Winter Park, FL (Sept. 25, 2023)
Florida has the largest percentage of adults 65 and older in the nation (21%) and as the state’s senior population continues to increase, Florida’s future is linked to the health and wellbeing of its elder population.
Growing Bolder Day is a free, community-wide, intergenerational celebration of aging, presented by the Senior Resource Alliance, to promote the importance of active lifestyle, social engagement, purpose, creativity, and regular health screenings. Hosted at the Center for Health & Wellbeing in Winter Park, FL on Saturday, October 7, it takes place on national Ageism Awareness Day and during the International Council on Active Aging’s 20th anniversary of Active Aging Week (Oct. 2-8).
“Growing Bolder Day is designed to celebrate our local seniors and encourage all community members to embrace the process of aging,” said Karla Radka, president and CEO of Senior Resource Alliance. “The unprecedented age wave will continue to put increased stress on families, as well as state and local senior service providers. To alleviate this, our goal is to raise awareness of what can be done at every age to prepare, and the resources we have available for local seniors and their families to help them age happily and healthily.”
Infused with energy, activity, education, and entertainment, Growing Bolder Day is designed to appeal to all ages with interactive activities including an intergenerational Wisdom Walk, social gaming, yoga, tai chi, meditation, Growing Bolder Mini-Film Fest, free professional portraits, complimentary breakfast, Rock Stars of Aging® longevity forum, pickleball demonstration, interactive drum circle, free t-shirts, healthy nutrition demonstration, falls prevention, chronic disease management, caregiving resources, inspiring speakers, engaging demonstrations, and more resources from Senior Resource Alliance providers.
While smashing ageist stereotypes and celebrating the nearly endless opportunities for lifelong learning, Growing Bolder Day also underscores the reality that a large and growing number of older adults in our community are struggling and the many dedicated organizations working tirelessly to meet their needs require community support.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90% of U.S. healthcare dollars are spent treating largely preventable chronic illness and only 3% goes toward prevention. “Countless studies confirm that individuals have a large degree of control over their health and wellbeing as they age.” said Growing Bolder CEO, Marc Middleton. “By our actions, we can delay and prevent many of the illnesses that older Floridians suffer from including cancer, diabetes, cardiac disease, and Alzheimer’s. Inspiring daily lifestyle choices that increase our health span is the ultimate win-win. An improved quality of life for individuals and a reduced care burden on families, state, and local senior service providers.”
“The Winter Park Health Foundation is thrilled to host such an inspiring, intergenerational event at the Center for Health & Wellbeing,” said Patty Maddox, Winter Park Health Foundation President & CEO. “Our goal in the development of the Center was to promote community wellbeing and we look forward to showcasing its variety of wholeness, fitness and medical services.”
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Growing Bolder Day presented by the Senior Resource Alliance
October 7, 2023 7:00am-1:00pm
Center for Health & Wellbeing
2005 Mizell Ave
Winter Park, FL 32792
About Senior Resource Alliance
Senior Resource Alliance (SRA) is your local resource for accessing the many services and programs of the state and federal government, available to senior citizens, their caregivers and family members. SRA also is an objective clearinghouse for information and services offered by local, state, and national organizations. We have been serving our community since 1985. https://seniorresourcealliance.org/
About Growing Bolder
Growing Bolder is an award-winning multimedia content producer and lifestyle brand. The Orlando-based company engages with over 200 million 50+ adults annually on television, radio, podcasts, magazine, and multiple digital and social media channels.
More than media, Growing Bolder is a movement, a growing community of passionate adults who are actively engaged in life, value experience, and are searching for what’s next.
About Center for Health & Wellbeing
The Center for Health & Wellbeing is a state-of-the-art community center carefully designed to offer the best health and wellness programs, empowering healthy and active lifestyles. A collaboration between the Winter Park Health Foundation and AdventHealth, CHWB supports the desire from both organizations to make a more significant, longer-lasting impact on the whole-person health of our communities. More at: https://yourhealthandwellbeing.org
About Active Aging Week 2023 – Oct. 2 – Oct. 8
Active Aging Week, started in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging, is an annual weeklong campaign aimed at celebrating and highlighting the positive aspects of aging. The overarching goal of Active Aging Week is to challenge society’s negative perceptions of aging by demonstrating that older adults can thrive in all aspects of life. Active Aging Week seeks to provide older adults with opportunities to engage in wellness activities and exercise in a safe, supportive environment, promoting the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles throughout the lifespan. More at: https://www.activeagingweek.com/