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 -2017
larimer county walking survey
The first Self Directed Volunteer Team (SDVT) team developed and 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.
demntia 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 survey to assess the public’s awareness about programs and supports available for aging individuals and their families. The team then developed a website (senioraccesslarimer.colostate.edu) for Larimer County seniors and their families. The goal of the website is to provide easy-to-access information for individuals looking for aging-related resources before a crisis hits. This website is now maintained by Colorado State University Extension. The Senior Access Points team is implementing a volunteer Ambassador(s) program to conduct outreach within the community and medical sites.
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 intends to research 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.
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.