Nashville PTV takes on end-of-life challenges in multiyear project

By Dru Sefton

Nashville Public Television is tackling the complex issues surrounding aging and death in an “NPT Reports” multiplatform project, “Aging Matters: End of Life,” reports the local Tennessean newspaper.

For the next three to five years, NPT will produce at least six documentaries and interstitials, air town halls and panel discussions, host a website and distribute DVDs. The first documentary, “End of Life,” premiered in September, with Grammy winner Kathy Mattea.

“My own dad just died in hospice care three years ago,” Beth Curley, NPT president, told the newspaper. “That’s very personal, and many in the baby boomer generation have similar stories. The baby boom generation is huge, and we’re getting old and many of us are caring for our spouses or parents who are elderly. As you look around you wonder whether we as a society are prepared for all the issues that are going to arise, particularly with the baby boomers.”

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