vacant positions open. The terms are three years with an option to renew for an additional term. 

Potential candidates should be at least 21 years of age or older and must have a passion for adult and aging services.

Supporting ASI

Please support our ongoing operations and programming that provide critical services to some of the most vulnerable in Archuleta County. 

You may mail your donation to P.O. Box 3444, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or please visit our website, (donation button). Donation checks can be written to: Archuleta Seniors Inc. We are located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. For more information about Archuleta Seniors Inc., please visit