It’s not easy growing old in a society that values youth – even if you’re a famous actor. So says “The Waltons’” Ralph Waite, who is currently starring in “Old Henry,” an original short form limited series created and produced by INSP, one of four networks operated by The Inspiration Networks.
The six-part story follows Henry (Waite), a man in his mid-80s who is dealing with the challenges of aging. Society dismisses and devalues him, and his Alzheimer’s-afflicted wife doesn’t always remember him. But when he meets a kind young woman who shows him a respect and honor that society hasn’t, Henry is empowered to recognize his own value and take control of his circumstances. And Henry inspires the young woman in return, demonstrating how much the older generation has to offer the younger.
“I was attracted to the part of an old man who’s facing some of the trials and tribulations of aging, which is a difficult process in this youth-oriented culture of ours,” says Waite. “People tend to treat you with a little condescension, but there are plusses in old age that a lot of young people don’t realize.”
Set your DVR, because “Old Henry” will air in six two-to-three minute episodes tonight and tomorrow night during breaks in primetime programming of “Little House on the Prairie,” “The Waltons,” and “Matlock.”
Check out the preview of “Old Henry” here, and don’t miss the short-and-sweet series debut on INSP: