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photo Aging in America
The Years Ahead
By Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi
Talking Eyes Media

With another baby boomer turning 50 every eight seconds, by 2010 there will be more Americans over 55 than under 18 for the first time in history. This stunning reality is impacting every community in the country. But old age isn't what it used to be. Aging in America offers a compassionate, often surprising glimpse into the real lives of those who are reaching their "golden" years in the first part of the twenty-first century, when the fastest growing segment of society is people over 85.

This riveting documentary explores the reality of today's elders through a series of intimate portraits. We attend the wedding of a couple who fell madly in love in their 80's, visit an RV club for nomadic single seniors; and follow an 86-year-old lindy hopper who still teaches sold-out workshops around the world. We're introduced to aging athletes, activists, wranglers and strippers, and to inmates growing old in our nation's prisons. Framing these vignettes is the story of two rural West Virginia men whose exceptional friendship has helped them to brave the loss, grieving and isolation of old age.

The result of seven years of fieldwork by internationally-acclaimed writer Julie Winokur and photographer Ed Kashi, Aging in America issues a ringing challenge to our preconceptions about what it means to grow old.

56 minutes
© 2003
Purchase $195.00 DVD
Order No. QA-441

Reviews
"One of the finest pieces of journalism about the Age Boom issue we've seen." Joshua D. Glanzer, International Longevity Center

"Does an excellent job advancing several key themes, especially the wish for aging in place, the resources that help elders to achieve that goal, and the concept of dependency with dignity." Joel Streim, President, American Association of Geriatric Psychiatrists

"A candid unflinching look at aging." San Francisco Chronicle

"A stunningly powerful documentary on the profound range of issues, predicaments, triumphs, and tragedies that seniors face. An extraordinary work of art." Irene Shapers Fenton, Project Independence

Awards & Conference Screenings
Freddie Award in Geriatrics
International Health and Medical Media Awards
Best Educational Film
Silver Images Film Festival
Best Documentary Film
Nomination, Northern California Emmy
American Society on Aging
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

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The Way Home: This moving documentary introduces a variety of elders who are trying to find the best possible living situation for themselves or for their loved ones during their "golden years."

Growing Up and Growing Old: Who will care for the estimated 14 million people who will soon need long-term care? How will we pay for it? Meet several caregivers who are struggling daily with the problems of caring for elderly parents or clients.

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