In 2014, Albany Guardian Society once again collaborated with WMHT Educational Telecommunications to produce a 14-part television series titled Age Wise. This series provides an empowering look at issues facing today’s seniors. Age Wise episodes examine what can and should be done to help older adults age better and present best practices from areas across New York State. Experts in the field of aging, as well as older adults, share insight on a wide range of topics such as how to age in place, caregiving, and end of life issues to name just a few. Close to one hundred public television stations across the United States will broadcast Age Wise over their affiliate stations.
In June 2015, an episode of Age Wise was honored with a New York State Broadcasters Association Award for "Best Locally Produced TV Show." Click here to watch the winning episode titled 'End of Life.'
Design for a Lifetime
Navigating buildings and homes that are not universally accessible is a challenge that many people face. Whether someone is unable to climb a stairway or has difficulty maneuvering in tight spaces, being comfortable at home is an enhancement to quality of life. In Design for a Lifetime, a four-part series produced by Albany Guardian Society and WCNY/AXXESS Productions, you will learn about solutions and techniques for designing aesthetically pleasing, barrier-free homes. As part of the series, we visit the IDEA Center at SUNY Buffalo to explore the forward thinking that is pushing Universal Design to new heights. And local architect Dave Sadowsky takes us through a number of thought-provoking design ideas found both inside and outside the home. Mr. Sadowsky also takes us to a hardware store to give us tips on how to begin adding affordable accessibility solutions to our home.
It’s An Age Thing: Our Communities: Caring for Your Parents
In April 2008, Albany Guardian Society teamed up again with WMHT to produce It’s An Age Thing: Our Communities: Caring for Your Parents. This single episode was developed as a local production to complement the airing of Caring for Your Parents a PBS show, produced by WGBH in Boston.
Once again, Sharon Wolin, from Sharon Wolin Productions, served as director and producer, while Richard Iannello from Albany Guardian Society and Mary Ann Potter from WMHT served as executive producers. Mary Ann was also on-air host for this episode of It’s An Age Thing that highlighted the challenges of caregiving activities.
This show originally intended to showcase three local families and how they dealt with the daily activities of caregiving. In mid-production, one of the seniors we expected to tape became ill, but rather than eliminate the segment, we used the incident as a real-time example of how caregiving for an elderly parent can lead a family down an unanticipated path.
The episode aired multiple times on WMHT and was part of a month-long effort by aging services providers throughout the Capital Region to highlight caregiving through community forums, presentations, and a day-long event at Hudson Valley Community College titled “Tools for Caregivers: Resources You Can Use When a Senior Relies on You.” As part of this month-long effort to focus on the topic of caregiving, Albany Guardian Society published a special issue of its magazine, Capital Commons Quarterly: The Dynamics of Aging and Our Communities, that provided readers with a number of informative articles on this topic.
It’s An Age Thing
Following the success of It’s An Age Thing, Albany Guardian Society again partnered with WMHT Educational Telecommunications in 2007 to produce It’s An Age Thing: Our Communities. This 13-part television series was taped in counties in an around the Capital District and each episode offered viewers examples of how individuals and organizations are making their communities better places to live regardless of age.
This local production was hosted by Mary Beth Wenger from WRGB. Production support was once again provided by Cohoes Savings Foundation. Sharon Wolin from Sharon Wolin Productions, served as director and producer while Mary Ann Potter, Vice President of Television Programming at WMHT, and Richard Iannello, Executive Director at Albany Guardian Society, teamed up once again as co-executive producers.
Viewers learned about programs such as the S.T.A.R.S. Intergenerational Program in Ravena, Capital District Community Gardens, and the Town of Bethlehem transportation program. One episode highlighted the wonderful volunteer efforts of seniors who have been working tirelessly on the U.S.S. Slater, a destroyer escort docked in the Hudson River in Albany, New York. Care teams, age-related projects at RPI, and the Veggie Mobile provided viewers insight into the aging-related activities that are benefiting communities throughout the Capital Region.
It’s An Age Thing
Albany Guardian Society has successfully partnered with WMHT Educational Telecommunications resulting in the production of IT’S AN AGE THING!, a 13-part television series devoted to the topic of aging and how seniors successfully confront common matters of concern.
Hosted by Susan Stamberg, one of the original on-air personalities at National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, the series captures seniors on location throughout New York State. Taping from Buffalo to Manhattan, the production provided compelling and sometimes humorous insight into how many seniors successfully deal with issues around aging. Whether it’s the concept of continuing to work after 65 or learning how to manage after the loss of a spouse, each episode provides the viewer with plenty to contemplate.