Go4Life Month 2018 Happenings

The National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life Team and our partner organizations have many new and exciting activities planned and underway in conjunction with Go4Life Month in September 2018. See what’s happening!

The Go4Life Team

Group of older adults during Go4Life Facebook live event

National Go4Life Partners

  • Age Safe America
    • Sharing Go4Life tools, resources, and information with Advisory members in 26 states
    • Introducing the Go4Life program and resources to partners in the Whole Care Network and their 17 Caregiver Podcast Show partners
  • Aging Life Care Association
    • Using Go4Life social media messages from the Go4Life Month Toolkit
    • Will e-flash messages to members
  • American Federation for Aging Research
    • Promoting Go4Life via social media, newsletter, and e-list to 11,000 subscribers
    • Will promote Go4Life information during a webinar planned in partnership with Second Avenue. The webinar is designed for a consumer audience and will act as bridge between consumers and scientific findings about circadian rhythms, caloric restriction/fasting
  • American Library Association
    • As in past years, is promoting information about Go4Life messages and availability of free resources via ALA’s e-lists for public Programs and Public Libraries

    Table with Go4Life publications on it

  • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Listing Go4Life as a resource and referral in any story pertaining to older adults that appears in APTA’s PTinMotion
    • Providing information about the new Go4Life Speakers Toolkit and other Go4Life resources
    • Providing Go4Life materials at an APTA Falls Prevention Fair
    • Using social media to post information and messages about Go4Life Month, including postings on Twitter and Facebook by students working on APTA’s Council on Prevention, Health Promotion
  • American Psychological Association
    • Sending information to APA’s extensive network of psychologists who work with older adults
    • Including the Speakers Toolkit in our next office newsletter
    • Tweeting APA blogs on physical activity and older adults throughout the month of September
    • Will continue to regularly retweet @Go4Life messages

    Get Ready! Get Moving! Go4Life ad for ICAA conference program

  • International Council on Active Aging
    • Promoting Go4Life Month with a full-page ad in its Journal on Active Aging
    • Including Go4Life resources as a part of Active Aging Week
  • Let’s Move in Libraries
    • Helping to organize Go4Life Month presentations at local libraries
  • National Association of Social Workers
    • Promoting use of Go4Life badge in various media to colleagues in NASW’s 55 chapters
  • National Council on Aging
    • Included information about Go4Life in August NCOA Center for Health Aging e-newsletter that reaches thousands of aging network and health care professionals across the country
    • Requesting that Go4Life social media messages be posted during each week in September, which aligns with Fall Prevention Awareness Day on September 22
  • National Health and Fitness Day
    • Handing out Go4Life materials during the Women’s Health and Fitness Day event

    Group of older adults biking

  • National Park Service
    • Hosting a “Bike with a Park Ranger for Go4Life Month” activity at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in Minnesota on Sept. 26th
  • National Senior Games Association
    • Created Senior Games round table handout that directs Senior Games athletes to Go4Life, NSGA Videos, Senior Athlete Fitness Exam /SAFE research, and NCOA resources
  • Oasis Institute
    • In conjunction with Fall Prevention Awareness Day on September 21, will place Go4Life postcards and bookmarks in giveaway bags
    • Offering Exercise and Physical Activity Guide at fitness testing station
    • Distributing relevant NIA Age Pages at BJC Home Care Station and in conjunction with flu and pneumonia vaccinations
    • Throughout the year recommends the Exercise & Physical Fitness Guide to Matter of Balance Exercise classes and at Free from Falls and Fit4Function presentations
  • Osteoarthritis Action Alliance
    • Sending out messages via social media and featuring Go4Life in its biweekly newsletter
  • Sunrise Senior Living
    • Holding its annual Go4Life intergenerational walks at all of its senior living facilities across the country on Sept. 27th

Local and Regional Go4Life Partners

    Man tossing ball to his dog

  • Active Nutrition Fitness and Nutrition Counseling
    • Focusing workouts and education with clients around healthy aging
    • Incorporating ball tossing into an agility and reaction speed game
  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health
    • Offering Go4Life program at two senior centers
    • Promoting information at 80-100 Alaska Health Fair events around state
    • Showcasing Go4Life on the Alaska Health Fair website
  • Allegheny Health Network, St. Vincent Hospital, NY
    • Providing seated strength exercise classes and distributing the National Institute on Aging’s Exercise & Physical Activity Guide
  • Betty C Jung’s Website, CT
    • Tweeting appropriate Go4Life messages to her website followers

    Bob's Fun Fitness Class promotional Go4Life Month flyer

  • Bob’s Fun Fitness LLC, NJ
    • Promoting Go4Life in numerous exercise classes during September
    • Using Exercise & Physical Activity Guide in exercise classes
    • Planning Go4Life presentation using new Speakers Toolkit
  • Campus Commons Physical Therapy, CA
    • Aiming to promote Go4Life heavily on social media
    • Continuing usage of various resources within our clinic on a daily basis
    • Planning to include Go4Life information and resources in presentations and to continue balance and fall prevention classes with a local senior living facility
  • Care Patrol of South Florida in Cutler Bay
    • Will continue to provide Go4Life postcards, Workout To Go, and other appropriate NIA publications to clients being counseled about placement in assisted living communities
    • Will continue making presentations including information about Go4Life to communities she visits
  • Center on Aging, University of Arizona
    • Routinely promotes Go4Life during monthly grand round lectures called Advances in Aging which are open to community members and on our website and Facebook
    • Will highlight Go4Life Month during the month of September using the Go4Life Speakers Toolkit, offering tips to older adults, healthcare professionals, and health science students who regularly attend monthly Advances in Aging Lectures

    Group of older adults outside

  • City of Daly City, CA
    • To focus on getting ready for exercise during the first week of Go4Life Month, the City of Daly City is holding sessions to help older adults learn about the 4 types of recommended exercises – endurance, strength, balance and flexibility – and will help them assess their current fitness levels
    • Hosting a post-lunch “Stroll with a Trainer,” where older adults will take a walk with a trainer who will discuss the benefits of walking and of regular physical activity as we age

    Older adults exercising in front of mirror

  • Fitness at the Commons, MA
    • Created flyer promoting Go4Life Month theme and free resources
    • Holding classes featuring all four essential types of exercise
    • Sponsoring a community walk
    • Holding a workshop focusing on helpful tracking phone apps

    Senior Games Georgia promotional flyer

  • Georgia Wellness and Fitness Festival
    • Held a Go4Life information session at the Historic Tubman Museum with Go4Life materials on a display table and Go4Life posters
    • Holding an Intergenerational Fitness Day and seniors games – horseshoes, chair aerobics, relay, senior steppers, corn hole (throwing a bean bag into a whole)
  • Geri-Fit, CA
    • Demonstrating 12 strength training exercises
    • Distributing Workout to Go
    • Distributing Go4Life handouts at a talk on “Advanced Proprioception Exercises and Their Role in Fall Prevention
  • Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania
    • Sharing Go4Life messages on Facebook and Twitter
    • Encouraging followers to register for upcoming 5K for the IOA & Memory Mile Walk as part of their Go4Life Month goals

    Group of older adults walking

  • Massachusetts Council on Aging
    • Planning Go4Life Fun Walks at 30 locations throughout the state as part of its Keep Moving Walking Club program
    • Promotions led to a local television feature in August on “Social Strollers”
  • Madison (WI) School and Community Recreation
    • Partnering with Madison Public Library system to offer one-off classes
    • As part of the “Let’s Move in Libraries” initiative, offering a Go4Life class called Simple Strength using Go4Life materials
    • Holding a Neighborhood Walk and will distribute Go4Life materials

    Older adults walking outdoors

  • Milpitas Senior Center, CA
    • Planning to display Go4Life information in the display area
    • Conducting some intergenerational activities that may include a walk
    • In partnership with a 24-hour fitness gym, will hold an orientation at the fitness center
    • Possibly include a speaker featuring Go4Life information
  • Mississippi State University Extension Service
    • Promoting Go4Life resources in 82 counties around the state
  • Northwestern Regional Library System, NC
    • In association with Let’s Move in Libraries and the Go4Life Team is conducting a Go4Life presentation for librarians using the Speakers Toolkit on Sept. 5
  • Parkinson’s Cycling Coach, FL
    • Promotes Go4Life continually through an online training for group Indoor cycling for people living with Parkinson’s Disease. This training is supported by the American Council on Exercise and is offered to qualified coaches. The program is marketed through several Parkinson’s Foundations and on social media

    Interview of Purdue Extension

  • Purdue Extension
    • Partnering with libraries, the YMCA, and local media to promote Go4Life
    • Appearing in a local television segment promoting Go4Life and physical activity for older adults
  • Potomac Community Village, MD
    • Distributing Go4Life postcards at three hosted events
    • Hosting a walk on the C&O Canal, open to all community members as part of the Montgomery County MD Health Aging Week
    • Providing walkers with Go4Life tracking tools to evaluate starting point and track progress
  • Sacred Heart Healing Arts Center, MI
    • Handing out Go4Life materials to its older acupuncture patients
    • Sponsoring talks and/or setting up a local walk through working with the chamber of commerce
    • Since each month focuses on an aspect of health, Go4Life will be the “theme” for media posts during Go4Life Month

    Older adults doing chair exercises

  • Silver Linings Integrated Health, WA
    • Organizing an obstacle course (in partnership with YMCA) to focus on balance
    • Offering guided meditation (in partnership with Metro Parks)
    • Holding a Strength – Biceps Curl Competition (in partnership with Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community)
    • Holding a Yoga in the Park class to focus on flexibility
  • Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation (SAFE) Clinic, IL
    • Handing out Go4Life material in clinical practice at nearly every clinical and will begin adding postcards to distribution
    • The SAFE clinic co-director will also hand out the Go4Life materials at a local community education event in September
    • Planning to conduct a research pilot test of a technology program featuring the Go4Life content delivered via an Alexa device as well

    Older adults watching Go4Life presentation

  • Sun Health, AZ
    • Using the new Go4Life Speaker’s Kit for presentations to introduce adults 50+ to Go4Life
  • Treasured Footsteps Wellness, CA
    • Passing out Go4Life materials
    • Planning a community walk and
    • Holding seated strength class and handing out flyers
  • The Villages Health, FL
    • Incorporating Go4Life into all existing September presentations
    • Handing out Go4Life postcards
    • Adding a special Go4Life class
    • Walking participants through most exercises shown on the Go4Life website
  • Women in Motion, MI
    • Will teach a Free College Day class at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Ann Arbor Michigan. At this semi-annual event, which is open to the public, a professor will speak about the Biology of Aging and the Positive Effects of Physical Activity on the Process

    YMCA Fit and Well Seniors exercise class

  • YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, DC
    • Starting Sept. 1st all Fit & Well classes will increase focus and intensity in support of Go4Life 2018