On Saturday, October 7, the Winter Park Health Foundation, co-owners of CHWB, joined with our event partners to host the first Growing Bolder Day presented by the Senior Resource Alliance at the Center for Health & Wellbeing.
Hundreds of attendees, from ages 1 to 100, joined us for a day of activity and engagement and to celebrate the importance of an active lifestyle, social engagement, purpose, creativity, and regular health screenings. View signature event photos here.>>>
Florida has the largest percentage of adults 65 and older in the nation (21%) and as the state’s senior population continues to increase, Florida’s future is linked to the health and wellbeing of its elder population.
Growing Bolder Day is a free, community-wide, intergenerational celebration of aging, presented by the Senior Resource Alliance, an organization that is a longtime partner and grantee of the Winter Park Health Foundation. The event, designed to promote the importance of active lifestyle, social engagement, purpose, creativity, and regular health screening, will be hosted at our Center for Health & Wellbeing in Winter Park on Saturday, October 7; the event takes place during the International Council on Active Aging’s 20th anniversary of Active Aging Week (Oct. 2-8).
“Growing Bolder Day is designed to celebrate our local seniors and encourage all community members to embrace the process of aging,” said Karla Radka, president and CEO of Senior Resource Alliance. “The unprecedented age wave will continue to put increased stress on families, as well as state and local senior service providers. To alleviate this, our goal is to raise awareness of what can be done at every age to prepare, and the resources we have available for local seniors and their families to help them age happily and healthily.”
Infused with energy, activity, education, and entertainment, Growing Bolder Day is designed to appeal to all ages with interactive activities including an intergenerational Wisdom Walk, social gaming, yoga, tai chi, a Growing Bolder Film Fest, free professional portraits, Rock Stars of Aging® longevity forum, healthy nutrition demonstration, balance workshop, brain health seminar, inspiring speakers, engaging demonstrations, and more.
While smashing ageist stereotypes and celebrating the nearly endless opportunities for lifelong learning, Growing Bolder Day also underscores the reality that a large and growing number of older adults in our community are struggling and the many dedicated organizations working tirelessly to meet their needs require community support.
The day will kick off with the Wisdom Walk at 7:30 AM, a one-mile, intergenerational walk designed to foster meaningful conversations. The walk will be facilitated by the world-class events team at Track Shack.
Here is the schedule of planned events for Growing Bolder Day (schedule subject to change and will be updated; keep checking back for updates).
Schedule of Events
7:30 AM: Wisdom Walk –1-Mile Intergenerational Walk
8:15 AM: Complimentary light breakfast inside the Center for Health & Wellbeing
9:00 AM: Kickoff of the Senior Resource Alliance Presents Growing Bolder Day at the Center for Health & Wellbeing.
Beginning at 10:15 AM, attendees will have the option of attending a variety of events and activities throughout the building.
In the Senior Resource Alliance Room, attendees can check out the following programs:
10:15 – 10:45 AM: Falls Prevention + Aging with Technology
11:00 – 11:30 AM: Chronic Disease Management
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Resources for Caregivers
In the Growing Bolder Room, attendees can check out the following programs:
10:15 – 10:45 AM: Rock Stars of Aging Forum (featuring Central Florida-area seniors)
11:00 – 11:30 AM: Amy Sweezey’s Forecast for Growing Bolder
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Growing Bolder Film Fest
A full schedule of events for Growing Bolder Day will be released soon, but some of the other activities you can expect to enjoy throughout the day will include: nutrition lectures and demos; an interactive tai chi class; pickleball demonstrations; a photo booth featuring free, take-home digital photographs from a renowned portrait photographer and much more!
We invite you to kick off the day with the Wisdom Walk, then enjoy a light breakfast at the Center for Health & Wellbeing and stay to enjoy all the other activities. Or, you’re also welcome to drop in at any point throughout the day!
The event is free and open to people of all ages from the Central Florida community. Registration is free but required. Please register here.
About the Organizers
About Center for Health & Wellbeing
The Center for Health & Wellbeing is a state-of-the-art community center carefully designed to offer the best health and wellness programs, empowering healthy and active lifestyles. A collaboration between the Winter Park Health Foundation and AdventHealth, CHWB supports the desire from both organizations to make a more significant, longer-lasting impact on the whole-person health of our communities. More at: yourhealthandwellbeing.org
About Senior Resource Alliance
Senior Resource Alliance (SRA) is your local resource for accessing the many services and programs of the state and federal government, available to senior citizens, their caregivers and family members. SRA also is an objective clearinghouse for information and services offered by local, state, and national organizations. We have been serving our community since 1985. More at seniorresourcealliance.org
About Growing Bolder
Growing Bolder is an award-winning multimedia content producer and lifestyle brand. The Orlando-based company engages with over 200 million 50+ adults annually on television, radio, podcasts, magazine, and multiple digital and social media channels.
More than media, Growing Bolder is a movement, a growing community of passionate adults who are actively engaged in life, value experience, and are searching for what’s next. More at: growingbolder.com