Elder Abuse Awareness Day designated June 15

What you should know about the abuse of elderly or disabled adults.

Governor Bill Ritter has proclaimed Monday, June 15, as Elder Abuse Day in Colorado. In his honorary Proclamation, he states: “WHEREAS, The State of Colorado honors the countless contributions of its senior citizens, and recognizes all efforts to end elder abuse as vital to the interests of the citizens of this state.”

What is elder abuse?

Physical abuse — Inflicting, or threatening to inflict, physical pain or injury to an elder person, or depriving them of a basic need.

Emotional abuse — Inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress through verbal or non-verbal acts.

Sexual abuse — Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.

Exploitation —Illegal taking, misuse or concealment of funds, property or assets.

Neglect — Refusal or failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care or protection to a vulnerable elder.

Abandonment — The desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody.

Who are the victims?

Approximately 70 percent of the victims are over 60 years old and are physically impaired or have some form of dementia.

Abuse, exploitation, and neglect is caused by a member of the victim’s own family 75 percent of the time. Often the victim is totally dependent upon the abuser, and is afraid to complain for fear of reprisal. Nearly two-thirds of all victims lack capacity or have other cognitive impairment.

If you are an elderly or disabled adult who is abused, exploited or neglected, or if you know someone who is, contact law enforcement at 264-2131; Victims assistance at 264-9075; Adult protection services at 264-2182; Senior services at 264-2167; or dial 911.

On Monday, June 15, at 12:30 p.m., Det. Sgt. Rich Valdez of the Archuleta County Sherriff’s Office, Kathy Kulyk with Department of Human Services-Adult Protection, and Carmen Hubbs, executive director of Archuleta County Victim’s Assistance Program, will be at The Den to educate you on where you may get help if you or someone you know may be a victim.

Weekly activities

Friday, June 5 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.

Monday, June 8 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 9 — Chair massage, 10:00-11:45 a.m.; blood pressure checks, 11:a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10 — Dance for Health, 10 a.m.

Thursday, June 11 — Administrative day.

Friday, June 12 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; ASI board meeting, location to be announced.

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, contact Musetta at 264-2167.

ASI board meeting

Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI) meets the second Friday of every month at 1 p.m.; this board also serves as the Local Council on Aging and supports many of the activities at The Den. In addition to their support of The Den, they are also a non-profit organization providing support to seniors who may need additional financial support in areas such as medical needs. See their membership packet available at The Den for further information. ASI encourages your attendance, Friday, June 12, at 1 p.m., location to be announced.

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. at 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 June, 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.

Meals on Wheels

Archuleta County Senior Services is now offering frozen meals for once a week delivery to reach those that are more 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, June 5 — Swiss steak with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, seasoned greens, orange, roll.

Monday, June 8 — Chicken ala king, mashed potatoes, peas, lime perfection salad, fresh fruit, bread.

Tuesday, June 9 — Salmon cakes, lemon wedge, mixed veggies, parsley noodles, waldorf salad, orange sherbet.

Wednesday, June 10 — Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, seasoned green beans, whole wheat bread.

Thursday, June 11 — Administrative day.

Friday, June 12 — Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, California veggies, diced pears, bread.