Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Alpine Area Agency on Aging, through the Older Americans Act and other legislation,  supports and administers programs that help older adults remain as healthy and independent as possible in their homes and communities.

Below is a list of health, prevention, and wellness programs currently available through Alpine Area Agency on Aging and local community programs.

Good nutrition is critical to good health—no matter what your age. Studies show that the right diet and adequate intake are especially important for older people and that poor nutrition is the biggest threat to an older adult’s independence. In an effort to promote accurate and research based nutritional health, The Alpine Area Agency on Aging offers the following nutrition related programs.

 

Home Delivered Meals

Home delivered meals are prepared and delivered  for home-bound older persons (Age 60+) or disabled adults  who are unable to leave their home to shop or prepare nutritious meals.  No Senior should ever experience hunger. To find the home delivered meals program in your area please follow the links below.

Eagle County: Home Delivered Meals

Grand County Senior Nutrition

Jackson County Home Delivered Meals, Please Call 970-723-3203

Pitkin County Senior Services – Nutrition Program

Summit County Mountain Meals on Wheels

 

Community Based Meal Programs

Many communities offer meals in a specific location, often a senior center or other community facility, where older adults can easily gather for food and community.  To find a community meal site in your area visit the links below.

Eagle County Public Health : Senior Meal Program

Grand County Senior Nutrition

Jackson County Senior Noon Potluck

Pitkin County Senior Services Nutrition Program

Summit County Community and Senior Center: Meals

 

Nutrition Education & Counseling:

Nutrition education programs are designed to promote better health by providing accurate and culturally sensitive nutrition, physical fitness, or health  information and instruction to participants and caregivers in a group setting’

Alternately, Nutrition Counseling  involves individualized advice and guidance for seniors who are at nutritional risk. These individuals are said to be at risk because of their health or nutritional history, dietary intake, medications use or chronic illnesses. Nutritional Counseling provides options and methods for improving  nutritional status and decreasing nutritional risk. These helpful counseling sessions are performed by a health professional in accordance with state law and policy.

If you have need for nutritional counseling or have interest in learning strategies for improving your nutritional health please set up an appointment with Melanie Hendershott through your local community meal site.  Listings for these site are above.

Medicare and Medicaid often do not pay for senior’s dental and vision needs. Thankfully, there are several options available for qualified individuals to receive assistance with these needs.

 

Material Aid

The Alpine Area Agency on Aging has funding for adults 60 and older for dental and vision needs. Up to $500 in funding is available for dental needs and up to $150 in vision needs.

Material Aid Dental Application

Material Aid Vision Application

 

Vision Impairment Program

The Vision Impairment Program has funds for seniors 60 and over who have, or suspect, vision impairment, like blindness, glaucoma, low-vision, cataracts, etc. The Vision Impairment voucher includes the following services: regular eye examination, low-vision specialist appointment, assistive technology, adaptive aids, transportation, homemaker services, caregiver supports, home assessments, and skills training for newly diagnosed.

Vision Impairment Application

Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors

The purpose of the Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low Income Seniors is to promote the health and welfare of Colorado’s low-income seniors by providing access to dental care to individuals age 60 and over who are not eligible for dental services under any other dental health care program, such as Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program).

Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors

Colorado Adult Medicaid Dental Benefit
The Adult Medicaid Dental benefit is available to adult Medicaid clients (21 and older). The benefit provides up to $1000 in dental services per state fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). For more information about this benefit.

Adult Medicaid Dental Benefit Fact Sheet

Evidence Based Health and Wellness 

Through a contract with the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness, evidenced-based programs and activities that are preventative in nature and encourage healthier living and wellness are offered to older adults in the region.

 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves. For more information, call the Alpine Area Agency on Aging.

 

Falls Prevention

Several evidence-based falls prevention classes are available within the region. Classes like N’Balance, Matter of Balance and Stepping On have been scientifically proven to build confidence and reduce falls. For more information, call the Alpine Area Agency on Aging.

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