zumba4Socialization and recreation are an important part of maintaining a healthy aging lifestyle. In coordination with community members and partners RCCOA supports programs to encourage participation by Routt County Seniors.

According to Lisa Berman, one of the authors of the study, published in the July 2008 edition of the American Journal of Public Health, “social participation and integration have profound effects on the health and well-being of people during their lifetimes. We know from previous studies that people with many social ties have lower mortality rates. We now have mounting evidence that strong social networks can help to prevent declines in memory.”

A study published in a 2009 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine found that social activity is as important as exercise for seniors. They discovered that in addition to exercise, being socially active was important in order for seniors to maintain muscle strength, speed and dexterity into old age. Volunteer work, attending sporting and social events and even visiting friends and relatives all helped to maintain good physical health. In fact, they found that physical decline was around one-third more rapid among those who were socially inactive, even if they exercised.


The Council on Aging sponsors exercise classes in coordination with the Northwest Colorado Health.  Click here to view schedule


The Council on Aging sponsors foot care in coordination with the Northwest Colorado Health.  The Council on Aging also sponsors wellness clinics in coordination with the Northwest Colorado Health. Click here to view schedules


South Routt: Wednesdays after lunch at the South Routt Community Center
Steamboat: Fridays after lunch at the Steamboat Springs Community Center

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There are several bridge groups that play at various times in Steamboat.  Please call us for details.