The library includes both written materials as well as an extensive collection of videotapes on a variety of aging-related topics. Topic areas for the library are listed below.
Topic Areas for Print Materials
- 100 Biology
- 150 Demographics
- 200 Economics
- 250 Education (training)
- 300 Employment (labor)
- 350 Health 1 (Diseases/Symptoms)
- 400 Health 2 (Services)
- 450 Housing
- 500 Legislation
- 550 Leisure
- 600 Nutrition
- 650 Programs (Services/Agencies)
- 700 Psychology
- 750 Religion
- 800 Retirement
- 850 Social
- 900 Transportation
- 950 General
- 960 Humanities
Topic Areas for VHS/DVDs
Abuse and Neglect
I’d Rather Be Home
This video follows, over a period of seven years, the case of Norman, an older man repeatedly abused by one of his adult sons. The son lives at home (along with Norman's wife and other adult son). Since Norman is unwilling to take legal action, the situation seesaws for years with Norman leaving home for short periods of time and then returning, hoping his son will change. Eventually, after a severe beating, Norman ends up in a nursing home, has a mild stroke and is placed under state guardianship.
Color, 30 min, VHS
Based on the story of the life of Iris Murdoch, one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed novelists, as seen through the eyes of her husband, John Bayley. The story is set when the couple meets and falls in love at Oxford University and follows them as they struggle to cope with the deterioration of Iris' mind due to Alzheimer's disease.
2002, color, 87 mins, DVD
Quick Brown Fox
Who are you if you can’t remember who you are? Ann Hedreen’s mother started showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease at the barely-old age of 60. Though it started with small signs—forgetting what she was doing and losing her way home—the irreversible disease would change her and her family's lives forever. Emmy-nominated Quick Brown Fox combines their moving personal journey with an insightful look at the science and politics of Alzheimer’s—a disease that now affects more than 18 million people worldwide.
Devastated and angry about her mother's decline, Hedreen began an uncompromising pursuit of information about possible causes and cures, volunteering as a long-term test subject at an Alzheimer's research center in Washington and interviewing prominent doctors and researchers to gain insight into the politics of funding and stem-cell research. Interweaving these experiences with super-8 home movies, 1950s medical films and heartbreaking interviews with her family, Hedreen’s film bravely confronts the disease that has mangled the mind of her once brainy mom, and raises profound questions about the importance of memories in defining ourselves.
2005, Color, 57 min, DVD
Away From Her
Married for almost 50 years, Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie) appear to have an unwavering commitment to each other. This serenity is broken by Fiona’s increasingly evident memory loss. For a while, the couple is able to casually dismiss these unwelcome changes. But when neither Fiona nor her husband can deny any longer that she is being consumed by her disease, the couple is forced to wrenchingly redefine the limits of their love and loyalty – and face the complex, inevitable transition from lovers to strangers.
2007, 110 min, DVD
Alzheimer's: A Multi-Cultural Perspective
This documentary focuses on the actual experiences of four families as they care for an elder with Alzheimer's Disease. Seen from the perspective of four ethnic minority groups -- Chinese, Japanese, Latino and Vietnamese. The video shows obstacles they face, lack of support from extended family, inaccurate information about the disease, and cultural norms related to long-term care placement.
2009, 34 min, DVD
A Thousand Tomorrows: Intimacy, Sexuality, and Alzheimer's
One of the major changes that Alzheimer's disease brings to a special relationship is how it affects intimacy and sexuality. Through candid interviews with spouse caregivers and, where possible, the spouse who has Alzheimer's, this video explores issues such as blurring of roles between caregivers and intimate partner as the need for caregiving increases; changes in behaviour that affects intimacy between the partners mismatched sexual desire and attraction.
2010, 31 min, DVD
More Than A Thousand Tomorrows
Eight years after the original video A Thousand Tomorrows was produced, they revisit one of the couples featured in the original video. This video covers what has happened in their lives over the last 8 years. Discussion by the husband about his feelings regarding the changes in his ongoing relationship with his wife during these 8 years and how he has coped with those changes.
Bill Utermohlen, an American painter living in London, came of age as a figurative artiest in an era when conceptual and abstract art ruled. Then in 1995 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's which would change his life and transform his art. Almost immediately he began a series of paintings featuring his wife, friends and colleagues in conversation. Notably absent (or present, but distant) is Utermohlen himself -- already isolated by his disease. That distance became more pronounced in his final body of work . He continued to paint even after losing much of his mobility and his ability to write. His final body of work is of interest for its artistic merit as well as the insights it offers into the experience of Alzheimer's.
2010, 18 min, DVD
Into the Other Lane: Driving and Dementia
A compassionate, but realistic portrait of the many issues faced by persons with dementia and their caregivers when a decision has to be made about giving up driving. Includes the real-life stories of five persons with dementia and the impact that no longer being able to safely dirve makes on their self-esteem, family relationships and lifestyles.
I Remember Better When I Paint
Initiatives that bring people with Alzheimer's to art and creative workshops are producing remarkably positive results. Personal stories are featured including that of Rita Hayworth as told by her daughter. Day Care Centers, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facilities are using drawing, painting, and museum visits as effective therapies, making it possible to improve quality of life and restore dialogue with caregivers.
You're Looking At Me Like I Live Here and I Don't
In Danville, California, Lee Gorewitz wanders on a soul-searching odyssey through her Alzheimer's & Dementia Care unit. Confined by the limits of her physical boundaries, she scavenges for reminders of her life in the outside world. Her search is a quest for understanding. A total immersion into the fragmented day-to-day experience of mental illness, this film is the first Alzheimer's documentary filmed exclusively in an Alzheimer's/Dementia Care unit, and the first told from the perspective of someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
2012, 53 min, DVD
A Supportive Setting
Andrew Jenks Room 335
Just like the other residents at the assisted living facility Harbor Place, I played bingo, hung out in the courtyards contemplating “the golden years”, and even helped fellow neighbors change their oxygen tanks. However, unlike Tammy (age 95) or even Bill (age 80), I am only nineteen years old. My name is Andrew Jenks and this past summer I moved into a senior residence in Florida. I moved into room 335. For one summer I did all of the things that old people do. I wanted to find the answer to the question: how do they feel now that they face the end of their lives? I laughed at their jokes about sex, played baseball with canes instead of bats, and raced through the hallways in my friend’s wheelchair. By the fourth week, three of my closest friends were hospitalized and my best chum, Bill, stopped talking to me. I coaxed my neighbor through a heart attack, saw the heartbreak of dementia, and witnessed the death of a friend. By the end of the summer, I had formed unimaginable bonds with some of the greatest, and oldest, people that life has to offer. I came to realize that it is in such friendships and the spirit in which you live that meaning is to be found.
2006, 90 min, DVD
“Assisted Living” chronicles a day in the life of a young nursing home janitor, Todd, a pot-smoking custodian who takes pleasure in toying with the senile residents of the retirement community. When one of the residents mistakes Todd for her son, he finds himself becoming emotionally attached to his work for the first time. In order to lend the film a realistic fly-on-the-wall quality, it was shot in an actual nursing home, using real residents as many of the actors, with mixed in footage from a documentary that was made at the facility, blurring the lines between fact and fiction.
2005, 90 min, DVD
Attitudes Toward Aging
These Vital Years: A Conversation
M300.01, with Betty Friedan at 76 M300.01b
Betty Friedan originally gained fame for her important role in the Women's Movement of the 1960's and 1970's. She continues to be an insightful and often pithy social critic. In this video, she discusses the research she has done about the myths and realities of aging, and her personal experience of being over seventy. Her zesty style of speaking and her sharp analysis of the mistaken beliefs we have so long accepted about aging make this video a stimulating and provocative experience.
Color, 24 min, VHS
On Old Age: A Conversation With Joan Erikson at 90
“Wisdom and integrity are something that other people may see in an old person, but it’s not what that older person is feeling. That’s what kind of roused me up to see what it was that old people do feel and what they have to face…” With the above quote, Joan M. Erikson begins a frank and personal re-examination of the last stage of the life cycle. She and her husband Erik Erikson formulated their eight stage life cycle theory during their middle years, and Mrs. Erikson believes they tended to romanticize the eighth stage in which she is now living. This video was shot in 1993 when Mrs. Erikson was about to celebrate her 90th birthday. With great grace, humor and some feistiness, Mrs. Erikson takes on a wide range of topics from forgetfulness, coping with physical limitations and facing death. The film is a thought-provoking experience for everyone interested in developmental psychology and for all who live or work with an older person or are planning to be old themselves.
1995, Color, 39 min, VHS
On Old Age II: A Conversation with Joan Erikson at 92
Joan M. Erikson describes her search for a better living situation for her frail husband and then presents her poignant recounting of his subsequent death. She uses these experiences to suggest strategies to meet the physical and emotional needs of the fragile old and to support those who work with them. With a personal understanding of the challenges of old age, Mrs. Erikson revisits the eighth stage of the life cycle and proposes a new ninth stage for the changes that face the very old. She describes the difficulties of being in one’s nineties without losing what she calls one’s indomitable core.
Color, 30 min, VHS
One of the acknowledged classics of the cinema, Wild Strawberries confronts eternal questions of loneliness, aging, and mortality with a warmth and humanity not often found in Bergman's austere world. This visually rich and dramatic film follows an aged doctor's journey through a compelling landscape of dream and memory as he travels to receive an honorary degree. Haunting flashbacks and incidents along the way force him to confront his life and its failings. Victor Sjostrom gives a superb, affecting performance as the doctor. Bergman's dramatic use of light and dark to reveal the human mind and soul ranks Wild Strawberries among the world's greatest cinematic achievements.
Black and white, 1957, 91 min, Swedish with English Subtitles, DVD
When 12 ordinary members of the Women’s Institute, a prim and proper local ladies’ club, decide they need to find a more compelling way to raise money for a new charity, they turn to their traditional annual calendar and give it a very untraditional twist. Behind the usual baked goods, the apple pressing, and the flower arrangements are the women – completely nude! Starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, Calendar Girls is a terrifically entertaining comedy. And that’s the naked truth.
Color, 2003, 108 min, DVD
This clever animated documentary effectively dispels societal preconceptions about romance and older adults. A refreshingly candid group of 70-, 80-, and 90-something seniors share personal revelations on their continued need for love and intimacy. A multiple award-winner, the video draws its strength from the empowering honesty of the seniors who not only discuss their own mortality and the conscious choice they make to keep going on despite hardships, and the loss of loved ones and friends. A powerful reminder that love and desire (in their various forms) remain an integral part of healthy aging and personal well-being. Ideal as a discussion starter to help caregivers and family members broach the often overlooked subject of intimacy among older adults.
Color, 2004, 6 min, DVD
Sex & Aging: A Game of Awareness and Interaction
Developed for use with community service providers, long term care staff, and others who work with older adults. Sexuality and aging is not an easy subject for many people to discuss, and yet, it often presents distress to people in their work. Players face sexual-related situations and issues involving older adults and are challenged to examine their attitudes and make decisions. Includes four sets of game cards- Issues, Daily Changes, Crisis and Conflict, and Relationships.
Cigarettes and Fresh Air
“In the best tradition of compassionate filmmaking, McDermott gives us characters who are not easily lovable but who earn our respect with their integrity, taking us to a place we don’t want to go but where almost every American does go: the institutionalized aging. Like ‘Iris’, ‘Cigarettes and Fresh Air’ raises our reluctant sights to the reality of how we live and die in America, and maybe why we should care BEFORE we get there.” - Jeanne Allen, Assoc. Professor, Temple University Film and Media Arts, American Culture and Media Arts Sequence.
Sage celebrates the wisdom, experience, and creativity of our society’s elders. It profiles eight active, engaged seniors, from diverse ethnic, religious, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, who are pursuing lifetime interests, and some new ones as well: in philosophy, political activism, teaching, social service, business, the arts and writing. Among the seniors featured is television chef Julia Child. In their own words and voices, these thoughtful elders reflect on the process of growing older, the meaning of wisdom, and the importance of making a contribution. The documentary is a tribute to the gifts of age, and a vivid demonstration that later life can be a time of burgeoning creative freedom and possibility, with opportunities not only to hone existing skills but to explore new terrain as well.
Color, 2005, 47 min, DVD
This charming, Oscar nominated, documentary was shot at the Actor's Fund Home in Englewood N.J., a retirement community for showbiz professionals. No ordinary nursing home, many of these residents are still full of vitality as they recall tales of Broadway's golden age, Hollywood and life on the road. "Curtain Call" captures first hand accounts of an important era in American cultural history. There is a great deal to be learned from these elder thespians. This award-winning production is a life affirming film. It proves that even in the last years of one's life, there can still be fulfillment and joy.
Color, 38 min, DVD
Eager for your Kisses
After mourning the loss of his wife of fifty years, Bill Cane, a 95-year-old singer/songwriter and music teacher, put an ad in the personals and went ballroom dancing in search of a new companion. He soon embraced a revitalized life full of romance, sex and music. Bill experienced a resurgence of creative energy and started writing and performing songs again; he compiled two CDs and set up an MP3 web site. Through interviews with Bill and women he dated, this film captures candid reflections on Bill's determination to keep love and sex in his life. "Eager for Your Kisses" documents a coming trend for the future -- people living vital, healthy lives, even in the bedroom, well into their old age.
Color, 35 min, DVD
Positive Images of Aging
Positive Images of Aging is a compilation DVD that gives you access to 14 different video segments, 3-5 minutes in length, that each reflect on a positive image of aging. Because they are chaptered on the DVD, you have instant access to any of the 14 segments. Show one or more of them to clients, or incorporate them into a PowerPoint presentation. Chapters include: Changing Perceptions of Aging; Positive Adjustment as We Age; Intimacy in the Elder Years; Family Ties, Grandparenting, and Mentoring; Foster Grandparents; Wisdom and Courage in Elder hood; Creative Aging; Beauty in Aging; Spirited Senior Softball plus 5 bonus Features on Longevity; Genetics versus Lifestyle; Diet and Exercise; Calorie Restriction; Aging Statistics; and A Visit with Centenarians.
56 min, DVD
Look Us in the Eye: The Older Women’s Project
This spirited award-winning documentary introduces us to Cynthia Rich, Janice Keaffaber, and Mannie Garza, the founders of the Old Women's Project, an activist organization that challenges ageism while supporting issues of social justice. Armed with their signature puppet named POWER (which stands for Pissed Old Woman Engaged in Revolution) we see these irrepressible women warriors 'on the battlefield' as they speak their minds, life their voices, and organize protest rallies on numerous social fronts. Moving and passionate, this thought-provoking film reminds us of the power, wisdom, and valuable contributions of ‘old women' in our society.
2006, 28 min, DVD
Do Not Go Gently: The Power of Imagination in Aging
Principal photography on Do Not Go Gently began in December of 1995 with an interview of 103-year-old Leo Ornstein. The tape gathered dust under a desk for six years. Beside it lay an unanswered question. In 1992 Eileen Littig and Melissa Godoy co-produced a documentary about elder abuse called I Grow Old. Interesting to work on, the process of interviewing people with early stage Alzheimer’s probably was the most compelling. As they shed their inhibitions, something interesting seemed to emerge. February 2002: Ornstein was still humming in his bed at the Santa Maria Nursing Home. Godoy and HD cinematographer Mike Bizzarri drove to Green Bay, Wisconsin in a snowstorm to attempt to rub elbows with this creative soul at 109. Ornstein died two weeks later, but he left a legacy (and piles of manuscripts) that may take decades to fully appreciate. Frederic Franklin, Arlonzia Pettway, Dr. Cohen, and the remarkable team at Arts for the Aging were all travelers on the road toward that question: What role does creativity play in the process of aging? How important is imagination to the experience of being human? What are the most inventive artists expressing at very old age? And why?
2007, 57 min, DVD
Life Part 2: Episode 3 – Adapting to Change
Ronnie Bennett, the author of the blog Time Goes By, discusses what it’s really like to get older. She says she made a conscious decision to stop listening to popular music in the mid-seventies. (It was the advent of disco, so it’s understandable.) Jesse Kornbluth, of headbutler.com, feels that it’s important not to listen to the same music. On the other hand, with new technology literally at our fingertips, people are afforded new ways with the tried and true. Listening to old music with digital technology, for instance, can be a whole new experience. Gerald Torres is a leading expert in environmental and Native American legal issues. He likens old music to comfort food. There’s a difference between fond memories of something, like music, and nostalgia. Memories are vital, and add depth, richness and continuity in our personal histories. On the other hand, “Nostalgia can be corrosive,” says Torres. Nostalgia is a way of remembering the past through rose-colored glasses, and it causes everything else to pale by comparison. It’s important to be here and now. After all, people change—and hopefully, grow—through life.
2007, 30 min, DVD
Life Part 2: Episode 5: Aging and Fear
The Life (Part 2) panel echoes some of the concerns expressed by the folks in the street interviews, and offers some insights about their own fears. First of all, it may be an anathema to even bring up your fears with friends or family. Many people don’t want to talk about “it”. “It” being all those things that come with aging, like long-term care issues, financial concerns, and of course, dying. Indeed, they are not easy conversations to have. So, what else can you do? Blogger Ronni Bennet says that most people don’t want to be a burden to others, namely their children. Jesse Kornbluth suggests buying long-term health insurance so you’re only an emotional burden to your kids. Which brings us to humor. It’s easy to be paralyzed by fear, but having a sense of humor can be a useful coping mechanism. And the panel has a lot of accumulated wisdom to offer about other ways to deal with the uncertainties of the future. Kornbluth offers his bottom line: you can’t predict what’s going to happen tomorrow or thirty years from now, so live your life.
2007, 30 min, DVD
Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell
"Super genius" Lynn Belvedere briefly halts a lecture tour to bring some happiness into the lives of a gloomy senior citizens' home. To gain entry into the establishment, the fifty-something Belvedere claims to be 77 years old. The rest of the inmates are invigorated by the presence of so youthful a "septuagenarian," and before long everyone has taken a new lease on life. When Mr. Belvedere's subterfuge is found out, the residents are momentarily dismayed, until they realize all the good their visitor has done.
1951, 88 min, DVD
Biology of Aging
You Won’t Need Running Shoes, Darling
A personal and honest film, You Won't Need Running Shoes, Darling tells the story of Mildred and Bob Todd, retired octogenarians. With the river by their doorstep, a garden and new friends, they savor life. But just as the seasons change, so does their health. First she is diagnosed with cancer, and then he has a fifth heart attack. Over a critical two-year period, their daughter, acclaimed documentarian, Dorothy Todd Henaut, films their life. The result is an intimate, sensitive look at the human aging process. Hospital stays and home care begin to take precedence over mulching the garden. Mildred and Bob accept the physical indignities and their own morality, and project an almost Zen-like acceptance of the things they cannot change. The pastoral setting and the couple's tenderness and mutual care soften the reality of diminishing strength.
Color, 53 min, VHS
The Aging Files
Emma is 17; her grandmother Pam is 70. In this program, researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Manchester and other educational institutions analyze quantifiable differences between the two women from five different perspectives: genetic, cellular, molecular, motor, and psychological. In the process, they discuss glycation as it relates to cataracts, longevity as it relates to the nematode genome, food metabolism as it relates to the DAF2 gene, and programmed death of skin cells, as well as Pam’s and Emma’s muscular strength, short-term memory, mobility, and driving skills. Some of the major hurdles facing researchers of aging are also discussed.
2003, Color, 30 min, DVD
The Secret Life of the Brain: The Aging Brain Through Many Lives
At the age of 95, Stanley Kunitz was named poet laureate of the United States. Still writing new poems, still reading to live audiences, he stands as an inspiring example of the brain’s ability to stay vital in the final years of life. The longstanding belief that we lose vast numbers of brain cells as we grow older turns out to be wrong. The normal aging process leaves most mental functions intact, and may even provide the brain with unique advantages that form the basis for wisdom. The aging brain is also far more resilient that was previously believed. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, neuroscientist Edward Taub has developed an innovative form of therapy that helps stroke patients like Kent Miller overcome years of paralysis by reviving the damaged circuits in their brains. Overturning decades of dogma, scientists recently discovered that even into our seventies, our brains continue producing new neurons. Might it one day be possible to use these new neurons to replace those killed by disorders of the aging brain, like Parkinson’s Disease? At Harvard Medical School neurologist Jeffrey Macklis is trying to find out, by trying to decipher the chemical signals that cause new neurons to be born.
2001, Color, 60 min, VHS
Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery
Brief animation that shows how Alzheimer’s disease develops; text file of the book Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery; PDF file of the book; high and low resolution files of the medical illustrations in the text. The Brain Fitness Program M350.10 The Brain Fitness Program is based on the brain's ability to change and adapt, even rewire itself. In the past two years, a team of scientists has developed computer-based stimulus sets that drive beneficial chemical, physical and functional changes in the brain. Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California and his colleagues share their scientifically based set of brain exercises in this life-altering program. Peter Coyote narrates.
2007, 60 min, DVD
Worlds Apart: A Four-Part Series on Cross-Cultural Healthcare
Filmed in patients’ homes, neighborhoods and places of worship, as well as hospital wards and community clinics, these unique trigger films follow patients and families from a variety of backgrounds as they face critical medical decisions. The Worlds Apart series offers an invaluable tool for raising awareness about sociocultural barriers to patient-provider communication, and the way they affect the healthcare of culturally and ethnically diverse patients. There is a facilitator’s guide available for this DVD.
2003, Color, 48 min, DVD
Cross-Cultural Communication: How Culture Affects Communication
This program examines cross-cultural communication. It discusses public behavior, power, stereotyping, prejudice, miscommunication, time, socialization, direct and indirect communication, and context. The DVD offers practical applications for cross-cultural communication.
2005, Color, 20 min, DVD
Death, Dying, Euthanasia, and Suicide
On Our Own Terms: A Time To Change
Whether they want to or not, four out of five Americans will likely die in hospitals or nursing homes, and the care they get will depend on both who is providing it and who is footing the bill. In this program, veteran PBS journalist Bill Moyers introduces crusading medical professionals—including staff members of the Balm of Gilead Project in Birmingham, Alabama—who have dedicated themselves to improving end-of-life care by changing America’s overburdened health system.
2000, Color, 87 min, VHS
On Our Own Terms: Living With Dying
Death, which sooner or later comes to all, is treated as a strangely taboo subject in America. In this program, veteran PBS journalist Bill Moyers describes the search for new ways of thinking—and talking—about dying. Foregoing the usual reluctance that most Americans show toward speaking about death, patients and medical professionals alike come forward to examine the end of life with honesty, courage, and even humor, demonstrating that dying can be an incredibly rich experience for both the terminally ill and their loved ones.
2000, Color, 87 min, VHS
On Our Own Terms: A Death Of One’s Own
More and more Americans are looking for opportunities to exert some measure of control over where and how they die. In this program, veteran PBS journalist Bill Moyers unravels the complexities underlying the many choices at the end of life, including the bitter debate over physician-assisted suicide. Three patients, their families, and their doctors discuss some of the hardest decisions, including how to pay for care, what constitutes humane treatment, and how to balance dying and dignity. In the end, do these patients die the way they wanted? Yes … and no.
2000, Color, 87 min, VHS
On Our Own Terms: A Different Kind Of Care
At the end of life, what many Americans want is physical and spiritual comfort in a home setting. In this program, veteran PBS journalist Bill Moyers presents the important strides being made in the area of palliative care at pioneering institutions such as New York’s Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. These advances are bringing peace to those who fear that they will be a burden to loved ones, will suffer needlessly, or will be abandoned in their hour of greatest need.
2000, Color, 87 min, VHS
Whose Death Is It Anyway?
Experts on end-of-life decision making - nurses, physicians, social workers and members of the clergy - join a studio audience hosted by Dr. Nancy Snyderman. Betty Rollin introduces profiles of real families in the midst of difficult decisions.
1996, Color, 55 min, VHS
A Desperate Act: Suicide and the Elderly
Families are often ashamed of it, institutions frequently downplay it, and society usually denies that it even exists: suicide among the elderly. This program comes to grips with the chronic depression that leads too many senior citizens to take their own lives. Promoting prevention, intervention, and follow-up, medical experts use three case studies as a basis for discussing the warning signs of depression and treatment through counseling, education, medication, electroconvulsive therapy, and occupational therapy. Ageism and the marginalization of seniors in a youth-dominated culture are also addressed.
2000, Color, 24 min, VHS
The Self-Made Man
Is it ever rational to choose death? Is it ever good? On Independence Day at Stern Ranch in central California, 77-year-old solar energy pioneer Bob Stern finds out he is seriously ill – possibly dying. Meanwhile, an elderly in-law is slowly declining on artificial life support in a hospital. Bob decides to cheat that fate and takes his own life. His family tries to stop him. Bob sets up a video camera. Daughter Susan Stern tells the story of her father’s quirky, inspiring life and the difficult end-of-life choices faced by an aging population.
2005, Color, DVD
This celebration and exploration of life is a daughter's homage to the wisdom and continued creativity found in the last years of her mother's life. It introduces us to 90+ year old Annie Lloyd Condit as she lives while dying. She joyfully collects and creates works of art from leaves, marvels at the beauty of birds and butterflies, writes poetry, reminisces about the past, falls in love again, and accepts her impending death with resolute courage and peace. These reflections on life and death also document how the process of dying forges a new mother-daughter relationship.
2010, 18 min, DVD
In Their Own Words: Integrity and Despair
Widows and widowers discuss the traumatic experience of losing a spouse. They describe their feelings, their reactions, and the ways they adjusted. These seniors share their life-altering experiences and the effects it had on them. The function of one’s social network of friends and family is also revealed. “Integrity vs. Despair” is Erik Erikson’s last of eight stages of man, the stage of late adulthood. In this second portion of the program, seniors reveal their integrity and despair, both in glaring fashion.
2002, 29 min, DVD
Consider the Conversation - A Documentary on a Taboo Subject
Motivated by personal experiences with loss, two friends (a hospice worker and a state teacher of the year)) present a powerful and inspiring film on the American struggle with communication and preparation at the end of life. This film examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes interviews with patients, family members, doctors/nurses, clergy, social workers and national experts from across the country. The film's goal is to jump-start the conversation between husband and wife, doctor and patient, minister and parishioner, parent and child. This is not a story about death but about living life to its fullest up to the very end.
2011, 60 min, DVD
Family and Intergenerational Relationships
On Golden Pond
The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel who have had a summer cottage there since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea – whom they haven’t seen for years – feels she must be there for Norman’s birthday. She and her fiancé are on their way to Europe the next day but will be back in a couple of weeks to pick up the fiance’s son. When she returns Chelsea is married and her stepson has the relationship with her father that she always wanted. Will father and daughter be able to communicate at last?
1981, Color, 109 min, DVD
The Straight Story
Based on a true story -- Alvin Straight is a no-nonsense man who has never been one to lean on others. Now at an age when his eyesight doesn't allow him to drive and walking is only done using two canes, he lives a quiet life with his daughter. But then the call comes that Alvin's estranged brother has suffered a debilitating stroke, and Alvin embarks on a dangerous and emotional journey to make amends. With little money but plenty of tenacity he climbs on his 1966 John Deere lawnmower and plots a 260 mile course from his town in Iowa to his brother's home in Wisconsin. Filmed along the actual route that Alvin traveled in 1994, this film chronicles his six-week odyssey and the lives he touches along the way.
1999, 112 min, DVD
To Dance With the White Dog
Jessica Tandy “is luminous” and real-life husband Hume Cronyn “is wonderful” says The New York Times in this uplifting celebration of a marriage that would last a lifetime and a love that would live an eternity. After fifty years of marriage, Sam loses his beloved wife, Cora, and no amount of fussing by his overprotective kids is going to ease Sam’s loneliness or his own failing health. Then one day a beautiful white dog comes out of nowhere to change Sam’s life and heart…filling his empty hours, reviving his faded dreams, and ultimately showing Sam the power of everlasting love.
2002, 99 min, DVD
Families & Aging: A Game of Dilemmas & Decisions
The educational game Families & Aging is designed to help practitioners who work with older adults, instructors who work with students, family members themselves, and other audiences discuss challenging family situations and work toward potential solutions. Participants can: Gain clearer insight into the issues and their own personal and family values; Identify alternative approaches to difficult situations, and; Strengthen communication, decisionmaking, and relationship skills. The board game stimulates discussion on six major themes: health, money, living arrangements, relationships, parent–child relations, and death. The Families & Aging CD contains the principal component pieces of the game and a complete, step-by-step Facilitator’s Guide, all ready to produce from high-resolution, full-color PDF files. The CD includes the game board, available in two sizes for flexibility in various game setups and situations. Suitable for printing on home or office color printers, the smaller board can be given to each person playing the game. The larger board is designed for commercial printing on paper or vinyl and is for use by a group of players. Playing cards in seven sets of 25 cards each are also included on the CD.
Eleanor at 80: Mediating family issues in eldercare
This program profiles a fictitious Eleanor Stein, who at 80 years old experiences an abrupt decline in health. Eleanor and her family struggle with the resulting challenges until they contact a professional mediator, who helps them navigate through the landscape of personal issues and create a successful action plan. This narrative serves as a backdrop for a training program focusing on mediating complex family issues in eldercare. Developed by Drs. Harry and Lisa Webne-Behrman, this DVD details the mediation process including: Setting ground rules, active listening, identifying key issues, exploring options and building an action plan. Step-by-step analysis by Harry and Lisa help families work through difficult issues in eldercare. The DVD also includes “Extra” interview footage featuring gerontologist Dr. Jill Steinberg and geriatric social worker Marie Hornes. They discuss a wide range of topics concerning older adults and their families. The Facilitator’s Guide gives a detailed explanation of DVD scenes with useful insights into effective communication and conflict resolution strategies. The authors stress how to identify family concerns before a crisis occurs.
2006, Color, 90 min, DVD
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT is an elegant, moving story of a lovely woman of age on a journey to find something meaningful again in her life and literally "trips" into the life of a young man on his own journey to find himself as a writer. Many will think of HAROLD AND MAUDE, but MRS. PALFREY is a much more enticing film of two people, no matter the age, who happen to come into each other's lives at a time when they become very important to each other in the self repair of their own images. A brilliant, wonderful, beautifully presented film. Joan Plowright as Mrs. Palfrey is so lovely on the screen and in her meeting the handsome Rupert Friend, Ludvic, seems to take on a glow of happiness and pleasure as their friendship deepens and they become more involved in each other's lives. Their scenes in the lovely parks of London as well as the interiors of the Claremont are scenes that have humor, compassion and great understanding between them. This is something which is missing in both their relationships with their own families. Through Mrs. Palfrey, and their conversations about film, Ludvic is able to find a young woman who loves him for himself, and as Mrs. Palfrey's journey ends, his begins with the happiness and satisfaction of having found not only Mrs. Palfrey, but someone who will be with him in his life, and truly love him for the man he is.
2005, Color, 108 min, DVD
Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create.
2007, 114 min, DVD
The Sandwich Generation
The Sandwich Generation, those caught between their aging parents and young children, includes some 20 million Americans. In this emotionally charged account of family caregiving, filmmaker Julie Winokur and her husband, photojournalist Ed Kashi, expose their personal lives with unflinching candor. Winokur and Kashi uprooted their two children and their business in order to move 3,000 miles cross-country to care for Winokur's father, Herbie. At 83, Herbie suffers from dementia and can no longer live alone. Winokur and Kashi are faced with difficult choices and overwhelming responsibility as they charge head on through their Sandwich years. It is a story of love, family dynamics and the immeasurable sacrifice of those who are caught in the middle.
2008, 12 min, DVD
Caring for Your Parents
As the population ages, many adult children are grappling with an unprecedented social, cultural, economic, and personal revolution as they transition into the primary caregiver role for their aging parents. Produced, written, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Michael Kirk, Caring for Your Parents is a moving two-hour special that draws much-needed attention to this universal reality. The first 90-minutes of Caring for Your Parents underscores today's struggle to keep parents at home, tensions between siblings, and the complexity of shifting caregiver roles through an intimate look at five American families. In the end, the documentary contends successful caregiving requires one primary ingredient‒love. Immediately after the 90-minute broadcast, medical correspondent Dr. Art Ulene leads "A Conversation About Caring." This half-hour panel discussion offers concrete advice and guidance on how to start the conversation‒often the most difficult step in caregiving.
2008, 115 min, DVD
My Mother, My Father
When a parent grows old it often falls to their adult children to provide care for them. This celebrated documentary takes a candid look at families and their deep and often conflicting feelings as they deal with the stresses involved in caring for an aging parent. In My Mother, My Father we meet four families. One family has chosen to have the husband's father, who has Alzheimer's disease, live with them, while others have chosen either nursing home care or some level of in-home support for their parent. The relationships between the generations in these families range from warm and supportive to deeply troubled. The film offers no easy answers, but honest and compelling insight into the need for families to make individual decisions, based on their own goals and values. Study Guide included.
1984, 33 min, DVD
My Mother, My Father: Seven Years Later
My Mother, My Father... Seven Years Later revisits the same four families seven years after the original filming - to explore changes over the years in family dynamics and caregiving needs. The caregivers also reflect on their own aging, and on their plans for when they become dependent on others.
1991, 42 min, DVD
Korean War vet and retired autoworker Walt Kowalski doesn’t much like how his life or his neighborhood has turned out. He especially doesn’t like the people next door, Hmong immigrants from Southeast Asia. But events force Walt to defend those neighbors against a local gang that feed on violence and fear.
2008, 116 min, DVD
Robert Duvall is Felix Bush, the “Hermit of Caleb County,” a man so haunted by his secrets that he has lived in quiet desolation in the Tennessee backwoods for over 40 years. Realizing that he is near his own mortality, Bush decides to have a “living funeral party,” inviting people to tell their stories about him. Enlisting the help of Fran Quinn (Bill Murray) and Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black), Bush goes through a process of self discovery, allowing him to deal with his past secrets including ones involving old flame Mattie (Sissy Spacek).
2011, 103 min, DVD
Aging In Rurality
The Bucksport Interactive Study module is a CD-ROM educational tool designed to provide information and insight into issues regarding aging in rurality. It is the result of a unique academic, community and industry partnership. Beginning with an overview of Bucksport, Maine, using videos, photos and graphic images, module users can experience the “look” and “feel” of the community and the lives of the older community members. This local context then becomes the launch point for explorations of several topics of interest and concern to rural elders and their care providers.
Erik H. Erikson: A Life’s Work
With his own life an epic of questioned identities, chance encounters and international influences, Erik Erikson was well prepared to look at the components that go into creating individual life courses. The video intertwines Erickson’s own biography with his important ideas, especially his vision of how individual lives are molded by personal and social experiences across a biologically determined chronology of eight stages. The beautifully filmed production includes interviews with Erikson, intriguing historical visuals and modern illustrations of his ideas.
1991, Color, 38 min, DVD
Retired organist and music teacher, Andreas Borg discovers that his first true love, Claire, lives in the same city as he does. Fifty years after they shared a passionate love affair in post-war Belgium-when he was a young student of music and she was the daughter of an Australian diplomat-Andreas writes her a letter. Claire hesitatingly responds to his plea to meet again, and it soon becomes evident that their love has not faded. Nothing feels as if it has changed; yet everything inevitably has. Knowing that time is precious, they embark on an affair as reckless, intense and tempestuous as when they were young lovers. Andreas has been a widower for thirty years. Claire shares her bed with her husband John, in a marriage that has dried up and emptied of all passion and zest-but which the reunion with Andreas has finally brought back to her. Bewildered, and overcome with jealousy, John does all in his power to halt the madness. But torn between her affection for her husband and the passionate love of her youth, Claire decides to follow her heart, regardless of the consequences.
2001, Color, 96 min, DVD
Something’s Gotta Give
Harry Sanborn is a perennial playboy with a libido much younger than his years. During what was to have been a romantic weekend with his latest infatuation, Marin, at her mother's Hamptons beach house, Harry develops chest pains. He winds up being nursed by Marin's reluctant mother Erica Barry, a successful, divorced New York playwright. In the process, Harry develops more heart pangs -- the romantic kind -- for Erica, an age-appropriate woman whom he finds beguiling. However, some habits die hard. When Harry hesitates, his charming thirtysomething doctor steps in and starts to pursue Erica. And Harry, who has always had the world on a string, finds his life unraveling.
2003, Color, 128 min, DVD
Director Michael Apted's evolving film, the longest-running documentary project in history, began as a study of the influence of class on schoolchildren in England. In SEVEN UP (1963), Apted interviewed 14 seven-year-old children from vastly different backgrounds. He visited the same group of children every seven years, charting the changes in their lives. In 42 UP, the sixth film in the series, the subjects have grown up, entered the middle of their lives, and experienced dramatic reversals of fortune. Although three of the participants have removed themselves from the spotlight, the remaining voices paint an enlightening, honest picture of love, life, death, success, and failure. Going beyond the notion of merely recording history, the documentary is unusual in the effect that it has had on the participants' lives. In some cases, friendships have formed between the subjects; in most other cases, the documentary has forced them to be more reflective and aggressive as they anticipate the seven-year ritual.
1998, Color, 134 min, DVD
An offbeat and charming comedy with elements of science fiction thrown in, director Ron Howard's unlikely fantasy ponders the price of immortality and the power of everlasting love. A group of aliens travel to a Florida retirement community to rescue some long-stranded colleagues cocooned and buried beneath the sea. But as the aliens take on human form and stash their counterparts in a swimming pool, a group of elderly retirees discover the pool and after swimming in the water find themselves rejuvenated, with boundless energy and insatiable appetites. Soon the retirees are forced to choose between living out their lives on earth with their families, or leaving with the aliens and attaining immortality.
1985, Color, 100 min, VHS
Maggie Growls is a documentary film portrait by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater of the amazing, canny, lusty, charming and unstoppable Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), who founded the Gray Panthers in 1970 after being forced to retire from a job she loved. Her outrage and determination fueled a political chain reaction that forever changed the lives of older Americans, repealing mandatory retirement laws and proving that "old" is not a dirty word. Out of what political activist Ralph Nader called "the most significant retirement in modern American history," Maggie created one of the most potent social movements of the century - one that was committed to justice, peace and fairness to all, regardless of age.
2002, Color, 56 min, VHS
The Age of Discovery: Provocative Insights on Life After Sixty
Blessed with unprecedented longevity, physical vitality, and imbued with the experience and wisdom that comes with age, we finally have a chance to do things we’ve never done before. This film offers a compelling prospect for living our later years as a unique and exuberant time of life on its own authentic terms. A group of wonderfully diverse individuals, age 66 to 106, share their insights on life after sixty. Exploring creativity and learning, discovering new opportunities, giving back to the community, through volunteerism or political activism, these ordinary and extraordinary people inspire us to transcend old fears and embrace what Is truly an age of discovery.
2004, 56 min, DVD
Elder Issues Game: Caring For Me Isn’t Always Easy
This game was developed for use in the classroom with students. It can also be used with professionals, volunteers or other employees of agencies serving older adults. Participants of the game discuss “real life” scenarios involving older adults, family members/caregivers, government, direct service providers, crises and lawsuits. Roles in this game include: Client, Service Provider, Government, and Family/Caregiver.
In Kore-eda Hirokazu's AFTER LIFE, a group of people, recently deceased, arrives at the outskirts of heaven. There they spend a week deciding which of all the memories from their lives they most want to spend eternity in, and heavenly counselors help them in the process. The dead souls help each other come to terms with what was most important to them while they were alive. Shot in a realistic yet slightly dreamy light, this touching and humanistic look at life and death carefully avoids being overly sentimental and is widely hailed as a masterpiece.
1998, Color, 118 min, DVD
Can you afford to retire?
Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Documentary on a Business Topic! Baby boomers are facing a retirement shock: long life expectancy but short income. The pillars of retirement income for Americans, Social Security, corporate pensions and employee-contribution plans such as 401Ks, are in trouble. Buffeted by pension cuts, corporate bankruptcies, and the 2001-2002 stock market crash, most boomers will now be working in their retirement years.
2006, Color, 60 min, DVD
The Older The Better (Vol. 1-3)
This 3 part series attempts to explore what aging really is, if it can be defeated and what that may mean for the future. If we all live longer, can the economies of the world support ever-growing populations of the very old? Between the years 1900 and 2000, our life expectancy has almost doubled. Will it double again in the next century? THE OLDER THE BETTER features a gerontologist who believes that aging can be stopped, a doctor who has found that 30% less caloric intake can result in a 30% longer life span, a physicist who tests blood and urine samples to calculate a persons susceptibility to various ailments and a physician who teaches endurance sports to centenarians.
1999, Color, 28 min, DVD
Older Brains, New Connections: A Conversation with Marion Diamond at 73
Best known for her pioneering work in the positive effects of enriched environments on brain growth, research she largely did with rats in the 1960's, Dr. Diamond has continued to teach and do research in the area of neurophysiology. Her research, and that of others, indicates that given the right conditions, the brain continues to grow all during life and not just in the early years. Dr. Diamond presents a summary of this research and its practical implications in her cordial, accessible manner. Discussing the current research into the genetic components of Alzheimer's disease, the exciting discoveries that the brain can generate new neurons, her research into the brain's role in auto-immune disorders, and the data from longitudinal studies of aging nuns, Dr. Diamond presents an overview of much that is currently known about brain physiology and aging. She provides suggestions for applying this new knowledge and shares her own fitness plan to keep her body, including her brain, healthy.
2000, Color, 30 min, VHS
It’s a Great Life: Series
M600.28 – M600.33
Five individual exercise programs- each with complete video instruction guide and follow along exercise session. Tape 1 features flexibility and balance. Tape 2 covers upper body strengtheners. Tape 3 features lower body strengtheners. Tape 4 covers aerobics and Tape 5 covers healthy back. Exercise physiologist Gayle Doll leads the videos and she specializes in helping older adults maintain health, independence and vitality.
1997, Color, Various, VHS
See for Yourself: Vision and Older Adults
Features older adults with functional vision loss who continue to live active and satisfying lives. It addresses the warning signs of possible eye disease, common eye conditions affecting older adults, and options that exist for people who have low vision.
Color, 15 min, VHS
It’s A Great Life!
Five individual exercise programs – on 2 DVDs with complete video instruction guide and follow-along exercise session.
1997, Color, various, DVD
Steffi L. Shapiro and class participants invite you to: relax, re-energize, revitalize with Elder-Yoga Plus for elders and elders-to-be. Simple relaxing exercises all of which can be done while sitting on a chair; a few can be done sitting or standing comfortably.
2003, Color, 60 min, VHS
Aerobics of the Mind: Mental Fitness for Older Adults
Author Marge Engelman believes sound mental fitness practice is based upon the “use it or lose it” philosophy. Learn how you can encourage older adults to stretch their thinking, try new ways of behaving, stimulate memory and develop a more creative brain. This comprehensive guide shows you how to create a mental fitness program from the ground up. Includes warm-up strategies, model programs that can be adapted for your group, thinking exercises and activities, and an annotated list of publications and organizations.
2006, Color, 80 min, DVD
Mental Fitness: Activities for Older Adults
This engaging video program gives your brain a workout with stimulating and enjoyable exercises. Follow the merry adventures of Mike and Colleen as they exercise their brains—and challenge you to do the same. The 24 video segments are based on selected Mental Fitness Cards. Each segment is a stand-alone activity, taking a small group about 20 minutes to complete. With its modular structure and interactive presentation, this program is great for groups large or small. The Mental Fitness DVD will encourage even reluctant group members to become active participants. Based on the work of Marge Engelman, PhD and Kari Berit Gustafson, MS.
2006, Color, 40 min, DVD
Hard to Believe
Hard to Believe is 'a film about mental health and spirituality'. These are the words that are written on one of the most prosaic video covers I have ever encountered. The content of the film, however, is much more inspiring. A combination of mental health service users and providers, together with the borough chaplain for Croydon, emphasizes just how integral spirituality is to the process of recovery.It is so satisfying to hear people who have suffered intense mental distress sharing their positive experiences of spiritually driven mental healthcare. And it is refreshing, too, to witness nurses and other mental health workers being encouraged to talk about their anxieties and lack of knowledge about spiritual and religious issues. The film also challenges the myth that religion is a dangerous thing that can actually trigger or exacerbate mental illness. During this film, the spiritual theme sometimes takes a step backwards to make way for the closely related domains of faith, religion, culture and community. Far from creating confusion, this merely highlights the correlation between all of these essential issues.
2004, Color, 30 min, DVD
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Why Move, Improve!
The Value of Nature for Older Adults (Access to Nature Series, 1)
Discusses how access to nature can benefit the health and well-being of older adults, based on research and feedback from residents; also addresses the role of policies, staff attitudes, and activity programs.
2009, 28 min, DVD
Improving Outdoor Access for Older Adults (Access to Nature Series, 2)
Describes how the building layout can influence outdoor usage, and how the building's indoor-outdoor connections can either encourage or discourage residents from going outdoors.
2009, 31 min, DVD
Safe and Usable Outdoor Spaces for Older Adults (Access to Nature Series, 3)
Describes the main outdoor features that are reported by residents to impact their outdoor usage and satisfaction levels - such as seating, shade, and walkways -- and how these can be improved.
2009, 34 min, DVD
Living Longer… Aging Well
Although many cultures venerate their elders, looking to them as living repositories of wisdom and experience, America, with its 'forever young' self image, does not. Lacking societal support, how are Americans supposed to age well - to grow older with grace and understanding - and make life's final decades a meaningful experience? This program features the stories of exemplary individuals who, despite the inhospitable social climate, are growing older with courage and dignity.
2000, Color, 29 min, VHS
Exercise: A Video From The National Institute On Aging
Exercise is for people of all ages. In fact, you’re never too old to get in shape. We created this video to show you how to start our research-based exercise program. We’re the National Institute on Aging, part of the U.S. Government’s National Institute of Health. Our research is aimed at improving the health of older people. This video features 42 minutes of stretching, balance and strength building exercises.
Color, 48 min, VHS
Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65
Flying in the face of this culture's extreme ageism STILL DOING IT explores the lives of older women. Partnered, single, straight, gay, black and white nine extraordinary women, age 67-87, express with startling honesty and humor how they feel about themselves, sex and love in later life and the poignant realities of aging. Outspoken for their generation these women mark a sea change. Women over 65 are already the fastest growing segment of the population and when the baby boomers begin to turn 65 in 2011 their numbers will swell. How can we as a society remain so obsessed with youth marginalizing so many of us? Still Doing It follows the lives of these women as well as this society's complex relationship to aging with surprising and revelatory results.
Color, 54 min, 2004, VHS
Something Ventured: An Exercise in Time
Something Ventured tells the story of five women in their 60’s and 70’s who decide to take a weightlifting class, and discover that exercise not only changes their bodies – but their minds, their self-images, and their entire outlooks on life. The life-transforming experience of this group of women will encourage other seniors to reap the social, emotional, and physical benefits of exercise for themselves. A refreshing reminder that we have a choice in determining our own self-perceptions and life experiences – no matter what our age.
14 min, VHS
Six high spirited women reveal that growing old is not a curse – it’s an opportunity. Amy Gorman invited Frances Kandl to journey with her throughout the San Francisco Bay Area searching for female role models--very old women, still active artists, living with zest. While Amy chronicles their oral histories, Frances is inspired to compose songs for several of these women, many well past 90, culminating in concerts celebrating lives liberated by age.
Do these elders energize themselves through their art, craft and musicianship? Whatever their degree of talent, they all embrace a daily routine in which their special art form is an essential part. Each woman is spirited and resilient--interpreting for herself a life worth living to the end. Through their encounters, Amy and Frances unveil the possibility of aging richly, not in spite of becoming very old, but because of it. Still Kicking honors the gift of age, and poignantly illustrates that growing old can be a time of creative expression and satisfaction. Challenging the perceptions and attitudes towards being old, still kicking is certain to trigger dialogue and ignite the imagination of us all.
2006, Color, 38 min., DVD
Smitten: A love story about art
Rene di Rosa is smitten by art. For over 50 years the renowned Napa Valley collector and California art patron has been seeking out unknown and emerging artists, adding their work to his ever-growing and vast collection. Rene and his collected works, which have become the world’s largest and most notable collection of Northern California art, is the centerpiece of SMITTEN, the new film by award-winning filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto. Kelly and Yamamoto invite audiences into the world of this unique and endearing man as he finds pure joy in discovering new artists and whose passion and expertise has become a driving force behind the California art scene. SMITTEN is not only about a man and his vast and extraordinary collection, is also offers a delightful commentary on the “art” of aging successfully. Rene dares to age actively as his search and love for his art collection seems to be what drives his passionate and energetic spirit – even well into his eighties. He says, “It is my greatest pleasure. Without it, I can’t function.” For Rene, his collection is his family and each piece of art is a representation of his life, which the filmmakers so lovingly explore.
2005, Color, DVD
Age No Problem
Vita Needle, a company based in Needham, Massachusetts, has a remarkable and very successful employment policy: it only hires elderly staff members. The average age of its staff of thirty-five is 73 and the company has no fixed retirement age. The unique people in the film talk about the joy of learning new things, about solidarity, and their ability to give meaning to the last phase of life. President Frank Hartman says “they can continue to work here as long as they can walk the stairs. Older people are flexible, they like to work part-time and are very motivated.” Most work twenty to twenty-five hours per week and schedule their workweek themselves. No one has ever been fired and all employees share in the profits. This heart-warming film affirms the potential of older adults to continue to be productive. ]
50 min, DVD
Young @ Heart: You’re Never Too Old To Rock
Get ready to rock out with the most entertaining “golden oldies” you will ever meet, a fun-loving senior citizen’s choir called Young@Heart. To prepare for a show in their hometown that is only weeks away, the lovable seniors must learn a slate of new songs, ranging from James Brown to Coldplay. The chorus’ tireless musical director leads the group through a series of hilariously chaotic rehearsals, proving that hard rock can be hard work – especially when you’re hard of hearing! Climaxing in a triumphant performance that will leave you cheering, their inspiring story celebrates the unbreakable bonds of friendship and the life-affirming power of music!
2008, 108 min, DVD
A Portrait of the Artist as an Older Woman
Three octogenarian women artists – Margaret K. Johnson, Printmaker, Hanna Eshel, sculptor and Hava Mehutan, sculptor -- whose art inform their identity, give us insight into creative energy that is not hampered by age. On-camera interviews are woven together with archival films, home movies and images of their work, to tell their story of life wrapped around art. The three artists were born and raised in the early part of the 20th century, an era that did not provide support for women to pursue their career choices. Nevertheless, these women radiate with energy, a vibrant strength of spirit, passion, and commitment to the pursuit of Art. Through childhood, marriage and raising a family – art has been their vehicle to maintain vitality.
2007, 29 min, DVD
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of our society. But few of us realize this demographic is also true in our nation's prison systems. Over the past ten years, the United States has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of elderly men and women in our state and federal prisons — from about 30,000 to 140,000. At an average cost of $65,000 per inmate, their custody is costing us more than nine billion dollars a year. This troubling documentary introduces us to two elderly North Carolina inmates. Lonnie, now 82, has been in and out of prison since a murder conviction when he was 18. He confesses to having had "a terrible temper" when he was younger. Now he works in the greenhouse and hopes to be paroled to a nearby old folks home. Shirley, 67, was working in a rest home when she was attacked by the husband of a patient; in a panic, she shot him, and was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison. She had been looking forward to retiring; now, with a number of serious health problems, she just hopes to get out while her older husband is still alive. The film doesn't take positions, but invites discussion of the universal issues raised by this situation
2005, 14 min, DVD
No Age Limit: Creativity in Aging
This new compilation DVD explores the life-enhancing impact of continues creativity and artistic express--well into the later years! It uses brief excerpts that profile the creative process of elder artists, introduces us to a 90-something actress who grabs life with both hands, and demonstrates how creative expression can even transcend dementia. The DVD also includes a section on the work of the late Dr. Gene Cohen, co-founder of the Creativity Discovery Corps, who was best known for championing the limitless potential of the aging brain. Six Chapters include: The Creative Process Knows No Age Limit; Creative Expressions: Three Older Artists; The Quilt Arts of Gee's Bend; Imagination Keeps My energy Up: Actress Mimi Weddell; The older Artist as Coach: Dancer Grederic Franklin; Imagination in the Moment: Dementia and Creativity. The material in this DVD is cleared for use in Distance Learning Classes. This DVD also includes files for insertion for PowerPoint presentations.
2009, 26 min, DVD
Cloud 9 is the groundbreaking and lyrical story of a 67-year old married woman who rediscovers passion and her sexuality when she falls in love with a 76-year old man. Cloud 9 won an Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Best Director and Best Actress prizes at the German Film Awards.
2010, 98 min, DVD
How To Live Forever
Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. HOW TO LIVE FOREVER documents his journey as he seeks to learn if eternal life is possible or even desirable. Exploring these issues with a fascinating array of people from futurist Ray Kurzweil to comedian Phyllis Diller to a 101-year-old chain-smoking marathon runner Wexler presents a riveting series of stories and insights about youth, aging and longevity. Begun as a study in life-extension, How To Live Forever evolves into a thought-provoking, often comically poignant, examination of what truly gives life meaning.
2012, 94 min, DVD
Long Term Care
The Green House Project
15 minute video presentation - includes a Power Point Presentation of the Green House Concept and a 7 minute video of the United Methodist Senior Services of Mississippi Green House Project at Traceway in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Color, 18 min, VHS
Through the story of one young visiting nurse and her elderly patient, Gerardo, this challenging documentary explores personal, professional, and ethical dilemmas faced by nurses working in home care and community settings. Study guide available online.
2003, Color, 28 min, DVD
Separated by Time and Distance: Long Distance Caregiving
Nearly 7 million Americans are long-distance caregivers for their loved ones. This video explores several dilemmas and solutions to dealing with caregiving from afar. Also features the services of Rona Bartlestone, one of the founders of Geriatric Care Managers in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
2003, Color, 25 min, DVD
A Tale of Transformation: 4 Stages to Tell the Story
Many people are familiar with traditional nursing home culture: departmentally structured, efficient, effective, but usually not the way people want to live. Many nursing homes are starting to move away from this institutional past through a process of culture change. “A Tale of Transformation,” uses four stages to tell the story. This video will take you on a virtual tour of four fictional nursing homes, each at a different stage of culture change progression. The tours are punctuated with various insights and examples for creating more privacy, choice, and purpose in the daily lives of people living in long term care environments.
“A Tale of Transformation” and the accompanying training workbook will help individuals in the conceptualization and communication of a culture change vision that involves residents, families and staff working as a team to shape a climate where people can continue to direct their own lives.
Color, 66 min, DVD
Almost Home: Changing Aging in America
Almost Home is a feature-length, cinema verité film that rescues the real stories of aging from an exile of denial. Shot over the course of a year at a retirement community in America’s Midwest, Almost Home follows one couple bonded by their struggle with Alzheimer’s and another divided by the challenges of Parkinson’s; children who are torn between caring for their parents and caring for their own children; nursing assistants who must do unsavory work for poverty wages while juggling precarious lives at home; healthy elders who fear the day they may have to move to the dreaded nursing home; and a visionary nursing home director who feverishly works to alleviate such fear by transforming the impersonal, regimented hospital-like institution into a warm “home” that promotes autonomy and inspires independence rather than fear. Almost Home delivers a dramatic and surprising story about aging that grips you from the start never flinches from reality, and offers hope where many think there is none.
2006, Color, DVD
A Way Back Home
Nursing homes: Even those providing the best care would scarcely be considered "home" by those who live or work in them. A nationwide movement of caregivers, elders and their supporters are changing the culture of long-term care institutions to create real homes for residents. The video details the journey started with the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 known as OBRA '87, federal legislation that guarantees rights to frail elders in nursing homes. It describes the efforts by Lifespan of Rochester, NY, to pull together innovating leaders into an organization that subsequently became the Pioneer Network. "A Way Back Home" examines the current state of nursing home care, the core concepts of culture change and practical steps for creating a home environment in your facility. You will hear nursing home managers and staff tell how they changed physical and organizational structures, routines and job descriptions - and why they would never go back to the old way. You will hear elders and their family members describe the profound, positive differences these changes have made in their lives. And you will hear administrators and CEOs offer a solid business case for culture change.
2004, 60 min, DVD
Bathing without a Battle: Creating a better bathing experience for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
This package contains an interactive educational CD ROM (2-3 hours CEU credit) and an educational DVD (1 hour credit). The information provided is based on over 10 years of research into improving bathing for persons with dementia. Topics covered include person-centered techniques such as simple practical approaches to make showering, tub bathing, in-room bathing, and hair washing more comfortable; bathing equipment and supplies including new products to use so bathing is easier and more convenient, with web links; facility bathing policies including methods of changing policies to promote person-centered care; and federal nursing home regulations including key issues to help facility staff better understand expectations and comply with regulations. Separate tracks are available for nurses, nursing assistants, nursing home administrators, surveyors, ombudspersons, and home care givers.
2003, 40 min, DVD
Bunny & Leona
Bunny 67, and Leona, 72, are sisters who have lived together for almost thirty years. Bunny¹s stroke and Leona¹s difficulty walking force the family to find senior homes suitable for each. Leona, who had always been dependent on her sister, ironically thrives in her newfound social milieu. Bunny¹s condition degenerates, however, and confined to a wheelchair and demoralized by the many incoherent residents around her, she spirals into despair." I can¹t face this day after day after day," she says.
2003, 90 min, DVD
Freedom of Sexual Expression
Narrated by Anne Meara, Freedom of Sexual Expression looks at sexuality and intimacy as basic human rights that should not be denied simply because the person has a level of decreased cognizance and lives in a nursing home. The video tastefully shows various sexual expressions, the effect of those expressions on the residents and those around them, and methods to allow freedom of sexual expression while maintaining a comfortable environment for other residents and staff. The video also gives staff members effective strategies to deal with inappropriate sexual behaviors, encourages family members to understand and respect their loved one's continued need for intimacy, and provides sample policies and procedures on residents' rights regarding sexual expression and physical protection.
2010, 16 min, DVD
Our Need for Caring Relationships: The Residents’ Perspective
Nursing home residents talk about the essential area of life often ignored in older people: the need for caring relationships. Some find companionship in their new community, a new friend to sit with in the dining room. For others, today is past memories of love and the essential relationship with nursing staff. With great emotion, all agree, everyone needs someone to listen, someone to care, to hold a hand, to connect with another human being.
2008, 20 min, DVD
Where Love Matters: The Greenhouse Project
Highlights the successes, challenges and stories of four operating Green House® projects, as told by elders, staff, and family members. Includes an overview of The Green House model.
2008, 35 min, DVD
Living Old: The modern realities of aging in America
For the first time in American history, "the old old" -- those over 85 -- are now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Medical advances have enabled an unprecedented number of Americans to live longer, healthier lives. But for millions of elderly, living longer can also mean a debilitating physical decline that often requires an immense amount of care. And just as more care is needed, fewer caregivers are available to provide it. In "Living Old," FRONTLINE investigates this national crisis and explores the new realities of aging in America.
2006, 60 min, DVD
Live to be 150...Can you do it?
From a potential breakthrough pill to controversial rejuvenation technologies, Barbara Walters reports on what the future may hold, as well as what one expert says is the only proven way to extend life. The special also explores secrets to aging gracefully and living life to its fullest, from 83-year-old actor turned race car driver Paul Newman to a group of centenarians.
Sociology of Aging
The Gin Game
This powerfully bittersweet comedy follows the relationship that develops between nursing home residents Fonsia Dorsey and Weller Martin during a series of gin games in which their ailments, misfortunes and losses are exposed in funny, honest and increasingly heated moments. This film stars Emmy-winning actors Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke.
2003, Color, 87 min, DVD
Old Like Me
To find out how society treats older people, a young reporter, Pat Moore, disguised herself as a helpless 85-year-old woman. Venturing out on the streets in over a hundred cities, she experienced the terror that society can inflict on the weak and the old. She was rendered helpless by the speed and noise of the environment of our youth-oriented society. Once she was attacked by a gang of thirteen-year-olds. She found that even the simplest products can frustrate the elderly and make their lives miserable. Arthritic hands cannot easily open jars or hold pens. Labels are hard to read. She had to survive in a world designed for the young and fit. Here is a provocative film to help people understand the feelings and problems of being old.
1987, Color, 28 min, VHS