Affordable Care Act information session at The Den


    SUN Columnist

    If you missed the September presentation about the Affordable Care Act, well, we’ve gotcha covered.

    Renee Burch, health coverage guide, will return to the Senior Center Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 12:30 p.m. to make sure you know the scoop.

    The Affordable Care Act is changing how health insurance works for all of us. Soon, virtually everyone in Colorado will be able to get health insurance, whatever their health history. Insurance will be available either through their employer, Medicaid, or on their own through a new marketplace called Connect for Health Colorado.

    The best news of all is that new federal assistance will make it more affordable for you than ever before.  Federal assistance will be available to small employers and individuals who meet income guidelines. In addition, Medicaid coverage will be available to an additional 160,000 people in Colorado.

    You are not required to use this new marketplace, however, to get help paying for your insurance, you must apply for your insurance and the assistance through Connect for Health Colorado.

    Flu shots

    Get your flu shot Wednesday at the Senior Center, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

    The flu shot is 100 percent covered by Medicare; bring your Medicare card, the high dose vaccine is available. The vaccination is $25 without Medicare.

    Call 264-2409 or 335-2017 for more information. The aroma of a wonderful lunch may get to you while you are standing in line, so plan ahead and call and make your reservation for lunch by 9 a.m.

    Medicare 101

    Confused by all the literature you are receiving?

    Just exactly what are Parts A, B, C and D?

    Don’t know where to turn?

    We have the answers.

    Attend Medicare 101 where a SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) counselor will navigate you through the SHIP and explain what you need to know. All counselors are trained through the State of Colorado Division of Insurance SHIP program and are part of Archuleta County Senior Services. There is no charge for their services and they’ll help you get what you need to know and even help you enroll through a scheduled one on one appointment.

    The next Medicare 101 will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd., at the north end of the Ross Aragon Community Center. Please register for this informative session by calling 264-2167.

    AARP Driver Safety 

    The next class at the Senior Center is Thursday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration is required. AARP members pay $12, non-members $14.

    For more information, and to register, call Lois O’Dell at 259-5589.

    Weekly activities

    Friday, Sept. 27 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. Book Club; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

    Monday, Sept. 30 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

    Tuesday, Oct. 1 — 10:30 a.m. Medicare 101, gym walk during open gym; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

    Wednesday, Oct. 2 — noon, flu shots, bring your Medicare card.

    Thursday, Oct. 3 — Medicare counseling by appointment.

    Friday, Oct. 4 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 10:30 a.m. brain injury support group; 12:30 p.m. gym walk during open gym.

    Cafe Fox menu

    All meals include our great salad bar.

    Friday, Sept. 27 — Chicken fried steak, country gravy, roasted red potatoes, California veggies, salad, raisin-nut cup, pineapple-orange cake.

    Monday, Sept. 30 — Ham and black eyed peas, broccoli, salad, corn bread, red grapes, banana slices.

    Tuesday, Oct. 1 — Lemon chicken, oven browned potatoes, broccoli, split pea soup, whole wheat bread, chocolate pudding.

    Wednesday, Oct. 2 — Stuffed peppers, rosemary potatoes, steamed carrots, strawberries ‘n vanilla yogurt.

    Thursday, Oct. 3 — Closed.

    Friday, Oct. 4 — Macaroni and cheese with ham, tossed salad, peas, bran muffin, bananas and Mandarin oranges.

    Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. You can make your reservation up to one week in advance by calling 264-2167, through our website at, at select departments and at the Senior Center.

    Suggested donation for older adults age 60 plus is $4, 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 individual donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $12.85. 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.