Senior News: If you need help, ask for it — and if you can lend a hand, offer one

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    By Cheryl Wilkinson
    PREVIEW Columnist

    This story is about caregivers -— which is not an us-and-them tale. Each of us sits on both sides of the caregiver/receiver coin at any given point in our lives. Even those who seem the most fortunate, hardworking, capable and strong will need a hand at some point. Right now, we all fall in the need-a-hand category — everyone is seeking balance on some level.

    At ASI, our focus is largely on robust nutrition and social engagement. Good nutrition makes everything else possible for all of us — across the socioeconomic spectrum. Social engagement lets us know we have a place in our community.

    Yet, 15 million more people in the U.S. this year will experience food insecurity than last year — for a total of 50 million — according to Feeding America. 

    The most recent Census Household Pulse Survey from University of Chicago and University of Notre Dame reports that:

    • Our national poverty rate jumped to 11.7 percent in November, up from 9.3 percent in June — nearly double the largest annual increase since the 1960s.

    • One in three adults are having a somewhat or very difficult time covering household expenses; and more than 27 million adults -— almost 13 percent of all adults in the U.S. — are in households with sometimes or often not enough to eat.

    All of this means little things matter more than ever. Remember that everyone around you is also trying to find time to take care of themselves while they keep up with the rest of daily life. Smile more, bark less. And if you have a hand to lend, offer it.

    If you’re a family caregiver to someone in your home or a professional caregiver in the community, you may want to take a look at a just-released report on wellness coaching: https://mlia.cmail19.com/t/r-l-judkcc-otdtldyfk-i/.

    You can learn more at: http://www.psseniors.org/.

    Take-out meals continue at Senior Center

    In order to continue providing meals, The Pagosa Springs Senior Center is offering take-out hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center. 

    These meals will be available Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for lunch for those age 60 and better. If you need to have your meal delivered, please call 264-2167 to see if this option is available in your area. 

    The cost per meal for the public age 59 and under is $8.50. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread. 

    Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We are also continuing our Meals on Wheels program. 

    There will be no games, classes or presentations during this time. The staff will be available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.

    The Community
    Café menu

    Thursday, Dec. 24 — Closed for Christmas Eve.

    Friday, Dec. 25 — Closed for Christmas Day.

    Monday, Dec. 28 — Cod and white bean cassoulet, braised greens, milk, salad and carrot cake.

    Tuesday, Dec. 29 — Chicken and dumplings, broccoli, milk, salad and cranberry cheesecake.

    Wednesday, Dec. 30 — Beef stroganoff with buttered noodles, Brussels sprouts with sweet chili lime sauce, milk, salad and chocolate mousse.

    Thursday, Dec. 31 — Closed for New Year’s Eve.