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International Council on Active Aging Conference 2016

ICAA Conference aims to inspire industries and individuals serving older adults to Reimagine Aging

Renowned author, psychiatry professor Dr. John Ratey headlines event with a keynote on the link between physical and cognitive fitness

Most of us are aware of the physical benefits of exercise, but more recent discoveries linking exercise and mental acuity in older adults reveal a promising pathway to protect brain health and promote overall health, well-being and independence in later life. This link between physical and cognitive fitness will be the subject of a keynote address delivered by best-selling author and psychiatry professor John J. Ratey, MD, at the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) Conference 2016, November 17–19 in Orlando, Florida. Up to 700 attendees are expected at the annual conference, which brings together professionals dedicated to quality of life for older adults. In 2016, the event aims to inspire attendees to Reimagine Aging. It also celebrates ICAA’s 15th Anniversary.

An internationally recognized expert in neuropsychiatry, Dr. Ratey is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, who has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and 11 books in 14 languages. Ratey details the latest science on the mind-body connection in his recent books Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain and Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization. In his ICAA presentation, he will demonstrate that physical activity and exercise impact the brain far more than previously thought. Ratey will also describe the science showing that the best way to live fully is to challenge both brain and body, plus explain why exercising in groups is more beneficial than exercising alone.

Dr. John Ratey (psychiatry professor)
Dr. John Ratey (Psychiatry Professor)

"We’re delighted that Dr. Ratey will headline the 2016 ICAA Conference," says Colin Milner, the association’s founder and CEO. "As a foremost authority on the brain-fitness connection, he has an invaluable perspective to share with anyone whose professional or personal mission involves healthy, active aging. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who works in industries serving older adults to see and hear Dr. Ratey in person."

The multilevel ICAA Conference connects professionals across the spectrum of the active-aging industry. Attendees unite in an environment that stimulates and supports growth as they learn with and from each other. Featuring lectures, panels, workshops and roundtables as well as the keynote address, the three-day event has an educational program that targets topics and solutions to the diverse roles, settings and needs in the industry.

The ICAA Conference 2016 will take place at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit https://www.icaa.cc/conferenceandevents/overview.htm

About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
ICAA, a professional 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 life 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 (Canada) ministries of Health and Healthy Living and Sport.

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