Level 2 Fire Restrictions in effect for all areas of unincorporated Boulder County (See flyer). For updates on active fires, follow BoulderOEM

COVID-19 updates are available in English and Spanish. See list of Resources (Recursos) for those impacted by COVID-19.

Healthy Aging Programs

AAA Healthy Aging Programs

The AAA supports and encourages all older adults in making healthy lifestyle choices. Our Healthy Aging Team is dedicated to helping you learn how to take control of your personal health and wellbeing. Learn how to manage chronic health problems like heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain and diabetes; reduce the fear of falling; eat healthier; and increase your physical activity.

2020 Falls Prevention Week is Here!

One in four Americans aged 65 and over fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults. A fall can have serious impacts in terms of long-term health, day-to-day function and independence. The good news is that falls are NOT an inevitable consequence of getting older and MANY falls can be prevented.

This year Falls Prevention Week, September 21 – 25, may be a bit different, but our goal remains the same and that is educating the public on the many ways to prevent falls. Click on a day of the week below to see what is offered for that day:

And for more information: infohealthyaging@bouldercounty.org

With the exception of the live events noted in the schedule, links will be active both during and after Falls Prevention Week.

Check out our new Activity Resource Guide!

Participating in regular physical activity is one powerful way you can reduce your risk of falling. If you are already exercising on a regular basis, keep it up! If you haven’t been active in the last few years, don’t worry, it’s never too late to start! The Activity Resource Guide is a list of some of the physical activities available at Boulder County Partners for Falls Prevention locations. It is meant to be a starting point, not a complete list of all the exercise options in Boulder County and it is not an endorsement of any facility. Remember to check with your doctor before starting to find out which types of exercise are best for you.

Falls-Free Checkup

From the National Council on Aging

This interactive questionnaire helps assess your fall risk and provides you with a printable file to share with your healthcare provider and follow-up resources.

https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-checkup/

Exercises with a Physical Therapist

Presented by UC Health

A discussion, plus demonstration of balance and strength exercises to help reduce the chance of falls.

Lesson 1 – https://uchealth.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=d97d4289-317a-49a8-9402-ac2901492ea0

Tips to Prevent Falls

Presented by JoAnne Baumgartner, PT Good Samaritan Medical Center

Preventing falls can start with the shoes you wear. Learn how to make wise choices. For more information, Lauren.stenger@sclhealth.org, 303-689-4623

https://vimeo.com/457022655

“GET UP, get up” a Demonstration of How to Get Down and Up (*in English and Spanish)

Presented by Boulder County Area Agency on Aging featuring Cheri Cabrera, OTR and volunteer Sandra Reynolds

We’ll show you several variations on how to get down on the floor and back up safely. Follow along with step-by-step instructions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jAlews4Lek&feature=youtu.be

¡Levántate, levántate! Consejos para sentarse y pararse

Presentado por la Agencia de Servicios para Adultos Mayores del Condado de Boulder con Cheri Cabrera, OTR y la voluntaria Sandra Reynolds.

Le mostraremos varias variaciones de cómo bajar al suelo y volver a subir con seguridad. Siga el vídeo para ver las instrucciones paso a paso.

¡Levántate, levántate! Consejos para sentarse y pararse

Good Samaritan Medical Center – RISK: The Game of Conquering Falls

Play to acquire points for completing certain falls prevention activities during the month of September and enter to be eligible for prizes. For information, visit https://www.sclhealth.org/locations/good-samaritan-medical-center/services/emergency/trauma/trauma-prevention/

For questions and to submit your scorecard, contact Lauren Stenger, Lauren.Stenger@sclhealth.org or 303-689-4623.

Please note that the completed scorecard must be submitted by September 30 to Lauren Stenger to be considered for a goody bag of surprises! Please follow the instructions for Boulder County residents on the website above.

Hearing Loss and The Higher Risk of Falling (Live Lecture 10 to 11 A.M.) – LIVE EVENT

Presented live from 10 to 11 a.m. by Boulder Community Health featuring Aimee Langlois, PhD, Retired Audiologist.
Learn about how age-related hearing loss can increase your risk of falls and how you can work to reduce the risk

Virtual LIVE events (Q&A). To REGISTER and receive a link to access the presentation visit www.bchlectures.org/falls. Please be aware this live session is being recorded. The recorded version will be available at www.bchlectures.org/falls approximately 24 hours after the live event through Sept. 30. If attending the live presentation, please use the chat for questions. Questions in the chat will be addressed in the last 10 minutes of the class hour. Participant’s microphones will remain muted throughout the class.

Hip Health for Fall Prevention – Click Here!

Presented by YMCA of Northern Colorado featuring Emily Duker

This class will include movements to strengthen and increase flexibility in the hips. Trainer will discuss the benefits of hip health for fall prevention among older adults as well as the benefits of these movements for people of all ages and abilities.

¡Haga su Chequeo Contra Caídas!

Llamada telefónica con Longmont Senior Center y Nina Christensen de la Agencia de Servicios y Programas para Adultos Mayores del Condado de Boulder.

(Phone call with Longmont Senior Center and Nina Christensen from Boulder County Area Agency on Aging)

COVID-19 ha cambiado muchas cosas, pero hay algo que sigue igual: Las caídas NO son una parte normal del envejecimiento. Acompaña a BCAAA (la Agencia de Programas y Servicios para Adultos Mayores del Condado de Boulder) para aprender más sobre los recursos locales el 22 de septiembre a la 1pm en un esfuerzo nacional para prevenir las caídas. Utilice el Chequeo #ContraCaídas (Falls Free CheckUp), la herramientas del Consejo Nacional del Envejecimiento, que ofrece una mirada personalizada sobre los factores de riesgo de las personas y explica cómo abordarlos. Luego corra la voz entre sus amigos y familiares ¡Es una buena manera de acercarse a los demás y demostrar que le importa!

Para inscribirse en ¡Haga su chequeo Contra Caídas! el 22 de septiembre a la 1pm por favor contacte a Monica en el Longmont Senior Center al 303-651-8411.

Foot to Core Balance and Strength

Presented by Body Dynamics Fitness Studio featuring Wendy McClure

Over time we lose our connection to our feet due to cushioned footwear and the aging of the nerves/sensations in our feet. Yet, the foot is the first contact to the earth that establishes our stability for balance and strength. This session is an evidence- based selection of movements to reestablish foot connection to the core and beyond. The use of a textured Naboso standing mat is not required but increases the stimulation of the nerves of the foot for enhanced strength gains.

https://youtu.be/ZrvMn6RmByc

Neuroplasticity: Brain, Body & Balance Connection, 1-2 p.m.

Presented by Vintage Moves Virtual featuring Laura Olinger.

For more information www.vintagemoves.co or 303-817-8210

Falls-Free Checkup

From the National Council on Aging

This interactive questionnaire helps assess your fall risk and provides you with a printable file to share with your healthcare provider and follow-up resources.

https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-checkup/

Good Samaritan Medical Center – RISK: The Game of Conquering Falls

Play to acquire points for completing certain falls prevention activities during the month of September and enter to be eligible for prizes. For information, visit https://www.sclhealth.org/locations/good-samaritan-medical-center/services/emergency/trauma/trauma-prevention/

For questions and to submit your scorecard, contact Lauren Stenger, Lauren.Stenger@sclhealth.org or 303-689-4623.

Please note that the completed scorecard must be submitted by September 30 to Lauren Stenger to be considered for a goody bag of surprises! Please follow the instructions for Boulder County residents on the website above.

Tai Chi for Health Live from 11 A.M. to 12 P.M. – LIVE EVENT

Presented live from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. by Boulder Community Health featuring Juli Booton, Boulder Community Health Outpatient PT

Enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi forms, including preventing falls, boosting immunity, decreasing stress and improving quality of life

Virtual LIVE events (Q&A). To REGISTER and receive a link to access the presentation visit www.bchlectures.org/falls Please be aware this live session is being recorded. The recorded version will be available at www.bchlectures.org/falls approximately 24 hours after the live event through Sept. 30. If attending the live presentation, please use the chat for questions. Questions in the chat will be addressed in the last 10 minutes of the class hour. Participant’s microphones will remain muted throughout the class.

Pharmacy Talk, Medications and Bone Health

Presented by UC Health

A discussion of medications, the consequences of taking multiple medications and the importance of Vitamin D and calcium as protection against fall injuries. Information about CBD oil and it uses also will be covered.

Lesson 2 – https://uchealth.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=6ec7a29d-176d-4698-ab5d-ac29016c2d09

Falls-Free Checkup Chat Live on Facebook at 4:30 PM MT/6:30 PM ET – LIVE EVENT

Presented by the National Council on Aging

Listen in to this live discussion sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Panelists will include a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Pharmacist and Gerontologist

https://www.facebook.com/NCOAging/

Falls-Free Checkup

From the National Council on Aging

This interactive questionnaire helps assess your fall risk and provides you with a printable file to share with your healthcare provider and follow-up resources.

https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-checkup/

Using Assistive Devices to Stay Active

Presented by JoAnne Baumgartner, PT Good Samaritan Medical Center

Do I need a cane? Will walking sticks help me? What about a walker? We’ll look at each of the tools, how they can help you maintain your balance and how to adjust them to fit you. For more information, Lauren.stenger@sclhealth.org, 303-689-4623

https://vimeo.com/457024484

Good Samaritan Medical Center – RISK: The Game of Conquering Falls

Play to acquire points for completing certain falls prevention activities during the month of September and enter to be eligible for prizes. For information, visit https://www.sclhealth.org/locations/good-samaritan-medical-center/services/emergency/trauma/trauma-prevention/

For questions and to submit your scorecard, contact Lauren Stenger, Lauren.Stenger@sclhealth.org or 303-689-4623.

Please note that the completed scorecard must be submitted by September 30 to Lauren Stenger to be considered for a goody bag of surprises! Please follow the instructions for Boulder County residents on the website above.

“Slips, Trips, and Falls NO More! ThinkFirst(TM) for Fall Prevention” from 10 A.M. TO 11 A.M. – LIVE EVENT

Presented live from 10 to 11 a.m. by Boulder Community Health featuring Joan DePuy RN, BSN, Trauma Outreach & Injury Prevention Coordinator for Boulder Community Health

Learn about the “back to basics” of falls prevention and strategies to prevent falls

Virtual LIVE events (Q&A). To REGISTER and receive a link to access the presentation visit www.bchlectures.org/falls. Please be aware this live session is being recorded. The recorded version will be available at www.bchlectures.org/falls approximately 24 hours after the live event through Sept. 30. If attending the live presentation, please use the chat for questions. Questions in the chat will be addressed in the last 10 minutes of the class hour. Participant’s microphones will remain muted throughout the class.

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Resbalones, tropiezos y caídas” ¡NO más! ThinkFirst(TM) para la prevención de caídas

Presentación en PowerPoint en español para aprender sobre la “vuelta a lo básico” de la prevención de caídas y las estrategias para prevenir las caídas.

Presentado en vivo en inglés por Boulder Community Health con la participación de Joan DePuy RN, BSN, Coordinadora de Prevención de Trauma para Boulder Community Health.

Improving Your Balance Everyday, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Presented by Virtual Moves Virtual featuring Laura Olinger.

For more information www.vintagemoves.co or 303-817-8210

Safe Mobility

Presented by UC Health

Learn techniques to make transfers safer, as well as strategies to use when standing, walking, or climbing up stairs or up on to curbs. Presentation will include a discussion of tools such as walking sticks that can provide aid in balance and walking.

Lesson 3 – https://uchealth.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=188f99f6-deed-45d8-8aa6-ac290147fff4

Falls-Free Checkup Chat Live on Facebook in Spanish at 4:30 PM MT/6:30 PM ET

Presented by the National Council on Aging

Listen in to this live discussion sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Panelists will include a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Pharmacist and Gerontologist

https://www.facebook.com/NCOAging/

Fall Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers

Developed by the National Council on Aging

This conversation guide has many purposes. Use this guide as a tool of empowerment in your role as a caregiver. Use it if you or the person you are caring for has had a fall, is experiencing decreased mobility, is unsteady on their feet, or is fearful of falling. When needed, use it to talk with other members of your family or health care professionals about creating a falls prevention action plan.

https://d2mkcg26uvg1cz.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Falls-Prevention-Conversation-Guide-for-Caregivers_Final.pdf

Falls-Free Checkup

From the National Council on Aging

This interactive questionnaire helps assess your fall risk and provides you with a printable file to share with your healthcare provider and follow-up resources.

https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-checkup/

Good Samaritan Medical Center – RISK: The Game of Conquering Falls

Play to acquire points for completing certain falls prevention activities during the month of September and enter to be eligible for prizes. For information, visit https://www.sclhealth.org/locations/good-samaritan-medical-center/services/emergency/trauma/trauma-prevention/

For questions and to submit your scorecard, contact Lauren Stenger, Lauren.Stenger@sclhealth.org or 303-689-4623.

Please note that the completed scorecard must be submitted by September 30 to Lauren Stenger to be considered for a goody bag of surprises! Please follow the instructions for Boulder County residents on the website above.

Vision/Fall Prevention, Home Hazards

Presented by UC Health

This discussion will address how vision can influence the ability to get around safely and raise awareness about the types of fall hazards one can encounter when moving around in the community. Learn more about the most common hazards found in and around the home and strategies to prevent falls.

Lesson 4 – https://uchealth.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=edb79996-ced7-4d18-8b55-ac29015b6713

Six Steps to Prevent Falls in English and Spanish

From the National Council on Aging

Don’t let a fall take away your health and independence. Use these simple falls prevention tips to reduce your risk of falling at home and in your community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7lC5Pdpx_k&list=PLBQ3IVLssSRmkiTWzYVM-xCYDv6S-5uYV&index=2&t=0s (English)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYzdyWG90Ok&list=PLBQ3IVLssSRmkiTWzYVM-xCYDv6S-5uYV&index=2 (Spanish)

Falls-Free Checkup

From the National Council on Aging

This interactive questionnaire helps assess your fall risk and provides you with a printable file to share with your healthcare provider and follow-up resources.

https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-checkup/

Tips for going up and down stairs safely

Presented by JoAnne Baumgartner, PT Good Samaritan Medical Center

Stairs can present a challenge for people with pain and lower body limitations. Using the adage “up with the good and down with the bad” you can keep climbing safely and with less discomfort. For more information, Lauren.stenger@sclhealth.org, 303-689-4623

https://vimeo.com/457027097

Good Samaritan Medical Center – RISK: The Game of Conquering Falls

Play to acquire points for completing certain falls prevention activities during the month of September and enter to be eligible for prizes. For information, visit https://www.sclhealth.org/locations/good-samaritan-medical-center/services/emergency/trauma/trauma-prevention/

For questions and to submit your scorecard, contact Lauren Stenger, Lauren.Stenger@sclhealth.org or 303-689-4623.

Please note that the completed scorecard must be submitted by September 30 to Lauren Stenger to be considered for a goody bag of surprises! Please follow the instructions for Boulder County residents on the website above.

Upcoming Virtual Classes

Medicare Basics Classes – Our Medicare Counseling program is offering live, virtual Medicare Basics Classes in the afternoon and evening through the end of the year. Classes provide unbiased, up-to-date information about Medicare enrollment, benefits, costs, what and how Medicare pays, choices under Medicare plans, how they work, and prescription drug coverage. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For more information, or to set up an appointment with a Medicare Counselor, please call 303-441-1546.

Learn more about our Medicare Counseling program.

Click Here to register for an upcoming class!

Diabetes Support and Education GroupThis group is for Boulder County older adults (60+) with a diabetes diagnosis or those caring for someone with a diabetes diagnosis. On Monday, Aug. 17 the group will discuss how toKeep Your Kidneys Kicking! The group is facilitated by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, who is also a Certified Diabetes Educator. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Please call the BCAAA Nutrition Line at 303-678-6115 or email us at InfoHealthyAging@bouldercounty.org and leave a message with your name, date of birth, address, email, and phone number. Once received, a link to the meeting and handouts will be sent. Please indicate if you prefer to join the meeting by phone or by video conference.

Diabetes Prevention ProgramLeft untreated, prediabetes can raise your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The Diabetes Prevention Program provides a proven behavior change program and a trained lifestyle coach to provide support and guidance to the group. This is a year-long program with weekly meetings for six months and once or twice monthly for the second six months. The next program begins on Wednesday, Sept. 2! To find out if you qualify, please call 303-441-4710 or email us at InfoHealthyAging@bouldercounty.org.

AAA Wellness Programs

Maintaining the ability to live a healthy, independent life is a priority for many people. Our evidence-based wellness classes have been proven to help you develop the skills to live with on-going health conditions and challenges. Our wellness offerings include:

Falls Prevention Week | Falls Prevention Week 2020 will take place from Sept. 21-25 with a mix of live virtual events and recorded sessions. More 2020 information is coming soon!
A Matter of Balance | Reduce your fear of falling and increase physical activity (Espanol)
Aging Mastery | What to expect and how to manage perception and change
Diabetes Prevention Program | Lower your risk of diabetes
Healthier Living/Chronic Disease Self-Management | How to manage ongoing health conditions
Healthier Living/Diabetes Self-Management | How to better manage living with diabetes
Pain Self-Management | Learn the skills needed to manage living with chronic pain
Walk with Ease | Guided walking, stretching and basic health education sessions

What is an evidence-based program?

AAA Nutrition Programs

Eating well is vital for health, longevity, and quality of life. Getting the right nutrients and fresh, quality food is an important component in preventing or managing chronic diseases. You can easily access good local food through senior lunch programs, Meals on Wheels and other organizations, such as Community Food Share. Our nutrition program provides education, counseling and support to older adults and their caregivers to assist in them with their healthy living goals.

Our nutrition offerings include:

Diabetes Support Group | Chat with friends and peers who are living with Diabetes.
Nutrition Counseling | One-on-one guidance for building a better a diet.
Nutrition Education | On-demand presentations in the community about nutritional guidance and best practices.

Senior Dental Grant Program

We fund and coordinate access to dental care services for low-income, uninsured seniors. Contact 303-441-1617 to see if you qualify. Space in this program is very limited.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Become a Wellness Leader | Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? Wellness programs are led by community volunteers who care about older adults and are interested in helping them maintain or improve their health and well-being. Our evidence-based programs are designed to be led by community leaders. Appropriate training for each program is provided. Experience in the health care field is not required, however we do look for individuals who are comfortable talking to groups and working with older adults. For more information, contact us at 303-441-4710 or infohealthyaging@BoulderCounty.org.
  • Community Engagement | Our team of experts welcomes the opportunity to meet with your staff, community group, or organization to explain and assist in accessing available wellness opportunities.

Contact Us


Boulder County Area
Agency on Aging

Main: 303-441-3570

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Location

Sundquist Building
3482 Broadway Street
Boulder, CO 80304
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Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F


Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306