Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging & Wellness for folx (50+) living with HIV.

Over 55% of all CHN clients receiving supportive services are aged 50 years and older. The advent of effective antiretroviral therapy has led to dramatic improvements in life expectancy for Persons Living with HIV (PLWH). While effective treatments have drastically improved the quantity of life for PLWH, aging with HIV is associated with significant challenges that impact quality of life. To address these challenges, the Healthy Aging Program at CHN prioritizes supportive services that are tailored to the unique needs of older clients. In addition, we conduct research to advance the development of new and innovative programs. Through research, education, and advocacy, the Healthy Aging program fosters the open exchange and dissemination of information from scientific communities to CHN and to older clients living with HIV.

What is HealthWell?

CHN’s Healthy Aging Program aims to improve the physical and mental health outcomes of older adults (aged 50 years and older) living with HIV, throughout Colorado. The three components of the program include:

• Physical Activity: To support and engage you in regular physical activity.
• Social Support: To address the need for social engagement and support.
• Nutritional Counseling: To support nutritional health.

Physical Activity

What we do to support Physical Activity: Clients participating in HealthWell will be provided with a fitness tracker to support regular participation in physical activity opportunities. These include: Walking challenges- Clients will be asked to report daily step counts for the prior week, and are encouraged to increase their step goal each week. Low impact exercise classes- Each week, CHN will host in-person and virtual exercise classes led by certified instructors. Group walking tours- HealthWell will coordinate biweekly group walking tours around Denver Botanic Gardens and a number of other outdoor spaces.

Social Support

What we do to support Social Support: HealthWell personnel will facilitate semi-weekly, virtual, or in-person focus groups for a 1-2 hour period. These groups create opportunities for virtual and in-person socialization. Along with the socialization aspect, the groups also serve as a time for HealthWell staff to present on issues related to healthy aging. Topics include fall prevention, nutrition, advanced care planning, etc.

Nutrition

What we do to support Nutritional Counseling: Clients that are participating in the HealthWell program will be provided with a few hours of nutritional counseling with a licensed nutritional counselor. Clients will work with the nutritional counselor to coordinate a personalized plan to help improve their nutritional status. In addition, the nutritional counselors will work with the client on achieving nutritional goals, assess progress, and provide advice and feedback to target the root of any challenges that they may be facing.

Learn more about these programs

To learn more about how to access resources or for questions about how you can get involved, contact:

Erin Burk-Leaver at erin.burk-leaver@coloradohealthnetwork.org or

Parker Sturm at parker.sturm@coloradohealthnetwork.org!

303.962.5336

Learn more about HIV and Aging in the United States

Visit the US Department of Health and Human Services site to learn more about the impacts of HIV among older adults.

Good health begins with knowing your HIV status. Contact an office today and schedule your test!