Healthy living with chronic diseases

Healthier living Colorado is a chronic disease self-management program developed at Stanford University. This program is designed to help with the challenges that face anyone living with an ongoing health condition such as a heart condition, lung condition, diabetes or arthritis.

Chronic conditions include many aliments and diseases that cannot be cured or never completely go away. Participants in classes have ranged in age from 40 to 89 and grappled with issues such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, arthritis and back pain. Other examples of chronic illnesses include lupus, Crohn’s disease, long -term depression, obesity and phobias.

This course series will teach you skills that can help you cope with fatigue, frustration, pain and stress. A key component of the class is setting goals and following through with those goals with an action plan. This series is also encouraged for family, friends or caregivers. The series can help open lines of communication for understanding what is wrong with the person living with the disease and also understanding that the person who is trying to make it OK for you is having difficulties too.

Everyday presents new challenges for people with chronic illnesses and their caregivers. Sometimes you don’t think the person trying to make things OK for you is having difficulties too. This series can also help caregivers have the opportunity to share with others in their position about ways to cope with their own chronic health issues, which likely are present if not as severe as their partners. Some days are better than others, but having the tools to proactively manage ones health is a good start to living better.

This six-week series will run June 19–July 24 on Fridays from 12:45-3:15 p.m. The registration fee is $20 which is refundable upon completion of the course. You can register at The Silver Foxes Den or call 264-2167 for more information. The class limit is 12, so hurry and sign up today. Last day for sign up is June 10.

Weekly activities at The Den

Friday, May 22 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Susan Stoffer-stress tips, 12:45 p.m.; Arthritis self-help class, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (first class)

Monday, May 25 — Center closed to observe Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 26 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27 — Dance for health, 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks, 11 a.m.; Older American celebration, noon; Alzheimer’s support group, 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 28 — Administrative day.

Friday, May 29 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Arthritis self-help class, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Older American Month

Investing in your future doesn’t always have to do with finances. It also includes your health. The changes you make today to take better care of yourself and your loved ones not only affects how well you feel right now, but determines how well you’ll feel tomorrow. Learning to manage your high blood pressure, diabetes, or other chronic conditions ensures a good health investment in the future. It’s never too late to start living today for a better tomorrow.

Come help us celebrate our seniors on Wednesday, May 27, at The Den.

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? If so, 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.


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 22 — Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, spinach, mixed fruit, bread.

Monday, May 25 — Center closed to observe Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 26 — Chicken fried steak, potatoes and gravy, California veggies, pineapple, bread.

Wednesday, May 27 — Dijon chicken, brown rice with parsley, spinach, orange, bread.

Thursday, May 28 — Administrative day.

Friday, May 29 — Stewed chicken with olives, Greek spinach rice, salad, karidopita cake.