Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Art is Ageless® website recently won a merit award from the Web Health Awards contest. The 16-year-old competition is organized by the Health Information Resource Center, a clearinghouse for consumer health.
Art is Ageless is a program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a faith-based organization with 18 retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri. The website is ArtIsAgeless.org. Each PMMA community holds a juried art competition exclusively for people age 65 and older. Winning art may be chosen to appear in a calendar or note cards. Periodic programs and classes are held throughout the year to encourage seniors to express their creativity. The art and artists are featured on the website.
The Art is Ageless website won a merit award in the nonprofit division. A panel of health technology professionals judged the entries based on content, format, success in reaching the targeted health audience (consumers) and overall quality.
The Art is Ageless program began in 1981 when PMMA resident art was featured in a calendar. The competition is now open to all seniors in the area. Encouraging older adults to take up the arts and express themselves is a natural fit for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s focus on individual well-being. Studies show that seniors active in the arts report better health, have more positive attitudes and are more active.