South-Central Colorado Seniors

South-Central Colorado Seniors We are the local Area Agency on Aging for the San Luis Valley and all counties there-in. We serve the 60+ community, providing resources and help.

The Area Agency on Aging Office for the San Luis Valley

Operating as usual

01/21/2022
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01/04/2022

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12/02/2021

TIME IS SHORT - OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS
DECEMBER 7, 2021..

ARE YOU STILL CONFUSED ABOUT MEDICARE OR YOUR SUPPLEMENT CHOICE?

Colorado SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) can help you:

* Understand your options
* Make informed choices
* Know your rights
* SAVE MONEY

CALL 1-888-696-7213 (if they try to transfer you to the local SHIP Counselor through South-Central Colorado Seniors, Inc., Area Agency on Aging within the San Luis Valley, our SHIP Counselor does NOT have openings for local appointments. She is booked through December 7, 2021.

Calling the above number will allow you to talk to a State SHIP Counselor immediately.

If you have further questions or concerns, please call our Administration Office, South-Central Colorado Seniors, Inc., your local Area Agency on Aging in Alamosa, 719-589-4511.

12/02/2021

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IN NEED OF A VACCINE BOOSTER?

Vaccine Bus will be in Alamosa Saturday, December 6th and
Sunday, December 7th, 2021.

WHERE: Adams State Library (west parking lot)
TIME: 9:00 - 5:00

11/22/2021
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11/22/2021
Keep your Thanksgiving Full of Turkey and Free from Foodborne Illness

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2021 — Next week, Americans will enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still top-of-mind, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds us all that it’s also important to keep family and friends safe from foodborne illness this Thanks...

11/19/2021
South-Central Colorado Seniors

WE NEED YOUR VOTE-WE NEED YOUR VOTE-WE NEED YOUR VOTE
As your local Area Agency on Aging - AAA- (South-Central Colorado Seniors, Inc. located in Alamosa, CO) serving the San Luis Valley, we respond to the needs of older adults and their families and caregivers in the communities they live. Area Agencies on Aging were established under the Older American's Act (OAA) in 1973. Area Agencies on Aging provide or fund in five broad categories:

COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES such as senior meal programs, transportation reimbursement, adult day care.

INFORMATION and ASSISTANCE to access essential services.

IN-HOME SERVICES such as homebound (home-delivered) meals, food shopping, housekeeping home modifications (limited) and personal care.

SUPPORT for CAREGIVERS including educational opportunities and offering respite (a short break from caregiving responsibilities for family members)

Call us for more information and other services we provide.
South-Central Colorado Seniors, Inc.
Area Agency on Aging
1116 Third Street, Alamosa, CO 81101
719-589-4511

We are the local Area Agency on Aging for the San Luis Valley and all counties there-in. We serve the 60+ community, providing resources and help.

11/15/2021

INFORMATION RELEASE:

NOW SERVING BLANCA/FORT GARLAND HOME-DELIVERED MEALS FOR THOSE HOMEBOUND FIVE (5) DAYS A WEEK.

For those aware of anyone (60+), family members, friends, neighbors in need of MEALS... WE, your AREA AGENCY ON AGING, HAVE GONE FROM DELIVERING HOMEBOUND MEALS IN BLANCA and FORT GARLAND AND SURROUNDING AREAS FROM ONE DAY/WEEK TO FIVE DAYS/WEEK. PLEASE CALL US, South-Central Colorado Seniors, Inc., your local AREA AGENCY ON AGING for more information, 719-589-4511, 1116 Third Street, Alamosa, CO 81101.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) FUNERAL ASSISTANCEThis resource was mentioned over the summer, but I wanted to send it out  as a ...
11/03/2021

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) FUNERAL ASSISTANCE

This resource was mentioned over the summer, but I wanted to send it out as a reminder in case there are individuals/clients that may benefit from this resource. FEMA has a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program that provides financial grants to individuals who suffered the loss of a family member and incurred expenses due to COVID-19 since Jan. 20, 2020.

COVID -19 Funeral Assistance Number:
844-684-6333 l TTY: 800-462-7585
(Monday through Friday (7 a.m. - 7 p.m. MST)

Website:
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

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11/01/2021

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Actualización de salud pública SLV COVID-1928 de Octubre 2021 VALLE DE SAN LUIS - Las personas pueden prepararse ahora p...
11/01/2021
Southwest, CO - Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Colorado

Actualización de salud pública SLV COVID-19
28 de Octubre 2021

VALLE DE SAN LUIS - Las personas pueden prepararse ahora para una temporada festiva y saludable al ponerse las vacunas contra la gripe y COVID-19. La mayoría de los virus respiratorios alcanzan su punto máximo en los meses de invierno. Esta es una preocupación dado que los hospitales locales, así como en todo el estado y en nuestros estados vecinos, están agotados ahora, antes de la temporada regular de influenza de invierno.

Los empleadores tienen un trabajo importante en la prevención de las enfermedades entre los empleados y los clientes. El uso de medidas preventivas como lavarse las manos, usar mascarillas, distanciarse cuando sea posible y alentar a los empleados enfermos a quedarse en casa puede ayudar a mantener a más empleados sanos y trabajando. “Salud Pública continúa alentando a los empleadores de agricultura (y de comida) igual que los empleadores de cuidado infantil a verificar los síntomas de los empleados al comienzo de trabajar. Es muy importante siempre excluir a los empleados enfermos y es importante que esa practica se siga cumpliendo ”, dijo Carol Keith, Gerente del Programa de Salud Ambiental de SLV. Nuestro próximo anuncio de salud pública sera de lo que los empleados pueden hacer para mantenerse saludables.

Una celebración en honor a los seres queridos que han fallecido durante COVID-19 se llevará a cabo el 30 de octubre de 2021, de 4: 30-7: 00 pm en la Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart Church) en Alamosa. Si desea reconocer a su ser querido, llame al 719-588-5363 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected].

Esta semana, las agencias de salud pública del Valle de San Luis informaron dos nuevas muertes por COVID-19. Esto se suma a las 119 muertes por COVID informadas anteriormente. Las familias que han perdido a un ser querido a causa de COVID-19 pueden solicitar asistencia financiera para los gastos funerarios relacionados con COVID-19 incurridos después del 20 de enero de 2020. FEMA no llamará para comunicarse e inscribir personas en este programa. Debe iniciar la solicitud usted mismo llamando al número de línea de asistencia funeraria COVID-19 de FEMA al 1-844-684-6333 o TTY 1-800-462-7585. La aplicación es fácil y quienes respondan a la línea de asistencia lo ayudarán durante el proceso.

Puede encontrar información sobre las estadísticas, las pruebas y las vacunas de COVID-19 del Valle de San Luis en www.slvphp.com o llamando al 719-480-8719. Actualmente hay 202 casos activos en el Valle de San Luis en la actualidad.
Condado de Alamosa - 95
Condado de Conejos - 35
Condado de Costilla - 10
Condado de Mineral - 3
Condado de Rio Grande - 47
Condado de Saguache - 12

EVENTOS DE VACUNACIÓN
Todos los viernes en el estacionamiento de la Biblioteca ASU Neilson, 10 am-2pm. Se aceptan visitas sin cita, o llame al 719-587-9610 para hacer cita.
Las clínicas móviles a continuación aceptan visitas sin cita o se registran en https://www.mobilevax.us/southwest. Servirán a partir de los 12 años, y las tres vacunas estarán disponibles, incluidos los refuerzos.
• Viernes 29 de octubre, 11 am-6pm en Monte Vista Farmers Market
• Sábado 30 de octubre, 2 pm-7pm en Sacred Heart Catholic Church en Alamosa
• Domingo 31 de octubre, 8:30 am-3:00 pm en la parroquia Our Lady of Guadalupe en Conejos
• Lunes 1 de noviembre, 11am -5pm en el estacionamiento de la biblioteca ASU Neilson
• Martes 2 de noviembre, 10 am-4pm en Family Dollar en La Jara
• Martes 2 de noviembre, 1 pm-6pm en Rio Grande Hospital
• Jueves 4 de noviembre, 9 am-4pm en el estacionamiento de Alamosa Safeway

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Colorado

SLV COVID-19 Public Health Update - October 28, 2021SAN LUIS VALLEY - People can prepare now for a healthy holiday seaso...
11/01/2021
Southwest, CO - Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Colorado

SLV COVID-19 Public Health Update - October 28, 2021

SAN LUIS VALLEY - People can prepare now for a healthy holiday season by getting up to date with vaccines for flu and COVID-19. Most respiratory viruses peak in winter months. This is a concern given that local hospitals, as well as across the state and in our neighboring states, are stretched thin now, before the regular winter influenza season.

Employers play an important role in preventing the spread of illness among staff members and customers. The use of preventative measures such as handwashing, mask use, distancing when possible, and encouraging sick employees to stay home can help keep more employees healthy and on the job. “Public Health continues to encourage retail food employers and child care providers to check employee’s symptoms at the beginning of their shift. The standard in the industry has always been to exclude ill employees. It is important that that standard continues to be met,” said Carol Keith, SLV Environmental Health Program Manager. Our next public health update will address what employees can do to stay healthy.

A celebration to honor loved ones lost during COVID-19 will be held on October 30, 2021, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Alamosa. If you would like to recognize your loved one, call 719-588-5363 or email [email protected].

Two new COVID-19 fatalities were reported this week by SLV public health agencies. This is in addition to the 119 deaths with COVID previously reported. Families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 may apply for financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. FEMA will not call to reach out and register people for this program. You must initiate the application yourself by calling the FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number at 1-844-684-6333 or TTY 1-800-462-7585. The application is easy and those who answer the assistance line will help you through the process.

Information on San Luis Valley COVID-19 statistics, testing, and vaccinations can be found at www.slvphp.com or by calling 719-480-8719. There are currently 202 active cases in the San Luis Valley today.
Alamosa County - 95
Conejos County - 35
Costilla County - 10
Mineral County - 3
Rio Grande County - 47
Saguache County - 12

VACCINATION EVENTS
Every Friday at ASU Neilson Library parking lot, 10am-2pm. Walk-ins accepted, or call 719-587-9610 to schedule.
The mobile clinics below accept walk-ins, or register at https://www.mobilevax.us/southwest. They will serve ages 12 and above, and all three vaccines will be available, including boosters.
• Friday October 29th, 11am-6pm at Monte Vista Farmers Market
• Saturday October 30th, 2pm-7pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa
• Sunday October 31st, 8:30am-3:00pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Conejos
• Monday November 1st, 11am-5pm at ASU Neilson Library parking lot
• Tuesday November 2nd, 1pm-6pm at Rio Grande Hospital
• Tuesday November 2nd, 10am-4pm at Family Dollar in La Jara
• Thursday November 4th, 9am-4pm at Alamosa Safeway parking lot

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Colorado

09/29/2021
OPEN ENROLLMENT starts October 15, 2021. Our State Certified SHIP counselors are available October 15 through December 7...
09/21/2021

OPEN ENROLLMENT starts October 15, 2021. Our State Certified SHIP counselors are available October 15 through December 7, 2021. with questions, new plans, etc.

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENTS NOW - CONTACT YOUR AREA AGENCY ON AGING BELOW:

South-Central Colorado Seniors, Inc.
1116 Third Street
Alamosa, CO 81101
719-589-4511

On the following dates, our SHIP Counselor will be at the designated sites, please call for an appointment at any of these sites. OTHERWISE, she will be in office for appointments. Phone number and address noted above for appointments or questions.

OPEN ENROLLMENT starts October 15, 2021. Our State Certified SHIP counselors are available October 15 through December 7, 2021. with questions, new plans, etc.

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENTS NOW - CONTACT YOUR AREA AGENCY ON AGING BELOW:

South-Central Colorado Seniors, Inc.
1116 Third Street
Alamosa, CO 81101
719-589-4511

On the following dates, our SHIP Counselor will be at the designated sites, please call for an appointment at any of these sites. OTHERWISE, she will be in office for appointments. Phone number and address noted above for appointments or questions.

What a fun way to support this organization. Two hours of FUN, FUN, FUN!
09/21/2021

What a fun way to support this organization. Two hours of FUN, FUN, FUN!

What a fun way to support this organization. Two hours of FUN, FUN, FUN!

TODAY'S THE DAY! See you at 2:30!!FREE Fresh Produce for Adults 60+!When: 9/17 (Friday) 2:30pm - 4:00pmWhere: South-Fork...
09/17/2021

TODAY'S THE DAY! See you at 2:30!!
FREE Fresh Produce for Adults 60+!
When: 9/17 (Friday) 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Where: South-Fork Community Center
Come join us as we distribute FREE fresh produce in your area. Please contact us at (719) 589-4511 for more information.
Sponsored by: South-Central Colorado Seniors, Area Agency on Aging - 1116 3rd Street, Alamosa, CO 81101

TODAY'S THE DAY! See you at 2:30!!
FREE Fresh Produce for Adults 60+!
When: 9/17 (Friday) 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Where: South-Fork Community Center
Come join us as we distribute FREE fresh produce in your area. Please contact us at (719) 589-4511 for more information.
Sponsored by: South-Central Colorado Seniors, Area Agency on Aging - 1116 3rd Street, Alamosa, CO 81101

FREE Fresh Produce for Adults 60+!When: 9/17 (Friday) 2:30pm - 4:00pmWhere: South-Fork Community CenterCome join us as w...
09/13/2021

FREE Fresh Produce for Adults 60+!

When: 9/17 (Friday) 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Where: South-Fork Community Center

Come join us as we distribute FREE fresh produce in your area.
Please contact us at (719) 589-4511 for more information.

Sponsored by: South-Central Colorado Seniors, Area Agency on Aging - 1116 3rd Street, Alamosa, CO 81101

FREE Fresh Produce for Adults 60+!

When: 9/17 (Friday) 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Where: South-Fork Community Center

Come join us as we distribute FREE fresh produce in your area.
Please contact us at (719) 589-4511 for more information.

Sponsored by: South-Central Colorado Seniors, Area Agency on Aging - 1116 3rd Street, Alamosa, CO 81101

A special celebration for all turning 100 years of age.  Family members or friends, honor your Centenarian. Follow direc...
09/13/2021

A special celebration for all turning 100 years of age. Family members or friends, honor your Centenarian. Follow directions below.......

A special celebration for all turning 100 years of age. Family members or friends, honor your Centenarian. Follow directions below.......

09/08/2021
08/18/2021

COMING TO CREEDE:
Friday, August 20th, 2021
FREE Produce - Watch for place and time.......
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.........

Sponsored by the AREA AGENCY on AGING
South-Central Colorado Seniors, Inc.
(Serving the San Luis Valley)

08/13/2021

FRESH PRODUCE - FREE 🥦🍅🥕

Provided for the population Adults 60+
also Grandparents raising Grandchildren

When: FRIDAY Aug 13th
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: Pioneer United Church, 630 Spruce St., Del Norte, CO
(INDOOR DINING ROOM)

FREE - too large for office space - great for larger office - great condition. Must pick up. Call 719-589-4511 for more ...
08/03/2021

FREE - too large for office space - great for larger office - great condition. Must pick up. Call 719-589-4511 for more information or if interested. Come check it out. Measurements: 72" L, 42" W at the roundest end of desk/table, 35.5" W most narrow area.

08/02/2021
08/02/2021

FREE produce will be distributed to local seniors at Antonito Senior Citizens at 701 Main Street beginning at 3:00 pm on Friday 08/06.

Our August Menu is here!
08/02/2021

Our August Menu is here!

Our August Menu is here!

Our Correct July Menu is now here!We noticed this morning that our menu was incorrect. Here is the correct version for t...
07/19/2021

Our Correct July Menu is now here!

We noticed this morning that our menu was incorrect. Here is the correct version for the rest of the month! 😀

Our Correct July Menu is now here!

We noticed this morning that our menu was incorrect. Here is the correct version for the rest of the month! 😀

FREE Medicare Information Presentation for Costilla County! See below for more information!
07/14/2021

FREE Medicare Information Presentation for Costilla County! See below for more information!

FREE Medicare Information Presentation for Costilla County! See below for more information!

Actualización de salud pública SLV COVID-1913 de julio 2021 VALLE DE SAN LUIS - Hasta el 11 de julio, 19,659 residentes ...
07/13/2021
Vaccination Information — San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership

Actualización de salud pública SLV COVID-19
13 de julio 2021

VALLE DE SAN LUIS - Hasta el 11 de julio, 19,659 residentes del Valle de San Luis han sido completamente vacunados contra el COVID-19. La variante Delta representa más de la mitad de los casos variantes en el Valle para el mes de junio. Delta se propaga más fácilmente, puede causar enfermedades más graves y es ligeramente más probable que causen casos de "avance".
Un caso de avance es cuando alguien que está completamente vacunado e inmunizado se expone al virus y desarrolla la enfermedad COVID-19. Entre 60 y 70 casos de ruptura han ocurrido en el Valle de San Luis durante los últimos 6 meses. Casi todos los avances de las vacunas han sido casos leves, pero ha habido varias víctimas mortales entre ellos, en su mayoría de individuos que eran vulnerables debido a la edad y / o graves condiciones subyacentes afecciones graves. La variante Delta tuvo un papel en al menos algunos de estos casos. Se recomiendan las vacunas para protegerse no solo a usted mismo, sino también a aquellos con los que puede ponerse en contacto. Las vacunas continúan siendo aproximadamente 90-95% efectiva contra el virus que causa el COVID-19, y solo ligeramente menos efectivas contra algunas variantes como Delta.

Los virus son notoriamente adaptativos y pueden mutar por su supervivencia. Para sobrevivir, un virus hace pequeños cambios en sí mismo, y algunos de esos cambios hacen que se propague más fácilmente, o resista el tratamiento o cause enfermedades más graves. Cada vez que el virus pasa de una persona a otra, tiene una oportunidad potencial para desarrollar una nueva variante. Nuestro trabajo como humanos es adelantarnos al virus y evitar que se extienda y se mute en variantes más peligrosas. Podemos hacerlo a través del distanciamiento social, el enmascaramiento y, de manera más efectiva, a través de vacunas.

A partir del 13 de julio de 2021, se conocen 57 casos activos de COVID-19 en el Valle de San Luis.
• Condado de Alamosa - 20
• Condado de Conejos - 6
• Condado de Costilla -0
• Condado de Mineral - 0
• Condado de Rio Grande - 25
• Condado de Saguache - 6

Para obtener más información sobre su vacuna, consulte a www.slvphp.com/vaccination o llame al 719-480-8719. Las clínicas móviles de autobuses de vacunas de esta semana son las siguientes:
• Del Norte - Simple Foods, Jueves 15 de Julio, 10am-6pm
• Alamosa - estacionamiento de la Unión de Estudiantes de ASU, Sábado 17 de Julio,
1pm-7pm

Para obtener un prueba COVID-19 , llame a uno de estos proveedores:
• Rio Grande Hospital, 719-657-4990
• SLV Health Respiratory Clinic, 719-589-3000 ext. 9
• Valley-Wide Health Systems, 719-589-3658 ext. 4 (MF), 719-589-2562 (Sa / Su)

COVID-19 Vaccination Information Scroll all the way down for a list of San Luis Valley COVID-19 vaccine providers. 18,990 San Luis Valley residents have been fully vaccinated! VACCINES ARE THE KEY TO ENDING THE PANDEMICAll Coloradans age 12 and up are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are safe...

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1116 3rd Street
Alamosa, CO
81101

General information

Area Agency on Aging: Provides services to the six counties of the San Luis Valley; Alamosa, Rio Grande, Saguache, Conejos, Costilla, and Mineral. *ADRC - Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado Resources for those 60+ and disabled adults 18+ to find available local resources and option to remain independent in their own homes. *Long-Term Care Ombudsman Ombudsman provides services to protect the health, safety, welfare nd rights of elderly residents in long-term care/assisted-living facilities and swing bed units. *SHIP - State Health Insurance Program FREE in-office svcs to help older adults with Medicare options *Transportation *Legal Assistance *In-Home Homemaker Services *National Family Caregiver Program-Respite Care Services *Nutrition Services - Congregate / Homebound Meal Sites: Alamosa- Alamosa Senior Center, 92 Colorado Blvd- 12:00-12:30 Mon-Fri Antonito - Antonito Senior Center, 701 Main Street 12:00-12:30 Mon-Fri Blanca-Ft. Garland - Ft. Garland Community Center 17591 Hwy 160 12:00-12:30 Wed only Center - Center Housing Authority, 138 Worth 12:00-12:30 Mon-Fri Del Norte - United Pioneer Church, 630 Spruce Street 12:00-12:30 Mon-Fri La Jara - Northerners Senior Center, 413 Main Street 12:00-12:30 Mon-Fri Monte Vista - Tri County Senior Center/Housing 311 Washington St., 12:00-12:30 Mon-Fri Saguache - Saguache County Dept. of Social Svcs. Bldg 605 Christy Ave., 12:00-12:30 Mon-Fri San Luis - Costilla County Senior Citizen Center 1101 Salazar, 12:00 - 12:30 Mon-Fri

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

(719) 589-4511

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YOUR AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR THE SAN LUIS VALLEY

What is an Area Agency on Aging and What Do They Do?

Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) respond to the needs of older adults and their family caregivers in the communities they serve. They are advocates, planners, funders and educators, as well as providers of information and referral services. AAAs work with public and private partners to respond to the unique needs of older adults and family caregivers in their areas. From the frail older person who can remain at home with the right supportive services, to the older adult who benefits from the wellness and socialization

opportunities provided at senior meal sites, AAAs offer services that make a difference in the lives of older adults across the state. AAAs coordinate the provision of low-cost, comprehensive, quality care for older adults (60+) by helping older adults and their families navigate the complex system of services. In their local communities, AAAs maximize service potential and avoid duplication of effort by partnering with local agencies. They also co-sponsor events of interest to older adults and caregivers.


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Managing Caregiver Guilt and Holiday Stress Caregiving is wonderful, rewarding, and also stressful. Don't let the holidays add to your daily stress, here are some tips to help you ENJOY this holiday season: • Be Thankful - "Often there are circumstances that we would love to change and many that we never anticipated, but it's where we are. If we accept it, then we can work our way toward expressing some gratitude. Maybe this gratitude is only that we are learning and growing from our hardships and setbacks. But even slight feelings of appreciation can help improve our attitude and help see what's really important." -Carol Bradley Bursack • Simplify - Celebrate the holidays that fits your life as it is right now. Don't have time to put up all of your lights this year? Don't worry! Put up the decorations you find important and that bring you joy and leave the rest. Remind yourself that your health and sanity are a gift to your loved ones. • Start a New Tradition - Often caregiving requires new routine, or a more strict schedule. If past traditions don't serve you and your loved one anymore, start a new tradition that makes sense for your family. • Avoid Drama - Easier said than done, but if you know your family/friends have certain "hot topics" that trigger negative or uncomfortable emotions, try to avoid them. Mentally prepare yourself to brush off negativity/criticism, and try to enjoy small moments of togetherness. • Ask for Help! - The holidays are a time for giving, let others help you with your load! Ask a friend to help decorate, shop, wrap presents, clean the house, or simply spend time with you to ease the stress of holiday hustle & bustle.
Due to COVID Exposure, South-Central Colorado Seniors, you local Area Agency on Aging has stopped all nutrition services through December 1st, 2020. Services will be implemented again on December 2, 2020 at all meal sites valley wide. First and foremost, is concern are both for our seniors of the communities as well as our employees. All of our homebound clients have been distributed shelf-stable food boxes that they should use during this time. We ask that all family members, friends and neighbors be aware of your parent, grandparent or neighbor's needs. In case of an emergency please call 911. Though our doors are temporarily closed, we are available by phone. Messages are checked daily, and messages will be returned. 719-589-4511. Monica Wolfe Director
URGENT PSA from South-Central Colorado Seniors, Area Agency on Aging: Starting Monday, November 23 through Friday Nov 27th, all home-delivered and grab and go meals from all meal sites valley wide will be stopped due to COVID exposure. Again, all clients receiving home-delivered noon meals will not receive a meal Monday, November 23rd through Friday November 27th. Please remember to use your emergency shelf-stable food box drivers delivered to you between April and now. You received two emergency shelf-stable food boxes. All congregate consumers going to any of the meal sites around the valley, they will not be available during this week also. We hope that at this time family and friends help provide during these days. Should anyone have questions or concerns, please contact South-Central Colorado Seniors, Area Agency on Aging at 719-589-4511, ext. 14 with your name and phone number and your call will be returned. Depending on the status of this exposure, services should start again Monday November 30th.
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT NEEDED (PT) NON-Profit (501c3) Tax-Exempt Organization – Area Agency on Aging under Colorado State Unit on Aging. BS in Accounting or finance or relevant degree; experience and understanding of “Non-Profit” financials; excellent knowledge of account regulations and procedures, including the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); hands-on experience with accounting software (QuickBooks); advanced MS Excel skills; experience with general ledger functions; strong attention to detail and good analytical skills. Serious applicants only. Applications must be completed in full as well as resume. Applications are available at 1116 3rd Street, Alamosa, CO 81101.
Preparing Frozen Food Food Safety Education Staff Press Inquiries (202) 720-9113 Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854 WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2020 – New research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that consumers may not know how to safely cook frozen foods, which can put families at risk of getting foodborne illness in their homes. “As consumers are preparing more meals at home, it is important that these cooks are practicing food safety in their kitchens” says Dr. Mindy Brashears, USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety. “Our research shows that home cooks should read product labels to understand how to properly prepare an item, and not rely solely on appearance.” Consumers may not know that some frozen foods are not fully cooked or ready to eat, especially if they have browned breading, grill marks or other signs that normally show that a product has been cooked. In a recent USDA study, 22 percent of participants said a not-ready-to-eat frozen chicken entrée was either cooked, partially cooked, or they weren’t sure that the product was in fact raw. Frozen foods are convenient for busy families, because of how quickly they can be prepared. Frozen food products are also a great option because children can easily prepare frozen meals on their own. It is especially important for children to know how to practice the necessary food safety steps needed to prepare frozen meals to avoid foodborne illness, and to help them do so, parents must first understand if products are raw or ready-to-eat. “Although some frozen products may look cooked, it is important to follow the same food safety guidelines as you would if you were cooking a fresh, raw product,” says Dr. Brashears. “Wash your hands before food preparation and after handling raw frozen products, and use a food thermometer to make sure your frozen meals reach a safe internal temperature.” Among national survey respondents who had experience with foodborne illnesses, 61 percent reported they did not make changes to how they handled food at home after being sick, which is concerning when you consider that more than half of survey respondents reported that someone in their home was considered at-risk for foodborne illness. These individuals — children, older adults, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems — are unable to fight infection as effectively as others, so they can be susceptible to longer illness, hospitalization and even death from foodborne illness. USDA shares the following recommendations to keep your family safe when preparing frozen meals. 1.Inadequate handwashing is a contributing factor to all sorts of illness, including foodborne illness. It is important to follow proper handwashing steps before, during and after preparing frozen food to prevent germs from transferring from your hands to your meal. ◦In this study, 97 percent of participants did not attempt to wash their hands during meal prep to prevent cross-contamination, which is consistent with results from previous observational studies. ◦Of those who tried, 95 percent failed to wash their hands properly. There are five steps for proper handwashing: wet, lather with soap, scrub for 20 seconds, rinse and dry. ◦Most participants failed to rub their hands with soap for a full 20 seconds. 2.Although frozen products may appear to be pre-cooked or browned, they should be handled and prepared no differently than raw products and must be cooked. Frozen products may be labeled with phrases such as “Cook and Serve,” “Ready to Cook” and “Oven Ready” to indicate they must be cooked. 3.Always use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of your frozen meat and poultry products to determine whether they are safe to eat. ◦Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145 degrees Fahrenheit with a three-minute rest time. ◦Ground meats (beef, pork, lamb and veal): 160 degrees Fahrenheit ◦Poultry (whole or ground): 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 4.Frozen and raw produce may also carry germs that can cause foodborne illness. It is important to handle produce properly to prevent the spread of germs to your food and kitchen. ◦When preparing the frozen corn for a salad, almost all participants in the study failed to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to check that it reached a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. A food thermometer is the only safe way to know if it reaches that temperature. ◦Even if you are preparing a cold salad, frozen produce must be cooked first. ◦If you are handling fresh produce, follow recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rinse and scrub raw vegetables prior to peeling them. When preparing a cucumber for the salad, nearly half of participants rinsed and scrubbed the surface of the cucumber with their hands instead of using a vegetable brush while rinsing; FDA recommends using a brush for cucumbers and other hard vegetables. 5.Check that frozen food in your freezer has not been recalled. You can find information about recalled items and how to handle them on the USDA and FDA websites. ◦After learning about a recalled item, 94 percent of survey respondents who had the item in their home followed the recommendations from the recall: to discard the item or return it to the store. ◦Consumers can visit FoodSafety.gov or the USDA’s FoodKeeper application to view all food recall information from USDA and the FDA. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of Americans are sickened with foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Follow these food safety recommendations to decrease the risk of foodborne illness in your home. These findings are part of a multi-year, mixed-method study that FSIS commissioned to evaluate various consumer food handling behaviors. The study uses test kitchens, focus groups and nationally representative surveys to better understand food safety practices and experiences with food recalls, foodborne illness, and FSIS food safety resources. More information about this study is available in an executive summary. Have questions? Need more food safety information? Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MP-HOTLINE (1-888-674-6854) or chat live at ask.usda.gov from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.