Area Seniors To Compete In First Statewide Brain Games

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging will be hosting area senior centers as they compete to represent this region in the first Senior Brain Games Competition.   

Billed as the first statewide event of its kind, the Tennessee Senior Brain Games will pit teams from the various senior centers in the area against each other in a trivia-based competition for the chance to move on to the regional finals with the winner heading to the state championship.

The Southeast Tennessee district finals will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Red Bank Community Center with semi-final competition winners from the Copper Basin Senior Center, Rhea Richland Senior Neighbors and the Sequatchie Senior Activity Center competing.  

Sponsored by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability in partnership with the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, the new initiative is designed to help keep seniors mentally active, provide an opportunity for social interaction, and get some healthy competition going among senior communities throughout the state. 

Under the adopted format, teams of three players each work together to answer the questions presented, pooling their knowledge base.  There is also the added element of risk, as the team bases point values on the confidence of their answers in specific categories.  The Brain Games is, therefore, both a strategy-based and knowledge-based competition.

Semi-final competitions were held throughout the Southeast Tennessee 10-county region during the first week of September.  Eight teams representing senior centers across Southeast Tennessee competed to advance to the southeast district finals with the winning team continuing on to compete for the east regional title.

The Games will eventually culminate in a final competition that will be held in Nashville on Oct. 18.  A team representing East, Middle, and West Tennessee will compete for the championship. 

Additional information on brain health from Alzheimer’s Association can be found at http://www.alz.org/we_can_help_brain_health_maintain_your_brain.asp


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