On Saturday, the first Age-Friendly Festival in the nation will be conducted in Sarasota. The event at the Sarasota Fairgrounds will signify a watershed moment — an evolutionary movement that has been led by The Patterson Foundation for eight years yet was germinated by other community organizations, including SCOPE.
Aging / Older Adults
The Age-Friendly Festival, a gift to the community from the Patterson Foundation, is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature presentations on a variety of topics by experts in their fields, exhibits showcasing activities, and opportunities for connecting with people of all ages. There will be entertainment provided by InspireSarasota!, an initiative of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota, and food trucks will be on site to offer a variety of culinary delights.
The Patterson Foundation is making history Saturday at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
A new event this weekend aims to spotlight the region as a place where people of all ages can make the most of life, while advancing Sarasota’s reputation as a wonderful place to grow old. The Age-Friendly Festival, promoted as the first in the nation to celebrate “lifelong well-being,” brings more than 125 exhibits, performances and other demonstrations to the Sarasota Fairgrounds.
Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation, says the inaugural festival continues the “age-friendly” movement embraced by community leaders here for more than a decade. “We hope to show that what’s good for one generation actually is good for all generations,” she says.
Featuring free admission thanks to a gift from presenter The Patterson Foundation, the Age-Friendly Festival will focus on lifelong well-being while connecting people of all ages. There will be live entertainment and food trucks plus educational opportunities and exhibits highlighting how we can improve the quality of life at every age.
At Florida’s first Age-Friendly Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Patterson Foundation will join a coalition of Florida cities, counties, nonprofit organizations and AARP to ask an increasingly relevant question: How can we make our communities more livable for people of any age, in a world where long lives are the rule?
Behind the scenes, Age-Friendly Sarasota continues to explore partnerships aimed at making Sarasota County a better place to spend every stage of life.
Launched by the World Health Organization, the age-friendly city movement was taken up in 2012 by AARP to acknowledge and adapt to two powerful global trends, longevity and urbanization. And in May 2015, Sarasota County became the first place in Florida to apply for age-friendly status, a distinction now shared by 500 communities worldwide.
The Indian River Community Foundation awarded $100,000 from its Community Enrichment Fund to St. Francis Manor in support of the organization’s “Growing Homes at the Manor” capital campaign.
The grant will go toward construction of two new buildings to provide affordable housing to 36 more senior citizens who live on limited incomes.
The Jewish Housing Council Foundation (JHCF) has received a grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County to expand its Music & Memory program for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory disorders.
“Social engagement and creativity were the key drivers behind this program,” said Diana Silvey, program director at Winter Park Health Foundation, which approached Orlando-based CFCArts with the idea for Arts In Action.