Central Florida’s booming 50+ population—about one-third of the population in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville—will have access to a wide range of activities ranging from an art show and brain health games to community walks and poetry reading 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. The theme of Active Aging Week 2014 is “Let the Adventure Begin.”
Local Active Aging Week activities are being organized and promoted by the Winter Park Health Foundation and the Senior Resource Alliance in cooperation with a variety of local organizations. The schedule of events is extensive.
Each day of the week, beginning Sunday, September 21, will focus on a specific topic including foot health, walking, falls prevention, bone health, intergenerational activities, brain health and a celebration of active aging. The week will end on Saturday, September 27 with a Celebration of Active Aging.
There are some 20 events to choose from presented by a variety of community organizations working with WPHF and SRA to make area’s first community-wide Active Aging Week a success.
The menu of free activities includes podiatric screenings and consultations with physicians; community walks; educational sessions on falls prevention, bone health and osteoporosis; an art show; brain health games; nutrition education; a volunteer fair; container gardening with kids, special movie screenings, and many opportunities to interact with medical professionals.
“We are a community rich in resources that support active aging, though people may not be aware of them,” said Diana Silvey, WPHF Program Director. “This week-long celebration provides a great opportunity for local organizations to showcase the many benefits of healthy living while highlighting their products and services. We hope that by increasing awareness, we will motivate older adults to try new activities and become engaged in a healthier, active lifestyle.”
For locations, directions & details about Active Aging Week and the full schedule of events, visit wphf.org/active aging.
Winter Park Health Foundation
407-644-2300 ext. 234