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Tickets available now for Senior Center fundraiser

Lisa Saunders is donating a portion of the proceeds from the Benefit Concert Extravaganza on Sept. 29 to the Pagosa Springs Senior Center.
The event will be at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
There will be Latin-fusion-inspired songs performed by Lisa Saunders and her amazing 12-piece band, Broke with Expensive Taste. Joining the ensemble will be the Batucada De Durango samba band and a variety of salsa and samba dancers, show girls, aerial silks and other surprises.
General admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at or at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 731-7469. VIP seating packages are available.
Falls prevention program
The Pagosa Springs Senior Center is pleased to announce our third Matter of Balance program.
A Matter of Balance is an award-winning falls prevention program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.
The classes help participants to:
• View falls and fear of falling as controllable.
• Set realistic goals for increasing activity.
• Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors.
• Promote exercise to increase strength and balance.
You can benefit from the classes if:
• You are concerned about falls.
• Have sustained a fall in the past.
• You restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
• You are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
• You are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve.
The Matter of Balance program lasts eight weeks. The program began on Sept. 27, with the next class on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Classes are on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Class size is limited.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to register. The classes are free.
Health and wellness
The Senior Center has a pilot program expanding health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring, or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
Clinical assessment will be provided by Tabitha Zappone, FNP-C.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
The next wellness event will be in October.
San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging long-term care ombudsman
By Kay Kaylor
A new feature of this column will be this section by your local long-term care ombudsman on resident rights and relevant laws and news about nursing and assisted living homes.
Colorado has 51 staff and 22 volunteer ombudsmen, and this region has two of us covering Archuleta, La Plata and Montezuma counties. We are all certified and must complete at least 15 hours of continuing education annually.
I am the Archuleta County ombudsman and I work part time to help protect the rights of people living in local facilities. Licensed facilities are required by law to allow ombudsmen to enter and visit with residents without interference from facility staff.
As an advocate for residents, I strive to help them resolve issues related to care, health, safety and resident rights to their satisfaction. I also attend regular resident and family council meetings, which residents use as a forum to express any complaints or approval.
The program is administered by Disability Law Colorado under a contract with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services. Local ombudsmen are guided, trained and evaluated by the state long-term care ombudsman, Anne Meier. In future columns, I will detail the resident rights intended to maximize quality of care.
For further information, you may call me at 403-2164.
Senior Discount Club memberships are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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 $5 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. 28 — Beef chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, shredded Brussels sprouts, dinner roll and salad bar.
Friday, Sept. 29 — Chicken and sausage jambalaya, okra, braised greens, French baguette with butter and salad bar.
Monday, Oct. 2 — Pork green enchilada, charro beans, Mexicali corn and salad bar.
Tuesday, Oct. 3 — Chicken potpie, seasoned green beans, salad bar and applesauce spice cake.
Wednesday, Oct. 4 — Beef Italian meatballs with spaghetti and marinara sauce, snap pea medley, focaccia bread and salad bar.
Thursday, Oct. 5 — Crunchy baked catfish, roasted beets, green peas, salad bar and lemon 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 dine in the Community Cafe at the Senior Center.


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