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Local Seniors Show Their Talents

Fort Wayne Daily News

The Fort Wayne leg of the nationwide long-term care awareness tour made a stop at assisted living and memory care facility, Emeritus at Fort Wayne, 4730 State Blvd.

In addition to a presentation by elder care expert and spokesperson for the nonprofit 3in4 Association, Dr. Marion Somers, residents and the community were treated to the launch of the “Bring Your Talent” contest. The competition seeks to find America’s most talented seniors and caregivers and is part of the national 3in4 Need More campaign, an educational initiative to raise awareness about the need for Americans to better prepare for their long-term health care needs.

“The campaign is really to make more people aware about what they are going to need and how to be prepared as senior,” said Kathy DiIanni, executive director of Emeritus Fort Wayne. “After you reach the age of 80, chances rise that you will need an assisted living facility.”

Ten local seniors competed in the talent auditions and talents included painting, cross-stitching, playing the piano. The contest also was open to family members and one read a poem about senior.

Their performances will be judged by the Emeritus corporate staff, along with video submissions from all across the country. XXX said the talent show was a hit with everyone in attendance.

“Just to look back to see how talented our residents and their families are was great,” DiIanni said. “I thought it was just awesome. That’s the great thing getting to know seniors’ life stories.”

The winner of the national competition will receive one year of free rent at any Emeritus community, valued at $45,000. Eleven runners-up will each receive a week of free rent.

For those who couldn’t attend the event to perform, there still is time to enter via the Emeritus Facebook page. Or visit freerentgiveaway.com for more information.

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