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Medicare Open Enrollment, call us for help

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

Be sure to pay attention to any literature you receive in the mail from either CMS (Medicare) or your current plan. If you received a colored letter from CMS, there have been changes in your plan. If you do not understand your letter, be sure to call our office and we’ll schedule an appointment with one of our counselors for free assistance.

Remember, you do not want to enroll in a plan just because it’s a plan your friend or neighbor recommends and here’s why.

I highly recommend anyone already 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 recipients 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 materials 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 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.

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? 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 the 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? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for a few people who would like to greet our folks, introduce new clients to our services, show them the ropes in the dining room and offer assistance to those needing help filling out our new client form.

Naked walls

We have been enjoying the photo display of Navy Photographer Rob Gaston and now it’s time to enjoy our next artist’s work. Who will it be? Do you have photos, paintings, etc. you would like to display on our dining room walls for the senior diners to enjoy? If so, please contact me at 264-2167.

Weekly activities

Friday, Oct. 19 — 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.

Monday, Oct. 22 — 12:30 p.m. Gym walk; 1 p.m. Canasta.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 — 12:30 p.m. attorney Mike Green, presentation on banking and types of accounts; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.Wednesday, Oct. 24 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checks.

Thursday, Oct. 25 — No scheduled activities.

Friday, Oct. 26 — 9 a.m. Geezers; 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. book club; 12:30 p.m. Gym Walk.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Oct. 19 — Baked tilapia with mushroom sauce, peas, yogurt and cucumber salad, Mandarin oranges

Monday, Oct. 22 — Baked chicken, black eyed peas, salad, orange beets, orange wedges, whole wheat roll.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 — French dip, mixed veggies, oven browned potatoes, fresh orange, brownie.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 — Roast pork with gravy, baked apple, whipped potatoes, veggie California blend, whole wheat roll, raisin nut cup, fresh orange.

Thursday, Oct. 25 — Chicken parmesan, whole wheat spaghetti, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, tropical fruit.

Friday, Oct. 26 — October birthday meal. Meatloaf with beef gravy, whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, apple pie.

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. Call 264-2167 for reservations.

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