Arthritis Self-Help course begins May 8

For people with arthritis, living the most active life with the least amount of pain and disability involves becoming an active partner in their arthritis care.

The Den is offering a six-week Arthritis Self-Help course beginning Friday, May 8, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to encourage people affected by arthritis to be proactive in their health and well-being.

The Arthritis Self-Help Course (ASHC) is a group education program lead by a trained instructor designed to help you learn and practice the different skills needed to build your own individualized self-management program and gain confidence to carry it out. Participating and completing the six week program will aid you in the following skills:

• Learning and practicing the skills needed to build your own individual self-management program.

• Gaining knowledge of different types of arthritis and osteoporosis.

• Learning to manage pain, relaxation, stress and fatigue.

• Gaining exercise and nutrition knowledge.

• Development of problem-solving skills.

• Obtaining information on doctor-patient relationships.

• Obtaining information on the latest developments in alternative therapies.

Anyone with any type of arthritis or persons in support roles are encouraged to attend. Class size is limited to 10 participants so please call The Den for registration and further information at 264-2167. The fee for this class is $15 which will be refunded upon completion of the course.

Pagosa Ranger District

During the Great Depression, in 1932, the nation turned to Franklin Delano Roosevelt with hope for an end to the rampant unemployment and economic chaos that gripped the country. Roosevelt proposed to recruit thousands of unemployed young men, enroll them in a peacetime army, and send them into battle against destruction and erosion of our natural resources.

The ensuing Civilian Conservation Corps may have been the most poplar experiment of the New Deal. Some of the products of the efforts of the CCC are still enjoyed on the San Juan National Forest in the Pagosa Springs area.

Phyllis Wheaton, visitor information specialist from the Pagosa Ranger District, will share a slide presentation about the CCC and its work in the Pagosa area at the Senior Center on Wednesday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m.

Senior fitness

Let a certified physical therapist specializing in fitness for seniors give you some basic exercise instruction on how to build your strength and increase your range of motion. Join us after lunch on Friday for a simple and effective session on fitness for seniors, and begin your exercise program just in time for summer.

Weekly activities

Friday, May 1 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi for Arthritis (new class), 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; senior fitness, 12:30 p.m.

Monday, May 4 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6 — Dance for health, 10 a.m.; Pagosa Ranger District, presentation; 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 7 — Arboles.

Friday, May 8 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi for Arthritis, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Mother’s Day celebration, noon; Arthritis Self-Help class, 1:30-3:30 p.m.


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, May 1 — Roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean amandine, apricots and peaches, french bread .

Monday, May 4 — Tater tot casserole, salad, squash, banana, whole wheat bread.

Tuesday, May 5 — Roast chicken with mushrooms, brown rice, cauliflower/broccoli mix, apple pear salad.

Wednesday, May 6 — Ham and beans, broccoli, carrots, orange juice, corn bread.

Thursday, May 7 — Arboles.

Friday, May 8 — Oriental pepper chicken, brown rice, broccoli, pineapple, whole wheat bread.