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Year Five: Our Challengers! *Finalized September 22, 2017

The Jonesborough Olde Towners, 2016 Tennessee Senior Brain Games state champions, will defend against:

  • Hamblen County's Senior Gamers (East)
  • Lawrence County's Aged to Perfection (Middle)
  • Tipton County's Know Brainers (West)

Our Statewide Semi-Finalists (as of September 7, 2017)

  • ACMS: Covington Senior Center's Know Brainers
  • East: Morristown Senior Center's Senior Gamers 
  • First: Church Hill Senior Citizens Center's Golden Nuggets
  • GNRC: J.L. Turner Center's Brain Brawlers
  • NW: Crockett County Senior Center's Crockett County Brainiacs
  • SC: Lawrence County Senior Citizens' Aged to Perfection 
  • SE: Copper Basin Senior Activity Center's The Copperheads
  • SW: Chester County Senior Center's Chester County Challengers
  • UC: Baxter Senior Center's Baxter Busy Bees

East Tennessee's Jonesborough Olde Towners Win the 2016 Tennessee Senior Brain Games Championship!

On Friday, October 6, 2016, the Jonesborough Olde Towners surprised themselves and the Tennessee Senior Brain Games audience by becoming Tennessee's Senior Brain Games statewide champions. This year the main event took place at the First United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee. This was the second time the finals were held in Morristown. The turnout was the best yet, and energy was high.
 

The 2016 Tennessee Senior Brain Games statewide champions, the Jonesborough Olde Towners, pose with the trophy, their senior center director, Mary Sanger, and First Tennessee Area Agency Director Kathy Whitaker.

The Olde Towners hail from the Jonesborough Area Senior Center (Mary Sanger, Director). The senior center will be awarded $1000 for the win, will house the championship trophy throughout 2017, and will host next year's championship game. That's right, we're going to Jonesborough next year—back to East Tennessee! *Jonesborough is part of the First Tennessee area, the Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) under Director Kathy Whitaker.

Congratulations to the Jonesborough Olde Towners, and thank you again to the city of Morristown and the Morristown Senior Citizens Center for your hospitality. We couldn't have asked for better hosts and better partners for this event. And to everyone across the state: KEEP PLAYING! 

All four 2016 Tennesee Senior Brain Games teams onstage together, competing for the championship title. Emcee Anna Lea Cothron stands in front, reading a question.


The Morristown Senior Gamers Retain Their State Title in 2015

Tennessee's Senior Brain Games champions and challengers came together in Morristown, Tennessee on Friday, October 9, 2015 to compete for the big win. The final scores were as follows:

  • The Martin Einsteins ended with 88; 
  • Knoxville's John T. O'Connor Center had 91;
  • the Ashland City Acers picked up 102; (Read about the Acers team in an October 23, 2015 article from the Tennessean.)
  • and the Morristown Senior Gamers retained their title with a final score of 114.

The trophy will be updated and returned to the Morristown Senior Citizens Center and will reside there until roughly this time next year, when another three teams—along with the Morristown Senior Gamers—will face off in Morristown for the 2016 title.                

Attendance at this year's championship game was the best so far! We congratulate and celebrate all of our Brain Gamers statewide, both the four teams who attended the final game and those who played throughout the state in the months leading up to the championship.

Morristown, Tennessee Mayor Gary Chesney and Hamblen County, Tennessee Mayor Bill Brittain lead the Mayors Mile walk for brain health ahead of the Tennessee Senior Brain Games 2015 State Championship in Morristown, Tennessee.We thank the city of Morristown (as well as Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney and Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain) for its hospitality, encouragement and participation. The day began with a Mayors Mile walk to promote brain health.

We also thank the directors of the participating senior centers: Morristown Senior Citizens Center's Debbie Thayer; John T. O'Connor Senior Center's Sue Massingill; Ashland City Senior Citizens Center's Melissa Womack; and Martin Senior Adult Center's Debra Edwards. They all helped make this year the most successful yet!

Thank also to our judges, State Representative Tilman Goins, State Assistant Commissioner David Purkey, and TCAD Commission Member and AARP National Volunteer Director Margo Seay. 

For More Information

Contact Anna Lea Cothron, Aging Commission Liaison, at 615-770-3901 or annalea.cothron@tn.gov for more details.  


What Are the Senior Brain Games?

An active brain is more likely to be a healthy brain. The science is still catching up, but common sense tells us that as we age it's important to keep challenging ourselves, to keep learning new things. It's also important to spend time with other people. Brain Games meets both goals by giving seniors yet another reason to attend one of Tennessee's many great senior centers.

People of all ages enjoy trivia games. At a senior center, you can play for fun with other people in your area. You may also find others willing to play on a team and compete for the title of Tennessee Senior Brain Games State Champions!


Nashville Public Television's Aging Matters: Healthy Aging

The 2015 Tennessee Senior Brain Games attracted the attention of NPT's series about aging. Have a look!