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Seniors social networking — protect yourself

According to industry experts, in 2009, social networking (i.e., Facebook) site users age 55 plus grew by 923 percent, from less than 1 million to almost 10 million. With this growing trend, users can enjoy connecting with friends and family, but need to use caution to protect their privacy while online.

Consider the following tips while participating in a social networking site:

• Only submit the required e-mail contact information. Do not include your home address and telephone number.

• Modify the privacy settings so only your accepted friends may view your profile. Fraudsters look at public profiles and try to use the information posted for their gain.

• Only accept friend requests from friends and family you know and trust. Scam artists open fake or fraudulent profiles just to get information.

• Beware of phishing campaigns. Similar to an e-mail spoof, these e-mails appear to have legitimate log-in pages in the body of the message. They’re hoping to access your personal information, including password or account number.

• To thwart hacking into your social networks, pick passwords that are difficult — at least eight characters and a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.

• If you use a shared computer to log onto a social network — similar to ones at work or the library — be sure to completely log off when finished.

• Finally, the best defense is a good offense. Be sure to install the latest security software and keep it updated.

Be sure to report any security concerns you might have with your social networking site to the administrators, so they can better learn how to protect their site.

Prevent Financial Elder Abuse! (800) 222-4444, www.aarpelderwatch.org.

Picnic in the Park

The stage was set, 76 hungry senior citizens sat at picnic tables adorned in festive table runners (no ants) visiting with friends, everyone dressed in their summer clothes enjoying the warm and sunny, yet windy weather of the day. The rushing sound of the nearby San Juan River created the total relaxation experience.

Out of nowhere, enter stage right, a lil’ red motor scooter carrying Johnny K and Natalie along with a speaker and microphone, come rolling in with crooner music playing. Off they jump and the entertainment begins. Town Park was literally alive with the sound of music, the passersby walked just a little bit slower as they turned their heads and wondered.

With a wave and a song from the street, Johnny K and Natalie rode off into the day on that lil’ red scooter.

Thank you to everyone who made our first picnic in the park of the season a memorable one, the entertainment was perfect, the food was scrumptious and good times were shared with our extended family.

Please remember that when you make a reservation, it is a reservation for you to join us to ensure there will be enough food. Help us defray costs by attending when you make your reservation or let us know if you are unable to attend. Reservations were made for 100 with only 76 in attendance. Our next picnic in the park is Friday, July 22. Please call Rob at 264-2167 to make your reservation; seating is limited.

Pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast fund-raiser for Archuleta County Senior Services will be held 7:30-11 a.m., Thursday, July 14, at Silver Foxes Den Senior Center (north end of the Ross Aragon Community Center), 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

Start your day off right by enjoying pancakes slathered in warm syrup, served with bacon, egg casserole, orange juice and coffee or tea.

Cost is $6 per person. Bring the whole family or staff and a hearty appetite.

Thanks

Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to two very special individuals for their monetary donations to our programs, a $200 donation and a $50 donation, you know who you are. Your donations help keep our programs going. On behalf of our extended family, thank you.

Medicare 101

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.

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.

Activities at The Den

Friday, July 8 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI meeting 1 p.m.

Monday, July 11 — Medicare 101 12:30 p.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12 — Chair massage 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13 — Blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; Dr. Nick Kurz and Nurse Sandy, info on stroke and health services, 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 14 — Administrative day.

Friday, July 15 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.

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. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, July 8 — Crunchy baked fish, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat roll, creamy coleslaw, banana.

Monday, July 11 — Chicken cordon bleu, brown rice pilaf, seasoned asparagus, broccoli salad, apricots, oatmeal muffin.

Tuesday, July 12 — Vegetable soup, roast beef sandwich on whole grain bread, sliced tomato and lettuce, Waldorf salad, orange wedges.

Wednesday, July 13 — Chicken cacciatore, Italian vegetables, Foccacia bread, whole wheat penne pasta with tomato sauce, gelatin with fruit cocktail.

Thursday, July 14 — Closed.

Friday, July 15 — Hamburger on wheat bun, lettuce and tomato, roasted sweet potato, tossed salad, fresh fruit with citrus, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

The Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s website: www.archuletacounty.org/Seniors/seniors.asp.

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