It is estimated that 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the United States; a trend that will continue for the next decade. At the same time, we are living longer than ever before. The aging of our population will impact every aspect of our lives. Aging Matters: Aging & the Workplace, the latest documentary in Nashville Public Television’s NPT Reports: Aging Matters series, explores the effects an aging demographic will have on the workplace. The documentary premieres Thursday, April 27, at 8 p.m. on NPT. We will host a simultaneous Facebook Live screening event allowing viewers to carry on a real-time conversation with Will Pedigo, the documentary’s producer; Marilyn Margolis, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital; and John Hettish of Middle Tennessee Two-way Inc.
“Aging in the workplace is the sleeping giant. We have a very talented group of individuals in the baby boomer range that will soon be retiring,” says Meredith Jones in the documentary. “If we are not careful, we are going to lose a very valuable skill set, work ethic and perspective.”
One way to bridge that gap is to pass along institutional knowledge and acquired experience in the multigenerational workplaces that result when people remain in the workforce longer. However, these workplaces must also function to everyone’s benefit and that can mean recognizing and accepting changes and limitations that are a natural part of the aging process.
In the second half hour of the Aging Matters premiere, producer Pedigo sits down for a series of conversations with Meredith Jones, managing partner, Sera Business Advisors LLC; Eddie Lunn III, CEO, Boiler Supply Company, Inc.; Joycelyn Stevenson, shareholder, Littler; Mark Singer, Greater Nashville Regional Council, Area Agency on Aging & Disability; and Jennifer Abernathy, executive director, Tennessee Respite Coalition.
The NPT Reports: Aging Matters series is hosted by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Kathy Mattea. Aging Matters: Aging & the Workplace is made possible by the generous support of the West End Home Foundation, the Jeanette Travis Foundation, The HCA Foundation and Cigna-HealthSpring. Additional support provided by Lisle Parham Wealth Management of UBS Financial Services Inc., Jackson National Life Insurance Company, he Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and AARP Tennessee.
Additional broadcast times for Aging Matters: Aging & the Workplace are below; the documentary will also be available for online viewing at wnpt.org/agingmatters/.
- Saturday, April 29, 5 p.m. on NPT2
- Sunday, April 30, 1 p.m. on NPT2
- Monday, May 1, 8 a.m. on NPT2
- Tuesday, May 2, 1 p.m. on NPT2
Find our complete broadcast schedule at wnpt.org/schedule.
About Aging Matters: NPT Reports: Aging Matters is a major initiative designed to open a community-based conversation about what older citizens in Middle Tennessee need to optimize their quality of life and what the community needs to do to prepare for a coming explosion in our aging population. Over the course of several years, NPT has focused on issues such as caregiving, finances, end-of-life issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s through documentaries, televised town halls or panel discussions, Aging Matters updates, community engagement conversations, a project website, interactive online screenings and DVD distribution.