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No need to forego the Joe — just go slow
Monday, November 22, 2010

Caffeine is a stimulant that is found naturally in coffee beans, tea leaves, cocoa, and kola (cola) nuts. It’s added in an artificial form to soft drinks and other foods. The word came from the German Kaffee and the French café, which, needless to say, mean coffee. Its metabolic effects include fatty acid release, increased urination, and stimulation of the central nervous system, which is why many people feel they need that “cuppa joe” to jump start themselves in the morning.

Studies on the relationship of caffeine and heart disease have produced conflicting results, which is why many seniors are confused about whether they should or should not be drinking coffee. Recent evidence has shown that caffeine may actually be heart protective in persons 65 and older because of its “pressor effect.” This means that it raises your blood pressure, and since people tend to suffer from increasing hypotension, or low blood pressure, as they age, caffeine may actually lower their risk of heart mortality. Some studies have found that caffeine also reduces loss of mental acuity in seniors, particularly those of the fairer sex. That’s good news for the 90 percent of adults who regularly consume caffeinated beverages.

Unfortunately, people over 65 are also the group most likely to suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure), and even small amounts of caffeine can raise blood pressure in those who are not regular consumers. That is why the American Heart Association recommends moderate consumption of caffeinated beverages, which they define as 200 milligrams, or about 2 cups of coffee a day. So don’t feel like you have to forego the Joe — just go slow!

Weekly activities at The Den

Friday, July 17 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.

Monday, July 20 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Nighteagle Flute Company, 12:15 p.m.; Canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing, 1 p.m.; Sky Ute Casino, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22 — Dance for Health, 10 a.m.; Take the Right Step, 11 a.m.-noon; Ageless Yoga, 1-2 p.m.

Thursday, July 23 — Administrative day.

Friday, July 24 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; book club, 10:30 a.m.; picnic in the park, noon, reservations required.

Nighteagle Flute Company

Jessica Tsianina Peterson has played flutes for 30 years. She is author of 14 books. In 2002, she bought her first Native American flute, a Nighteagle Aromatic Cedar in G with an enchanting sound and spirit.

Nighteagle Flutes and Rattles are made by Jessica here in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Colorado. “I make each instrument one at a time, with great honor for the wood, the music, and my teacher, David Nighteagle.”

Jessica will be at the senior center on Monday, July 20, to share her love of the flute by performing for you.

Meditation for Healing

Stress intensifies chronic pain and encourages negative emotions like depression, anxiety and anger, which continue the circle of pain in the body and mind.

Meditation for Healing is a technique that helps the body to relax and ease pain.

Join Sarah Barbara every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Silver Foxes Den.

Celebrate — it’s summer!

Get outdoors and enjoy yourself at noon Friday, July 24.

Come down to the Town Park by the Arts Council building for a great lunch in the outdoors.

We’ll relax by the river, enjoy shade trees, and hang out with friends. Not to mention the wonderful food.

It is time to enjoy the sunshine, the food, the camaraderie, the laughs and Pagosa’s beautiful outdoors with a picnic in the park. Reservations required.

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 who are 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? Then 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.

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, call 264-2167.

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. If you are interested, please contact Julia or Musetta at 264-2167, or stop in at The Den.

Emergency plan

As part of the Archuleta County Emergency Plan, the Silver Foxes Den Senior Center is creating a list of people of all ages that may need assistance in the event of an emergency such as a blizzard, power outage, flood, etc. Folks on oxygen or an electric dependent health system should be on the list as well as anyone with a disability, which could make it difficult for them to evacuate. Please remember to keep a flashlight with fresh batteries handy, extra food, warm clothes, and to also have a phone available other than a cordless. If you think that you may be in need of assistance during an emergency, please contact Julia at 264-2167. Don’t delay, be prepared today.

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, please contact Musetta at 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, July 17 — Chicken alfredo, beets, cranberry sauce, fruit, bread.

Monday, July 20 — Chicken fried steak, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli, apple and drop biscuit.

Tuesday, July 21 — Chicken parmesan, brown rice, squash and cooked apples.

Wednesday, July 22 — Hot pork and cheese sandwich, potatoes round, beets and peaches.

Thursday, July 23 — Administrative day.

Friday, July 24 — Picnic in the park, barbecue ribs, corn, cooked greens, potato salad (reservations required).