Coming of Age in Aging America (2013)

  • Producer: Wendy Riseborough
  • Director: Christine Herbes-Sommers
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http://theagingamericaproject.com
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What will it mean for us all to grow up, live and age in a society where half the citizens are over the age of 50? Never in human history has this been our reality. And it's not just Americans. Europe, China, Japan -- we are an aging globe. It's new & it's not temporary this is a permanent historic transformation.Coming of Age in Aging Americais a PBS documentary broadcast, multi-platform media and public engagement project that urges a national conversation about our new reality. Characters, stories and revealing new research will carry the central themes of work, community and intergenerational relationships. We explore a Georgia community re-designing itself; a large medical system remolding its work environment under the banner of 'A Life Well-Lived' to retain older workers and invite younger ones; a classroom of young college students as they begin to grapple with the idea of longer lives intellectually and emotionally.

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Coming of Age in an Aging America is an extensive public media project aimed at creating conversation and action to productively shape America as an aging society.The project elements promoting this aim are:

  • A long form nationally broadcast PBS documentary
  • A fully built-out interactive and social networked website
  • A multi-year public engagement effort to be launched just prior to the broadcast

Characters, stories and revealing new research will carry the central themes of work, community and intergenerational relationships. We explore a Georgia community re-designing itself; a large medical system remolding its work environment under the banner of A Life Well-Lived to retain older workers and invite younger ones; a classroom of young college students as they begin to grapple with the idea of longer lives intellectually and emotionally.

The project has already building an extensive set of partnerships to design and implement the public engagement campaign with the goal of developing interdisciplinary action steps.

Issue: Aging

Collection:

Reel Aging

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