Ancianos Inc 
Box 6268 
Taos, NM 87571 
Off: (505)758-4091 
Fax: (505)758-9268
Ancianos Programs and Services

Title III services include congregate meals, home-delivered meals, transportation, information and assistance, health, recreation, home visiting, outreach, and legal advocacy.

Congregate hot meals are provided to senior citizens five days a week, Monday thru Friday at the Sam Cordova Center, Chamisal; The Amalia Community Center, Amalia; the Questa Senior Center, Questa; and the Phil Lovato Senior Center in Taos. The meals are prepared at each center individully, using the same menu which meets the Required Daily Allowance for persons 60 years of age and older. The Ancianos board has estabilished a policy of a volunteer donation of $1.00 per meal. This project income is used to increase the number of meals and match state dollars.

Meals-on-Wheels are provided to frail homebound at-risk elderly after an in-home assesment is done by project staff and also at the request of the client's physician , indicating that this person is not able to attend the senior center. The same menu and donation is used to provide this service.  Meals are delivered to the homes of the at-risk elderly vis preject staff.

Project vans are used to transport the majority of elderly to and from their homes, to the senior centers, shopping, doctor, banks, post and access to other services.

Ancianos Senior Centers are located in Taos, Amalia, Questa, and Chamisal. Ancianos staff have been trained to access all services to elderly in Taos County, as well as Social Security. Some of the assistance includes assistance to aquire food stamps, low-income housing, mental health services, legal services, entitlement benefits.

Outreach efforts are done via radio, newspaper, and public service announcements. It is also done via word of mouth.

Activities such as health promotion, sewing, weaving, art classes, line dancing schools, pool clinics, and trips provide the seniors with the opportunity to socialize.

Ancianos works closely with the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Project which provides pro-bono services to elderly in accessing reguarding different legal issues.

The Foster Grandparent Program offers volunteer oppertunities to low-income senior citizens 60 years of age and older. The volunteers are provided a $2.45 per hour stipened as to allow them to provide their services at no cost to themselves. The Foster Grandparent volunteers provide one-on-one support to those children with special and/or exceptional needs. Teachers assign volunteers to those children identified as needing special attention. The Foster Grandparent have become a great source of support to the community and to the education systems.

The Senior Companion Program provides volunteer oppotunities to low-income senior citizens 60 years of age and older. The volunteers are provided limited in-home assistance and peer support to frail/isolated homebound elderly. The main purpose of the Senior Companion Program volunteers is to help elders remain at home. The Senior Companion Program volunteers is to help elders remain at home. The Senior Companion Program has proved to be a viable alternative to placement of loved ones in nursing facilities. The cost of placing a volunteer in a home setting four hours a day is approximately $10.00 as opposed to the hundreds of dollars spent in institutional care.

The Senior Companion Program and Foster Grandparent Program function through ajoint advisory council which provides guidance to the Project Director and assures that the goals and objectives of both programs are met.

Ancianos sponsors the Senior Olympics which provide seniors with opportunities to participate in health and recreational competition at local games in May or early June.  Seniors palcing in local gamoes can then compete in State and National meets.

The HIBAC program offers pro-bono counseling through trained volunteers for the purpose of accessing and applying for entitlement benefits and supplemental insurance.


Box 6268
Taos, NM 87571