Senior Center to host lecture by Calvin Webb

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    The Pagosa Springs Senior Center is hosting a second lecture by Calvin Webb. The lecture will presented be on Friday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in dinning room of the Senior Center.
    A pizza party will be held after the lecture. To make reservations, please call 264-2167.
    Third AARP Smart Driver Course scheduled
    Due to popular demand, the Senior Center is hosting a third AARP Smart Driver course on Oct. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.
    The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.
    Why take the course?
    Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result what they learned in the course and over eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.
    AARP membership is not required to take the course.
    The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.
    To register, visit aarp.org/findacourse. Senior Center staff will be glad to help you register.
    San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging: House hearing on nursing homes
    By Kay Kaylor
    As the part-time long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County, I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge and BeeHive Homes.
    On Sept. 6, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled “Examining Federal Efforts to Ensure Quality of Care and Resident Safety in Nursing Homes.” The hearing explored the roles of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the Inspector General.
    According to National Consumer Voice, after media reports described instances of abuse and neglect in nursing homes, particularly when 12 nursing home residents died in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Hollywood Hills, Fla., the House Committee on Energy and Commerce began conducting oversight of nursing homes. The hearing heard government witnesses about emergency preparedness in long-term care facilities and CMS’s oversight of national nursing homes.
    The two-hour hearing and documents are available at: https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/examining-federal-efforts-to-ensure-quality-of-care-and-resident-safety-in-nursing-homes/.
    The Voice commended the subcommittee and issued a lengthy statement addressing numerous problems and suggesting solutions. It cited 2013-2016 reports on harm to skilled nursing home residents, including preventable harm, and on nursing home mishandling and failing to prevent abuse, as well as the statistic that 20 percent of residents are receiving antipsychotic medications, a regulated chemical restraint.
    For further information, you may call me at 403-2164 or send an email to ombudsman2@sjbaaa.org.
    Menu
    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 $8.50 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. 20 — Chicken and pork sausage gumbo, eggplant medley, milk, salad bar and bread pudding with pecans.
    Friday, Sept. 21 — Beef Philly cheesesteak, cream of broccoli soup, apple cider vinegar coleslaw, milk, salad bar and cherry cobbler.
    Monday, Sept. 24 — Shrimp scampi with orzo, french-cut green beans, stir-fried zucchini, breadstick with butter, milk and salad bar.
    Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Turkey broccoli/rice casserole, yellow squash medley, milk, salad bar and baked apples.
    Wednesday, Sept. 26 — Beef chicken-fried steak with gravy, potato and leek soup, buttered corn, milk, salad bar and banana cream pie.
    Thursday, Sept. 27 — Chicken paprikash, beets braised in butter, cabbage steaks, milk, salad bar and sugar cookie.
    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.