The theme for this year’s Older Americans Month is Older Americans: Connecting the Community. The theme pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. And, it highlights how technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier, and more engaged lives.
Enter: YouTube and Wii Bowling.
Connecting Generations Video Challenge
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the AoA has launched a video challenge, Connecting Generations. The challenge invites teams of two or more to submit videos that creatively demonstrate the role of older Americans in connecting the community. Teams are intergenerational and must include at least one person age 60 or older and one person younger than 60. Teams upload their video to YouTube and post their submission on the contest site. The winning team walks away with some pretty sweet visibility on AoA’s website and Facebook page — an excellent marketing opportunity for senior centers and long term care organizations. But it gets better.
ChangingAging.org just announced that “it will feature ALL entries to the contest on the [ChangingAging] blog and it will award the winner of the Connecting Generations video project with an HD Flip Camera.”
(Okay, yes. Last week Cisco did announce that it will stop making the Flip Camera. See ReadWriteWeb’s post Farewell, Flip Camera. But still. It’s a free video camera — a slick, easy to use video camera. Besides, there are still plenty of people with phones that don’t shoot video… yet.)
Wii Bowling Video Game Challenge
Camera shy? Have no fear. Grab those Wii remotes and prepare for the Community Connection Wii Bowling Tournament! The AoA invites senior centers around the country to participate in the Nintendo Wii bowling video game tournament. AoA will average the top scores of each participating group to identify the senior centers with the highest average scores in each category.
The top three highest scoring senior centers in each category will be publicly announced on the AoA’s web site and Facebook page. In addition, senior centers will receive a signed certificate and letter of congratulations from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee. Full details are on the Older Americans Month video game tournament site.