Led by the International Council on Active Aging, Active Aging Week 2015 saw local hosts develop creative events and activities that encouraged participants to enhance their wellness and live their adventure.
The week's successes spurred ICAA to hold a Name-the-Theme Competition for Active Aging Week 2016. Submitted by Barbara Womer, wellness director of Elim Park in Cheshire, Connecticut, the winning theme for this year's campaign is "Explore the possibilities." Womer says her entry was inspired by the "Why not?" attitude at Elim Park since the launch of a new wellness initiative, as well as the community's commitment to engaging residents in wellness. "We encourage exploration year-round and keep an open mind when considering the possibilities," Womer shares. "Wouldn't Active Aging Week be the perfect time to encourage this across the globe?"
About Active Aging Week
Active Aging Week was started in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging as an international event celebrating aging and active living by engaging older adults in wellness activities in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. It is held every year in the last week of September.
About the International Council on Active Aging
ICAA, a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, supports professionals who develop wellness facilities, programs and services for adults over 50. The association is focused on active aging – an approach to aging that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness – and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies, including the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada’s Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia ministries of Health and Healthy Living and Sport.