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Enjoy FREE life enhancing activities during Active Aging Week, September 25 – October 1. The Land-of-Sky Regional Council, partners and sponsors invite you to get an energy boost at the Wellness Expo that will kick off Active Aging Week on Monday, September 26 at the Biltmore Square Mall!
Among the advantages of growing older is the ability to pursue that which is of greatest importance. As we age it become increasingly clear that good health is of immense value. Older adults, their families and friends can enjoy the many paths to meaningful activity during Active Aging Week 2011, which will take place Sunday, September 25 through Saturday, October 1.
Active Aging Week, initiated by the International Council on Active Aging®, is designed to spread a universal message: people can live as fully as possible throughout their life span. An international observance, Active Aging Week events are fun, educational and a great way to test drive new experiences.
If you want to age healthfully, you live in the right geographical region! Western North Carolina embraces Active Living and Healthy Aging. This is evident through a network of partnerships that will offer Active Aging Week 2011, our fifth annual celebration. This year the Land-of-Sky Regional Council is partnering with regional agencies including the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc. and their “Project EMMA” (Eat Better, Move More, Age Well), YMCA of Western North Carolina and the YMCA “America on the Move initiative”, Mission Hospital and the “Lighten Up for Life” program and Health Education Center as well as Park Ridge Health, CarePartners Health Services, YWCA of Asheville, Pisgah Valley Retirement Community, YMCA of Henderson County, Henderson County Parks and Recreation, Carolina Village Retirement Community, the Asheville Movement Center, Western Carolina Community Action, Madison County Health Department and Madison County Health Consortium.
“Together, we are creating a new standard of aging in optimal health” says Rebecca Chaplin, Aging Program Specialist at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, Area Agency on Aging. “In order to do this, we must all continue to expand our experience of what it means to live and age well. If we keep doing the same things – we will find ourselves with the same results. It is time to create new results.”
This year will include daily events in Buncombe County such as a 5K run/walk, annual Wellness Expo at Biltmore Square Mall, YMCA America on the Move Mid-Week Pep Rally, Project EMMA Day at the YWCA, Balance for Life Day at CarePartners, Healthy Living Day at the NC Center for Creative Retirement and more. Madison County residents can enjoy a week of free opportunities for health and access new opportunities for healthy living at the Senior Health Fair on Thursday, September 29th. Residents of Henderson County can improve health, meet neighbors and enjoy the wonderful scenery during a week of walks. Residents of Transylvania County will have an opportunity to expand their experience of health care with complementary and alternative medicine at the Taste of Therapies Health Fair at the Silvermont Opportunity Center.
Learn more about the opportunities to expand your experience during Active Aging Week at http://www.activeagingweekwnc.org or call Land-of-Sky Regional Council at 828-251-6622.