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engAGED Virtual Summit: Engaging Older Adults with Innovative Programs that Address Today’s Challenges
Join engAGED on September 24, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM ET as we host an interactive virtual summit. This event will be kicked off with opening remarks from Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the organization that administers engAGED. The engAGED Summit will feature a series of panel discussions that will touch on adaptations organizations can make to promote social engagement in the era of COVID-19, the impact social isolation has on diverse communities and technology’s role in fostering engagement during the current health crisis. Join us from the comfort of your own home for this free event. The agenda and additional details will be released soon. Please visit www.n4aconference.org/engagedsummit/ for more information. 
Creative Engagement: Successful Approaches to Creatively Engage with Older Adults
Were you unable to attend our recent engAGED webinar on creative engagement? You can now view the recording of our conversation with TimeSlips, which works to bring meaning and purpose into the lives of older adults through creative engagement. Viewers will also learn how one Area Agency on Aging (AAA) developed a virtual art gallery for senior center artists and will hear about another AAA’s choir for those living with dementia, helping to bring meaning to the lives of the participating older adults. Speakers also shared how these programs have been adapted due to COVID-19. Take a look at our webpage for this webinar recording and for a chance to view additional past recorded events.
New Blog Post Templates to engAGE Older Adults and Caregivers During COVID-19
A new six-part series of sample blog posts developed by engAGED helps AAAs and other community-based organizations encourage the older adults they serve to stay active, engaged and connected to their communities during the pandemic. Blog posts include ideas on how to stay active in your home, creative ways to stay connected to family and friends, virtual excursion ideas and creative engagement ideas. We encourage organizations to use these customizable blog posts in messaging, newsletters and social media.
engAGED Photo Contest Winners
We would like to thank all those who entered the engAGED Photo Contest earlier this year! It is a great pleasure to announce that engAGED has selected the final winners for this year’s contest.
  • First Prize Winner: Missoula Aging Services (Missoula, MT)
  • Second Prize Winner: Generations for Garfield (Garfield, NJ)
  • Third Prize Winner: Intergenerational Orchestra of Omaha (Omaha, NE)
The winners will soon be featured in a publication of notable best practices. As engAGED and its partners continue to promote programs and resources that connect older adults to the community, we are excited to include the following award-winning nominee photographs as an exemplary portrayal of social engagement.
First Prize Winner: Missoula Aging Services (Missoula, MT)
Building intergenerational connections can help create valuable moments of
learning and understanding.
Second Prize Winner: Generations for Garfield (Garfield, NJ)
Social engagement is as easy as a cup of coffee.
Third Prize Winner: Intergenerational Orchestra of Omaha (Omaha, NE)
An intergenerational orchestra provides both artistic engagement and
connection across generations!
engAGED Acknowledged in Kaiser Health Article
A recent Kaiser Health News article, Isolation, Disruption and Confusion: Coping With Dementia During a Pandemic, highlights the unique challenges that people living with dementia and their caregivers face during the pandemic. The article also highlights engAGED’s directory of innovative programs during COVID-19.
Fiscal Year 2021 Senior Corps RSVP Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity
One of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation, RSVP offers a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. Senior Corps RSVP engages Americans over the age of 55 in volunteer service that meets national and community needs and delivers lasting, meaningful results. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Fiscal Year 2021 Senior Corps RSVP Competition. Eligible applicants include public and private nonprofits organizations, educational institutions, state government entities, and other groups. CNCS has the following Focus Areas: Disaster Services – COVID 19 recovery; Economic Opportunity; Education; Environmental Stewardship; Healthy Futures; and Veterans and Military Families. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, September 1 by 5:00 PM ET.
New Resource on Social Isolation
ADvancing States, a national nonprofit organization representing state and territorial agencies on aging and disability, recently released a new resource, Addressing Socialization Isolation for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis, which is intended to assist states and others with creative and thoughtful approaches to social isolation and loneliness in older adults, and to also facilitate sharing and learning across states.
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