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 O.K. 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 O.K. 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 one’s health is a good start to living better.

This six-week series will run June19-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 15.

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 are looking for outgoing, friendly volunteers to deliver meals to our homebound seniors on Tuesdays. If you are interested, contact Julia or Musetta at 264-2167 or stop in at The Den.

Weekly activities

Friday, June 12 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; ASI board meeting, 1 p.m.

Monday, June 15 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Elder Abuse awareness day- Det. Rich Valdez, 12:30 p.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 16 —? Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing, 1 p.m.; Sky Ute casino, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 17 — Dance for health, 10 a.m.; blood pressure check, 11 a.m.

Thursday, June 18 — Arboles.

Friday, June 19 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Father’s Day celebration, noon; Healthier Living class, 12:45-3:15 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, 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. Please see their membership packet available at The Den for further information. ASI encourages your attendance, Friday, June 12. Location to be announced.


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

Monday, June 15 — Taco salad with lettuce and tomato, salsa, savory beans, orange juice, watermelon, cornbread.

Tuesday, June 16 — Crunchy baked fish, whipped potatoes, pineapple and oranges, mixed veggies, whole wheat bread .

Wednesday, June 17 — Barbecue beef brisket, ranch style beans, carrifruit salad, honeydew salad, whole wheat bread.

Thursday, June 18 — Arboles.

Friday, June 19 — Chicken salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, orange juice, peaches.

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