EOA 2016-17: Community Health Information Resource for Seniors (CHIRS)
The overall purpose of the Community Health Information Resource for Seniors (CHIRS) is to strengthen and enhance Washoe County's provision of resources to its community by building a comprehensive, easy to navigate web-enabled compendium that consolidates all the scattered information that supports the needs of the aging population. CHIRS will deliver a program of instruction, both in-class and online, to demonstrate and promote the benefits of the website and illustrate the variety of beneficial online health information resources. Classes will also include a discussion of mobile technologies and apps in the context of senior self-care and well-being. Sustainability of the project will be addressed by recruitment of students fulfilling service learning curricular requirements. By focusing on access to local services and online information resources, we hope to improve the capacity of older adults to locate and integrate information that fosters a healthier and more self-reliant lifestyle.