ICAA questions marketers: "Do you have what it takes to reach the 50+ consumer?"
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International Council on Active Aging now accepting entries for its annual ICAA Rebranding Aging Awards.
[Vancouver, BC. August, 2013]-- As part of ICAA's Changing the Way We Age Campaign®, the International Council on Active Aging® invites applications for its annual Rebranding Aging Awards. The awards recognize excellence in marketing wellness-oriented products, programs or services to consumers ages 50 and above.
"Our campaign is not just about alerting people to ageist stereotypes in the media and marketing materials. We are actively encouraging and promoting efforts to present positive and realistic portrayals of aging," says ICAA's CEO Colin Milner. "Research has shown that the majority of older adults are turned off by the marketing messages that are currently aimed at them. With our Rebranding Aging awards, marketers have an opportunity to show the burgeoning population of older adults that they understand their needs and desires."
Entries will be accepted online on the campaign website (http://www.changingthewayweage.com) through September 10, 2013. Companies may submit entries on behalf of their business or organization in all four categories, but no more than one entry per category.
Contest entries will be evaluated by a panel of ICAA and 50+ marketing experts, in four categories:
Marketing materials will be judged on overall creativity and effectiveness in connecting with the 50+ market, and adherence to the goals of ICAA's Changing the Way We Age Campaign®.
Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced at the ICAA Conference in San Diego, California, on November 21, 2013. Winning entries will be featured in ICAA's flagship publication, Journal on Active Aging.
ICAA's Changing the Way We Age Campaign® is dedicated to changing perceptions of aging and overturning ageist stereotypes. The campaign has two streams: Rebranding aging, which is focused on the media and marketers; and ICAA Champions, which is focused on older adults and youth. The campaign's Founding Partners are the Institute for Preventive Foot Health and Thorlo, Inc. To learn more, visit http://www.changingthewayweage.com.
About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
The International Council on Active Aging® is the professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry. ICAA 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 (i.e., physical, social, environmental, vocational, intellectual, emotional and spiritual), 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, European Commission, and the British Columbia ministries of Health, and Healthy Living and Sport.
ICAA launched the Changing the Way We Age Campaign® (http://www.changingthewayweage.com), as part of the organization's efforts to change perceptions of aging and overturn ageist stereotypes.
Contact: Colin Milner, CEO, ICAA
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