Atria Woodbridge Named 2011 ICAA Innovator Achievement Award Winner
Award recognizes creativity and excellence in active-aging programs and concepts
(Irvine, CA) — The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), an association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, has named Atria Woodbridge, a local senior living community, as a recipient of the 2011 ICAA Innovators Achievement Award for its “Man Cave” program. Recognizing creativity and excellence in active aging, ICAA’s annual awards program honors innovations that are leading the way, setting new standards and making a difference in the lives of older adults. These efforts support healthier, more vital living by targeting any or all of the seven dimensions of wellness promoted by ICAA (i.e., social, emotional, vocational, spiritual, intellectual, physical and environmental). The Innovators Achievement Award, one of three ICAA award categories, highlights programs and concepts that advance active aging.
“We are honored to be recognized as innovators in our field by the ICAA,” said Carole Bush, Executive Director at Atria Woodbridge. “The ‘Man Cave’ is a resident-led program that empowers older adults to be more socially engaged with peers while using problem-solving skills to create state-of-the-art inventions and projects.”
The “Man Cave” at Atria Woodbridge is an innovative program that encourages residents to continue to pursue individual interests from designing motorized racing land yachts and radio-controlled model planes and helicopters to a solar powered robot named “Morty” that responds to commands.
“At Atria, active aging is the focus of everything we do,” said Jessica Houck, Engage Life Director at Atria Woodbridge. “It is our mission to enable our residents to live healthy, fulfilled lives, as independently as possible, while offering programs that provide a variety of options to stimulate the mind as well as the body.”
“The right opportunities and environments help individuals of all ages live as fully as possible throughout the life span,” says Colin Milner, ICAA’s founder and CEO. “Atria Woodbridge’s ‘Man Cave’ is an inspiring example of the creativity and excellence shown by those who provide such opportunities and environments for older adults. This program has succeeded in engaging people and encouraging them to participate in something that enhances their health, wellness and quality of life.” Milner adds, “On behalf of ICAA, I congratulate Atria Woodbridge on this innovative effort.”
As an ICAA award-winner, Atria Woodbridge will receive a crystal award of recognition to display, while an in-depth profile of the “Man Cave” will appear in ICAA’s flagship publication, the Journal on Active Aging®, in 2012.
About the ICAA Innovators Achievement Awards program
Established in 2003, the ICAA Innovators Awards program honors excellence and creativity in the active-aging industry. ICAA’s awards are presented in three categories: ICAA Innovators Achievement Award, for programs and concepts that advance active aging; ICAA Innovative Solutions Award, for products and services that improve older-adult wellness; and ICAA Green Award, for environmental stewardship efforts. By recognizing cutting-edge programs, products and environments as well as those who developed or nurtured them, ICAA highlights solutions for industry leaders and governmental organizations to learn from. Award-winners work on inspiring new directions in older-adult health and wellness. Not only do they give us a glimpse into the trends shaping the future of active aging, they also show us that with the right opportunities and environments, older adults can live as fully as possible throughout the life span.
About the 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, including 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. On October 1, 2011 – the International Day of Older Persons – ICAA celebrated its 10th Anniversary and a decade of Changing the Way We Age®.
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