Utah Seniors Contend for the Crown in 16th Annual Mr. & Ms. Golden Years Pageant

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Mr. & Ms. Golden Years Pageant is an inner-and-outer beauty pageant, presented by the Utah Health Care Association, created to celebrate the lives of seniors throughout the state. The winners are determined by a panel of judges after contestants answer a series of questions, share life experiences and offer advice to the younger generations.

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2011 Mr. & Ms. Golden Years, Wayne Taylor and Yongsuk "Sue" Orana, will crown this year's royalty on Sept. 11 in Sandy, Utah.

In all reality, we don’t just honor two individuals every year as the new Mr. & Mrs. Golden Years, we honor the greatness of each and every senior in generall.

Utah Health Care Association (UHCA), an advocacy group representing Utah’s nursing and post-acute care home community, is celebrating the state’s seniors for the sixteenth consecutive year in the Mr. & Ms. Golden Years Pageant. The pageant’s contestants, all residents of long-term care facilities from across the state, range in age from the mid 60’s to 90-plus-years. The contest, themed “The Best is Yet to Come,” celebrates the lives of Utah’s aging population and promotes their continued quality of life.

“For the folks that participate in this pageant, living in a long-term care facility is just another chapter in their incredibly profound lives,” said Deb Burcombe, Deputy Director of UHCA. “In all reality, we don’t just honor two individuals every year as the new Mr. & Mrs. Golden Years, we honor the greatness of each and every senior in general.”

As part of the inner-and-outer beauty pageant, contestants answer a variety of questions, and are encouraged to share their many accomplishments with the pageant’s judges and audience. Questions include “What is one piece of advice that you would give today’s youth?” and “If you could put one item that best represents you in a time capsule, what would it be?”

“You never know if the contestant’s answers, advice and anecdotes are going to make you laugh, cry or even encourage you to change your life,” said Burcombe.

The pageant, held in conjunction with UHCA’s 50th annual convention, is set for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in rooms 300 A through D at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy. The pageant will be capped off around 10:30 a.m. with the crowning of the 2012 Mr. & Mrs. Golden Years by the previous year’s reigning royalty.

Formed in 1961, Utah Health Care Association (UHCA) represents the nursing home community and intermediate care facilities for the intellectually disabled ­ to government, business leaders, and the general public. UHCA is the state's largest association of long-term and post-acute care providers that advocate for 24-hour, licensed, quality care and services for frail, elderly, and disabled Utahans and their families.

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