[Vancouver, BC. July 20, 2015] Society has long viewed population aging as a future event. No longer. Now, as leading-edge Boomers near their 70th birthdays, population aging is undeniably a current global occurrence. Governments, policymakers, businesses and societies are rethinking the way in which they view, and respond to, aging. Launched in 2001, the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) emphasizes an approach to aging that supports healthier, fuller, more vibrant lives. ICAA’s founder and CEO, Colin Milner, will bring his expertise to the inaugural Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C., where he will give the opening Keynote – Changing the Way We Age – on July 27, 2015.
Hosted by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American College of Preventive Medicine, the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit seeks to “promote healthy aging and teach professionals how to improve the delivery of preventive services.” The 2-day event will bring together as many as 1,000 senior government officials, policymakers, health care providers, clinicians, researchers, educators, public health practitioners, and others to explore how the social determinants of health affect healthy aging.
“The 2015 Healthy Aging Summit is the first national conference focused exclusively on public health policy and practice around healthy aging in the United States and led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” states Dr. Don Wright, HHS deputy assistant secretary for disease prevention and health promotion. “The Summit provides an opportunity for policymakers at all levels of government, public health practitioners, health care providers, researchers, and community leaders to learn about the latest advances in research that will help Americans live longer and healthier lives.”
In 6 plenary and 20 concurrent sessions, more than 80 expert speakers – from such institutions as WHO, Mayo Clinic and AARP, and from universities including Harvard, Columbia and Tufts – will discuss issues ranging from maintaining cognitive health to promoting older-adult wellness through lifestyle and social engagement.
“I’m pleased and honored to be delivering the opening Keynote on behalf of ICAA to such an illustrious group,” says Milner, an internationally recognized authority on the health and well-being of older adults. “The highly-placed attendees have a significant role to play in how well the U.S. population ages, and their impact on the country.”
Milner’s Keynote Address will explore how a “quality-of-life revolution” is changing the way we age, and driving the need for new models, from health care to retirement, long-term care to the life course itself.
“Population aging brings with it opportunities and challenges,” states Milner. “Our ability to maximize the opportunities and minimize the challenges is influenced in large part by health. Healthy older Americans can contribute to society as workers, volunteers, caregivers and mentors.”
The 2015 Healthy Aging Summit will take place July 27 and 28 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. More information is available at http://www.2015healthyagingsummit.org
About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
ICAA, a professional 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 life 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, including the U.S. Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the U.S. National Institutes of Health), the U.S. 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.
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