What is Active Aging?
“Active aging: the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age” (WHO – World Health Organization: Active Aging – A Policy Framework 2002).
Active aging can vary from individual to individual; however, taking a life-course approach, the common element includes older people continuing to be active throughout their life. Within a reframed context of aging, “active” refers to older people continuing in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs, not just the ability to be physically active or to participate in the labour force. “Active” also means older people remaining to be active contributors and resources to their families, peers, communities and country throughout their entire lifetime.
Who we are: Active Aging in Manitoba (AAIM) is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion of active aging opportunities for all older Manitobans to enhance their health, mobility and continuing participation in their community.
AAIM strives for the ageless engagement of older Manitobans in healthy choices and behaviours that contribute to physical, social and mental wellness, independence and quality of life through staying socially connected, participating in regular physical activity, eating healthy foods and reducing risk for falls.
Who we were: AAIM, formerly known as the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults in Manitoba (ALCOA-MB) was incorporated in 2007.
What we do: Active Aging in Manitoba encourages all older Manitobans to move more and sit less; to continue to connect with and contribute their time, knowledge and skills to their community; and, to strive toward optimal health for life. AAIM promotes and provides programs and services that encourage older Manitoban participation through peer volunteer leadership development, awareness and education on healthy active aging topics, and management of the annual Manitoba 55 Plus Games sport for life program.