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The season is upon us, time to get your flu shot

It’s that time of year again, and who wants that hacking, running nose, achy miserable flu anyway?

Ward off the flu and get your shot on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Bring your Medicare card or $25 to the lounge at The Den.

Arboles folks, roll up your sleeves: your shots will be given during the regularly scheduled senior lunch, Thursday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m.-noon in the basement of the Catholic Church.

If you miss the clinic, stop by the Health Department located at 502 S. 8th St., Wednesdays 8-10 a.m., Oct. 12-Dec. 1.

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

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

Our counselors are ready to tackle open enrollment and help you navigate your way through the process; our calendar is ready for scheduling.

I highly recommend anyone enrolled in Part D, or needing to enroll, schedule an appointment. The program(s) can, and sometimes do, change their deductibles, the drugs they cover and how much you pay for the drug. Some of the low income plans will no longer be offering services to low income residents this year, however, they may still offer to enroll you at a higher cost.

• Don’t get caught by surprise; make sure you are enrolled in the plan that best suits your needs. Your neighbor may have a great plan, but it may not be great for you. The best plan for you is based on your use of specific medications. Beware of letters you receive encouraging you to buy a program; it may not be best for you.

• Read any materials you receive in the mail in regard to your plan — it may contain information on plan changes.

• Low income beneficiaries might qualify for extra help with drug costs.

• Remember, Medicare will never call you selling a product; never give out your Medicare number.

• When in doubt, contact our SHIP office at the Senior Center.

We highly encourage you to make your appointment early. As we move later into open enrollment, we are extremely busy and want to make sure we are able to meet your needs.

Remember, all our services are free.

For further information, or to schedule an appointment, call 264-2167.

Palliative care

Palliative care can be defined as an interdisciplinary approach to care that improves the quality of life for patients and families facing challenges associated with life-threatening illness by means of early identification and treatment.

The focus of palliative care is relief of suffering. Palliative care can be provided at hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and in patients’ homes.

Join Palliative Care Advanced Practice Nurse Dan Keuning, of the Centura Health at Home Palliative Care Program, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 12:30 p.m. to learn more about this helpful program.

Transportation service

Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus; suggested donation is $2 per day. Call for details, 264-2167.

Home meal delivery

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

Weekly activities

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

Monday, Oct. 3 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4 — Scrabble 10:30 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 — Flu shot clinic 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Dan Keuning “Pallative Care” program.

Thursday, Oct. 6 — Administrative day, no services.

Friday, Oct. 7 — 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 via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other donations 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, Sept. 30 — Birthday meal: Roast beef, baked potato, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, cupcake with chocolate frosting.

Monday, Oct. 3 — Oven-fried chicken, baked potato, spinach mandarin salad, peaches, cornbread.

Tuesday, Oct. 4 — Roast beef sandwich on whole grain bread, lettuce and tomato, vegetable soup, Waldorf salad, orange wedges.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 — Crunchy baked fish, whipped sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, creamy coleslaw, banana.

Thursday, Oct. 6 — Closed.

Friday, Oct. 7 — Beef lasagna, tossed salad, green beans, apricots, garlic breadstick.

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