American Advisors Group (AAG) officially announced on February 10, 2018 the winner of the company’s $1,500 Do Something Good contest, Ruby Rublesky, a classical pianist and parkour enthusiast from Drumore, Pennsylvania. AAG promoted the contest through its website and social media channels using the hashtag #DoSomethingGood, and encouraged people to submit a photo with a caption explaining how they were caring for seniors in their community or home. In January, the online community was invited to vote for the photo they felt best exhibited compassion and care for seniors. Rublesky’s photo of herself playing a duet with a former piano teacher “who had lost all musical ambition after her husband’s death” received the most votes. AAG received more than 100 photo submissions showing the many ways people are helping seniors, from delivering meals to gardening and playing games. There were a total of 26,277 votes cast.
“AAG’s Do Something Good contest aims to inspire and promote getting involved with community-based services for the elderly,” said AAG Chief Executive Officer Reza Jahangiri. “The reality is that half of seniors experience a reduction in quality of life after retirement, and many need help with basic care. AAG is proud to recognize individuals who are making a difference in their communities by being caring and kind to seniors.”
Receiving more than 4,000 votes (nearly four times any other photo), Ruby Rublesky’s photo was captioned:
“Music is powerful! It connects our memories to our experiences. Happiness, love, sorrow, will many times be remembered just by hearing a familiar tune. This photo is of a former piano teacher who had lost all musical ambition after her husband’s death. But – after the matinee performance that I had given at her retirement community, this lady was drawn to the keyboard. She sat beside me and started playing a simple bass line. I joined her with a treble, and our duet was born. I loved seeing the music calling back her memories and her passions long forgotten.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, each day approximately 10,000 Americans turn age 65. Of those, about 70 percent will eventually require help with bathing, food preparation, dressing and medical management (Bipartisan Policy Center). But, one-third of seniors feel financially unprepared for the costs of long-term care (AARP). As the leading reverse mortgage lender in the nation, AAG is committed to understanding and increasing the quality of life for seniors. The company offers eight hours of Volunteer-Time-Off each year and encourages employees to volunteer at the local senior center and assist with Meals on Wheels deliveries. The company also cultivates empathy for seniors with its unique “generation swap” exercise, conducted during new hire orientation, where employees are given a physical ailment and asked to attempt everyday tasks.
Do Something Good photo submissions can be viewed on AAG’s website at: www.americanadvisorsgroup.com/dosomething-good/