Guys: If you make it to 100, you will be surrounded by women.
Today is the final day the Aging Well page will appear in the Steamboat Today. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association introduced the page five years ago to promote its new Aging Well program, developed to improve the health of adults 50 and older in our region.
The advantages of living in a biking community — with clubs and advocacy organizations, bike shops, health professionals and experienced riders eager to help — make the sport less intimidating and more accessible to beginners interested in biking toward better health.
Every Wednesday, Virginia Elliott dons a pink button-down jacket and heads to The Memorial Hospital in Craig, where she takes flowers to patients, answers visitors’ questions and fills in where help is needed.
A dim hallway, a bit of frayed carpeting, a poorly placed piece of furniture: These details may present only small safety hazards in many households. But when a person has poor vision or balance or copes with other health challenges, the risk that seemingly harmless clutter or flaws within a home will cause that person to fall or injure themselves increases dramatically.
A group of 10 older adults brought plenty of cooking experience to the Haven Community Center during a lunchtime event. Even so, questions during “food safety bingo” stumped at least a few of them.
The Community Health Resource Center, located in a small office in Yampa Valley Medical Center, exists to help people build knowledge and sift through information surrounding a health topic.
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. This feature appears once per month on the Aging Well page. This week features Kathy Shea and Annette Zuber.
Living in the Yampa Valley, we accept many things, including long winters, delayed springs and limited services to help us through difficult times. The challenges of living in geographically-isolated communities can be particularly hard on the elderly, people with health problems and, especially, family members who care for these individuals.
It was only a matter of time before tai chi played a starring role in Pam Kircher’s life. A family physician, Kircher has spent much of her career exploring complementary medicine, such as herbal remedies, acupuncture and massage, that contribute to health and wellness. While working at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Kircher had the opportunity to attend a weekend tai chi workshop with Dr. Paul Lam, an Australian doctor who developed a modified tai chi program for people with arthritis, balance problems and other health challenges.