Age Well, Age Wise: Episode 3

Three unique programs that help seniors live independent and healthy lives in very different ways.  We start with the PALS program that trains senior volunteers to help other seniors with everyday living needs, such as grocery shopping, household chores, etc.; then a McKeesport based non-profit that is using Smart Technology to help seniors improve their quality of life; and how pet therapy is being used in nursing homes and palliative care units to not only provide companionship but to help contribute to a longer, healthier life.

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Series: OnQ


Despite much wealth and success in our Appalachian northern region, widespread poverty still exists in rural Fayette and Greene counties. However, Michael Bartley shows how and why so many people are delivering life-saving services to our rural neighbors.

Original airdate: Apr 15, 2009


OnQ profiles the Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, an after-school art education outreach program in East Liberty.


OnQ's Michael Bartley takes you on a unique visit inside the Allegheny County Jail, where inmates now appear before a judge without ever leaving the high-security jail facility. It's saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars while alleviating security concerns.


Kevin Parker was wounded innocently in a downtown shooting and lost his eyesight. We hear about how Kevin stays positive and works to keep young people away from drugs and violence.


That's the name of a program that helps cancer patients cope with the physical effects of their treatment. OnQ contributor Iris Samson brings us the story.


While Pittsburgh begins a new decade with a nagging pension crisis, newly inaugurated mayor Luke Ravenstahl believes political unity and bridge-building can restore the city's finances to build a "new Pittsburgh." OnQ's Michael Bartley presents the mayor's inauguration address almost in its entirety as we explore the critical issues facing the mayor and the new city council.

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