Senior News: Be extra gentle right now


    By Cheryl Wilkinson
    PREVIEW Columnist

    This falls under the category of being blindsided by the unexpected. We’re all champing at the bit to get the world back to some semblance of normal, or as close as we can get. What we might not realize is that in between the full on pandemic and the reopening of our communities, we may miss a stage in our own recovery.

    Many people have expressed their gratitude at falling “numbers” and access to vaccines. They describe a sense of stress falling from their shoulders in a way that they didn’t even realize how great the weight really was for them. We’ve all been counting ourselves lucky, hoping for jobs and income to return, looking for stability and trying to hold a good thought all the while.

    Now that we have a vision that the future may actually happen for us, take some time to be gentle with yourself, your family, your loved ones. We’re all pretty bruised right now, some more than others — but we all deserve some down time to just sit, soak up spring as it emerges and take a few deep breaths.

    Take time to recover as you reenter the world. You’re not the only one feeling overwhelmed with the very thought of all those regular little interactions, tasks and disruptions that build up when we begin to go out again. Small things may seem ridiculously hard. Familiar things don’t exist for most of us anymore. Go slow, take small steps and, please, be gentle with yourself and those around you.

    You can learn more about the Community Café, take out and Meals on Wheels reservations, and other ASI programs on our website:

    VITA tax preparation

    Due to COVID-19, the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will not be coming to Pagosa Springs to prepare federal and state income tax returns this year. 

    VITA will be preparing 2020 tax returns at no charge as part of the VITA program in Durango. Please register at: The gross income limit this tax season is $54,000. 

    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, March 18 — Turkey wrap, hummus, milk, salad and dessert.

    Friday, March 19 — Pulled pork sandwich, pinto beans, milk, salad and dessert.

    Monday, March 22 — Ham and cheese wrap, hummus, milk, salad and dessert.

    Tuesday, March 23 — Hot chicken salad, buttered peas, milk, salad and cornbread with butter.

    Wednesday, March 24 — Pulled pork sandwich, pinto beans, milk, salad and dessert.

    Thursday, March 25 — Italian wedding soup, focaccia bread with butter, milk, salad and dessert.

    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 drive through and pick up a meal. 

    For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always pick up. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days. We want to thank everyone for their support by observing our reservation policy. This helps ensure that everyone with reservations receives a meal and enables us to provide additional and healthier meals.

    Due to COVID-19, food supplies have been affected. Substitutions will be made accordingly.