Friday Wrap-Up, January 20 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

friday wrap-up 03-11-16Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here to download the January 20 newsletter.  


In a recent Friday Wrap Up, we shared with you information about an upcoming PBS documentary on Alzheimer’s disease entitled, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts,” which is set to premier on Wednesday, January 25th at 10:00 P.M. The Alzheimer’s Association is serving as a national partner for this one-hour PBS documentary, which will highlight the financial and social implications of Alzheimer’s. In its promotion about the film, the Alzheimer’s Association described it as a “wake-up call about the national threat posed by the disease.”

Another key partner in this particular effort is Next Avenue, which is referred to as the public media’s first and only national journalism service dedicated to Americans age 50+.

Their mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media. Next Avenue is part of the PBS system and has served over 35 million people since launching in 2012. I was quite impressed when I first visited their website and learned that because of their commitment to deliver content that delivers vital ideas, in-depth context and diverse perspectives on issues that matter most as we age, they manage to spark their readers to take action, and through their efforts they have learned that 95% of their readers do indeed take action after reading their stories. Their readers and action takers now include yours truly. Their topic areas range from health & well-being, money & security, living & learning, work & purpose, to caregiving. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to tap into Next Avenue. I try to not make promises that I can’t keep, but I do promise that you won’t be disappointed by exploring the array of educational and motivating information that their journalists publish.

To visit their site, click here.

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