Local Franchisor Helping to Make National TV Show Possible
Oasis Senior Advisors underwrites new PBS storytelling program.
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – Nov. 16, 2018 // PRNewswire// – Oasis Senior Advisors celebrates the bond between seniors and their
families. That’s why the Bonita Springs-based franchisor is proud to underwrite
the production of Family Pictures USA, a television series and transmedia
project that will air in the spring of 2019 on WGCU-TV and nationally
on the World channel.
Family Pictures USA blends the personal narrative style of the popular
PBS series StoryCorps with the surprising discoveries that made Antiques
Roadshow a hit show on public television. The production crew traveled
to Southwest Florida, Detroit and North Carolina to film families as they
sorted through old photos and gained fascinating insight about their heritage.
“Every day, our advisors see the strength of the emotional connection
between seniors, their families and their past,” Oasis Senior Advisors
CEO Tim Evankovich said. “Family Pictures USA underscores that connection
and shows how it links families with their communities and the nation
as a whole. We’re thrilled to be a part of this amazing show.”
The show is an offshoot of Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, a touring program
that brings people together to encourage them to engage with their own
family photographic archives in galvanizing ways.
Digital Diaspora has held live events in cities across the USA and around
the world for the past 10 years, amassing interviews of more than 2,500
people and gathering in excess of 30,000 images. It also gave rise to
the 2014 documentary film “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers
and the Emergence of a People.”
“The Senegalese poet Leopold Senghor said, ‘The photograph is the
shortest distance between one person’s eyes and another person’s heart,’
and that’s what this is all about,” Family Pictures USA Executive
Producer Don Perry said. “This project is really about engaging in
an intergenerational dialogue.”
Perry and Family Pictures host and creator Thomas Allen Harris came to
Southwest Florida this fall and held two photo sharing events where families
brought in their old pictures, many of which became the basis for the
storytelling that takes place on the show.
One of the segments features Independent Miccosukee native Larry Osceola
and family going through their albums, an experience that piqued the interest
of the family’s children in surprising ways.
“The kids were like, ‘We should do this more often.’ They thanked
us. They had such a ball doing it that they want to make it a regular
thing,” Perry said.
Part of the idea behind the show is to reintroduce families to a way of
exploring their own history that strengthens ties with older members of
“We love that Oasis is a sponsor, working to connect us with human
beings who provide vital connections to our past,” Perry said. “Elderly
folks are often looked on as a problem at a certain point. In a culture
that undervalues age, we don’t want to be reminded of our mortality. But
we need to look instead at their vitality and their engagement.”
Oasis Senior Advisors is dedicated to helping seniors live better lives
by providing a no-cost service that guides them to the right place for
their care. The company undertakes numerous initiatives that help raise
awareness of issues that affect seniors, such as the Virtual Dementia
Tour, which affords caregivers, health care workers and family members
a better understanding of the disease.
Visit oasissenioradvisors.com to see all the ways Oasis Senior Advisors
help seniors and their families.
About Oasis Senior Advisors
Founded in 2014 by Tim Evankovich, Oasis Senior Advisors provides free,
personalized help finding transitional housing solutions that best fit
the needs of seniors and their families. This includes senior housing,
hospital discharge, elder law, specialty care, and more. The company,
based in Bonita Springs, Florida, operates a growing number of franchises
across the U.S. Their personalized and caring approach to aid seniors
and their families has helped many achieve satisfaction, comfort and peace
of mind. Through client satisfaction and its strong partnerships with
many top-rated senior living communities and services in the country,
Oasis Senior Advisors is positioned for continued growth. Franchise opportunities
are available nationwide. Visit oasissenioradvisors.com to learn more.
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