An active lifestyle is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for seniors, and this week its role is at the center of discussion in many communities around the country. From Sept. 22 through Sept. 28, the International Council on Active Aging is observing Active Aging Week with the theme Discover Your Community. Although it's important for seniors to stay engaged in their community the entire year, this week-long celebration may remind them of the numerous benefits.
Thousands of organizations around the country are taking steps to encourage seniors to stay active in a wide variety of ways. This includes much more than simply exercising several times a week. Older adults should also make a point to be engaged in their communities and remain socially connected to their friends and loved ones. It's this versatility that makes this year's theme particularly pertinent when it comes to healthy aging.
Retirement communities can play a particularly important role when it comes to Active Aging Week, according to Colin Milner, the CEO of the ICAA. Specifically, they can take the opportunity to host events ranging from open houses to group exercise activities.
"What a wonderful theme it is, because it gives you a vast array of things that you can do to help your residents and members discover their personal communities, or the community at large," Milner said.
It should come as no surprise that active aging is one of the most critical aspects of a healthy retirement. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity reduces the risk of many age-related health issues and can also increase the risk of staying independent later in life.