NFPA and ICAA cite benefits of physical activity

Published on August 30, 2006

Vancouver, BC, August 30, 2006 - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has joined forces with the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) to launch this year's Active Aging Week, September 25 to October 1.

In celebration of this national health observance, NFPA and ICAA will work with older adults at venues across the U.S. to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity, fire and fall safety, and proper nutrition.

NFPA will be distributing safety tips from its older adult program, Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults . Remembering When centers on 16 key safety messages - eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention. It is a step-by-step interactive program that includes reproducible handouts, lesson plans, checklists, fact sheets, resource lists, trivia games and brochures.

"Teaming up with ICAA for Active Aging Week gives us another opportunity to make significant improvements in the health and safety of older adults," said Sharon Gamache, executive director of the NFPA Center for High-Risk Outreach, which developed Remembering When.

"ICAA launched Active Aging Week to demonstrate that older adults can live life as fully as possible within the six dimensions of wellness (emotional, vocational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, social)," says Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging. "We are thrilled to have the NFPA involved in Active Aging Week, as change only occurs when the message gets out there."

Free Active Aging Week events are scheduled throughout the last week of September by seniors organizations, retirement communities, senior centers, health clubs, parks, recreation centers and apartment/condominium complexes that are age-restricted.

The ICAA is the world's largest membership association dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting and working with professionals in the retirement, assisted living, recreation, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields. We connect a community of like-minded professionals who share the goals of changing society's perceptions of aging and improving the quality of life for Baby Boomers and older adults within the six dimensions of wellness (emotional, vocational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, social). 

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.