I’ve known Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging for a number of years. He is one of the most enthusiastic promoters of active ageing and his organization has amazing resources for everyone interested in wellness.

Colin travels constantly. And during his travels he collects information, ideas and facts. As a result he recently identified 8 trends that he thinks will impact the elderly and organizations that serve them, either through direct care or by supplying them with needed products and services.

Here are his trends to watch out for:

  1. The Internet is becoming the new link to health, social networking and travel
  2. Retirement communities are reinventing themselves
  3. Maintaining intellectual skills and brain health is top of mind
  4. Technology is inspiring activity
  5. Retirement means Boomers will continue to work – but on their own terms
  6. Lifelong learning opportunities and interests keep growing
  7. Age-friendly fitness opportunities are essential
  8. Health plans will pay for prevention

As Colin says in his report, ‘The ability to function and engage in life is what is important, not chronological age’.