The Morristown Senior Gamers will host the 2015 Senior Brain Games Championship in Morristown on Friday, October 9, 2015. They will be defending their title against teams from East, Middle, and West Tennessee. The competition will be fierce as the teams attempt to unseat the 2014 state champions!
Will the Morristown Senior Gamers prevail since they have the home team advantage, or will there be a new champion? Come watch the competition to find out, and help cheer your team to victory. And if you've never been to the Morristown area before, this event is a great way to get to know this part of the state!
It was close, but we had a clear winner: The Senior Gamers of Morristown! This was actually a second chance for them, having placed second last year. In addition to the cup, the Senior Gamers won a $1000 cash prize for their senior center to use as needed. Congratulations to the Senior Gamers, to the finalists from Lawrence and Crockett Counties, and to all the Brain Gamers across the state!
Thanks again to our judges: Rebecca Kelly, State Director of AARP, and Ken Kisiel, TCAD's Chairman of the Board. Thanks also to our host, Channel 4, for welcoming us to the 2nd Annual Healthy 4 Life Expo!
Tennessee Senior Brain Games saw increased participation this year, it's second year, but there is still room to grow. We would love to see participation from all centers all over the state. Not everyone has to compete, but everyone stands to benefit from playing the game.
Seniors, if you're interested in playing, contact your local senior center, join and tell them you want to play. (They may not have a team yet, but don't let that stop you.) Centers, if you want to compete against other centers, contact your Area Agency on Aging and Disability. They help coordinate the competitions in their areas early in the season, then again when it's time to determine which teams will represent West, Middle, and East Tennessee at the championship.
We want to see our seniors enjoying Tennessee's great senior centers, and you do need to belong to one of those to compete in our games. (If you live in an area without a senior center, a community center with a senior program will do.) But if you're reading this at home and you just can't get out, then the most important thing is to do what you can and have fun doing it. Find something that will challenge your brain. Keeping it active will keep it healthy and keep you happy, and that's the goal!
East Tennessee's "Senior Gamers" from the Morristown Senior Center
Middle Tennessee's "Be Sure You Are Right, Then Go Ahead" from the Lawrence County Senior Citizens Center
West Tennessee's "Crockett County Brainiacs" from the Crockett County Senior Center
of Nashville provided questions and helped conduct the game this year.
Research demonstrates time and again that an active brain is more likely to be a healthy brain. 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 Brain Games Champions.
The Games were introduced in 2013. Centers across the state played and competed for months. Read more about the ideas behind the games and look at pictures from some of the competitions.
In the end, three teams—one each from West, Middle, and East Tennessee—met on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville and played for the championship title. The winning team, the group from Lawrence County, left with a trophy and $1000 for the the Lawrence County Senior Center. Just as important, everyone had fun, and many centers continued to play!
In 2014, we partnered with Nashville's Channel 4 and had a presence at the Channel 4 Healthy 4 Life Expo, where we held the championship game. This year, we're trying something different. In 2015, we're going to test a model that we think will become a Brain Games tradition. This year, the finalists from West, Middle, and East Tennessee will travel to Morristown, Tennessee, the home of our 2014 champions, and all four teams will compete. Morristown will have to defend itself against the other three challengers!
The key to learning new things is asking questions. Turns out, that's also the key to playing this game. Yes, when you compete, you play by our rules. But how you play at home, with friends, or in your centers is up to you. You really only need three things to make this work: Questions, correct answers, and players. That's all you need to have fun! And if fun is what you want, you don't even need a scorekeeper.
If you plan to compete, you will want to review our rules and suggestions. What you use to train is up to you, though. Games like Trivial Pursuit or Scrabble will challenge your brain. A quiz show like Jeopardy works, too. The important thing is to actually play along, don't just watch other people play.
Be warned: People who tend to enjoy playing trivia games eat questions like candy. It is highly recommended that senior centers find one or two people willing to actively hunt for, or create, questions and answers. Whatever your source, you will be surprised how quickly you burn through it.
The following links are possible sources for trivia questions and answers.
http://www.triviacountry.com If you can tune out the advertising, this site offers a mountain of good, free material (assuming the answers are correct). Each category offers a dropdown.
http://www.triviaplaying.com Very similar to the link above. In fact, they're nearly identical. Lots of categories, some advertising, but also an option to print the questions without the ads. The one obvious difference between the two sites appears to be an option on this one to choose questions by decade.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/sample-questions/ These questions are going to be somewhat limited in range, and you may have to visit multiple times to gain access to different sets of questions. That said, I wouldn’t question the accuracy of the answers. You could also explore the site for reliable facts that would allow you to create your own questions and answers. The only drawback is that the site does begin prompting you to register for access once you’ve viewed a few pages.
http://www.quizbowlquestions.com/sample.html Not everything from this source will be suitable to our target age group. Question hunters, you will need to read through what's available, pick and choose. We also are not recommending you purchase the questions and answers for sale. Just see if you can use some of the free samples.
*We do not endorse any of the ads or products that may appear on these sites. You don't need to buy your questions and answers. We are not affiliated with these sites. We do not intend to use the questions and answers offered from these sites in our championship game.
Have suggestions for other sources of trivia? Have a question we haven't answered? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Just understand that we typically do not link to sites that are full of advertisements. We may also not be able to reply personally to each and every suggestion, but we'll do our best.
Last updated 09/26/14.
What follows is a list of senior centers that will compete in the statewide competition this year. If you don't see a center listed for your area, we have a list that can provide contact information. You can call to find out about playing locally, and you can let the center director know if you would be interested in competing with a team. You may be the person to get the game started in your area!
Community centers that provide activities for seniors but are not, strictly speaking, senior centers: If you want to compete in Senior Brain Games, you will need to get in touch with your Area Agency on Aging to coordinate your local and district participation with them. Check our Area Agency map if you aren't sure who to contact.
*Keep in mind that just because you don't see a center listed here, that doesn't mean it isn't participating. The list is new this year and word is still spreading. If you work for a senior or community center and want your center to appear on this list of participants, email email@example.com.
Aging Commission of the Mid-South
Dora Ivey, Director
|The ACMS (an Area Agency on Aging, not a senior center) will hold its local competition on Friday, August 22, 2014. The winner will advance to the regional competition in Jackson, Tennessee, to be held on Friday, September 5, 2014. ACMS serves the city of Memphis, as well as Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale, and Tipton Counties.|
Bedford County Senior Citizens
Benton County Office on Aging/Senior Center
Church Hill Senior Citizens Center
Clinchfield Senior Adult Center
|The Clinchfield Senior Adult Center will be playing July 23, 2014.|
DeKalb County/Smithville Senior Center
Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center
|The Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center will be playing July 29, 2014.|
Fayetteville-Lincoln County Senior Citizens
FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center
Nicole Longuevan, Program and Volunteer Manager
FiftyForward Madison Station Senior Center
Sam Garlock, Program Manager
First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging & Disability
Kathy Whitaker, Director
|The First Tennessee AAAD has scheduled its district competition for Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Kingsport Senior Center. The Johnson City Senior Center competition will be July 17, 2014. The Clinchfield Senior Adult Center on July 23, 2014. The Elizabethton Senior Center on July 29, 2014.|
Johnson City Seniors' Center
Sue Orr, Director
|The Johnson City Senior Center competition will be July 17, 2014.|
|The Kingsport Center will host its district competition, the First Tennessee District Competition, on August 12, 2014, beginning at 10:00 am.|
Loudon County Hyden Senior Center
Gail Williams, Acting Director
Maury County Senior Center
|The Senior Brain Games Middle Tennessee Regional Playoff will be held at this location on August 28, 2014 at 1:00pm.|
Putnam County Senior Center
Rogersville Senior Citizens Center
Saint Clair Street Senior Center
325 Saint Clair Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130-2848
Connie Rigsby, Director
Senior Citizens of Hendersonville, Inc.
197 Imperial Boulevard
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Athena Sizemore, Program Coordinator
Senior Renaissance Center
Cohn Adult Learning Center
4805 Park Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209-3436
Upper Cumberland Development District
Patty Ray, Director
The Upper Cumberland Development District is an Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) with multiple senior centers in its area, but it is not itself a senior center.
The Upper Cumberland games are scheduled for July 29, 2014. At last count, it has 7 teams participating. The regional games are expected August 28, 2014 in Mid-Cumberland.
Weakley County Senior Center