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Health reform facts from AARP

Here are some facts concerning proposed health reform measures, as communicated by AARP.

1. Medicare will not be ended, and no benefits or services will be cut.

Your services will not be ended, nor will your benefits be cut. AARP’s position on this could not be clearer. And AARP has sent this message loud and clear to Congress. While the current proposals include savings in Medicare by cutting out fraud, abuse, waste, and inefficiency, AARP is standing up and making sure benefits for Medicare recipients are not only fully protected, but are improved.

2. No legislation currently in Congress would mandate the rationing of care. Period. AARP staff has read all of the legislation circulating in Congress and there are no provisions in these bills that would ration care for members. None. If any ever did, AARP would vigorously fight to stop that legislation.

3. There is no provision of any piece of legislation that would promote euthanasia of any kind.

The rumors out there are flat out lies. Right now Medicare does not cover counseling for end-of-life care. The portion of the bill in question would simply provide coverage for optional end-of-life consultations with doctors, so that the patient can be aware of all of the treatment options on the table. It is not mandatory and it has nothing to do with euthanasia.

4. AARP has not endorsed President Obama’s plan.

In fact, the organization hasn’t endorsed any plan. It is supporting reform of the health care system, something that AARP has pushed for many years. It is working closely with Republican and Democratic members of Congress to lower health care costs and to ensure quality affordable coverage for older Americans — and AARP wants reform legislation passed and signed by the president this year.

So, what is AARP fighting for in health reform?

1. Stopping insurance companies from charging older Americans unaffordable premiums because of their age.

2. Ending the practice of excluding people from insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

3. Holding down healthcare costs and making insurance coverage more affordable for all Americans.

4. Making prescription drugs more affordable by narrowing the Medicare doughnut hole, bringing generics to market faster, and allowing Medicare to negotiate better drug prices.

Find out more and take action at HealthActionNow.org.

Happy birthday

Dorothy Million’s family and friends helped celebrate her 95th birthday on Aug. 3 at the senior center.

Volunteers needed

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, contact Musetta at 264-2167 or stop in at The Den.

Free lunch

The senior center is looking for a volunteer to help clean up the dining room after lunch, for approximately one hour per day. A free meal will be provided to the volunteer. For further information, contact Musetta at 264-2167.

Medical shuttle volunteers

The senior center provides medical shuttles to Durango for Archuleta County residents. We are looking for volunteers on an as-needed basis. If you would be interested, contact Musetta at 264-2167.

Thank you

We appreciate the thoughtfulness of Lili Pearson for providing pictures of our seniors on different outings. We would also like to thank the anonymous donor for all the soaps and shampoos you provided the seniors.

Weekly activities

Friday, Aug.14 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Cook appreciation, noon; ASI board meeting, 1 p.m.

Monday, Aug.17 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.; Last day to sign up for picnic in the park.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 — Blood pressure checks, 11 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; ice cream social, 12:30 p.m.; Sky Ute casino, 1 p.m.; Meditation for Healing, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 19 — Dance for Health, 10 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 20 — Arboles.

Friday, Aug. 21 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; Picnic in the park, noon (reservations required).

Monthly calendar

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.

Meditation for Healing

Stress intensifies chronic pain and encourages negative emotions like depression, anxiety, and anger, which continues 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.

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, Aug. 14 — Pork with celery sauce, sweet potatoes, green beans, plums and bread.

Monday, Aug. 17 — Spaghetti with meatballs, salad, mixed fruit, orange juice and bread.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 — Mac and cheese with ham, stewed tomatoes, salad, baked apple and bread.

Wednesday, Aug. 19 — Oven fried chicken, spinach mandarin, potato salad, peaches and cornbread.

Thursday, Aug. 20 — Arboles.

Friday, Aug.t 21 — Picnic in the park (reservations required) Sloppy joe on whole wheat bun, rice salad, broccoli salad and apple slices.