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“My Recipe for Strength” Contest Winners Announced

The U.S. Administration on Aging is pleased to announce the winners of My Recipe for Strength, a contest for creatively sharing in video, photography, and poetry/prose the ways older Americans Age Strong! and Live Long! Among more than 100 outstanding submissions by seniors and their friends and families, three entries stood out for their moving content and exceptional quality.

In video, 96-six-year-old Grace Di Addezio discussed her philosophy of life and the traditions that have fueled her strength since childhood. To Grace it’s about more than following a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise; she draws her strength from helping others.

In photography, Sue Hilberg’s delightful image of a group of exuberant older Americans tumbling down a slide together is a visual testament to the importance of joy and friendship in her recipe for strength.

In prose, peer coach and computer technology trainer Patrick Careew described how honesty, sincerity, and dedication have strengthened his relationships with the many senior citizens he has trained in computer literacy.

AoA received hundreds of inspirational contest entries during the April submission period. After a panel of expert judges selected 10 finalists in each category, the finalists were posted online for a public vote to select the three winners.

AoA thanks all of the contest participants who were such an important part of this year’s Older Americans Month celebration. Older Americans Month is an opportunity to come together as a nation to recognize the contributions of older citizens. The My Recipe for Strength contest was one of several activities sponsored by the AoA to celebrate the strength, diversity, wisdom, and insight of our Nation’s seniors.

View the winning entries below