NATIONAL ACTIVE AGING WEEK
“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
Active Aging Week – October 3-9, 2022. U.S. The International Council on Active Aging began the first Active Aging Week in 2003. This week is meant to celebrate how positive the process of aging can truly be.
The week celebrates aging and promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Our overriding goal is to give older adults the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere.
Active Aging Week encourages adults over the age of 50 to take advantage of all that life has to offer. The goal of this week is to promote wellness initiatives and to get bodies up and moving!
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AGING
More women than men
About 57% of older adults in the U.S. are women.
We lose bones
We usually have 350 different bones at birth, but as we ease into adulthood bones fuse together. Ultimately, we end up with only 206 bones.
Now that’s a long life
The oldest human recorded in history, Jeanne Louise Calment, was born in France and lived to be 122 years old.
Is staying active the Fountain of Youth?
Research has found that staying active can slow down the aging process.
Some studies have shown that we sweat less as we age.
Active Aging Week encourages older adults to get moving
For some older adults who reside in assisted living communities. or have mobility issues, just getting out and about can present quite a challenge. Active Aging Week highlights all of the different ways that someone can participate in simple exercise. There truly is something for everyone. McGregor promotes us to “get moving” with our activity programs, yoga, walking club, chair volleyball, corn hole, planting partners and more!
Active Aging Week creates a sense of community
We’re much more likely to accomplish our goals if we have other people helping to keep us accountable. Active Aging Week helps bring communities of adults together to work towards a common wellness cause. We have many residents who take daily walks throughout the campus!
Older people who actively focus on a healthy, vibrant lifestyle are those who avoid the dangers of sedentary aging:
- Every 29 minutes an older adult dies from a fall
- Strength and balance training programs can reduce falls by 40%
- Half of those 65+ who have fallen will fall again within the next 12 months
- About 1,800 falls in older adults result in death
- One-fourth of older people who have a hip fracture from a fall die within six months of the injury
- 9,500 deaths in older adults each year are correlated with a fall
“A body in motion stays in motion.”