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Sure, we'd like to know how many times you've been around the sun, but we're more interested in whether you're enjoying the trip.
, we've spent more than 60 years learning about how to make the adventure of aging better. We've listened to people in our residences and in the community, and we've conducted extensive research.
Simply, we enhance the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age Well. Founded in 1941 by entrepreneur and humanitarian Alonzo Mather, we're dedicated to providing a continuum of living and care; making neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play; and identifying, implementing, and sharing best practices for wellness, workforce issues, memory care support, and empowering caregivers.
enhances the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age Well.SM
Mather LifeWays Announces The Aging Well Rocks!
Contest to Showcase Musical and Lyrical Talent of Americans Over 55
Evanston, Ill. (May 23, 2007) – “American Idol” sets their age limit at 28. The oldest contestant on
the CW network’s competition to find the next Pussycat Doll was 25. Mainstream American music
contests could leave even a 30-year-old wondering how to get his or her talent recognized. To give
the millions of older Americans the chance to express themselves through music, today, Mather
LifeWays, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating “Ways to Age Well,” announced the
Aging Well Rocks! Song Competition, a contest designed to celebrate the musical talent of people
over age 55.
In the spirit of musical competitions that have captured national audiences, Mather
LifeWays is searching for seniors who can set to music what getting older means to them. The
winner will receive national exposure through publicity efforts and will have his/her song
declared the official theme song for the organization’s Web site, http://matherlifeways.com.
Mather LifeWays hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a compilation CD if there is a significant
response to the call for entries.
“There are many contests out there that strive to find the best and brightest musicians,
and Mather LifeWays celebrates every individual’s talent and ability, regardless of age,” said
Mary Leary, president and CEO of Mather LifeWays. “This is a chance for us to uncover some
great music and to hear why older Americans think getting older is great!”
Mather LifeWays originally created the competition to find a theme song for its Web site.
But after hearing about online petitions created by older musicians asking shows like “American
Idol” to do away with age limits, the organization felt that it needed to create a national effort that
would encourage older adults to use their creativity and challenge them to prove that experience
almost always makes a better musician.
“Getting older is not synonymous with giving up on your dreams,” said Reed Engel,
director of wellness strategies at Mather LifeWays. “In fact, older Americans who remain
engaged with their hobbies and passions tend to be happier and sometimes healthier than their
counterparts who don’t dedicate time to their most loved activities.”
To participate in the competition, entrants must submit a CD, DVD, cassette tape or mp3
with an original song. All songs must be related to the concept of “Aging Well,” defined as any
theme that demonstrates that aging and getting older can be a joyful and positive experience.
Entries will be accepted until September 21, 2007, and a winner will be announced on October
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