- Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, Dec. 4-8 (2017)
It is a fact of life that people age. And, with increasing age can come changes in physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities that can challenge a person's continued ability to drive safely. Although these changes are a part of normal aging, they occur individually and at different rates. Just as one plans for retirement, it's important to plan for transportation needs as driving skills decline.
When families get together over the holidays, this might provide an opportunity to have a nonthreatening conversation with our loved ones. When an older driver must make adjustments to drive safely or can no longer do so, families and friends can help if they have information about community resources.
Many occupational therapists are specially trained to evaluate a person's overall ability to operate a vehicle safely and can provide rehabilitation, if necessary. Specialists work with older adults as well as their families and caregivers, offering individualized assessment. They can identify each person's unique challenges and find strategies that will help them drive safely as long as possible.
In the Fort Collins area, organizations that can help evaluate the skills of senior drivers include CNS Adaptive Driving Solutions and Pro31 Safe Senior Driver. In addition, the City of Fort Collins is offering classes during the week of Dec. 4-8 to help older drivers, families, and caregivers navigate this potentially difficult topic. For information, go to p. 67 of the Winter 2018 Recreator.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is promoting Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, Dec. 4-8. AOTA recognizes the importance of mobility and transportation for older adults to remain active in the community, and AOTA works to ensure that transportation will not be a barrier.
- Family Safety & Emergency Preparedness Expo on Oct. 7 (2017)
Learn how to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies, and join us in reflecting on and commemorating 40+ years of disaster events in Larimer County, by attending the annual Family Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo.
The event starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 7 at the Thomas McKee 4-H Building at The Ranch in Loveland. This event is free and open to the public. Families can attend educational classes, stock up on preparedness supplies, learn lifesaving skills, win prizes, tour emergency vehicles, enjoy activities with your kids, and much more. The Expo also presents an opportunity for attendees to meet local emergency services workers.
We hope that this event will inspire county residents to be more prepared, have access to resources, and continue looking to build a brighter future for all. The Expo is presented by Larimer County, Weld County, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, Loveland Office of Emergency Management, Poudre Fire Authority, Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management, Larimer County Sheriff's Office, and the American Red Cross. We look forward to seeing you there.
Visit the Expo Facebook page for more information.
- Community Behavioral Health Forum on Sept. 18 (2017)
The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health is hosting this forum, one of many around the state, to hear from community members about behavioral health needs.
The goals of each forum include: 1) hear from clients and their families and from the staff of facilities and service providers about needs, successes, and opportunities; 2) hold a dialogue with community members to get ideas for next steps, potential legislation, and creative solutions; 3) update participants about what services are available in the community and how to access services; and 4) increase efforts to reduce stigma about what mental illness, substance dependency, and other behavioral health issues look like and who is affected.
Who should attend: Individuals and professionals with an interest in regional substance use and mental health systems including providers, administrators, people with lived experience, policymakers, and advocates.
The forum meets Monday, Sept. 18, 1:00-2:30pm, Room 308-310 at the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus, Fort Collins. Please plan to attend. We welcome your input. For more info, please go to the Office of Behavioral Health webpage.
- Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Fort Collins (July 19, 2017)
Mosquitoes in Fort Collins have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). Mosquito traps in the northeast and southeast sections of town revealed Culex mosquitoes infected with the disease.
The vector index, or measure of infected mosquitoes, is 0.203 and 0.004 in the two zones. Before the City will consider adult mosquito spraying, the vector index must be 0.75 in any of the four zones and there must be two confirmed human cases per week or more than one positive human blood donor. The County has a lower threshold for action and may initiate an application earlier on the recommendation of the Director of the Department of Health and Environment.
WNV is a disease that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The symptoms range from none to very serious. With the presence of the disease, residents are reminded to protect themselves using the Four D's:
- 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.
- Dress. Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors. Spray clothing with insect repellent since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
- Defend. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Use an approved repellent according to its label. To find the repellent that is right for you visit cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.
- Dusk/Dawn. Limit time spent outdoors at dusk through dawn, when mosquitoes are most active and feeding.
While there are no guarantees that you will not get WNV, using the Four D's helps minimize the risk. To learn more about WNV and how to protect your family visit the City of Fort Collins website.
- Mental Health Speaker Series Aug. - Sept. (2017)
Join us for eight weeks of mental health education speakers, and dinner,
free of charge for community members! Learn about important mental health issues in our community and how you can help yourself and others cope with these issues. Sessions will be led by licensed clinicians.
- 8/9 Anxiety -- Learn how anxiety affects people and ways you can help yourself and others cope with it. Topics include generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- 8/16 Depression -- Learn what depression is, how it can affect people, what you can do about it, and how to help others who are suffering from depression.
- 8/23 Suicide -- Learn about warning signs, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and how to talk with someone who is suicidal.
- 8/30 Self-Harm -- Self-harm is intentional, direct, and repeated injury without suicidal intentions. Learn why people self-harm and how you can help your loved ones.
- 9/6 Grief and Loss -- Grief is a natural response to losing someone or something that is important to you. Learn to better understand the emotions, and how to take care of yourself and others who are grieving.
- 9/13 Health and Well-being: Dealing with Stress -- The world is filled with stressors, and learning positive ways to cope can go a long way for your everyday health.
- 9/20 Trauma -- Traumatic stress is a normal reaction to traumatic events. Learn about the physical and emotional reactions to trauma and leave with a few helpful coping strategies.
- 9/27 Substance Use: Alcohol and Opioids -- Different substances act on the brain in different ways. This session will focus on alcohol, opioids, and heroin and how they are affecting individuals, and consequently our community and the nation.
Meets Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:30pm at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive in north Fort Collins. For more information and to reserve a space, email Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org. The series is hosted by Mental Health Connections, a partnership of the Health District and SummitStone Health Partners.
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