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Winter Bike to Work Day on Dec. 13 (2017)

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Fort Collins will celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day. People who ride their bike that day will find breakfast stations located throughout Fort Collins. The event encourages people to bicycle for transportation; highlights Fort Collins' extensive bike routes; and demonstrates that bicycling is an easy, fun, and healthy means of traveling around the city.

Come visit any of the breakfast stations from 7:00 to 9:30am, offering coffee and a variety of free breakfast foods, quick bike maintenance, and more. For more information, visit the city's Bike Winter webpage.
 
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.
 
Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Starts Nov. 1 (2017)

With the headlines out of Washington, you might have questions about what the latest developments mean for you and your health coverage. Call us, and we can help.

Larimer Health Connect is a free service that helps people find the best options for health insurance to meet their family's health needs and budget. Our trained staff provides free, impartial, in-person assistance finding health insurance, including plans from the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace. We can also determine your eligibility for Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) and CHP+.

We can help you shop for coverage and complete the application process for health insurance offered through the Marketplace, as well as go over the financial assistance options that are available only through Connect for Health Colorado. We cannot offer advice on what plan to choose, but we can answer your questions about your options. To make an appointment, call 970-472-0444. Open enrollment for 2018 health insurance coverage is Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 12, 2018. But for your coverage to start on Jan. 1, 2018, you must sign up by Dec. 15.

Larimer Health Connect is a project of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, a public special district dedicated to improving the health of our community. For information, visit the Larimer Health Connect website.
 
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Oct. 28 (2017)

On Sat., Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded and/or expired prescription medications.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

As of early Oct., drop-off sites have been confirmed at the following locations:
  • Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
  • Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
  • Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.
  • Wellington: Family Dollar Parking Lot (Larimer County Sheriff's Office staff), 8099 6th St.

  • The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal boxes at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.

    Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including medications for your pets. However the following items will NOT be accepted: liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

    Check the DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.

    Information on environmentally sound disposal methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could cause pollution of lakes, streams, and water supplies and pose potential safety and health hazards.

    Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unneeded or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-221-6540.
     
    Parent Education Speaker Series, Oct. - Dec. (2017)

    The CAYAC (Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections) Team is hosting a free, 8-week, drop-in parent education speaker series on mental health and substance use. The series runs Wednesdays, Oct. 18 through Dec. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Dr., in north Fort Collins.

    Topics include:
  • Oct. 18 -- Bullying: How to identify bullying behavior on social media and at school, and how parents can help children handle situations and counter the effects of bullying.
  • Oct. 25 -- Anxiety: Signs and symptoms of anxiety and how to help children and adolescents cope.
  • Nov. 1 -- Teen Sexuality: An overview of "normal" teen sexuality and the stages of development. Topics include sexual identity, sexting, pornography, and more.
  • Nov. 8 -- Adolescent Substance Use: Common substances teens are using and appropriate interventions.
  • Nov. 15 -- Trauma: The impact of trauma on brain development in children and teens, and how to assist those who have experienced trauma.
  • Nov. 29 -- Autism: What a diagnosis of autism means and treatment options.
  • Dec. 6 -- ADHD: Signs of ADHD and tools to help children and adolescents manage symptoms.
  • Dec. 13 -- Surviving the Holidays: Stress management tips for families.

  • Participants are welcome to attend a single session or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Dinner is provided. For more information or to reserve a space, email Brian, blothrop@healthdistrict.org.

    CAYAC is a service of Connections, a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners. Connections provides answers, options, and support for mental health and substance use challenges. The CAYAC Team includes staff from the Health District, SummitStone Health Partners, and Poudre School District.
     

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