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 -2016
First Self directed volunteer team
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.
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.
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.
ongoing PROJECTS 2017
Currently an SDVT, called Senior Access Points, completed a survey to assess the public’s awareness about programs and supports available for aging individuals and their families. The team will be building outreach strategies to reach isolated seniors and ensure that everyone in the county has the information they need to locate health and community resources before a crisis hits.
New Project: 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 will:
1. Perform at least one audit and enter the results in the data collection website MapNoCo.org.
2. Provide feedback on user-friendliness to the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.
3. Team will recommend promotional ideas to the PAFC Communications Committee.
As part of our commitment to the National Network of Age-Friendly Communities, we are in the process of submitting our new Age-Friendly plan to AARP. Once that has been approved, we will begin recruiting volunteer teams to help design and implement new projects from that plan. Those projects will be posted here.