Check them out — before they score

AARP ElderWatch wants to help you become a super sleuth.

We encourage the members of the community to use our call center as a resource for answers to any questions they might have. 

Does it sound too good to be true? Has someone you know been scammed and you want to get information for them, or want to prevent the same thing from happening to you? Does something just “not seem right” about a company you are considering doing business with? 

Call us and let us help you investigate. It never hurts to be a healthy skeptic.

What can ElderWatch do for you?

Look up or confirm a company’s Better Business Bureau rating.

Alert you to any frequent complaints we’ve received about a company or product.

Inform you of any specific or recent scams you should know about.

Search consumer websites for any positive or negative reviews of a product, service or group.

Give information on how you can help friends or loved ones who you think might be being taken advantage of.

Help you understand why that “fantastic opportunity” might not be exactly what it seems.

AARP ElderWatch has a wealth of information at your disposal when it comes to fraud, scams and exploitation. Scammers often underestimate the senior population and as a result it is important to be savvy enough to call us before becoming involved with a potentially harmful situation. This serves to show them that it will continue to be harder and harder to take advantage of those that they mistakenly see as easy targets.

Call (800) 222-4444, or go to www.aarpelderwatch.org.

Medicare home health benefit

Home healthcare can help you to stay at home and out of emergency rooms, hospitals and nursing homes. Alpine Home Health has nurses who work closely with your physician to coordinate your personal care plans and therapists can help you regain your strength and balance in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

There is nothing like the comfort and security of home when you’re injured or recovering from an illness. Research shows that even for those living with chronic illness or disability, residing at home is often the best option for your physical and mental well being.

Join us at 12:45 p.m. at The Den on Monday, April 6 for a discussion on how you can maintain your independence while receiving quality healthcare in your home at no cost to you or your loved ones.

Rummage sale, ACI

The sale is set for Saturday, April 4. Please donate new or gently-used items to benefit Archuleta Seniors, Inc.

You can bring your items to the membership desk at the senior center on Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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 who 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 at 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 can purchase tickets at the senior center in the dining room at the ASI membership desk on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10a.m.-2 p.m. through April 16. All seniors in 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 foiur days a week, contact Julia at 264-2167 or stop in at The Den. This opportunity will begin in April.

Weekly activities

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.

Monday, April 6 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Alpine Home Health 12:45 p.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8 — Dance for health, 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 9 — Administrative day.

Friday, April 10 — 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.

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 a.m. 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.

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

Monday, April 6 — Spicy beef and rice, broccoli, squash, fruit, roll.

Tuesday, April 7 — Ham and pork loaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, banana, roll.

Wednesday, April 8 — Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, asparagus amandine, pineapple and oranges.

Thursday, April 9 — Administrative day.

Friday, April 10 — Lemon baked fish, rice pilaf, green beans and mushrooms, fruit salad, bread.