Embracing and celebrating aging—it’s what we are meant to do!
We hear a lot about changing health behaviors, but what about changing our attitudes and perspectives—especially when it comes to aging? Let’s face it, we’re all aging, it’s inevitable, so why not embrace it? Let’s start talking about the positives of growing older (and there are many) and do all we can to enjoy it. Let’s get the most out of our ever-evolving journey.
Respect and inclusion one key to an age-friendly community
An international movement is occurring to create age-friendly communities. The World Health Organization defines age-friendly communities as “a framework to address environmental, economic and social factors that influence health and well-being of older adults.” There are eight domains of livability within age-friendly communities, and one of them is respect and inclusion, which starts with our attitudes.
The Healthy Aging Partnership (HAP) recognizes the importance of creating community environments that are supportive of healthy aging. We’re calling our annual event “Better With Age” to incorporate the respect and inclusion domain.
Better with Age is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at The Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Avenue, Seattle). Parking is available. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the program from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Four fresh perspectives on aging
Better with Age features four presentations, each by an energetic, optimistic, and innovative speaker:
- “Restraining Aging,” by Kavan Peterson, ChangingAging.org
- “Addressing LGBTQ Intergenerational Social Isolation,” by Debbie Carlsen, LGBTQ Allyship
- “here:now – Dementia-focused Community Programs,” by Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads, UW School of Medicine
- “I’ve Never Been This Age Before!” by Dori Gillam, Positive Endings
All are welcome at this free event to experience positive conversations about aging. You’ll learn that it’s never too late to change our attitudes—especially negative ones—about aging. You’ll leave feeling lighter and you’ll have plenty of stories to share with colleagues, friends, and family. Life really does get better with age!
The HAP Steering Committee includes:
- Hana Binder, MSW-MPA, Providence Optimal Aging
- Janet Ceballos, MSW, Providence Optimal Aging
- Rebecca Crichton, Northwest Center on Creative Aging
- Cecily Kaplan, Greenwood Senior Center
- Cassidy Stout, Sound Generations
- Karen Winston, Aging and Disability Services
For a color flyer, click here.