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Older Americans Month Contest Winners Announced

The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) is pleased to announce the winners of the Older Americans Month Connecting Generations Video Challenge and the Community Connections Video Game Tournament contests.

The Connecting Generations Video Challenge brought together multiple generations to create videos featuring the roles older adults play in connecting us all. AoA received dozens of inspirational contest entries from intergenerational teams. AoA posted online the ten finalists selected by a panel of expert judges, and the public voted to select the winner.

From among these outstanding submissions, one entry stood out for its moving content and exceptional quality.

The Sunnybrook team entry, Generation Appreciation, submitted by Kumar Wickramasingha, highlights the thoughts of a senior services provider in Iowa. The video visually demonstrates the importance of caring for and working with older Americans, while the voiceover acknowledges the many contributions of the current generation of older adults—from advances in transportation to the initial development of computer technology and putting a man on the moon.

You can view the winning video at http://challenge.gov/challenges/142/submissions/2960-generation-appreciation

The Community Connections Video Game Tournament brought older Americans together for invigorating activity and socializing, promoting fitness and fostering connections among seniors in communities across the United States. Nearly 200 teams from 176 senior centers around the country participated in this virtual bowling tournament using the Nintendo Wii video game console. During the month of May teams participated in two rounds of play. At the end of each round, senior centers submitted the top three scores from that round into an online database. The average of the top scores from each round was used to determine the tournament winners.

AoA, in partnership with the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a program of the National Council on Aging, recognizes the following teams as the winners of the Community Connections Video Game Tournament:

  • In first place with an average score of 290.17 the Flying Eagles of Heritage Senior Center, Dover, PA
  • In second place with an average score of 285.83 the Top Strikers of Grand Rapids Senior Center, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • And, in third place with an average score of 283.67 the Wii'uns of St. Clair Street Senior Center, Murfeesbooro.

Every May since 1963, people in towns and cities across the country have come together to celebrate the significant contributions of older Americans. Older Americans Month is our chance to show our appreciation and support for older adults as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities. The theme of this year’s celebration—Older Americans: Connecting the Community— pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities.

AoA thanks all of the contest participants who were such an important part of this year’s Older Americans Month celebration.