Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime helps low-income seniors

Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime can enrich the lives of low-income seniors by providing a life-changing event.

Individual Qualifications:

• Minimum age of 65 (proof of age must be provided).

• Legal United States citizen (proof of citizenship must be provided).

• Applicant must be a Colorado resident.

• Annual income is no more than $16,245 for one person or $21,855 for a couple (Monthly income limited to $1,354 and $1,821 respectively), which is 150 percent of Federal Poverty Level (2009 FPL is $10,830 for 1 or $14,570 for a couple). Individuals with income higher than the limits listed above may qualify, if they are unable to grant their own wish due to reasons other than financial inability. Total assets (savings, stocks, bonds, and disposable cash) are no more than $7,500. Proof of income and assets must be provided.

• Provide three personal references.

• Applicant has not been convicted of a crime for sexual abuse, financial exploitation, physical/verbal abuse, or a crime against another person, business, or organization. Applicant must consent to a background check.

• Applicant must consent to have name, picture, and story used for marketing and/or media use.

• Applicant must be physically and psychologically capable of experiencing the wish (a written physician’s approval may be required).

Types of wishes:

Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime will work with as many individuals as possible, who meet the above qualifications, in any of the following ways:

• Grant Wish: The Foundation is providing the Wish.

• Donate Wish: Providing a request to an organization/individual who can donate services, supplies, or items to fulfill the Wish.

• Referral of Wish: The Foundation will coordinate the referral to secure the requested service.

Examples of types of wishes:

Travel to see family.

Attendance at a sporting event.

Hearing aid.

Assistance technology to increase the person’s quality of life.

Portrait of family.

Help installing a wheelchair ramp.

Go with spouse, who is battling cancer, one more time to see grandchildren.

Fishing trip.

Educational opportunities.

The Wish of a Lifetime will grant qualifying wishes as funding and resources are available. The Foundation reserves the right to deny any requests for any purpose, if the request is in conflict with the Foundation’s mission. The following types of wishes will not be granted:

Payment of bills or requests for cash; medical care (including medications and supplies); any request which may be dangerous in nature or is not approved by the applicant’s doctor; legal services; purchase of structure or house remodeling.

Selection of wish recipients is at the sole discretion of Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime Foundation.

Wish granting committee process:

The Wish of a Lifetime’s wish granting committee will review requests on a monthly basis. Prioritization and approval of all wishes will be based upon available funding or agencies willing to donate their services for the wish. Referrals will be provided to recipients when available. Applicants must complete the Wish Request Form, in its entirety, which can be found online at www.wishofalifetime.org., or call The Den for information on how you can obtain an application. All necessary documentation (proof of age, income, citizenship, and physical limitations) is required and must be provided to the Foundation. Applicants will receive a response within 30 days.

ASI rummage sale

Please donate new or gently used items to benefit Archuleta Seniors, Inc. Saturday, April 4. You may bring your items to the membership desk at the senior center on Tuesday or Fridays, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 2 p.m., during the month of March. Suggested items: kitchen items, art work, electronics (working), ceramics, tapes, CDs, musical instruments, exercise equipment, baskets, jewelry and household items. Please, no clothing or shoes. If you have any questions, or for pickups, call Doris Whitcomb at 731-1346.

9Health Fair

The Den will be at the annual 9Health Fair (at the high school) Saturday, April 4, from 7 a.m.—noon. A wide variety of medical screenings will be available such as a blood chemistry analysis for only $30, a blood cell count screen test for $15, a PSA screening using a blood test for only $25 (prostate/men over 40 only), and a colon cancer screening for only $5. (Remember, if you are going to do the blood chemistry analysis, you need to fast for at least twelve hours prior to your blood test.)

There will also be plenty of other free screenings such as blood pressure checks, eye exams, hearing exams, and lung capacity checks. Other useful information will be available at the diverse selection of booths and make sure you stop by The Den’s booth to say hello. We will have freebees, AARP information, and a Medicare counselor will be available to answer questions. A few free vouchers may be available for those that cannot afford the blood chemistry fees, call The Den at 264-2167 for more information. Attending the 9Health Fair is a great way to get an overall checkup and visit with friends in the process. We hope you join us for the healthiest event of the year!

“Senior” Senior prom

On Sunday, April 26, we’ll have music, dancing, food, drinks and just a lot of fun, at the high school Commons Area from 3– 6 p.m. A king and queen will be crowned and everyone will receive a corsage. Photos will be taken. You may purchase tickets at the senior center in the dining room at the ASI membership desk on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through April 16. All seniors of Archuleta County are welcome to attend.

Health boost — volunteering

Did you know studies show that people who volunteer one to two hours a week are healthier, live longer and are more satisfied with their lives? We’re looking for outgoing, friendly volunteers to help at our front desk by answering phones, checking people in and welcoming everyone to The Den. If you’re interested in working three to four hours a day, two to four days a week, contact Julia at 264-2167 or stop in at The Den. This opportunity will begin in April.

Weekly activities

Friday, March 27 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi for Arthritis, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; book club, 10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; birthday celebration, noon; Healthier Living, 12:45 p.m.

Monday, March 30 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; canasta, 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Tuesday’s topic, 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1 — Dance for health, 10 a.m.; blood pressure check, 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 2 — Arboles.

Friday, April 3 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi for Arthritis, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Healthier Living, 12:45 p.m.

Medical expense assistance

 The Silver Foxes Den, in cooperation with Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI) may be able to help with excess medical expenses.  Items covered might be prescription copays, eyeglasses, hearing aids and dental care. Qualifying amounts are based on income and need. Recipients must be current members of ASI. Dues are $5 per year. For more information about how we might help you or your family, please contact Musetta at 264-2167.

Books and movies

Come discover the books and movies The Den has to offer. These are available for you to check out or upon availability you can sit back, relax and watch a movie in our cozy lounge.

Silver Foxes Book Club

Do you love to read? Do you have a desire to discuss what you read in a group setting of inquiring minds? Then we have just the thing for you. Kathy Hamilton from the Sisson Library hosts the Silver Foxes Book Club on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:30 am in the Den. Kathy can also obtain books on CD, cassette, and in large print. Stop by the Silver Foxes Den to sign up or call 264-2167.

ASI memberships

Time to renew or buy your 2009 ASI Membership? During the month of March you can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Folks 55 and older will benefit with discounts from many local businesses. This is one of the best deals in Pagosa. All 2008 memberships expired Dec. 31.

Meals on Wheels

Archuleta County Senior Services is now offering frozen meals for once-a-week delivery, to reach those who are rurally isolated and unable to participate in our regular route of the Meals on Wheels program. The suggested donation for these meals is $3 each. To find out if you qualify for this program or for more information please call 264-2167.

Menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, and Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $9.75. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon.

Friday, March 27 — Clam chowder, crackers, veggie medley, cottage cheese and pineapple, fruit and roll.

Monday, March 30 — Meat loaf, brown gravy, cheesy potatoes, green beans, pineapple, roll.

Tuesday, March 31 — Chicken fajita with lettuce and tomato garnish, cilantro rice, sweet and sour cabbage, grapes.

Wednesday, April 1 — Bratwurst and sauerkraut, pickled beets, peaches.

Thursday, Apr. 2 — Arboles.

Friday, April 3 — Salmon patties, cream sauce, peas, mandarin oranges, raisin nut cup, bread.

Please note: Archuleta County Cultural Center Newsletter is available on Archuleta County’s Web site: www.archuletacounty.org/Seniors/seniors.asp.