The benefits of walking sticks

Walking sticks (also called hiking poles) are common in Europe, especially in Switzerland and Austria, where you’ll often see older adults moving briskly over alpine hillsides, walking sticks firmly in hand.

Now they’re catching on in the U.S., too, as they are quite useful and provide more of a workout than you would get otherwise. In the first place, the sticks help to support your knees and back when you’re hiking or walking.

If you have joint or knee problems, sticks can help by distributing your weight more evenly and giving you more stability. They also make uphill climbs easier and improve your hiking form by helping to keep your momentum forward, with your chest and arms out in front.

You’ll burn 20 to 25 percent more calories per walk as a result of putting your upper body muscles to work with the use of a stick.

(With permission from Dr. Weil M.D.)

Weekly activities at The Den

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.

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

Tuesday, June 2 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3 — Dance for health, 10 a.m.

Thursday, June 4 — Arboles

Friday, June 5 — 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.

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 include 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, 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?

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.

ASI memberships

Is it time for you to renew or buy your 2009 ASI Membership? During the month of May, you may purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

Folks 55 and older will benefit, with discounts from many local businesses, including the local hot springs.

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.

Increase in prices

Beginning Jan. 1, there was an increase in our medical shuttle and non-senior meal charges. The price will now be $35 for medical shuttle services. If you are an Archuleta Seniors Inc. member, the charge is $10. Cost for our non-senior meals has increased to $6.

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

Monday, June 1 — Grilled corn beef sandwich with Swiss cheese, green beans with tomatoes, coleslaw, peaches.

Tuesday, June 2 — Beef stroganoff, broccoli, tossed salad, apricot and pineapple, whole wheat bread.

Wednesday, June 3 — Fish Creole, cheesy potatoes, squash, peaches, roll.

Thursday, June 4 — Arboles.

Friday, June 5 — Swiss steak with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, seasoned greens, orange, roll.

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