Aging well in Northwest Colorado

The Aging Well program, started by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association more than a year and a half ago, is planning a number of programs for anyone ages 50 and older.

A kick-off celebration is planned for Jan. 17 as Wellness Wednesday begins a new year in Moffat County.

Fitness programs, senior swimming and wellness clinics all are part of the program made possible by a partnership that includes the VNA, Colorado Northwestern Com-

munity College, Colorado State University Extension Office and Moffat County.

Senior Outreach Coordin-

ator Cathy Vanatta said everyone is welcome to attend.

"Anyone in that age group can just come over and visit," she said, "have some coffee and get out of the home for a while."

Four exercise classes spon-

sored by the Arthritis Foun-

dation take place in Moffat County, two at Sunset Meadows, and two at the Maybell Church.

A senior open swim session is held each Wednesday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Pool, 1055 County Road 7, for seniors 55 and older.

"We made a deal with the American Legion so people in that age group can have that time to swim at no cost to the individual," Vanatta said.

Fitness classes that include Tai Chi, art and drawing classes and pioneer crafts also are found at the American Legion on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

On Mondays, the Aging Well program lists upcoming events in the Craig Daily Press, including an Aging Well tip for health and information on wellness clinics for persons older than 60.

"We are very proud of the work that Cathy Vanatta is doing in Moffat County," Dace Kramer, Aging Well program coordinator, said. "She is making it possible for Craig and Maybell residents to age in a more healthy way."

Kramer also credits the American Legion in Craig for making that part of the Aging Well program possible in Moffat County.

The Aging Well program also is active in Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek and Hayden.

New programs are being scheduled for the near future, including monthly workshops by the CSU extension office on nutrition, fitness and finances.

For information on Aging Well events call 871-7676.

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