September is a big month for the healthy aging community. It is Healthy Aging Month, and this week (Sept. 22–28) is Active Aging Week. Organized by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), Active Aging Week aims to entice older adults into a more-active lifestyle. The council provides tons of active aging resources on its site, including exercise programs, guides on planning and promoting events, and registration for Active Aging Week host sites.
The council encourages older adults to get out, exercise, eat well, socialize, and challenge themselves with difficult games. Sound familiar? That’s because increased mental activity, increased physical activity, increased social engagement, and control of vascular risks are also the Dana Foundation’s Four Factors to Stay Sharp. So, celebrate Active Aging Week and check out the Staying Sharp website for our resources, too.
In addition to online resources, if you are near Depew, NY, this weekend there will be a free, live Staying Sharp program on Saturday. The program starts at 9 am with an hour-long brain health fair. At 10, a professional trainer will lead the audience in a “Brain Warm-up” exercise routine, and then local experts will discuss the aging brain, memory, Alzheimer’s disease, and general brain health. Following the panel discussion, everyone will be invited to ask the experts questions—a great opportunity to get answers to any nagging questions you have had about the brain. The event ends at 1 pm.
Remember, the Staying Sharp program is free! It will be held at the Hearthstone Manor Ballroom in Depew, NY; free parking is nearby. Reservations are highly recommended; space is limited and these forums fill up quickly. To reserve your spot, call 1-877-926-8300 or go to http://aarp.cvent.com/StaySharpBuffalo. See you there.
– Simon Fischweicher