Community Leaders Unite to Plan Active Aging Week

active-aging_fb-imageActivities ranging from an art show and brain health games, to community walks and poetry readings will be featured locally during Active Aging Week, the last week in September.

Led by the International Council on Active Aging, Active Aging Week is an annual health promotion event celebrating adults ages 50 and older and promoting the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle. It also highlights the ability of older adults to live well, regardless of age or health conditions.

Local host organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada offer activities and events that are free or low cost, educational, and presented in a safe, fun and friendly atmosphere. Events are held in parks, malls, YMCAs, health clubs, senior centers, apartments, senior living communities, and various other sites.

This year, the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) is working with a variety of local organizations to organize and promote a full menu of free activities.  Each day of the week, beginning September 21, focuses on a specific topic including foot health, walking, falls prevention, bone health, intergenerational activities, brain health and a celebration of active aging.  Go to for a complete list of events and more information.

Here is a sampling of what will be offered:  exercise demonstrations, an art show, brain health games, community walks, nutrition education, a volunteer fair, container gardening with kids, poetry reading, and many opportunities to interact with medical professionals.

“We are grateful to the many organizations who will be participating in our quest to make Central Florida a healthier place for older adults,” said Diana Silvey, WPHF Program Director.