Extension is proud to be part of Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network (Nevada CAN)!

We're partnering with UNR Med's Sanford Center for Aging, Nevada Senior Services, Aging and Disability Services Division, and Nevada 211 to connect elders to vital services like food and medication help, tele-health, one-on-one check-ins calls and more. You can request services for yourself or for an elder in need from Nevada CAN. You can also volunteer to help elders through Nevada CAN.

Elderly couple holding hands

Nevada CAN is focused on maintaining the quality of life for the 454,221 homebound elders in Nevada. Keeping elders safe from exposure to the virus, while ensuring they are well-supplied, have access to medical and social services, and remain free from isolation is our top priority.

In this unprecedented time many people who have never had to ask for help may have to turn to others for help. We want to make it easy for you to find and ask for the things you need to keep yourself safe at home.

Nevada CAN will connect you to a local provider, volunteer, or government agency to meet your needs. Just complete the Senior Request for Assistance form and tell us what you need. For information on food service assistance visit the Senior Food Assistant Services page.

Healthy Aging

The Nevada Division of Health and Human Services receives funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) from the federal government and allocates over half of this to Extension to perform needs assessments and to create and provide programming to meet identified needs. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to support limited-resource families in making healthy food and lifestyle choices.

The Healthy Aging strategy through Extension offers the following SNAP-Ed programs to provide skills that support making healthy eating choices and encouraging an active lifestyle. The overall goal of these programs is to provide educational offerings that improve the health and quality of life of Nevada's older adult population.

Seniors Eating Well

A nutrition education program that includes food demonstrations and a recipe book, using Three Square Food Bank Senior Share supplemental grocery baskets. It is an evidenced-based curriculum from Pennsylvania State University that consists of nine, 45-minute lessons that cover important nutrition topics for older adults. The lessons can be taught individually or as a series. Each lesson includes educational information, handouts, dietary guidelines, and food demonstration taste testing. Lesson topics include: Great Grain Discoveries, All-Star Senior Snacks, Hearth Healthy Meals for 1 or 2, Cooking and Seasoning with Herbs, Savory Soups, Fitness Fun, Evaluating Dietary Supplements for Seniors, Dietary Fat - Fact or Fiction?, New Concepts in Weight Control - Energy Density. Since 2017, the program has been conducted in five sites in Clark County and will be adopted in three additional counties in 2019.

Senior Gardens

Provided through the Garden Nutrition Education program. The Garden Nutrition Education Program supports the garden component of Extension's mission to promote health. Garden education efforts empower participants of all ages to grow their own affordable and nutrient-dense food. Gardening provides older adults with moderate daily exercise that can improve their flexibility, coordination, muscle and cardiovascular health, and general physical wellness. Gardens are also wonderful gathering places to build a community around healthy and sustainable food.

Stay Strong Stay Healthy

An evidenced-based eight-week exercise program developed by University of Missouri Extension that incorporates the latest research to help older adults develop the fitness, flexibility, and balance that will enable elders to live independently longer. In hour-long courses held twice a week, trained instructors will lead participants through warm-up, easy-to-learn strength exercises, and a cool-down. The exercises are safe and effective, and Extension will provide weights for use on-site. No need to wear special clothes — just comfortable, loose-fitting pants and shirt, along with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. Courses can be found in familiar, nearby venues, such as senior centers or church halls. After participants completed the course, they will receive a guide to continue strength training in the comfort of home. In 2019, the program was conducted in Carson/Storey, Clark, Lander, Lyon, White Pine, Churchill, and Mineral Counties, and on two Native American reservations.

For more information or to see if these programs can be provided at your recreation center, senior center, place of congregation or senior living housing complex, please contact the Healthy Aging faculty below.

 

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