Ageless Yoga to benefit your body and mind

We are pleased to offer a new class: Ageless Yoga.

Ageless Yoga makes your body fitter, and the mind calmer and more relaxed. Yoga is also beneficial in the prevention and control of common health and emotional problems that are linked with aging. It helps you in becoming more in touch with yourself and your body, enabling you to accept who you are and the state you are in, which creates a positive approach in life.

Elizabeth integrates stories, humor and a gentle spirit, along with thoughtful and profoundly simple techniques to make yoga accessible for all ages and varieties of physical conditions. She provides excellent guidance to improve health and vitality with chair yoga, also known as seated yoga. People with injuries and stiff muscles are welcome, however, be sure to speak to your doctor before trying yoga, especially if you suffer from any chronic conditions or are very inactive. Those with spinal disk problems or glaucoma should take special care.

Chairs will be provided to those wishing to use them. For folks who prefer to work on the floor, Elizabeth will bring loan-out mats, but it is preferable to have your own. Wheelchaired individuals welcomed.

Elizabeth is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys being with people older than herself. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for 10 years. Honoring the spirit and wisdom of those around her is an integral part of Elizabeth’s yoga practice and personal beliefs.

The sessions will be held Wednesdays in July, from 1 to 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Elizabeth Strong at 731-3050

Take the right step

Do you feel a bit unsteady on your feet? Have you taken a fall and not known how to get back up? Would you like to learn how to improve your balance, coordination and strength?

We have just the answer for you: a Take the Right Steps course that has been made available by Archuleta Seniors Inc., and the course is free to seniors age 55 and over.

An injury-producing fall is one of the leading causes of loss of independence, and possible loss of the ability to remain in the home.

One of the biggest contributors to falls is decreased balance. Traditionally, as we age, we tend to become more sedentary, thus losing strength and flexibility. This program is designed to give you the tools you need to help yourself build or maintain your strength and flexibility, and to prolong your ability to live independently in your home.

This free, eight-week course is being offered on Wednesday, July 8 thru Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to noon each session. Not only will you learn to improve your balance, you’ll also receive a free exercise ball and safety kit upon completion of class. Don’t fall victim to being off balance. Take advantage of this free, great opportunity — sign up early. Class participation is limited to the first 10 to sign up. For more information or to register, call 264-2167. Last day to sign up is Tuesday, July 7.

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 home bound seniors on Tuesdays. If you are interested, please contact Julia or Musetta at 264-2167, or stop in at The Den.

Weekly activities

Friday, June 26 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi (last class), 9:30-10:30 a.m.; book club, 10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Picnic in the Park and birthday celebrations (reservations required), noon.

Monday, June 29 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1 — Dance for Health, 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks, 11 a.m. Barbara Conkey, presentation on helping you interrupt your dreams.

Thursday, July 2 — Arboles.

Friday, July 3 — Senior Center closed for holiday.

Dreaming

Barbara Conkey has been working with dream interpretation for over 25 years and wants to share with you how to interrupt your dreams.

Dreams can be powerful sources of life-changing information, if we pay attention to their meanings. Dream interpretation and analysis of dream symbols offer glimpses of yourself and your life that you might never see otherwise.

Join us Wednesday, July 1, at 12:45 p.m. and learn how dreams can be used in your everyday life. Bring a dream if you have one and learn the reason you dream.

Alzheimer’s support group

Elaine Stumpo, regional director for the SW Alzheimer’s Association, hosts our monthly gathering for individuals who are supporting loved ones living with memory loss. Learn how to be supportive of someone with memory loss by participating in this support group — the last Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m.

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, then we have just the thing for you. Kathy Hamilton from the Sisson Library hosts the Silver Foxes Book Club on the fouirth 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.

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 26 — Honey barbecue chicken, scalloped potatoes, Mexicali corn, creamy coleslaw, grapes, roll.

Monday, June 29 — Meatloaf, baked potatoes, lima beans with pimento, pineapple, roll.

Tuesday, June 30 — Baked ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry mould, roll.

Wednesday, July 1 — Barbecue beef brisket, ranch style beans, broccoli, roll.

Thursday, July 2 — Arboles.

Friday, July 3 — Senior center closed for the holiday.