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Series: OnQ

As people age, they must always be mindful of end of life decisions.  Not only about your will, but also what happens if you cannot make medical decisions on your own?  When are you eligible for hospice care? OnQ speaks with some local experts who advise on these decisions everyday, and follows up with a panel discussion on how to better plan your medical future.

Original airdate: Jun 11, 2009


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.

Original airdate: Jun 10, 2009


It stands for "People Able to Lend Support." OnQ's Michael Bartley profiles this volunteer program in which trained senior volunteers help other seniors with everyday activities such as shopping, household chores, yard work, meal preparation and more.

Original airdate: Jun 10, 2009


OnQ continues its special series on the health of senior citizens with a profile of a unique program called AgeWell. AgeWell is a one-stop resource center and hotline that helps seniors to live independently, and benefits their families, too. OnQ concludes this episode with an informative discussion of the many local health, social and community resources available in this region.

Original airdate: Jun 09, 2009


As OnQ continues its special series on the health of senior citizens, Tonia Caruso profiles a unique program called AgeWell. It includes a hotline and a one-stop resource center that helps seniors to live independently, and benefits their families, too.

Original airdate: Jun 09, 2009


In the years since September 11, 2001, a temporary memorial has marked the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 plunged to the ground near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Now, a permanent memorial is in its final stages of planning and pre-construction. OnQ shows detailed images of what visitors will experience, and reports on the collaborative effort that brought about this new national park.

Original airdate: Jun 04, 2009


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