Kathy Mattea, the Grammy and CMA Award-winning singer-songwriter and advocate for a number of causes, including AIDS research, global warming and Appalachian mining practices, will host a new Nashville Public Television series focused on the issues that surround an increasing older population. The series, “NPT Reports: Aging Matters,” premieres in September in Nashville with “End of Life,” an episode exploring the difficult though important topic of end-of life-care. A national version will be distributed through American Public Television (APT) later this year.
Mattea will introduce and close each episode, providing context from a trusted voice in the community, and from someone who herself has had experience with caring for the elderly. Her late mother Ruth and two of her aunts had Alzheimer’s. It’s that personal connection that led Mattea to lend her name, voice and image to the Alzheimer’s Association and to Abe’s Garden, a non-profit Alzheimer’s and dementia care facility planned in Nashville.
“I have had firsthand experience with loving someone while they walk through the stages of Alzheimer’s,” said Mattea. “I’m honored to be part of NPT’s thoughtful and timely coverage of this and other issues surrounding our aging population.”