Kathy Mattea will host a new Nashville Public Television (NPT) series focused on the issues that surround an increasing older population. NPT Reports: Aging Matters premieres Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. Central on NPT with End of Life. The episode explores the difficult yet important topic of end-of life-care. A national version will be distributed through American Public Television (APT) later this year.
Following NPT’s previous award-winning projects, Next Door Neighbors and NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis. NPT Reports: Aging Matters is a multi-year initiative designed to open a community-based conversation about what older citizens need to optimize their quality of life and how communities can prepare for an aging population. Over a three to five year period, NPT will focus on caregiving, finances, end-of-life issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
“Children’s Health’s Crisis shared a wealth of information with the community, and proved there was an interest in extensive in-depth coverage of issues affecting Middle Tennessee,” Beth Curley, president and CEO of NPT, said. “As a generation ages, they and those that care for them – both personally and institutionally – will have important decisions to make. Now is the time to be informed.”
Kathy will introduce and close each episode as someone who can relate to the aging population. Her late mother Ruth and two of her aunts had Alzheimer’s which led Kathy to work with the Alzheimer’s Association and Abe’s Garden, a non-profit Alzheimer’s and dementia care facility planned in Nashville.
“I have had firsthand experience with loving someone while they walk through the stages of Alzheimer’s,” she said. “I’m honored to be part of NPT’s thoughtful and timely coverage of this and other issues surrounding our aging population.”
“Mattea’s work with the Azheimer’s Association and locally with Abe’s Garden, in addition to her role advocating for numerous causes during her career, indicate her strong commitment to respect, dignity and the value of the human spirit,” Beth Curley added. “She is an inspiration to singers, songwriters and anyone aspiring to live an engaged life.”