Age-Friendly Festival
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What is the Age-Friendly Festival (AFF) and when and where will it be held?

The Age-Friendly Festival is a community celebration of lifelong well-being in our region that aspires to connect people of all ages.

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34237

How is the Age-Friendly Festival advancing the age-friendly movement?

The AFF will highlight a network of individual, business, nonprofit, government, and media “advancers” promoting age-friendly practices and principles that optimize community assets and enhance quality of life for all ages.

Does it cost anything to attend the Festival?

Admission is free for all ages. Inspired by the aspirations of residents that were shared through research conducted by the Age-Friendly Sarasota initiative, The Patterson Foundation is presenting the Age-Friendly Festival as a gift to the community.

Is there a cost for participating in the Festival?

There is no fee to participate in the festival and there is no cost for exhibition space. Inspired by the aspirations of residents that were shared through research conducted by the Age-Friendly Sarasota initiative, The Patterson Foundation is presenting the Age-Friendly Festival as a gift to the community.

Request to participate submissions were accepted through July 31, 2017.

What can I expect to see at the Festival?

The Age-Friendly Festival will feature:

  • Exhibits: Individuals, businesses, nonprofits, local government, and media outlets will showcase practices, services, and products advancing age-friendly principles in the community and beyond.
  • Education: Organizations, longevity experts, and authors will share insights and innovations on living optimally at any age.
  • Experiences: Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that demonstrate ways to enhance and evolve quality of life.
  • Entertainment: Performances by artists of all ages will be presented through a partnership with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County's 2017 InspireSarasota!, a two-week celebration of arts and culture.

What is the value of this Festival to our community and region?

Sarasota County has one of the nation's highest populations of older adults. Currently, older adults — those age 65 and older — represent one-third of Sarasota County residents, and more than half of Sarasota County's population is over age 50. Every generation is living longer. The Age-Friendly Festival will highlight a network of individual, business, nonprofit, government, and media “advancers” promoting age-friendly practices and principles that optimize community assets and enhance quality of life for all ages.

What is The Patterson Foundation’s involvement in the Age-Friendly Festival?

The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities by focusing on issues — like well-being at any age — that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve.

How can I get involved in the Age-Friendly Festival?

There are several ways to still become involved in the Age-Friendly Festival.

VOLUNTEER – There will be a variety of volunteer opportunities at the festival on Friday, October 27, 2017, and Saturday, October 28, 2017. Please see our Age-Friendly Festival Volunteer Opportunities for descriptions of volunteer roles and signup information.

SPREAD THE WORD – Between now and Oct, 28, 2017, help us inform the community about the festival. We have Age-Friendly Festival Volunteer Opportunities available for display and distribution. If you have an upcoming event, we welcome the opportunity to have an Age-Friendly Festival information booth present. We also have team members ready and eager to speak to any groups interested in hearing more about the age-friendly movement and festival. For more information, contact Heather Koester, HeatherMKoester@gmail.com.

JOIN THE FUN – mark your calendar now and join the fun by attending the festival with friends, family, colleagues and neighbors. There will be activities, information and fun – For All Ages!

Request to participate submissions for organizations interested in participating through exhibits, education, experiences, or entertainment were accepted through July 31, 2017. If you have questions, contact info@agefriendlysarasota.org or call 941.702.4619.

Will there be volunteer opportunities with the Age-Friendly Festival?

Volunteers are vital for the success of the Age-Friendly Festival. They are needed to support the festival in a variety of roles and shifts such as greeters, assisting exhibitors and team members, and helping attendees navigate the layout of the event. Assistance is also needed the day before the festival for setting up. Community service hours will be available for youth, and there will be a need for bilingual volunteers. Please see our Age-Friendly Festival Volunteer Opportunities for descriptions of volunteer roles and for signup information.

Who can I contact about the Age-Friendly Festival?

Send general Age-Friendly Festival inquiries to info@agefriendlysarasota.org or call 941.702.4619.
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