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The Den needs a hand with meal delivery

Volunteers are a solid base to our programs.

With more than 40 volunteers making it all work, we are able to provide home delivered meals to our homebound seniors.

Volunteers also assist our cooks, and help with transportation services, the Arboles meal program and Medicare counseling.

We currently have a need for a regularly-scheduled (once-a-week) volunteer to deliver meals to the homebound. We also have a vacancy in our dining room; following lunch we need assistance in tidy detail on Fridays.

Volunteers are rewarded with the smile on the faces of those they assist and a free meal. Please call me at 264-2167 for more information on how you can help.

Flu shot clinic

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

If you missed the flu shot clinic on the 5th, don’t fret — the health department is providing clinics every Wednesday from 8-10 a.m. beginning Oct. 12 and running to Dec. 1, at 502 S. 8th St.

For further information, contact the health department at 264-2409.

The shots are free if you are on Medicare (be sure to bring your card), or $25 without.

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.

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, to schedule an appointment. The program(s) can, and sometimes do, change the deductible, 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 the low income 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 specific drugs. Beware of letters you receive encouraging you to buy their program; it may not be best for you.

• Read any material you receive in the mail in regards to your plan; it may contain information on plan changes.

• Low income beneficiaries may 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 located 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 that we are able to meet your needs.

Remember, all our services are free.

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

Upcoming special events

Chair massage — a free 15-minute chair massage. Signup required.

Archuleta County Assessor Natalie Woodruff will be here Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. to educate us and answer questions regarding Senior Property Tax Exemption, the current status, etc. She’ll also bring applications.

Fall color tour. Hop on board our bus at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, for an approximate two-hour ride and enjoy the beautiful fall colors in the Pagosa Springs area. A $2 donation is suggested for those age 60-plus; seating is limited, reservations required.

Breakfast for lunch. It’s breakfast for lunch day on Friday, Oct. 14. Roll out of bed, stay comfy and come on down to the senior center in your pajamas or robe and enjoy breakfast for lunch! French toast, turkey ham slice, potato broccoli frittata and an orange wedge. Suggested donation $3 for age 60-plus.

Snowfall prediction. How psychic are you? Predict when the first measureable snow will fall at The Den. Sign up with Rob by Oct. 19. The winner will receive a free meal.

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 by the same cooks who prepare our 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 at The Den

Friday, Oct. 7 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym walk 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 10 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 — Chair massage 10 a.m.; Scrabble 10:30 p.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 — Blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; assessors office question and answer 12:30 p.m.; fall color tour 2 p.m. (registration required).

Thursday, Oct. 13 — Administrative day, no services.

Friday, Oct. 14 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10; Gym walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI meeting 1 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, Oct. 7 — Beef lasagna, tossed salad, green beans, apricots, garlic breadstick.

Monday, Oct. 10 — Baked chicken, black eyed peas, orange beets, salad, whole wheat roll, orange wedge.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 — Grilled cheese and ham on whole wheat bread, homemade chunky tomato soup, whole wheat crackers, salad, banana slices with a splash of orange juice.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 — Lemon-baked fish, oven-browned potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, vanilla ice cream with strawberries and bananas.

Thursday, Oct. 13 — Closed.

Friday, Oct. 14 — Whole wheat French toast, turkey ham slice, potato broccoli frittata, orange wedge.

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