Parc Communities Hosts Various Events for Active Aging Week at Its Atlanta Retirement Communities

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Older adults can take care of their health and save money during Active Aging Week, September 21-25, 2009, the annual event that promotes senior health and features free local activities, information about senior lifestyle services.

It's no secret that the better you feel, the more money you save in healthcare costs

While the economic news may have consumers watching every penny, older adults can have confidence that when they spend their time at free Active Aging Week events sponsored by Parc Communities they will have fun, learn a little and likely find ways to save money.

Active Aging Week, the annual health promotion event of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), will be held September 21-25, 2009 at Parc Communities' four Atlanta retirement communities. As firm believers that everyone can live life fully no matter what their age, Parc is proud to open it's independent living communities to host a noteworthy series of health fairs, wellness seminars, cooking classes, humorist performances, dance classes, brain fitness demonstrations, strength & balance training, water aerobics, lunch-and-learn presentations, wii competitions, yoga and tai-chi demonstrations, functional fitness classes and inspirational speakers. Events will culminate in the Grand Passport Ball dance Friday evening at Parc at Buckhead.

"Attending an Active Aging Week event is a stimulus package you give yourself," points out Angela Butler-Hackett, Corporate Wellness Director for Parc Communities. "You benefit immediately, and there are no strings attached! A growing body of research concludes that older adults who are physically active, socially connected and intellectually involved have fewer chronic diseases, are less likely to experience dementia and live longer."

Older adults who join in during Active Aging Week activities meet new people and get to try out physical and intellectual activities and games. They also are likely to find that local donors and sponsors may be giving away discounts, coupons and prizes.

"It's no secret that the better you feel, the more money you save in healthcare costs," observes Butler-Hackett. "And you save yourself and your family a lot of stress. As people age, their health becomes more important to them. The events organized across the country during Active Aging Week provide the resources older adults can use to enjoy a healthier, happier life."

As the Atlanta-area sponsor for Active Aging Week, Parc Communities will be hosting a full slate of exciting events at its Atlanta retirement communities during the week of September 21, including health fairs at Parc at Duluth - Johns Creek on September 23 and at Parc at Piedmont - East Cobb on September 24. This exciting week will conclude with Parc's "Passport Ball", featuring an evening of dancing and entertainment September 25 at Parc at Buckhead. Visit our website at parccommunities.com or call 404-214-6100 for more details.

Note for journalists: A few of the recent studies describing the health benefits of active living include "Healthy living is the best revenge: findings from the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition-Potsdam study" (Arch Intern Med. 2009 Aug 10;169(15):1355-62); "A 'Heart Healthy' Diet and Ongoing, Moderate Physical Activity May Protect Against Cognitive Decline As We Age" (Alzheimer's Association press release, July 14, 2009); "Cognitive activities delay onset of memory decline in persons who develop dementia" (Neurology. 2009;73:356-361); "Diet and Lifestyle Risk Factors Associated With Incident Hypertension in Women" (JAMA. 2009;302(4):401-411).

An ongoing stream of current research about wellness and active living among older adults is available through ICAA Research Review, http://www.icaa.cc/newsletter.htm.

About Active Aging Week
Active Aging Week is an annual event held the last full week of September 21-25, 2009. The week was initiated by the International Council of Active Aging to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. During the week, host organizations provide a variety of free activities, such as classes, educational seminars, access to fitness facilities, health fairs and community walks.

About International Council on Active Aging
ICAA is the world's largest association dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting professionals in the retirement, assisted living, recreation, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields. The council supports these professionals with education, information, resources and tools, so they can achieve optimal success with the growing population of people who are 50 years and older. ICAA is one of more than 50 of the most prominent health and aging organizations working to implement the National Blueprint on Aging.

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