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Medicare general enrollment begins Oct. 16 — get help at The Den

The 2012 General Enrollment for Medicare Prescription Plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage Plans is Oct. 16-Dec. 7.

No, you do not want to enroll in a plan just because it’s a plan your friend or neighbor recommends and here’s why; read on …

I highly recommend that anyone already enrolled in Part D, or needing to enroll, 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 low-income individuals 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 regard 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.

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

Remember, all our services are free.

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

Senior Center Month

When you hear “senior center,” do you picture older people (much older than you, of course) sitting around playing bingo?

If so, it’s time to update your vision.

Today’s senior center is not what it used to be. September is a great time to get to know your local center — it’s National Senior Center Month, sponsored by our National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC).

Help us help others

Due to budget restructuring, I am in need of a program coordinator (volunteer). Can you help answer phones that ring off the hook, create spreadsheets, enter data, come up with presentation ideas and schedule them? The sky is the limit with the help I can use. You must be able to work at a fast pace and be an awesome multi-tasker with a revolving door at your side.

Your reward for your assistance is fulfillment of the many needs of our seniors; a free lunch is a bonus, too.

I am looking for a writer to help out with the weekly column. One idea for a writer would be to interview our Senior of the Week. Perhaps you or others have ideas.

Like to greet people and lend a hand? We have the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for a few people to greet our folks, introduce new clients to our services, show them the ropes of the dining room and offer assistance to those needing help filling out our new client form.

Please call Musetta at 264-2167 for an application.

Thank you

Diane Smith — thanks for your donation of the cooler to our home-delivered meal program, and thanks to Dot Kirkham for being in the right place at the right time. Also to Jan Baker for her donation of some great puzzles.

Flu shots

Roll up your sleeve and get ready for your annual flu shot.

San Juan Basin Health Department staff will be in our lounge on Monday, Oct. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All you need is your Medicare card; it’s 100-percent covered. High dose is also available.

Feel free to stick around and join us for lunch; we’re serving pork chops. But remember to please make a reservation at 264-2167.

For more information on the flu shot, call the Health Department at 264-2409.

Stretch and breathe

Beginning in October, Margaret Burkesmith (certified yoga instructor and certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner) will offer free Stretch and Breathe classes — Oct. 3 and 17 at 10:45 a.m. The benefits of this 20-minute to half-hour class are:

• Creating health — by boosting one’s immune system and antioxidizing one’s inner digestive organs.

• Creating safety — creating an added awareness within oneself and in the space directly around them, as well as added strength, flexibility and mobility (especially around joints).

• Creating strength in the whole body, including inner organs.

• Creating better circulation within the organs and throughout the whole body (which adds an ability to focus and concentrate, as well).

• Creating coordination, concentration and increased capacity to listen.

• Assisting digestion and elimination.

• Creating a sense of calm and peace.

• Decreasing pain, stress and depression.

• Creating a sense of community and getting to know one another in a different way.

Sign up for this free class by calling Musetta at 264-2167, Ext. 28. Space is limited, so don’t miss out.

Transportation

Get out in the community and let us do the driving. Get to where you need to go; door-to-door bus service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, for seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day. Come hang out with us and enjoy our company. Call for details, 264-2167.

Special delivery

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness? Let us do the cooking. Enjoy Café Fox meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home-delivery program is available to those living closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town may be eligible for the frozen meal program. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $4 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

Friday, Sept. 28 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Monday, Oct. 1 — 10:30 a.m.-noon flu shots; 12:30 p.m. library news with Tiffany; 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 — 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 — No activities scheduled.

Thursday, Oct. 4 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Oct. 5 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Sept. 28 — Roast beef with gravy, baby carrots, dilled red potato salad, fruit salad, coconut and chocolate cream pies.

Monday, Oct. 1 — Pork chop with gravy, buttered beets, brown rice, raisin/nut cup, bran muffin, Mandarin oranges.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 — Spaghetti with meat sauce, seasoned green beans, tossed salad, peach slices, whole wheat roll.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 — Chicken-Cordon Bleu, brown rice pilaf, seasoned asparagus, broccoli salad, apricots, oatmeal muffin.

Thursday, Oct. 4 — Closed.

Friday, Oct. 5 — Homemade hamburger with whole wheat bun, lettuce, tomato, onion slices, roasted sweet potatoes, fruit salad with citrus, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

Reservations required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox.

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $4, guests $6, kids 12 and under $4. 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 $10.50. 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.

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