Aging Expert Colin Milner Addresses United Nations’ Global AgeWatch Index 2013
ACCORDING TO A RECENTLY RELEASED United Nations study, Global AgeWatch Index 2013, the world is not prepared for population aging. What can be done to improve the situation?
“This demographic shift is changing societies on a global level,” says aging expert Colin Milner, founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that has addressed the needs of the active-aging industry for the past 12 years.
“Our current models have fallen short in addressing both challenges and opportunities presented by population aging,” Milner states. “Governments and organizations need new implementable models to address the accompanying wave of change. Globally, active aging is recognized as part of the solution.”
Research shows that an active lifestyle can lessen the challenges and increase the opportunities associated with population aging. Active aging provides environments, programs and places that support individuals in living well and taking charge of their health and wellness. It promotes the vision of all individuals–regardless of age, socioeconomic status or health–fully engaging in life within all seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual/cognitive, physical, professional/vocational, social and spiritual.
ICAA has created Nine Principles of Active Aging, a model to guide governments, product and service providers, employers, and the healthcare industry in how they respond to population aging. By implementing and operating by these guiding principles, organizations and agencies will be able to build a foundation for their efforts and encourage active, engaged living for people of all ages.
These principles, together with brief explanations, appear below:
Nine Principles of Active Aging
About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
ICAA, an association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, supports professionals who develop wellness facilities, programs and services for adults over 50. The association is focused on active aging, an approach to aging that helps older adults live as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies. These include the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada’s Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia ministries of Health, and Healthy Living and Sport, among others.
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