Center For Independent Documentary

To support the production of a PBS documentary on "Coming of Age in Aging America"

  • Amount $315,000
  • City Sharon, MA
  • Investigator Christine Herbes-Sommers
  • Year 2011
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Working Longer

This grant provides funds for the production of a 60 to 90 minute primetime documentary, Coming of Age in Aging America, to be broadcast nationally on PBS. The documentary will focus on the changing demographics of the U.S. and the challenges posed to American cultural, governmental, and other societal institutions by an aging U.S. populace. The documentary will devote considerable attention to issues of aging and work, including looking at the costs and benefits of working longer, the consequences of various retirement practices on the U.S. social security and Medicare systems, ageism and social biases affecting older workers, and new research on age and productivity.

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