Senior Voice recognized in national awards contest

Older Persons Action Group, Inc., earned honors for its monthly, statewide publication Senior Voice in the 31st annual National Mature Media Awards Program. The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation's finest marketing, communications, educational materials and programs designed and produced for older adults.

OPAG and Senior Voice won five awards:

Merit Award in the Photograph category for photographer Michael Dinneen's cover photo of Anchorage steampunk artist Ron Stein (see photo), commissioned for the October 2021 edition.

Bronze Award to contributor Kenneth Kirk for his series of articles on legal issues for seniors.

Bronze Award to correspondent Maraley McMichael for her essays on life in Alaska.

Merit Award for contributor Lawrence D. Weiss for his article on seniors stuck with student loan debt, published in the June 2021 edition.

Merit Award for Senior Voice reporter Ken Stewart for her article on emergency preparedness, published in the September 2021 edition.

The entries were judged by a panel of mature market experts from across the United States for overall excellence of design, content, creativity and relevance to the senior market.

Older Persons Action Group has been publishing Senior Voice for 44 years. The monthly newspaper, aimed at older Alaskans and their families, is distributed statewide, and provided free to low-income seniors. Some funding is provided through a federal and state grant managed by the State of Alaska. Senior Voice also posts editions to its website at All of the above winning articles are available for reading on the site (use the handy search window to find them).