Health and Wellness Priority Group Projects
The Health and Wellness Priority Group has completed several projects designed to increase the awareness of local seniors about opportunities available for aging in a healthy manner as well as to encourage involvement in local projects.
COMPLETED PROJECTS 2013 -2019
larimer county walking survey
The first Self Directed Volunteer Team (SDVT) team implemented a survey asking about barriers to walking in Larimer County. Over 300 survey responses were received.
Loveland walkability audit
Next, in collaboration with Colorado AARP and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC), a SDVT held a walking audit in downtown Loveland, Colorado - assessing for ease of walking, accessibility and safety.
We have published the final report online.
demEntia friendly communities
This team was a partner in launching the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative. This non-profit is now operating on its own. To learn more about their work, here is a link to their website.
senior access points
The Senior Access Points team completed a community assessment in 2017 to evaluate the public's awareness about aging-related programs and supports. The assessment highlighted that the most common approaches to searching for aging-related information were not driving people to
the “right doors.” The team responded by developing a website (LarimerSeniors.org) designed to be easily accessible and simple to navigate, providing up-to-date information to help older adults,
family members and caregivers get started in their resource search. This website is now maintained by Colorado State University Extension.
Make Larimer County more walkable, bikable and safe. Learn to use MapNoCo to highlight areas of improvement for walking and biking in Larimer County.
The Department of Health and Environment has developed website called MapNoCo.org. It is a user-friendly site that everyone can use and collect data. This tool has surveys for walking audits, information on public transportation, bus routes, biking. All of the information collected shows up on maps. The data entered is available for download by anyone. Populations and neighborhoods can advocate for themselves. This team performed several audits as a team and individually. Team members entered the results in the data collection website MapNoCo.org and then provided feedback on user-friendliness to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. Information about MapNoCo was posted in the PAFC Facebook page.
mental health research project
Older adults in Larimer County who need access to mental health information and/or care can find it difficult to access what they need. Both they and their families are impacted when there are mental health concerns that are not addressed. This SDVT researched this matter in order to find a project that could positively impact mental health for older adults in Larimer County. A follow-up SDVT could then implement this project. Read the report.
An educational piece for older adults on available mental health services for seniors in Larimer County is available on the Senior Access Points of Larimer County. For this information, click here.
Poudre fire authority hub project
The PFA Hub SDVT was directed to create a detailed list of community contacts in the area of Station 7 for the purpose of scheduling presentations on wild-land fire mitigation.
The team looked at ways to contact, connect with residents in the area of PFA Fire Station 7.
• Key seemed to be making person to person direct contact.
• School resource people were helpful contacts.
A list of 12 contacts (to reach out to for scheduling presentations of the READY/SET/ GO program) was provided to Michael Durkin, Education Specialist, Poudre Fire Authority in April, 2019. PFA educators will take the next step to set up the training presentations.
Plan to contact PFA to see how the actual connections and trainings were made.
This process with refinements could be used to set up a similar list for other PFA Fire Stations.
These contact could become “hubs” for disseminating other information.
As part of our commitment to our county and to the National Network of Age-Friendly Communities, we have submitted our new Age-Friendly plan to AARP. We are now recruiting volunteer teams to help design and implement new projects from that plan. Those projects are described here.