Senior News: Crossing the divide


    By Cheryl Wilkinson
    PREVIEW Columnist

    We are a divided world, one in which the young seem to outstrip the old on technology, yet miss the grounding experiences that make those who are on the older side of the spectrum feel more secure when the world goes through its ups and downs. 

    The pandemic has, of course, deepened the divide between generations in many cases. Some families have consolidated into multigenerational homes during the past year, some because of financial pressures or health care needs. Others have become farther apart, communicating only through remote platforms and phone calls due to distance or the need to remain isolated against the virus. For those younger, they can be missing the assurance and confidence that older adults can bring to the conversation. For those older, they can be missing the interactions with their children and grandchildren. 

    Overall, according to Karl Pillemer, a gerontologist at Cornell University, “People 70 and older are happier than others, have higher life satisfaction, a better ability to regulate their emotions and to focus on the positive, whatever happens. They have developed an understanding that happiness … is something that happens in spite of the outer conditions of life, and not because of them.” 

    Pillemer spearheaded the Cornell Crisis Advice Project, where adults 60 and better are communicating with younger community members to help these less experienced generations better deal with the chaos that the pandemic has wrought on our lives. Other organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere are working to bring the generations together. If you’re interested in learning more about bringing generations together to tell their stories and revitalize lives through greater intergenerational interactions, you can visit: 

    You can go to our website to learn about ASI programs here in Pagosa Springs, find resources for wellness and aging, and make takeout and Meals on Wheels reservations from The Community Café at:

    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 25 — Italian wedding soup, roasted zucchini, onions and tomatoes, focaccia bread with butter, milk and salad.

    Friday, March 26 — Mediterranean tuna sandwich, broccoli salad, milk, salad and peach cobbler.

    Monday, March 29 — Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, focaccia bread with butter, milk and salad. 

    Tuesday, March 30 — Ham and cheese wrap, hummus with baby carrots, milk, salad and Rice Krispie treat. 

    Wednesday, March 31 — Chicken curry salad sandwich, broccoli salad, milk, salad and Key lime pie.

    Thursday, April 1 — Spinach quiche, cauliflower mashed, milk, salad and strawberry shortcake.

    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.