Aging in America
This riveting documentary introduces us to aging athletes, activists, wranglers and strippers, and to inmates growing old in our nation's prisons. 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.
Agitation...It's a Sign
Shows appropriate and compassionate techniques which can prevent or diffuse patients' anxiety, agitation and aggression.
Alzheimer's & African Americans: Echoes from the Past
Examines the high incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the African-American community, through the first-hand experiences of families who are providing care for a loved one with this devastating dementia. Health professionals offer realistic discussion of diagnosis and treatment, as well as genetic factors, financial concerns, and caregiver stress.
Alzheimer's Disease: Inside Looking Out
Through the stories of eight people with Alzheimer's disease, this touching video gives viewers a real and vivid sense of what it's like to experience the early stages of progressive memory loss.
Alzheimers Care Series
This three-part series addresses common but often misunderstood behaviors of patients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. With the methods of interaction and intervention presented, caregivers can redirect and defuse these behaviors while keeping patients' dignity intact.
As Time Goes By
It is a misconception that our needs for intimacy fade as we age. The seniors profiled in this documentary openly share their experiences with love, romance and growing older.
At the Breaking Point (New Release)
Short video excerpts that reflect on several crucial aspects of family caregiving-from the effects of Alzheimer's on the spousal relationship to the right to die with dignity.
Beauty In Aging
From a group of friends who share their experiences of normal aging, to a woman stricken with facial paralysis, to nursing home beauty contestants, to an 85-year-old social butterfly and humanitarian, this program, compiled from excerpts from four videos, allows women to speak for themselves about the transitions of aging.
When 78-year-old Lois Perelman recently developed Emphysema, she was devastated at the thought that she would have to carry an oxygen tank around for the rest of her life. Determined not to let her own past stereotypes of people on oxygen affect her enthusiasm for life, she set out to change the tape in her own head — and society’s views of aging and disability as well.
Explores the frustrations, fears, loneliness, anger and guilt as well as the moments of joy experienced by those who care for loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease.
Changing Your Mind (New Release)
Illustrates new research in nueroplasticity and how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders.
The Checker King
Fighting poor health and depression, 81-year-old Harold O'Brien journeys to the National Checker Championship after losing his wife, Norma. This warm and inspiring story is honest about the darker realities of aging and depression.
Follows the nurses, physicians, social workers and clergy who make up the hospice team, and demonstrates the ways they collaborate to help patients and families.
Depression in Older Adults
Explores the prevalence of depression among the elderly, its causes, and approaches to treatment. The video features interviews with patients as well as commentary from professionals.
Dress Him While He Walks
This sensitive and realistic video addresses several difficult behavior patterns of Alzheimer's patients. It demonstrates practical ways of dealing with behaviors such as wandering, angry outbursts, and delusions.
Illuminates both the fear and ambivalence experienced by elderly people who are being abused by family members, and their struggles to find help.
The Elder Project
An engaging collection of short stories from our diverse community of the elderly.
Profiles the EXIT organization, which for over twenty years has counseled and accompanied the terminally-ill and severely handicapped towards a death of their choice.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal book "On Death and Dying," brought her international fame. This intimate portrait was filmed in 2002, when she lived secluded in the desert, awaiting - as she says - her own death.
Brings to life the emotional challenge of accepting the diagnosis that a family member has Alzheimer's disease, and of finding new ways to relate and communicate within the family. It's a frightening and humbling journey, but this engaging program offers some guideposts along the way.
A Family Undertaking
Profiles the home funeral movement, and the complex psychological, cultural, legal and financial issues surrounding the growing trend of families choosing to prepare loved ones at home for burial or cremation.
Freedom of Sexual Expression (New Release)
Looks at sexuality and intimacy as basic human rights for those living with a decreased cognizance in a nursing home.
The Freedom Program
Stresses the impact which minimizing the use of physical restraints can have on the patient care; demonstrates ways to minimize and find simple alternative to restraints.
Gay and Gray in New York City
This engaging video features interviews with several "gay and gray" men and women, as well as profiling two organizations which work to provide services and support to elders in the gay community.
After painter Bill Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he began his greatest body of work a decade-long series of self-portraits chronicling his journey into dementia.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
In what was supposed to be their "golden years," four million grandparents across the country are raising their children's children. This video tells some of their stories.
The U.S. has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of elderly men and women in state and federal prisons. This troubling documentary introduces us to two elderly prison inmates, inviting discussion of the universal issues raised by this situation.
Grey, Black and Blue: Nursing Home Violence
In this very disturbing documentary, CBC journalist take their sometimes concealed cameras into a variety of long-term care facilities to reveal patterns across North America of patients abusing other patients and what is being done — or more often not done — about it.
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.
He's Doing This to Spite Me
In this frank video, three caregivers openly share their experiences of conflict and frustration in interactions with their loved one who has dementia. These scenes are integrated with comments and guidance from professionals in dementia care.
The Healing Arts: New Pathways to Health
This compelling and evocative documentary profiles a unique program which uses the arts in an innovative treatment approach for people living with chronic, disabling physical and emotional challenges. It integrates technology, writing, music, theater, dance, and other arts into patient care, staff training, and wellness programs.
Her Name Is Zelda
An intimate, sometimes troubling, portrait of life, aging, and womanhood, through the lively exploits of 85-year-old Zelda Kaplan Manhattan's oldest party animal since Disco Sally. A dancer, social butterfly, model, and humanitarian, Zelda takes life by storm, redefining what it means to be “old” in the process.
I'd Rather Be Home
Follows the case of an elderly man who has been repeatedly abused by his son, over a period of seven years. (A continuation of a case from the film, Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies.)
I'm Pretty Old
An engaging look at several elderly men and woman as they adapt to the realities of living in a nursing home.
Toni struggled all her life to feel good about her appearance. At 61, she had finally come to peace with that issue when she suddenly contracted a disease that left half of her face paralyzed. Now she is on a different journey, an internal one, to explore the question of what role physical appearance plays in her self-perception and feelings of self worth?
The Journey Home
The candid stories of five patients exemplify the unique gifts of hope, relief, and dignity that hospice care programs offer to thousands of terminally ill patients each year.
Just to Have a Peaceful Life
This extract of a case originally profiled in Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies is a frightening demonstration of the patterns of dependency and denial that fuel the cycle of elder abuse.
Learning To Speak Alzheimer's (New Release)
Applying the basic concepts of habilitation the video shows how to create a suitable environment in which the person can lead a quality life through proactive adjustments.
Let's Face It
A touching and intimate glimpse into the self-explorations of several women in their 40's, 50's, and 60's. As they face the natural reality of aging, they reflect on the impact that physical changes have not only on their bodies, but also on their attitudes about themselves, and on the way they are perceived by society.
Live and Let Go
Faced with terminal cancer, 76-year-old Sam Niver chooses to die with dignity and on his own terms. This will be a moving and provocative trigger for discussions of assisted suicide.
Made Over in America
In a culture where bodies seem customizable, how do we perceive body image, and how are desires for a better self influenced by reality television and the makeover industry?
Mademoiselle and the Doctor
Lisette Nigot seems an unlikely candidate for euthanasia. At 79, she is in good health, feels no pain, and does not seem depressed. But she says she sees no reason to continue living. And Dr. Philip Nitschke is willing to help her.
Examines the myths and misconceptions about menopause as well as its realities; both conventional and alternative therapies are discussed.
More Than a Thousand Tomorrows
A follow-up to A Thousand Tomorrows, this video follows the changes in one couple's emotional and sexual relationship over a period of six years, as the wife's Alzheimer's gradually worsens.
More Than Skin Deep
A film about aging, self-esteem, and hairdressing. Through the insights of six nursing home residents, it takes an evocative look at the connections between aging with dignity and looking good
Mother Never Gives Up Hope, A (New Release)
Shares the candid and powerful stories of Ruth, Lova, Anne and Rita—four women who are dealing with abuse at the hands of an adult son.
My Mother, My Father
Moving, sometimes troubling portraits of four families caring for aging parents. Their choices include care at home, the use of a variety of support services, and nursing home placement.
My Mother, My Father Series
This two-part series portrays four families caring for aging parents. Their choices include care at home, use of a variety of support services, and nursing home placement. The follow up video revisits each family after a period of seven years, to explore changes in family dynamics and the caregivers' thoughts about their own aging.
My Mother, My Father... Seven Years Later
Revisits the families first seen in My Mother, My Father, to explore changes in family dynamics and the caregivers' thoughts about their own aging.
Not My Home
A compelling look at life inside a nursing home, as residents, families, and staff discuss both the problems and the rewards they experience.
Old Enough to Know Better
The remarkable story of the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, a University whose student body is composed entirely of retired persons.
This Academy-Award winning video follows a drama group for senior citizens, as they create and perform a play about looking for dates through the personal ads.
A Perspective of Hope
Highlights a unique program linking schools of nursing with nursing homes to improve student training, as well as the quality of day-to-day care of residents.
Positive Images of Aging
This compilation DVD offers instructors and discussion leaders fourteen 3-5 minute video segments, each of which reflects on a positive aspect of aging. Segments can be shown individually or together as needed, and can easily be incorporated into classroom lectures or PowerPoint presentations.
Resisting Care...Putting Yourself in Their Shoes
Alzheimer's experts outline best practices for avoiding or reducing the number of situations which lead to patient resistance.
The Right to Decide
Informed by the Patient Self-Determination Act, these outstanding physician-patient interviews explore patients' hopes, fears, and goals regarding end-of-life care.
A Safer Place
Profiles two elderly adults who were helped by social services agencies to recognize the abusive situations they were living in and seek assistance. A formerly abusive daughter is also interviewed.
Celebrates the wisdom, experience, and creativity of our society's elders through portraits of a diverse group of active, engaged seniors pursuing their lifetime interests, and some new ones as well. Among those profiled is TV chef Julia Child.
This unflinching portrait was filmed in Australia's Northern Territory, where Parliament was debating the world's first legislation guaranteeing terminally ill people the right to a physician-assisted death. It includes articulate testimony from physicians on both sides of this controversial issue, but its primary focus is on one courageous man's determination to confront death in his own way.
Something Should be Done About Grandma Ruthie
A moving and unsettling portrait of the filmmaker's family as they struggle to deal with her grandmother's deteriorating mental condition due to Alzheimer's.
The Support Project
Documents an effort to improve end-of-life care in hospitals through encouraging better patient, family, and physician communication.
A Thousand Tomorrows
The spouses of people with Alzheimer's disease talk candidly about the impact of the illness on intimacy and sexuality.
To Live Until I Die
Most Americans die in the hospital, often alone and in pain. These six terminally ill individuals are facing what lies ahead with anger, humor, insight, and honesty determined to have a "good death."
Tonight's the Night
Three senior couples describe the evolution of their sexual relationships, while experts stress the importance of more accepting social attitudes about sexuality and aging.
Two Films on Challenges in Nursing
A Perspective of Hope explores an innovative clinical affilitation between nursing homes and university schools of nursing ti improve the long-term care of the elderly. Nursing Shortage/Level III follows nurses in one hospital as they respond to the daily challenges of providing quality care despite severe staffing shortages.
Two Films on Nursing Strategies
The Freedom Program advocates for a cooperative approach between healthcare professionals, patients and families while dealing with potential restraint situations. Healthy Relationships explores the value of primary nursing and the role they play in all aspects of healthcare.
The Vanishing Line
Chronicles one physician's exploration of how to try and meet the needs of the dying and their families.
Wandering...Is It a Problem?
Experienced aregivers demonstrate compassionate techniques for intervening with patients who wander.
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."
The Way We Die
Intimately filmed interviews between caregivers and terminally ill patients encourage professionals to attend more closely to their patients' values, needs, and wishes.
When Gambling is No Longer Fun
Gambling can seem like an innocent way for retirees and other older adults to spend free time, have a little fun, meet new people. But what happens when the urge to gamble goes past entertainment to addiction?
When Help Was There
This powerful video examines the crisis of elder abuse through four ethnically diverse cases of physical, emotional, and financial abuse.
When Women Go Through Menopause, Where do Men Go?
A humorous, engaging, but informative documentary on men's reactions to reaching midlife.