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ICAA expands its Advisory Board, appointing 17 new experts to this dynamic group

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Advisors help steer association as active-aging industry grows and evolves

VANCOUVER--Guided by leading figures in the active-aging industry, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) strives to change the way we age through its support for professionals who develop wellness and fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults. ICAA recently named 17 industry leaders to serve alongside the 18 experts currently on the ICAA Advisory Board. Together, these individuals will help steer the association for the next two years in its operations and in its role as active-aging leader. ICAA Advisory Board Members will also participate in ICAA 2020, an initiative set up to create a vision for the future of the active-aging industry. Working with the new ICAA Visioning Board, which will develop recommendations, the ICAA Advisory Board will identify priority actions that ICAA can facilitate to move the industry forward.

“We are excited to welcome our new advisors to the ICAA Advisory Board,” says CEO Colin Milner. “These industry leaders are working to change the way we age in society by promoting healthy, active aging. This new model for aging supports health, well-being and quality of life for older adults, so they can continue to thrive and offer their ideas, skills and wisdom to the world.” Adds Milner, “We are eager to benefit from the valuable knowledge and expertise of our Advisory Board Members in the coming year, as the association keeps striving to advance active aging.”

From CEOs to researchers to wellness directors, the members of the ICAA Advisory Board reflect the diversity of active-aging roles and settings. The complete list of board members follows:

ICAA Advisory Board

New appointees
Lorrayne Anthony, The Canadian Press
Marge Coalman, Touchmark Retirement Communities
Dianna Densmore, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Kathie Garbe, University of North Carolina-Asheville
Judy Kruger, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Bob Laventure, British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health
Rita Lopienski, Pathway Senior Living
John Mobley, Seabury Retirement Community
Kevin O’Neil, Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.
Barbara Resnick, University of Maryland School of Nursing
Khristine Rogers, Atria Senior Living Group
Martha Schram, Aegis Therapies
Katie Smith Sloan, AAHSA (American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging)
Laurie Stamas, Nautilus Institute
Lynn Thorneburg, Institute for Preventive Foot Health
Kirsten Tierney, Kisco Senior Living
Wayne Westcott, Quincy College/South Shore YMCA

Continuing members
Steven Blair, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sandy Coffman, Programming for Profit
Terry Ferebee Eckmann, Minot State University
William J. Evans, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Terry Fay, Senior Lifestyle Corporation
Katherine Hamlin, Health Fitness Corporation
Ben Hurley, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Jessie Jones, California State University, Fullerton
Dennis Keiser, Keiser Corporation
Brenda Loube, Corporate Fitness Works
Jan Montague, Consultant
Phil Page, Thera-Band Academy
Michael E. Rogers, Wichita State University
Debra Rose, California State University, Fullerton
John Rude, Age Dynamics Inc.
Mary E. Sanders, School of Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno
Kay Van Norman, Brilliant Aging

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About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
ICAA is the world’s largest membership 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. 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.

About active aging
According to the World Health Organization, active aging “allows people to realize their potential for physical, social, and mental well-being throughout the life course, and to participate in society according to their needs, desires and capacities, while providing them with adequate protection, security and care when they require assistance.” Furthermore, “the word ‘active’ refers to continuing participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs, not just the ability to be physically active or to participate in the labour force.” Governments at all levels, nongovernmental organizations in numerous disciplines, and employers of all sizes increasingly embrace this vision of a healthier, more active and engaged older-adult population.

For interviews or more information about ICAA or aging-related issues, contact:

Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging
Toll-free: 1-866-335-9777 (North America only)
Telephone: 604-734-4466; cell: 604-763-4595
Email: colinmilner@icaa.cc

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