Celebrity Spotlight – How A Super Bowl Wife Changed the NFL for Aging Players

 

While the Philadelphia Eagles emerged victorious in yesterday’s Super Bowl match-up – the first in the franchise’s history – there’s another first the NFL has experienced in recent years. Sylvia Mackey, fearless wife of ‘60s and ‘70s Super Bowl hero, John Mackey, lobbied the NFL to adopt a long-term care assistance program for retired players who suffered with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and ALS.  Called the “88 Plan” in honor of the jersey number of her late husband who died with frontotemporal dementia, Sylvia’s story is one of courage, humor and most of all advocating for the one you love.

 

 

 

Read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s interview for PBS Next Avenue with Sylvia Mackey

You can also read an extended version of Sylvia’s story in Sherri’s book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We also offer our Me Time Monday video that provide insights into the costs of caregiving to help you avoid what we call the “caregiving cost drain”

 

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