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 -2018 

 

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.

                      Locations of Survey Respondents

                     Locations of Survey Respondents

 
                          Walkability Audit in Loveland

                         Walkability Audit in Loveland

 Look for the Dementia Friendly Communities logo about town.

Look for the Dementia Friendly Communities logo about town.

 

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

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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. 

 Collaborators for the Senior Access Points project   

Collaborators for the Senior Access Points project

 

Map NoCo

Make Larimer County more walkable, bikable and safe. Learn to use MapNoCo to highlight areas of improvement for walking and biking in Larimer County.

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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.

 

FUTURE PROJECTS

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.