More Than Skin Deep
Self-Esteem, Aging, and Hairdressing
By David Gaynes
Set against the backdrop of a nursing home beauty shop, this video documentary examines issues of self-esteem and aging. Through the stories and insights of six nursing home residents, it takes an evocative look at the connections between living well, aging with dignity, and looking good.
Award-winning filmmaker David Gaynes was inspired to make this film after a summer as a transport volunteer at the Jewish Home for the Elderly, in Fairfield, Connecticut. "I particularly enjoyed taking residents to and from the beauty shop," he recalls. "The change in self-esteem from the time I would drop a person off to the time I would pick the same person up was unmistakable. For many of the residents it was the highlight of their day."
Life in a nursing home can be lonely and disorienting. The beauty shop and its rituals offer an example of the ways a good long-term care facility can help residents stay connected to their past lives, to their self-identity, and to each other.
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Order No. QA-363
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-928-2
"Communicates a powerful message about how truly simple pleasures can easily improve the daily severity of nursing home life. Recommended for all libraries supporting professional or academic programs or schools in gerontology, nursing, social work, psychology, sociology, medicine, and allied health fields." Educational Media Reviews
Awards & Conference Screenings
Best Documentary, US Super8/Digital Video Festival
Silver Award, Mature Media Awards
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
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