A new summer calendar provides older adults a quick glance at activities, such as this Arthritis Foundation event held in May, offered by local organizations in Steamboat and Craig.

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A new summer calendar provides older adults a quick glance at activities, such as this Arthritis Foundation event held in May, offered by local organizations in Steamboat and Craig.

Aging Well: Calendars highlight summer programs for older adults

Activity calendars

Summer calendars featuring programs for older adults through Aging Well, the Routt County Council on Aging and Steamboat Springs Department of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services are available. Moffat County calendars showing activities through Aging Well, Colorado Northwestern Community College and Craig Parks & Recreation, will be available soon.

The calendars are available here. Click on “Aging Well” and scroll down to Steamboat or Craig Combined Calendars; or call 871-7676.

Steamboat Wellness Days

The Parks and Recreation Department and Aging Well are offering four summer Wellness Days at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Activities begin at 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per day. Participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to ensure sufficient participation to hold the programs. For more information or to register, call Maria Bidgood at 879-4300 ext. 361.

July 7: Try Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi then enjoy a light lunch and bingo with prizes.

July 21: Take a short walk on the Yampa River Core Trail then enjoy Arthritis Foundation Exercise and light lunch and “Christmas in July” crafts.

Aug. 4: Older adults are invited to bring their grandchildren and family to share a Tai Chi class and lunch. A guest speaker from Yampatika will lead an ecology walk on the Yampa River Core Trail.

Aug. 18: Learn how to test and improve your balance with an Aging Well N’Balance class then enjoy a light lunch and tea party with a guest speaker from the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Older adults in the Yampa Valley are fortunate to live in communities flush with summer programs to keep them busy and healthy.

Between trips, ongoing exercise and wellness programs, lunches, crafts, continuing education and other opportunities, it can be a little tough to keep it all straight.

The process of picking and choosing activities should be a bit easier with the help of summer activity calendars produced by Aging Well — a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association — and partners focused on older adults in Routt and Moffat counties.

Slim budgets have emphasized the importance of keeping nonprofit programs for older adults available and the value of organizations working together to encourage residents to participate in these opportunities.

That’s the idea behind the monthly calendars, which offer a quick glance of what is happening and phone numbers for further details or registration information. Many activities involve minimal or no fees.

Craig activities

The Craig activity calendar, available soon, features Aging Well exercise and wellness programs, classes and trips through Colorado Northwestern Community College and trips through the Craig Parks & Recreation.

It makes sense the organizations would bring their activities together in a combined calendar because they often coordinate to plan joint programs or to make sure activities don’t overlap.

Wellness Wednesdays, for example, includes Arthritis Foundation Exercise classes, lunch and guest speakers provided by Aging Well, as well as CNCC classes focused on memoir writing, art and computers.

Many CNCC classes and trips, which are tuition-free for Moffat County residents ages 62 and older, are organized with older adults in mind. Upcoming day trips include adventures near Maybell and in north Routt County.

For more information about CNCC Community Education opportunities, call Mary Morris at 824-1135 or visit www.cncc.edu.

Craig Parks & Recreation offers a popular array of summer excursions that include trips to a Colorado Rockies game, Black Hawk, Mount Evans and Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park.

Although many trips fill early, last minute spots may be available. For more information, call 826-2575 or visit www.ci.craig.co.us.

Steamboat activities

The Steamboat activity calendar includes programs and services offered by Aging Well, the Routt County Council on Aging and the Steamboat Springs Department of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services.

The Council on Aging offers hot lunches at the Steamboat Springs Community Center four days per week and engaging speakers/presentations or local field trips every Monday. Other programs include foot care, wellness checks and games.

For more information about Council on Aging programs or to receive their newsletter, call 879-0633.

The activity calendar also notes ongoing Aging Well fitness classes such as Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Tai Chi and new line dancing and walking groups.

Summer highlights for older adults in the Steamboat/Routt County area are local and out-of-town trips offered by the Parks and Recreation Department’s “Fifty-Five and Finer” program.

The program received a much-needed boost from the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, which granted $3,500 to the city program. The funds will enable the city to offer trips to see the Colorado Rockies play the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 29, visit Denver Art Museum and see the King Tut exhibit Aug. 12, and other programs at a reduced cost to participants.

Space still is available for many of the trips, including a day trip to Black Hawk/Central City or Colorado Mills Mall on Thursday. July 8 is the deadline to sign up for tickets to the Rockies game and/or Denver Art Museum trip.

This year, the city and Aging Well have teamed up to offer four Wellness Day programs at the Community Center. For just $4, participants will enjoy a light lunch, sampler fitness class from Aging Well, as well as games, crafts or guest speakers.

For more information about “Fifty-Five and Finer” activities, call Maria Bidgood at 879-4300 ext. 361 or visit to www.steamboatsprings.net.

— Tamera Manzanares writes for the Aging Well program and can be reached at tmanzanares@nwcovna.org. Aging Well, a division of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is a community-based program of healthy aging for adults 50 and better. For more information, visit www.agingwelltoday.com or call 871-7676.

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