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Plenty to do, plenty to write about at The Den

As I lean forward with my elbows on the desk and head in my hands, I blankly stare at the computer screen.

A couple of blinks and I snap to, realizing I need to ask for help.

My ideas on what to write are endless; I live and breathe senior center ideas, finding my most productive time to be in the bathtub while reading a magazine, buoyed by bubbles.

Hmm. All my magazines are crinkled and much thicker than they used to be. At least they are well read and I relaxed for a short bit. But my time is not endless; this is where I succumb to asking for help.

I need a volunteer to write part of this article each week. You need to love to work with people and be creative to take on this adventure. Jodi, I miss you and your writing style, but since whining will get me nowhere, back to the matter at hand. My volunteer will also need to spend a bit of time getting to know our people and interviewing them now and then which means you get to hang out here a bit.

I’m accepting applications/resumes for this creative position through the end of July. Call me at 264-2167.

Preventive Services

Did you know that as a result of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare now covers a yearly wellness visit and many preventive screenings and services?

Preventive services like these can find health problems early, when treatment works best. These services can also help keep you from getting certain diseases or illnesses.

Take advantage of your yearly wellness visit. If you have Medicare, the yearly wellness visit is your opportunity to talk with your doctor to make sure you’re getting the care you need, including a review of any prescriptions you are taking. At this visit, you and your doctor can do the following:

• Review your medical and family history.

• Create a list of your current providers and prescriptions.

• Take height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements.

• Create a screening schedule for appropriate preventive services for you.

• Create a list of risk factors and treatment options for you.

Get discounts on prescription drugs. If you have Medicare prescription drug coverage and you’re in the donut hole during 2011, you get a 50 percent discount on covered brand name prescription drugs you buy at the pharmacy or order through the mail. This benefit helps make your prescription drugs more affordable so you will take them as prescribed to stay healthy.

Keep you and your friends and family healthy. The best way to stay well is to live a healthy lifestyle. You can be healthier and prevent disease by exercising, eating well, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking. Getting preventive services you need is just another way of taking good care of your health. Tell your friends and family with Medicare about them, too. Because when you share the news, you share the health.

Need More Information? Call The Silver Foxes Den Senior at 264-2167 to schedule an appointment. Visit www.MyMedicare.gov to see descriptions of covered preventive services and track the services you get. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. This information prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Picnic in the Park

July 22 is the day to be there, or be square. Town Park that is.

The kitchen crew is preparing oven-fried chicken just for you, but if you want to partake in the scrumptious meal, you need to make a reservation. Please remember if you make a reservation, we make a meal for you; if you can’t make it, please call to cancel 24 hours in advance. We’re looking forward to another awesome day, filled with good food and good company.

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.

Horse and buggy

A fun way to get around town, but not exactly the service we have to offer.

We have door-to-door bus service just for you that is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 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 is $2 per day. Our service area is limited; please call Rob at 264-2167 for details.

Homebound

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.

Weekly activities

Thursday, July 14 — Pancake breakfast 7:30-11 a.m.

Friday, July 15 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI meeting 1 p.m.

Monday, July 18 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Readers Digesting 12:45 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, July 19 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20 — “Why Organic?,” with Cathy McIver from Old Town Market 12:45 p.m.; Sky Ute Casino 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 21 — Administrative day.

Friday, July 22 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Book Club 10:30 p.m.; Picnic in the Park noon.

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 p.m.

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

Monday, July 18 — Dijon chicken, steamed brown rice with parsley, green salad, orange, beets, whole wheat roll, blueberry cobbler.

Tuesday, July 19 — Meatloaf with beef gravy, whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, gelatin with fruit cocktail, whole wheat roll.

Wednesday, July 20 — Chili con carne, sliced yellow squash with onion, fresh apple, homemade sopapilla.

Thursday, July 21 — Closed.

Friday, July 22 — Picnic in the Park. Oven fried chicken, baked potato, spinach-mandarin salad, peaches, cornbread.

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