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Volunteer to deliver meals to the homebound

Our homebound need you.

Who are our homebound?

They are your mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors.

They may be homebound because they have an illness. Perhaps they are frail or are recovering from an illness or surgery.

We provide more than a meal with our home-delivery service; we are here to help older people retain their independence with dignity while remaining in their own homes and communities.

But we need your help, too. Perhaps you, a group you participate in, or the business where you work would like to help our homebound by volunteering to deliver meals. Just one to two hours per week brightens the lives of our people.

Please call Musetta at 264-2167 for more information.

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.

We recommend anyone enrolled in Part D, or needing to enroll, to schedule an appointment. The program(s) can, and sometimes do, change their 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.

• Are you enrolled automatically in a plan through Medicaid? Auto enrollment plans may not be right for you and specific to your needs

• 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.

You are encouraged 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.

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

Special event

Dr. Kurz will be at The Den on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. This month’s topic: diabetes.

Transportation

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

The meals are prepared in our kitchen by the same cooks who prepare the 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, Nov. 11 — Closed for Veterans Day.

Monday, Nov. 14 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 — 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 — 12:30 p.m. Dr. Kurz.

Thursday, Nov. 17 — Administrative day, no services.

Friday, Nov. 18 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

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, Nov. 11 — Closed for Veterans Day.

Monday, Nov. 14 — Hamburger on whole wheat bun, lettuce and tomato, oven fried potatoes, chopped spinach, winter fruit salad.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 — Chicken piccata, tossed salad, orzo with dill, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, fruit salad, flan custard.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 — Homemade macaroni and cheese with ham slice, tossed salad, peas, bran muffin, banana and mandarin oranges.

Thursday, Nov. 17 — Closed, no services.

Friday, Nov. 18 — Hearty ground beef and cabbage casserole, whipped potatoes, seasoned green beans, bread pudding.

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