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The Den welcomes a new program coordinator

Be sure to stop in to The Den and help drum up a big welcome to Jodi Starr, The Den’s new program coordinator.

Jodi moved to Pagosa Springs in June with her husband, Todd, and her son, Sam. She has many years of teaching and non-profit administrative experience. When she isn’t working for The Silver Foxes Den, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, knitting and napping.

We look forward to enjoying Jodi’s fun spirit and all her wonderful talents.

Medicare fraud

Learn about Durable Medical Equipment Fraud and Abuse on Monday, Aug. 25, during the lunch hour. Scooter fraud, “discharge planners,” billing continuations, adult diaper billing, supplies schemes and distorted oximetry schemes are a sampling of the topics that will be covered.

Avoid being a victim and attend this informative presentation.

Fitness focus

People who get regular physical activity are protecting themselves from inflammation and cell damage, two components of the aging process.

How much activity do you need to get these protective effects? Only about 30 minutes a day.

The 30 minutes does not have to happen all at once, either. It can be broken up into smaller increments. However you get it, you will be protecting your body from damage and possibly staving off the effects of illness at the same time. Here are some ways to get those 30 minutes in:

• Walk. Walk 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening, or do it all at once. Going by the same route every day will ensure you are aware of heavy or light-traffic patterns. You might even meet some other walkers.

• Clean. Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and doing the dishes all count as physical activity. The more the vigorous the chore, the more benefits you will get.

• Garden. Gardening is a great way to get closer to your 30 minutes a day. It’s pleasant and you can enjoy being outdoors. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

• Dance. Take a dance class with your spouse or a friend, or put on some music and boogie around your house.

The Den offers several physical activity classes in which you can participate to keep you young and healthy. Get in the groove, and move.

Frozen meals available

Archuleta County Senior Services is 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.

Volunteers needed

We are looking for outgoing, friendly volunteers to deliver meals once per week to our homebound seniors and/or drive our medical shuttle, as needed, to Durango. We are also in need of someone to bus tables after lunch and provide general clean-up; free lunch provided. If you are interested, contact Musetta at 264-2167.

Weekly activities

Friday, Aug. 21 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; picnic in the park, noon (reservations required).

Monday, Aug. 24 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; canasta, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 25 — Gym walk, 11:15 a.m.; Medicare fraud presentation, noon; Meditation for Healing, 1p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 26 — Dance for Health, 10 a.m.; Alzheimer’s support group, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 27 — Administrative Day.

Friday, Aug. 28 — Geezers, 9 a.m.; book club, 10:30 a.m.; gym walk, 11:15 a.m. celebrate August birthdays, noon.

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 Musetta 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, contact Musetta at 264-2167.

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? 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. 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.

ASI memberships

Is it time for you renew or buy your 2009 ASI Membership?

During the month of August you canpurchase 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. All 2008 memberships expired Dec. 31.

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. 21 — Picnic in the Park, by reservation only.

Monday, Aug. 24 — Chicken a la King, whipped potatoes, salad, orange wedges and bread.

Tuesday, Aug.25 — Salmon patties with cream sauce, brown rice, mixed veggies, fruit, raisin cup and bread.

Wednesday, Aug. 26 — Salisbury Steak, whipped potatoes, California veggies, greens, fruit and bread.

Thursday, Aug. 27 — Administratvie Day, no meal.

Friday, Aug. 28 — Chicken Cordon Bleu, brown rice, asparagus, apricots and whole wheat bread.