Falls prevention classes to start Sept. 27


    A Matter of Balance is an award-winning falls prevention program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.
    The classes help participants to:
    • View falls and fear of falling as controllable.
    • Set realistic goals for increasing activity.
    • Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors.
    • Promote exercise to increase strength and balance.
    You can benefit from the classes if:
    • You are concerned about falls.
    • Have sustained a fall in the past.
    • You restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
    • You are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
    • You are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve.
    The Pagosa Springs Senior Center is please to announce our third Matter of Balance program. The Matter of Balance program lasts eight weeks. Classes are on Wednesdays beginning on Sept. 27. Each class is from 9 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Class size is limited. Please call 264-2167 for more information or to register. Classes are free.
    Medical equipment for seniors
    Seniors who need walking canes, walkers and other durable medical equipment can check out both the Methodist Thrift Store at 427 Lewis St. and the Humane Society Thrift Store at 279 Pagosa St.
    Managers at both stores indicate equipment used by seniors is donated from time to time. Seniors shopping at either thrift store should ask at the service desk for assistance. At both stores, these items are kept in designated storage areas, and workers will be glad to assist seniors.
    Health and wellness
    The Pagosa Senior Center has a pilot program expanding health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring, or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
    There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
    Clinical assessment will be provided by Tabitha Zappone, FNP-C.
    The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
    The next wellness event will be Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Computer center
    The Senior Center provides computer access to seniors who are members of the Discount Club.
    Computer stations are available by the hour. If no one has signed up for the next hour, seniors may continue to use the computer for an additional hour(s).
    Computer and Internet access is available during business hours when staff is in attendance and classes are not in session.
    Medical alert system
    Medical alert monitoring systems are available for seniors. We can help you get set up with a system and assist with the monthly service charges or, if you already have a system in place, we can help supplement the monthly service fees.
    Please call 264-2167 for more information or to sign up.
    Medicare Mondays
    Are you turning 65? Do you need some help with Medicare? The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging has openings every Monday at the Senior Center to help you with your Medicare enrollment questions.
    Here are some quick tips: If you are collecting Social Security, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare parts A and B. We can help you pick a Part D Prescription Drug Plan. If you don’t enroll in a Part D plan, you could face penalties. If you are new to Medicare, you have an eight-month Special Enrollment Period to sign up for parts A, B and D around your 65th birthday. Medicare starts after your employment ends or the group health insurance plan based on your current employment ends, whichever happens first. You do not pay late penalties if you enroll within the eight-month Special Enrollment Period. COBRA and retiree health plans are not considered coverage based on current employment.
    Important dates: General enrollment runs from Jan. 1 through March 31 each year and coverage starts July 1. Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is open (or annual) enrollment for switching plans for Part D and a Medicare Cost Plan; coverage starts Jan. 1.
    If you would like to talk to a Medicare counselor, please contact the Area Agency on Aging to make an appointment. Please call 264-0501, ext. 2. We will put you in touch with one of our talented and experienced Medicare counselors.
    Senior Discount Club memberships are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Everyone is welcome to join us for lunch. If you are a senior (60 years and older), for only a $4 suggested donation, you are eligible for a hot meal, drink and a salad prepared by our kitchen staff.
    The guest fee for those 59 and under is $10 and children 10 years and under can eat for $5 each. Access to the salad bar is only $6 for those under 60.
    Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Thursday, Sept. 14 — Moroccan tilapia fish, baked sweet potato, spinach, salad bar and buttermilk pie.
    Friday, Sept. 15 — Hamburger beef gravy over brown rice pilaf, broccoli with red peppers, Irish carrots, dinner roll and salad bar.
    Monday, Sept. 18 — Chicken enchiladas, charro beans, squash calabacitas and salad bar.
    Tuesday, Sept. 19 — Barbecue beef meatballs, bacon green beans, roasted beets, salad bar and brownie.
    Wednesday, Sept. 20 — Lemon baked salmon, wild rice pilaf, green peas, roasted sweet potatoes and salad bar.
    Thursday, Sept. 21 — Herb baked chicken, buttered asparagus, ginger carrots, salad bar and banana pudding.
    Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at 264-2167 by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine in the Community Cafe at the Senior Center.
    For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always attend. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days.