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When stress hits, take care of you, first

As a quick reminder during stressful times, remember to take care of yourself.

Perhaps you might clear your mind and take a hot bath, go for a walk, listen to your favorite music, concentrate on your breathing to relax or listen to the birds.

Whatever it is, just do it!

Home health fraud

A quote from the Assistant Deputy Inspector General for Investigations.

“We are now seeing more Medicare fraud cases involving home health services than any other single program area. The vast majority involve personal care services, which are nonmedical services provided by unskilled aides who assist recipients with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living).”

To help you keep track of your healthcare visits, the senior center still has copies of Personal Health Care Journal. Stop by and pick one up or ask for one to be mailed to you.

Holiday good tidings

The dining room filled with good tidings as Beverly Arrendell played holiday music on the piano, while Joseph Portal led the songs; my heart felt the joy as everyone joined in. The songs were sung in the dining room with cheer in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would appear. Those who chose to exchange a gift anxiously made their way to the tree to pick out a gift; while the sounds of merriment came from around the tree, Santa appeared with a loud “Ho, ho, ho!” The spirit of the holidays was strong and I felt blessed to be part of our extended family. Thank you to Archuleta Seniors, Inc. for providing holiday yummies and goodie bags, to Liz Schnell for making 40 pairs of bed socks and to Beverly, Joseph and Santa for making the spirit bright. Also thank you to an anonymous soul for donating home-baked cookies; you know how to bake!

Dining certificates

Awesome news: the United Way dining gift certificates are available again. Just $20 will get you a gift certificate/stocking stuffer to one of almost 30 participating restaurants right here in our community. But, first …

Why should you choose to use one of the gift certificates? Because, if you go out to eat, why not use a dining certificate instead of cash; $4 will be donated by the restaurant to United Way at no cost to you, just for using the gift certificate (now how easy is that?). The Senior Center receives funding from United Way. And, hey, the certificates don’t expire until April 30, 2012.

For more information, call Musetta at 264-2167. On behalf of our seniors, thank you!

Medicare 101

Are you new to Medicare and lost or confused by all the literature you have received? Do you know which portions you need to enroll in, A, B, C, D? What the heck are all those letters anyway? Did you know you are entitled to certain free services? Well, we have the answer for you in Medicare 101.

Medicare 101 is for those who are new to Medicare or about to venture into the new world of Medicare.

Join us for this very informative session on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10:30, registration required, 264-2167/ All you need is an empty head, because we are going to fill it up.

Special event

Ring in the New Year a tad early on Friday, Dec. 30, at noon at The Den with an apple cider toast and merriment.

Transportation service

Not driving anymore? Car in the shop? Get to where you need to go; 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

Are you homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Senior Center meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal home-delivery program is available to those closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. For those living farther out of town, you may be eligible for the frozen meal program. 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, Dec. 30 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; noon Ring in the New Year 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, Jan. 2 — Closed.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Jan. 4 — No special events.

Thursday, Jan. 5 — Closed for administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 6 — 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, Dec. 30 — Birthday meal: roast beef, baked potato, tossed salad, seasoned green beans, whole grain bread, chocolate frosted cupcake.

Monday, Jan. 2 — Closed.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 — Chicken parmesan on whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce, tossed salad, breadstick, tropical fruit.

Wednesday, Jan. 4 — Hamburger with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on whole wheat bun, roasted sweet potatoes, fresh fruit salad, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

Thursday, Jan. 5 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Jan. 6 — Oven-fried fish with tartar sauce, steamed brown rice, creamy coleslaw with pineapple, glazed carrots, wheat roll, bread pudding.

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