Senior News: Wellness is not a ‘New Age’ term


    By Cheryl Wilkinson
    PREVIEW Columnist

    Wellness was coined as a collective term in 1961 by physician Halbert Dunn for lifestyles that pursue overall well-being. Well-being is the state of being; wellness is the actions and decisions we made in our daily lives that impact the state of our overall physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational and social lives. 

    Wellness is an active process. That means we have to choose to be engaged. We know that eating well and physical exercise are important to our well-being. Other ways of boosting our well-being include bathing, reading, making or listening to music, and talking with others. 

    Caregivers provide the bridge for many of the activities above, including reading out loud or finding out what music that person likes and bringing that into the daily environment. Adults 60 and better who volunteer gain benefits across the board — and live longer and experience an improved sense of well-being. Less pain can be another gain from staying engaged, as is improved immunity, lower levels of depression, less isolation and improved memory. 

    Check in with yourself and see if there’s anything that would make you or someone you love happier. Wellness throughout your life doesn’t mean you don’t age — it simply means you have greater enjoyment. You can choose the levels of social, intellectual and other engagement that suit you best, in keeping with the changes you experience over time in your abilities (or the abilities of those you love and care for). 

    You can learn about Archuleta Seniors Inc. programs here in Pagosa Springs, find resources for wellness and aging, and make reservations with The Community Café for take-out and Meals on Wheels at:

    Meals on Wheels
    volunteers needed

    The Pagosa Springs Senior Center Meals on Wheels program delivers approximately 3,000 fresh and frozen meals a year. We deliver fresh Meals on Wheels five days a week (and provide frozen Meals on Wheels for weekends) to homebound Archuleta County residents to help them stay healthy and independent in their own homes. 

    This program is vitally important because many seniors have little to no access to nutritious meals. They are often too frail or have health complications that prevent them from preparing meals for themselves or from using the Senior Center’s Community Café drive-thru meals pick-up site Monday though Friday. 

    The Senior Center needs volunteer Meals on Wheels Drivers for one day a week (or become part of our substitute driver team). Please join us as part of our driver team and build wonderful relationships with the seniors in our community. Call (970) 264-2167.

    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 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 (970) 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 (970) 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 (970) 264-2167.

    The Community
    Café menu

    Thursday, April 29 — Pulled-pork sandwich, spaghetti squash with bok choy, milk, salad and lime dessert.

    Friday, April 30 — Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, milk, salad and cranberry salad.

    Monday, May 3 — Ham, penne pesto pasta, green beans with red peppers, milk, salad and cheesecake.

    Tuesday, May 4 — Garlic chicken, sauteed spinach, focaccia bread with butter, milk and salad.

    Wednesday, May 5 — Pot roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, milk, salad and blueberry cobbler.

    Thursday, May 6 — Vegetable soup, leek quiche, boule bread with butter, milk and salad.

    Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at (970) 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.