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Health and Wellness

The goal of the Health and Wellness Priority group is that residents of middle age and beyond enjoy optimal emotional, physical and spiritual health.

For a lot of older people, good, affordable health care is the number one priority. This is not surprising: age increases the risk of chronic and acute conditions, which can limit the ability for self-care and independence. Unfortunately, various barriers exist to good health care for the elderly. These range from a lack of transportation to doctor’s appointments and pharmacies, to inaccessible hospitals, to financial constraints – such as increasing health care costs, limits on Medicare payments to physicians, and managed care restrictions.

Communities can help, by offering transportation to and from health care facilities, health education, free or reduced-cost health screenings, and preventive care options. This approach requires a coordinated effort to include community volunteers who can step in to meet some key needs, such as providing transportation.






The Health and Wellness priority group decided to focus on walking for its first self-directed volunteer team (SDVT).  This team developed and implemented a survey asking about barriers to walking in Larimer County.  Over 300 survey responses were received.  You can view or download their final report here.  

Loveland Walk Audit in September:    A report to the community will be presented on January 27 at 5:30 at the Rialto Theatre in Loveland.  On September 29th, a walking audit was held in downtown Loveland, Colorado - assessing for ease of walking, accessibility and safety. Mayor Cecil Gutierrez joined the walk, along with transportation planners and local citizens. In the evening, there was a community report of the day’s events and insights, with commitment from several community members to work with the Downtown Development Authority to further communicate and discuss possible action plans to improve the Loveland community, downtown and into adjoining communities. A full report from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC) is now available.  Click here to read or download. 


A focus on Dementia Friendly Communities began in December 2015. The priority group established its third self-directed volunteer team to work with the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative to launch its programs in 2016. See the December 4, 2015 article on page C-1 of the Fort Collins Coloradoan for more on this initiative. You can also check out the Dementia Friendly Communities website. We'll keep you updated on our progress.


Members: Allyson Brothers, Manfred Diehl, Kelly Haworth, Diane Horak, Patricia Housley, John Kemp, David Lehman, Sue Schneider, Bill Swalling, Jill Taylor, Brian Tracy


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