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.