Across the nation, people ages 50 years and older will experience the theme, “Be active your way” during Active Aging Week, the annual health promotion event of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) between September 23-29, 2012.
The Boxwood Alliance will join the national campaign by promoting events hosted by a wide variety of older adult programs and services across upper Westchester and lower Putnam Counties. With community support, the Boxwood Alliance is a collaborative, free aging in place resource in the region for older adults and their families.
“These events are opportunities for promoting the wealth of programming available for older adults in our community. Unfortunately, many residents do not know the extent of quality programming available through local town recreation departments, libraries, local businesses, healthcare providers and others,” says Catherine Wynkoop, BoxwoodAlliance Chairman.
According to the World Health Organization, “active aging” means optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people grow older.
“The images of aging are changing,” observes Colin Milner, CEO of ICAA, “and today it is known that staying physically and mentally active leads to better overall health, improves mood and brain health, and encourages older adults to contribute to society, their communities and their families. That’s why the special events of Active Aging Week open the doors to new, fun and educational activities.”
Go to www.theboxwood.org/events for a growing list of Active Aging Week activities. Check back over the next several weeks to see the list grow.