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”


USA Today Spotlight on Caregiving





Each November for National Caregiver Month, Media Planet teams with caregiving organizations such as the Caregiver Action Network and experts to showcase the issues of our nation’s 65 million caregivers. This year’s cover story features Montel Williams, TV personality, radio talk show host and actor, a champion for those with mulitple sclerosis (which he lives with) and our nation’s family caregivers (which he became when caring for a daughter with lymphoma).

The special supplement is featured in the November 11, 2016 issue of USA Today as well as seen online at FutureofPersonalHealth.com and other partner sites such as CNN.com.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling is one of the expert contributors to this special caregiving issue. Her articles can be read by clicking on the links below:


Click here to read Sherri’s article on a new era of on demand caregiving help:

Caregivers On Demand Help Is Here At Last



Click here to read Sherri’s article on how to have the CARE Conversation:

How to Have the CARE Conversation



Click here to read Sherri’s article about the volunteerism spirit of family caregivers:

Paying It Forward – Caregivers Are a Volunteer Force



2015 USA Today and Media Planet Caregiving Feature

Sherri contributed to the same annual feature supplement last year with these articles:

How to Avoid the Caregiving Cost Drain


7 Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burn-out


Silver Surfers: How Technology Helps Seniors and Caregivers


2013 USA Today and Media Planet Caregiving Feature

Sherri also contributed to the 2013 Caregiving Feature Issue. She provided excerpted celebrity interviews with Holly Robinson Peete and Joan Lunden from her book, A Cast of Caregivers, as the cover story and feature articles for the March 2013 caregiving supplement for USA Today weekend magazine.  The supplement also included the Caregiving Club’s Me Time Monday program.  Read the full supplement here: Caregiving Supplement March 2013