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Senior Center: Medicare 101 at The Den

New to Medicare or about to be? Monday, July 11, at 12:30 p.m. (please note time change), right here in the Den’s lounge, one of our Medicare counselors will help you navigate through all the ins, outs and peculiarities of this complex program. Please call Rob at 264-2167 to reserve your seat at this informative session.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Did you hear?

The 2011 General Enrollment for Medicare Prescription Plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage Plans has changed to Oct. 15-Dec. 7, 2011

Transportation service

A great way to get around town! We have a Senior Bus that runs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get your errands done, join in the fun at the Silver Foxes Den, go grocery shopping or get to your medical appointment, all by simply riding the bus and not relying on others to get you around town. Available for those 60-plus, suggested donation $2 per day. Call Rob Gaston at 264-2167 for details.

Homebound services

We are in need of volunteers to deliver meals to our homebound once a week. We also need substitute volunteers to cover when our regularly scheduled volunteers are unavailable. Please call Musetta at 264-2167.

Are you homebound or know someone who is? Let the Silver Foxes Den help you with your meals. We have expanded our service to the more rurally isolated areas of the county and would like to help you, help yourself.

These meals are the same meals prepared in our kitchen by the same cooks who prepare those scrumptious senior center meals. Our hot meal, home delivered program remains available to those closer to town four days per week, and frozen meals on Thursdays and weekends. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give Rob or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Food poisoning, heat exhaustion

Seniors are more prone to serious side effects as the result of food poisoning and heat exhaustion. Follow these basic food safety guidelines to prevent food borne illnesses:

• Keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Use ice, dry ice or frozen inserts to keep perishable foods cold while transporting or serving food at picnics. Keep hot foods hot until ready to be served.

• Serve cooked products on clean platters — never mix cooked meats with raw meat juices or marinades.

• Perishable foods should not be left at room temperature for more than one hour, less if possible.

• If in doubt throw it out. If you are not sure if a food item is safe to eat, don’t take a chance.

• Properly wash hands, cutting boards and utensils before food handling and between handling raw and prepared foods.

To prevent heat related illnesses:

• Stay hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of cool, non-alcoholic non-caffeinated beverages per day.

• If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.

• Wear lightweight clothing.

• Do not engage in strenuous activities.

• If you get overheated take a cool shower or bath and/or seek an air conditioned location.

• Watch for signs of heat exhaustion (milder form of heat related illness): heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tired and weak, dizzy, headache, nausea and fainting.

• The signs of heat stroke ( most serious heat related illness) include high body temperature, red hot skin, throbbing headache, dizziness and nausea.

Activities at The Den

Friday, June 24 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.

Monday, June 27 — Gym Walk 12:30 a.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29 — Red Cross emergency preparedness presentation 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, June 30 — Administrative day.

Friday, July 1 — Wear red, white and blue. Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.

Movie

Join in at the Den for a movie and popcorn Wednesday, June 29. Relax in our lounge, enjoy popcorn and “The Kings Speech,” rated R.

This week’s 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 $11.51. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30.

Friday, June 24?— Picnic in the Park: hamburger on a bun with tomato and lettuce, potato salad, baked beans, fruit salad, birthday cake, reservations are required.

Monday, June 27 — Tahitian chicken, waldorf salad, bran muffin, brown rice, mixed vegetables, orange juice.

Tuesday, June 28 — Cube steak with brown gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad, cornbread, fruit salad.

Wednesday, June 29 — Sloppy joe on a bun, mixed vegetables, spinach mandarin orange salad, brownie.

Thursday, June 30 — Closed.

Friday, July 1 — Pork and green chile stew, whole wheat tortilla, tossed salad, fiesta style corn, pineapple tidbits, oatmeal raisin cookie.

ASI memberships

Is it time for you to renew or buy your 2011 ASI membership? You can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Folks 55 and over will benefit with discounts from many local businesses, including the local hot springs. This is one of the best deals in Pagosa Springs.

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