Students from Syracuse University and Corning Community College won a contest to help improve the lives of your loved ones.

Teams competed in the first ever "Aging Innovation Challenge." GripM8 and Pneu-Strength won more than $17,000 after tying for first place.

The idea was to come up with inventions that assist older adults with everyday struggles.

GripM8 features an assistive eating device targeted to people with motor control issues. Pneu-Strength is an inflatable seat cushion that assists people in standing up and sitting down.

Elderly people say both of these inventions can be helpful in their every day lives. 

"I'm happy to see that we're thinking more of really exploring whatever we can do to make life a little bit easier for people who have the fortune of having extended life," said Luke Pesane, a resident at The Nottingham.

Judges scored competitors based on innovation, impact, usability and implementation.