Turning an aspiration into a reality, the Age-Friendly Festival became the FIRST community celebration in the nation to focus on LIFELONG WELL-BEING while CONNECTING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.
Offering a multitude of ways to "enjoy, experience, and energize," the Age-Friendly Festival filled the Robarts Arena, the Ken Clark Auditorium, the Potter Building and outdoor areas of the Sarasota Fairgrounds with its diverse activities on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Spirited volunteers — 140 strong and a vital part of the festival team — were involved in all aspects, adding to the vibrancy of the day!
The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. festivities kicked off with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony that included both a presentation of the Sarasota County Government's proclamation designating this day as “Age-Friendly Festival Day” and a valued show of support from local and state government representatives in attendance.
There were also Reflection Lounges set up at the festival — places where attendees could relax and share what the age-friendly movement means to them. Celebrating the age-friendly concept of Domains of Livability — important community features that impact well-being as we age — reflection lounges were named “Health & Well-Being,” “Housing,” “Transportation,” “Work & Play” and “Community Engagement." Attendees had the opportunity to provide feedback on how each of these domains could be made more age-friendly for the community.