Agewyz Media Group LLC was founded in December 2014 to raise awareness in the media about the plight of caregivers in the US and to promote healthy aging across the generations. Company founder Jana Panarites believes that by sharing positive stories and having frank conversations about aging—a subject often framed in negative terms or ignored altogether—we can draw attention to the capacity of individuals to face life with vigor and shed light on the magnitude of the issues facing our rapidly aging nation. In her weekly podcast Jana engages with people juggling work, family and personal needs while also caring for family members, friends or relatives in an often hard to navigate healthcare system, with little or no support. She also talks with experts in the field of aging and people using film, theater and other media to creatively address major health issues, foster dialogue and challenge widespread assumptions about aging. In these unvarnished, lively conversations ideas are sparked, information shared, and stories told—of setbacks, triumphs and remarkable human courage.
The Agewyz Podcast, Agewyz Media’s main property, is an online radio program distributed weekly on multiple platforms including iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music, in addition to the nationally syndicated Speak Up Talk Radio Network where the program has experienced steady audience growth since joining the platform in October 2015.
The book, “Scattered: My Year As An Accidental Caregiver” captures Agewyz Media founder Jana Panarites’ first year of caregiving in the midst of grief and career transition. While many books about caregiving are advice-oriented, with “Scattered” the reader dives in and has the lived experience of a daughter scrambling to keep up with the demands of her own life and the needs of her elderly parent. For anyone who is caregiving now, this book will help you feel less alone and give comfort to your battered soul. For those on the verge of caregiving, the book is a cautionary tale: your life is about to be hijacked so start preparing now. “Scattered” is available online, at bookstores, for request at libraries, on the Agewyz website or directly from the author (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is also available as an e-book.
The core mission of Agewyz Media is to provide people with tools and resources to help them experience the aging process in a whole and healthy way and inspire people to make every moment in life count, at every age and even under the most difficult of circumstances.
About the Founder
Jana Panarites was born in Washington, DC to Greek-American parents with an infectious zest for life. Her father was an opera-loving lawyer; her mother a homemaker and freelance writer. In her childhood family trips were frequent and often included her grandparents, which Jana is convinced cultivated her tendency to care about and for her elders. Her professional experience runs the gamut, from working in network television production on the East and West Coasts and waiting tables in New York City while writing screenplays, to managing the needs of high net-worth clients as a criminal litigation paralegal at the LA law firm Bird, Marella. Between her 12-hour days in television production and her graveyard shifts as a paralegal at the NY law firm Skadden, Arps, Jana has punched every available hour on the time clock. Her television experience includes work on the NBC documentary series The Human Animal hosted by Phil Donahue; the Emmy-Award winning Agnes, the Indomitable DeMille (PBS); The Kennedy Center Honors (ABC); The 44th Annual Tony Awards (CBS); and The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (CBS). Jana believes her innate optimism and hard-knocks training in New York and LA, where she juggled the needs of the famous, the not-so-famous and the infamous, has given her the ability to take on just about anything life throws at her with grace, humility, and an iron backbone.
Author, speaker, podcaster and caregiving guru Jana Panarites is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications; and the University of Southern California, where she earned a Master’s in Public Diplomacy, a joint degree from the Annenberg School of Communications & Journalism, and the School of International Relations.