Seabury Staff Members Present Go: Green at ICAA

Seabury staff members Cindy Harrigan and Heather Stanton, members of Seabury’s Balanced Life Team (BLT), were selected from more than 400 aging industry professionals who submitted perspective presentations, to present their "Go: Green - moving outdoors toward 26.2" at the 2011 International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) conference in Orlando, Florida. The presentation focused on the environmental wellness program (Go: Green) developed between the BLT and the Seabury Trails Committee. The pair “were a perfect fit,” in Harrigan’s own words, to present the program as both are members of the BLT and Harrigan, currently working for Seabury At Home, was formerly in Stanton’s current position as Director of Residence Services for Seabury.

The three day conference took place December 1st – 3rd, and featured presentations based around industry topics and programs, such as Go: Green, and also keynote speakers, that took place throughout the week. She added that not only were professionals from the aging industry at the presentation, but that she also met “… a couple of people from athletic businesses,” who were there to learn how to incorporate wellness incentives for the aging population into their own curriculum. It was a banner year for Seabury to be involved as presenters as it is the 10th anniversary of the ICAA, and Environmental Wellness has been a key initiative of the ICAA. And, Stanton adds, “Seabury has been a pioneer in Environmental Wellness programing,” which made their presentation especially successful at the conference.

The reactions to their presentation were overwhelming, according to Harrigan. “Everything from enthusiasm to tears,” she said. One woman was moved to tears after the presentation because she said she “could see her own dad living in a community such as Seabury.” It was a diverse and engaged audience taking in their presentation, with “…questions that were specific to the program and I could tell they were hanging on every word,” says Stanton. Both ladies felt they provided many “useful tools” and informative guidance on how to incorporate an Environmental Wellness program into any curriculum. 

Photo Caption: From left to right, G. Richard Ambrosius, Marketing Strategist for ICAA; Colin Milner, Founder, ICAA; Heather Stanton, Director, Resident Services, Seabury and Cindy Harrigan, Personal Health Coordinator, Seabury At Home.  

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