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Saying good-bye is a tough thing to do

I sighed as I said farewell to one of our extended family members last week and yet another this week.

I reflected on the first day I met him when he came to the office needing assistance with Medicare drug plans.

A few months would go by before we meet again; this time, he was obviously worried and asking for help. His wife was ill which left him to take on new duties he had never been responsible for. As I gave him resources of where he could learn to balance his checkbook, we chatted about his ill wife. The more we chatted, the seriousness of her illness became quite apparent; my new friend needed help.

Referrals were made to agencies in our community that could assist in home care which included our home delivered meals. Mercy Home Health provided assistance in her direct care which gave my friend some hope and relief as he took on new responsibilities.

Unfortunately, his wife would not recover from her illness and has since passed on. His family generously donated many of her belongings to our Take Me Now free shelf, which, in turn, helped our folks in need.

While his family was in town finalizing her affairs, they all joined us for lunch a few times. A couple of weeks went by, our friend began joining us for lunch occasionally and we dined together a few times while he made new friends. He became a real regular here at The Den, another friendly smile amongst us.

Sometimes we need to make decisions in our lives that are not necessarily liked by all, I being one of those. What can I say, I get attached to my people and he was one of them. My friend made the decision to move close to family in another state, a good move for him and my selfish self pouts. I wholeheartedly understand and am thankful he has supportive family. Although he was only with us a handful of months I am thankful to have met him. Farewell my friend, until we meet again.

As I write I know it is going to be a hard lunch time today. Our buddy of several years is moving to Dallas to transition into a new chapter of her life.

Over the years she has joined us darn near every day; we’ve gone on outings together and talked of her career and family. As time went on her memory faded, however, her smile and good spirit stayed with her. Her dedicated and loving family helped her remain independent as long as possible, she came in regularly via our door to door bus service, joined us for lunch and moseyed on home.

Now it is time to mosey on to Dallas where she’ll have the regular assistance of staff in a wonderful, caring setting near her other son. We wish you well.


We appreciate the $100 donation from our friend; we will miss you. Your donation will be utilized in support of the programs you participated in, our assisted transportation and the meal program.

Ask the coroner

Everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask. Listen to Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht on Wednesday, July 27, at 12:45 p.m. as he shares the duties of his job. Bring along your questions that you’ve been dying to ask.

Alzheimers info

Elaine Stumpo of the Durango Alzheimer’s Association office will be at The Den on Friday, July 29, at 12:45 p.m. for a question and answer session. If you are struggling with a loved one or just need more information, please join us. Elaine can be reached at 259-0122.


A possible alternative to ground transportation, but not the service we have to offer. We have door-to-door bus service 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 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; call 264-2167 for details.

Knock Knock

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

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

Monday, July 25 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.; Poker 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27 — Blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; Ask the Coroner 12:45 p.m.; movie and popcorn, “True Grit,” 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 28 — Administrative day.

Friday, July 29 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Alzheimer’s Association question and answer 12:45 p.m.


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 22 — Picnic in the Park! Oven fried chicken, baked potato, spinach-mandarin salad, peaches, cornbread, reservations required.

Monday, July 25 — Grilled turkey and Swiss cheese sandwich on whole grain bread, homemade chunky tomato soup, crackers, salad, banana slices with orange juice.

Tuesday, July 26 — Chicken piccata, tossed salad, orzo with dill, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, fresh fruit salad.

Wednesday, July 27 — Whole wheat spaghetti with meat sauce and parmesan cheese, tossed salad, mandarin oranges, garlic breadstick.

Thursday, July 28 — Closed.

Friday, July 29 — July birthday meal: Honey barbecue chicken, baked potato, chopped spinach, banana, apple crisp with whipped topping.

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