- Community Conversations: Aging in Larimer County (Oct. 2018)
As our community ages, older adults will need access to resources and services to maintain their independence and quality of life.
The Larimer County Office on Aging develops a new strategic plan every four years to add, update, or adjust programs and resources already in place.
Fort Collins and Loveland residents are invited to participate in community conversations to share their vision of what makes Larimer County a great place to age in place. What is your vision for aging in Larimer County? For example, what suggestions do you have for improving our transportation system? What services are needed to help you remain independent in your home?
Loveland residents are invited to share their vision, opinions, and suggestions on the future of aging at a community conversation hosted by the Larimer County Office on Aging on Oct. 15, 2018, at 1:00pm, at the Chilson Center in Loveland.
Fort Collins residents can share their ideas on Oct. 24, 3:00pm, at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive.
To register for either of these community conversations, call the Larimer County Office on Aging at 970-498-7792.
- Overdose Awareness Day Aug. 31, 2018
Join us on August 31, 2-8pm, at Civic Center Park in Fort Collins. Find out how people in Larimer County are working together against the opioid epidemic and addiction overall. Learn about local resources, get trained on Naloxone, eat some food, listen to local musicians, and help us end the stigma around addiction. There will also be an art memorial and a candlelight vigil for those lost and impacted by addiction. This event is hosted by Larimer Court Support, Northern Colorado AIDS Project, the Health District of Northern Larimer County, and Good Day Pharmacy. For more information, visit the Facebook page: facebook.com/events/644338312594846/.
- First Human West Nile Virus Case Confirmed in Larimer County (Aug. 8, 2018)
This week the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment confirmed the first case of West Nile fever in a Larimer County resident in 2018. A second potential case is under investigation. Human case reports usually peak in August and September.
Mosquito numbers are abundant in many areas of the county. It is a good time to remind people to protect themselves from West Nile virus by taking steps to avoid being bitten. That can be done by using an effective repellent, wearing shirts with long sleeves and pants, or staying indoors when mosquitoes are biting.
Trapping mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile virus began in June in Larimer County. West Nile disease is a viral infection which is spread to people by bites from infected Culex mosquitoes. Symptoms can range from none to severe illness. About 75 percent of people who are infected are asymptomatic; about 25 percent will develop West Nile fever. Less than 1 percent develop the more severe neuroinvasive form, which can lead to hospitalization, critical illness, chronic disability, or even death.
The county health department works with our cities, a mosquito abatement company (Vector Disease Control International, formerly Colorado Mosquito Control), and Colorado State University to monitor and assess the risk to Larimer County residents.
For more information on West Nile virus, visit www.larimer.org/westnile.
- Connections Has a New Home (July 2018)
Connections has moved to a new location in Old Town, at 425 W. Mulberry St., Suite 101. Connections is a partnership of the Health District and SummitStone Health Partners that offers answers, options, and support to individuals and families looking for help with mental health or substance use concerns, such as depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol use.
"The Connections team is excited to move to a new space that will provide a more comfortable location for providing clients and families with exceptional behavioral health services," says Kristen Cochran-Ward, Connections program manager. "We will continue to provide services in person by appointment or through our walk-in times, as well as phone consultation, assessment and referrals."
Connections services include needs assessment, information and referral, assistance with coordinating and navigating care, brief intervention, and connection to reduced-cost counseling.
The Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC) Team, which provides services to young people ages 0-24 years and their families, continues to operate out of its offices at 1302 S. Shields St.
For more information about Connections or to make an appointment, call 970-221-5551 or go to the Connections website.
- Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Fort Collins (July 17, 2018)
Mosquitoes in Fort Collins have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). While the risk of contracting WNV remains low, mosquito traps in Fort Collins, Berthoud, and Weld County captured Culex mosquitoes infected with the disease.
WNV is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The symptoms range from none to very serious. With the presence of the disease in this area, residents are encouraged to protect themselves using the Four Ds: Drain, Dress, Defend, Dusk/Dawn.
1. Drain. Mosquitoes breed in water. Drain any standing water in your yard each week. Bird baths, clogged gutters, and kiddie pools are common breeding sites.
2. Dress. Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
3. Defend. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Consider spraying clothing with insect repellent since mosquitoes may bite through fabric. Use an approved repellent according to its label. For information on repellents, visit the EPA website.
4. Dawn/Dusk. Limit time spent outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and feeding.
While there is no guarantee that you will not get WNV, using the Four Ds helps minimize the risk. To learn more about WNV, visit the City of Fort Collins website.
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