ABOUT AGEWYZ

Author-page-photoAgewyz Media Group LLC is located in Palm Beach County, Florida, and was founded in December 2014 to raise awareness in the media about the work of caregivers worldwide 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 world.  As host of The Agewyz 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 professionals in the field of aging, and writers, performers and artists who are using 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.

Assets

Life Stories for the Ages is a production service of Agewyz Media which gives families an opportunity to preserve the life story of a loved one by capturing their personal history on video. Recording a life story on video not only has therapeutic value for the individual being interviewed, it allows younger generations to gain a deeper appreciation for their elders and experience history from the perspective of someone who lived through it.  It also gives adult children a chance to discover things about their parents that they never knew, which can lend perspective and guidance in their own lives.  Life Stories for the Ages also serves non-profits and businesses by creating emotional, story-driven videos for use in campaigns and to help grow brands.  Please visit our dedicated website to learn more.

The Agewyz Podcast is a digital radio program distributed every other week on multiple platforms including iTunes, Stitcher and iHeartRadio 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.  Cited by Caring.com as a recommended “Best Podcasts for Family Caregivers,” The Agewyz Podcast currently boasts over 57K listens per month across all platforms.

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 (jana@agewyz.com). It is also available as an e-book.

Mission

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 to 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 she is convinced cultivated her tendency to care about and for her elders.  Jana’s 20-plus years of experience in storytelling and media production began in LA when she joined the production team of NBC’s five-part documentary series, “The Human Animal” hosted by Phil Donahue.  Additional television experience includes work on The Kennedy Center Honors (ABC); The 44th Annual Tony Awards (CBS); and The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (CBS).  Jana’s book “Scattered: My Year As An Accidental Caregiver” has been praised for its candidness, accessibility and humor – qualities she also strives to maintain in everyday living.  As host and producer of The Agewyz Podcast, she has had the privilege of conducting over 150 interviews with people from diverse cultures and age groups, from millennials to the “oldest old” (85 and up).  These conversations, filled with joy and heartache, have been widely praised for their honesty and affirmation of the human experience.  These days Jana is focused on preserving the rich stories of community elders through Life Stories for the Ages, an oral history project on video which benefits adult children, future generations and the elders themselves.

Author, speaker, podcaster and visual journalist 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.