Healthy Aging Programs

AAA Healthy Aging & Nutrition Programs

BCAAA 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.

Upcoming Virtual Classes

Medicare Basics Classes & Counseling

Our Medicare Counseling program is offers live, virtual Medicare Basics Classes throughout the month at varying times. 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.

Click here to learn more about our Medicare Counseling program or register for an upcoming class!

Fresh Conversations

Fresh Conversations is an evidence-based nutrition education program focused on timely nutrition topics presented monthly. Fresh Conversations is led by Patti Murphy, RDN. The program is held virtually over Zoom. Upcoming programs:

  • Monday, Sept. 20, 1-2 p.m. – Join us as we discuss “How Much is Too Much?”, a closer look at alcohol intake recommendations and health effects. Register here.
  • Monday, Oct. 11, 1-2 p.m. – Join us for “Fuel Your Independence with Protein” to learn why protein is even more important as you age and talk with other older adults about practical tips to increase your intake of protein. Register here.
  • Monday, Nov. 8, 1-2 p.m. – Learn more about soy foods and how they can benefit your health for “Fresh News About Soy Foods.” Register here.
  • Monday, Dec. 13, 1-2 p.m. Join us for “Use It or Lose It” to talk about the benefits of physical activity and how to maintain muscle mass with aging. Register here.

To learn more, email infohealthyaging@bouldercounty.org.

Conversaciones Frescas (Fresh Conversations in Spanish)

Conversaciones Frescas es un programa de nutrición basado en la evidencia y centrado en temas de nutrición oportunos que se presentan mensualmente.

  • El tema de septiembre es “Cuanto es demasiado: alcohol.” Cuando: 29 de septiembre de 1 pm–2 pm.
  • El tema de octubre es “Alimente su independencia con proteínas.” Cuando: 27 de octubre de 1pm-2pm.
  • El tema de noviembre es “Noticias frescas sobre los alimentos de soja.” Cuando: 17 de noviembre de 1pm-2pm.
  • El tema de diciembre es “¡Úselo o piérdalo!” Cuando: 15 de diciembre de 1pm-2pm.

Programa realizado virtualmente a través de Zoom, conferencia telefónica disponible. Inscribase para Conversaciones Frescas aqui.

Contacto: Nina Christensen a 303-441-3774

Diabetes Prevention Program

Did you know that one in three Coloradans have prediabetes? Left untreated, prediabetes can raise your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The good news is that you can prevent these serious complications.

The Diabetes Prevention Program provides:

  • A proven behavior change program developed by the Centers for Disease Control
  • A trained lifestyle coach to provide support and guidance to participants
  • Skill building to help you lose weight, become more physically active, and better manage stress

What should you know?

  • This is a year-long program.
  • There is limited space, so sign up early.
  • Classes are offered without charge to qualified participants.
  • Classes for this year-long programs are held virtually on Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Learn more at our information session on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom!

Ready to learn more? Call 303-441-4710 or email infohealthyaging@bouldercounty.org!

Aging Mastery Program for Caregivers

This program, open to caregivers and non-caregivers, combines goal setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives. This six-week program is fun, innovative, interactive, and empowers you to spend more time each day doing things that are good for yourself and for others. Caregivers are those who help a relative or friend with chores, errands, personal care, and more.

When: Tuesdays, Oct. 12 – Nov. 16, noon – 3 p.m.

Where: Zoom

Register here for the Aging Mastery Program!

Questions? Email us at infohealthyaging@bouldercounty.org or call us at 303-441-4583.

Diabetes Support and Education Group

This group is for Boulder County older adults (60+) with a diabetes diagnosis or those caring for someone with a diabetes diagnosis. 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. Classes in 2021 include:

  • Sept. 20 – Traveling and Dining Out with Diabetes
  • Oct. 18 – Caring for Your Kidneys
  • Nov. 15 – Enjoying the Holidays with Diabetes
  • No classes in December.

To register: Please email us at infohealthyaging@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6115 and leave a message with your contact information.

Falls Prevention Week 2021 (Sept. 20-24)

Join us to learn more about the steps you can take to keep yourself and those you care for safe with our diverse selection of presentations including home safety, meditation, risk screenings, physical activity, nutrition, and much more during Falls Prevention Week 2021.

This year Falls Prevention Week will be held Sept. 20 – 24. Our goal remains the same – educating the public on the many ways to prevent falls, with both in-person and virtual activities.

Learn more at our Falls Prevention webpage!

Nutrition Counseling

No-cost nutrition counseling is available from our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Counseling in English is available at 303-678-6115 or en español at 720-930-0223.

What is an evidence-based program?

Text2LiveHealthy

Looking for new ideas to stay active and maintain your independence? Low-cost ideas to eat healthy and stretch your food budget? Or interested in getting connected to local community wellness events?

Join the Free Text2LiveHealthy (T2LH) program and receive two to three text messages per week delivered to your phone, brought to you by the Colorado State Unit on Aging.

Register to participate in Text2LiveHealthy here.

Check out the printable flyer for this program here and feel free to share it with your community!

Physical Activity Resource Guide

Participating in regular physical activity is one powerful way you can reduce your risk of falling, however the cancellation of many in-person activities has made this challenging. To help you find ways to stay motivated, we have put together a list of some programs being offered in-person and virtually in our Physical Activity Resource Guide.

Please remember that activities are subject to change. It is always best to check with the individual location to confirm program details.

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 to late to start! But, remember to check with your doctor before starting to find out which types of exercise are best for you.

Healthy Aging 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:

About one in three adults over the age of 65 will fall in a given year and this number increases with each decade. Unfortunately many falls result in significant injury and can lead to reduced independence. These are frightening statistics and not surprisingly, many people become quite afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance is an eight week program designed to help people reduce their fear of falling and increase their physical activity. Classes include discussions on how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing physical activity, make changes in the home to reduce the risk of falling and practice exercises to increase strength, balance and flexibility.

AMP: Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, yet societal expectations of older adults has changed very little. What should we do with this gift of living longer? The Aging Mastery Program is an evidence-informed enrichment program that encourages adults to take steps to support happiness and longevity. AMP includes 10 topics, covered over a number of weekly sessions, that pairs information on physical health, financial health, and life enrichment with action steps and activities.

AMP for Caregivers: AMP for Caregivers consists of the standard Aging Mastery Program core curriculum “bookended” with two classes specifically designed to address caregiver concerns.

Has your doctor told you that you have pre-diabetes? By eating a healthy diet, losing small amounts of weight and getting regular physical activity, many people can avoid developing diabetes. The year-long Diabetes Prevention Program provides support as participants work to adopt a healthier life style.

Nearly 50% of all adults have at least one chronic health condition. Living with ongoing health problems can significantly limit daily activities, zap your energy and interfere with your quality of life. Healthier Living is a chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University. In this six-week workshop, you will learn the skills to manage chronic health problems and get back to enjoying your life.

Living with diabetes presents a number of daily and ongoing concerns. Our Healthier Living Program was developed by Stanford University to address these challenges and improve your ability to cope with pain, fatigue, stress and frustration. Topics include goal setting, making healthy food choices, meal planning, working with your health care team, developing an exercise program, and foot care.

Learn the skills needed to manage living with chronic pain. Our six-week course includes techniques to deal with pain, frustration, isolation and poor sleep; tips for managing activity and rest levels; goal setting and problem solving; and gentle exercises to improve overall fitness.

Getting regular exercise can be as simple as adopting a regular walking plan. Research has shown that walking can reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis and most other chronic conditions and help people improve their fitness levels. In addition to walking and stretching, this six week program developed by the Arthritis Foundation includes brief health education lessons.

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 and managing chronic diseases that older adults may experience. Older adults can access good 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:

We facilitate a diabetes support group located at the Lafayette Senior Center which convenes on the first Monday of the month (schedule can change) from 11-12 pm. We welcome any Boulder County resident over 60 as well as caregivers. Please call 303-441-4995 for more information.

We partner with Boulder Nutrition and Exercise to offer two nutrition counseling sessions per year to older adults who are over 60. A nutrition counseling session is a way for older adults to get individual attention to their nutrition needs. Sessions can be conducted over the phone or in Boulder. There is no cost for this service, but donations are welcome. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 303-678-6115 and leave your contact information.

We coordinate and provide nutrition education for older adults, family caregivers, and service providers, such as home care agencies. Education presentations are conducted at senior centers and other community locations. Call 303-441-4995 for more information.

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