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2005 Older Americans Month National Photography Contest

2005 Winners and Honrable Mentions
First
Photo by: Shari Augins - Mack Wilson, age 68
Mack Wilson, age 68, worked as a landscaper and handyman until he had a stroke over eight years ago. No longer able to work full-time, he eagerly joined the Foster Grandparent program in 1998 because he “loves kids.” He shows that love by volunteering in a kindergarten class at Holt Elementary School for at least four hours every day.

The children listen in rapt attention as he reads them a story. They laugh and talk with him, completely ignoring the fact that he walks hesitatingly, using the cane that rests beside his chair. He is “Mr. Mack,” an integral part of the classroom. They worry about him when he is not there. In the six and one-half years Mr. Mack has been a Foster Grandparent, he has volunteered for over 4800 hours, earning him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program.
Photographer
Shari Augins,  age, 66
Senior Center
Focus on Senior Citizens Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
 
Second
Photo by: Jerrie Ahrens - Laura Sharer, 100 years old
May I introduce you to Laura Sharer, who will turn 100 years old on May 23, 2005. In April of this year, she is pictured having some “bubbly” fun with children at Pinewood Elementary School. This photo is the epitome of enjoyable long-term living. She is fun to be around and so many people have admired and been inspired by Laura’s zest for life.

She regularly participates in trips, cards, dinners, and other events at the Monticello Senior Center. Just in the past year she has had to rely on a walker, otherwise she enjoys very good health. Laura lives with her daughter here in Monticello, Minnesota and is actively involved with her treasured grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. We are so proud of Laura and certainly “Celebrate Long-Term Living” because of her.
Photographer
Jerrie Ahrens, age 77
Senior Center
Monticello Senior Center, Monticello, MN
 
Third
Photo by: Erva Gene DeAragon - Short Ken, tall Art, and medium Bob are three of twelve volunteers, preparing out Senior Citizen’s Center for a cosmetic facial.
Exceptional energy is portrayed in this photo. Short Ken, tall Art, and medium Bob are three of twelve volunteers, preparing out Senior Citizen’s Center for a cosmetic facial. Visualize, these seventy year-old citizens, climbing ladders to scrape paint, caulk cracks, and tape plastic over windows and doors.

The workbench is the concrete driveway at the Center. Ken and Art were asked, “Why do you volunteer so much time to community projects?” Ken replied, “I like working and shop talk with friends. Involvement keeps me physically and mentally healthy.” Art said, “It is important for me to give my service back to this community that has supported me and my business during my working years. I also thrive on local interaction with other happy volunteers.” Tall Art, “Careful, you old duffer, that’s a ladder you’re standing on!” Short Ken, “Yeow! Short legs require additions now and then!”
Photographer
Erva Gene DeAragon, age 76
Senior Center
St. Francis Senior Center, St. Francis, KS
 
Honorable Mentions
Photo by: Joan S. Miller - Captain John M. Miller
If only hands could talk, but since they can’t, let me tell you about Captain John M. Miller, a distinguished pilot who is celebrating his 100th year. Where does one begin? An aviator for more than 80 years, as a young man he barnstormed across the county and delivered mail by plane for the U.S. Post Office.

During World War II, he served his country as an experimental test pilot. His long flying career continued with United and Eastern Airlines. And what did he do with his spare time? He piloted the continent. Last, but not least, I would like to say for the many thousands of passengers whom he safely delivered to their destinations—thank you.
Photographer
Joan S. Miller, age 73
Senior Center
The Hyde Park Friendship Center, Hyde Park, NY
 
Photo by: Carolyn Hemphill - Ollie MacBaily, 100 years old
This is Ollie MacBaily, 100 years old. She rides the bus to the center two days a week. She attends here for every service. She goes to a nursing home to help make popcorn and visit the residents. She has helped hold the election for forty-plus years. She still lives by herself.

She exercises every day. She lays in bed and touches her feet to the head of the bed 100 times before she gets up each morning. She says she use to do that 300 times, but now just does 100 times. She is a very positive person who enjoys life and enjoys being with people. She comes to the center with make-up and jewelry, always dresses well. She loves coming to the center, especially the days we sing.
Photographer
Carolyn Hemphill, age 64
Senior Center
Geraldine Senior Center, Geraldine, AL
 
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