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Maturing and Aging [electronic resource]

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Looks at physical and psychological aging and shows how society reacts to the last stages of life. Includes commentary by Dr. Laura Carstensen of Stanford University and Dr. Sherry Willis of Penn State University.
Online
2001
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Chillysmith Farm

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This remarkable film, ten years in the making, documents the aging and death of Gramp in the bosom of his family. Grandsons Mark and Dan Jury shared in caring for him at home so that he could live and die among the people he loved. They recorded their experience in the photo essay "Gramp," and eventually in this multi-award winning film. Their grandmother Nan continued to live on Chillysmith Farm, aging gracefully. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family, including her great grandchildren. When Dee and Mark Jury expect their third child, they believed all family members should share in the joy of birth and they had in the sorrow of death. Kristen is born at home with the whole family attending. The four generations are bound with loving ties.
Online
1981
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Long Shadows: Stories From a Jewish Home

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The largest population of Holocaust survivors, per capita, outside Israel lives in Melbourne, Australia. This film examines the impact of institutionalizing the care of aging survivors of the Holocaust. These survivors are facing death and isolation for the second time, as they make the traumatic transition to an old-age facility. Dementia, memory loss and physical immobility contribute to a splintering of identity. Removed from their families, homes, familiar routines and the outside community, past horrors come flooding back. Long Shadows examines the impact of institutionalization on three survivors and their spouses in Melbourne s largest Jewish old age facility. One of the residents guides us through this teeming "tower of Babel" that houses up to six hundred residents formerly [...]
Online
2003
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Facing Death

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For more than twenty years, Lars Westman has been filming his mother. The result is a unique record of life s inevitable passage, as well as a tender portrait of an aging mother who lived to a ripe old age in her own home, until complications from a hip injury necessitated her move to a nursing home. When she succumbed to her final illness, her son was at her bedside to record her last breath. Their strong affection helps the film transcend grim reality.
Online
1994
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Gracious Curves

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This multi-festival film is a provocative cinematic journey about women, their bodies and aging. It brings into focus the current worship of youth and reflects on women's willingness to refashion themselves to achieve the perfect body. The filmmaker starts with a rumination on her own body and her love/hate relationship to its middle aged imperfections. In her mother's generation, wrinkles, veins and sagging breasts were accepted as a symbol of a lifetime of childbirth and child rearing. Health and usefulness was what that generation expected of their bodies. Now, with the tools of the plastic surgeon, no deviation from the norm is tolerated. Filmed in Scandinavia, it shows nude women of all ages and sizes enjoying a summer's day by a lake. The naturalness of the setting and their ap [...]
Online
1999
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Aging in Soviet Georgia: A Toast to Sweet Old Age

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An in-depth look at the culture and experience of normal aging in the area of the world often called an "epicenter of longevity." The Georgian elderly enjoy a high status and productive involvement in their communities and families. They are valued for the experience and wisdom. This documentary is followed by a discussion with Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers, and Richard Ham, M.D., President Elect of the American Geriatric Association.
Online
1988
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Living Longer...living Better? [electronic resource]

Thanks to recent advances in medicine, longevity is on the rise. But will America's youth-oriented society finally develop the maturity to respect its elders? And will the Medicare and Social Security infrastructures be able to meet the needs of the Baby Boomers? In this program, experts including medical ethicist David Solomon, the directors of the Aging with Dignity Institute and the Forever Learning Institute, and the author of Another Country..Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Elders examine these and other pressing quality-of-life questions.
Online
2005; 2000
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Living Longer ... Aging Well [electronic resource]

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.
Online
2005; 2000
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Dying With Dignity [electronic resource]: Sun City Choice

In this program, NewsHour correspondent Susan Dentzer reports on life and death in Sun City, Arizona, a vibrant retirement community where hospice is the preferred form of end-of-life care. Dartmouth Medical School's John Wennberg and others consider the desire of many senior citizens with terminal illnesses to make peace with death rather than fight it. They also confront the fact that statistics show no direct correlation between costly ICU interventions and patient longevity. As America's elderly population doubles over the next 35 years, will more seniors opt for meeting the end in the Sun City way?
Online
2006; 1999
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BPH [electronic resource]: Aging and the Enlarged Prostate

As they get older, most men will experience benign prostatic hyperplasia, a non-malignant enlargement of the prostate gland. This program offers timely facts about a condition frequently left undiscussed until severe urinary discomfort forces the sufferer to the doctor's office. The symptoms of BPH, current drug and surgical interventions, and future treatment options are all covered, as well as the life-saving importance of an annual prostate exam for men over 50. Commentary is provided by Dr. Claus Roehrborn, of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Dr. J. Curtis Nickel, of Kingston General Hospital, Ontario.
Online
2006; 2000
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Accepting Life's Transitions [electronic resource]

Aging is a series of transitions, some gradual and some abrupt. How do people come to terms with these changes? This program examines the aging process from beginning to end, defining age from the viewpoints of biology, psychology, society, functionality, and the law. The impact of current behaviors and attitudes on one's future self is also discussed, as well as dying-itself a part of life-and the stages of grieving. In addition, the program addresses the health challenges faced by older Americans and indicates why some seniors cope better than others.
Online
2006; 1998
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Late-Life Depression [electronic resource]

As many as one in five older Americans have late-life depression, which can lead to suicide. In this program from The Doctor Is In, three senior citizens describe how they have coped with this life-threatening illness. Medical commentary is provided by Charles Reynolds III, director of the Late-Life Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; psychiatrist Thomas Oxman, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; and Lucille Karatzas, director of Elder Services at Seacoast Mental Health Center. The central message? Late-life depression is a treatable disease, not an inevitable part of aging. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Production.
Online
2005; 2003
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Substance Abuse in the Elderly [electronic resource]

Faced with complex regimens of medication and diminished tolerances for alcohol, many elderly Americans run the risk of falling into the trap of substance abuse. In this program from The Doctor Is In, senior citizens discuss how they deal with these challenges, while Dr. James Campbell, director of the geriatric center at MetroHealth Medical Center, and Carol Colleran Egan, director of older adult services for Hanley-Hazelden Center, present some innovative programs created especially for elderly people.
Online
2005; 2000
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Life and Times [electronic resource]: Biology of Aging

This Science Screen Report explores the genetics of aging and the different ways in which biologists study longevity. Citing various experiments with test subjects ranging from fruit flies to elderly humans, the program focuses on genetic structure and how it affects the life span of organisms. Highlighting two important scientific discoveries-the telomere, a genetic sequence determining how many times a cell can divide, and telomerase, an enzyme that extends that number-the program also suggests that the effects of aging may one day be reduced, if not eliminated.
Online
2006; 2002
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Don't Grow Old [electronic resource]: Holding Back the Years

What makes our bodies age has long been a scientific mystery. This program looks at discoveries suggesting that the aging process can be manipulated, if not completely switched off. Examining the role of diet, the film profiles a married couple who have maintained a low-calorie regimen for 16 years - with results that are open to interpretation - as well as two scientists who have largely debunked the myth of oxidative stress. Other researchers include Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School, discoverer of the molecule resveratrol, which has been found to have life-prolonging effects in mice. Progeria, or rapid-aging disease, and age as a "state of mind" are also investigated.
Online
2010
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Hand, Foot, and Nail Care [electronic resource]

Ironically, the parts of the body we use the most also tend to be the most neglected, medically speaking. As we age, it becomes more and more important to address the wellbeing of our hands and feet, and in caring for the elderly it is vital to give attention to these frequently overlooked areas. This program identifies common hand and foot health problems, explains the changes that occur in aging hands and feet, and illustrates techniques for keeping these extremities functioning well. Rheumatoid arthritis, hand and foot exercises, topical and dermatological skin care, nail maintenance and warning signs in fingernails, and the benefits of hand and foot massage are all discussed. Designated for 2 contact hours of continuing nursing education.
Online
2008
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Aging Successfully [electronic resource]: The Psychological Aspects of Growing Old

Developmental psychologists Paul and Margret Baltes proposed a model of adaptive competence for the entire life span, but the emphasis here is on old age. In this program, the Baltes illustrate their SOC (selection, optimization, and compensation) model with engaging vignettes of senior citizens leading fulfilling lives, including writers Betty Friedan and Joan Erikson and dancer Bud Mercer. Segments of the cognitive tests used in assessing the mental abilities of older people are shown as the Baltes discuss personality components that generally lead to positive aging experiences.
Online
1997
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On Old Age II [electronic resource]: A Conversation With Joan Erikson at 92

In this program, Joan M. Erikson describes her search for a better living situation for her frail husband, Erik H. Erikson, and then presents a poignant recounting of his subsequent death. She uses these experiences to suggest strategies to meet the physical and emotional needs of the fragile elderly 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 extremely elderly. The program concludes with Mrs. Erikson describing the difficulties of living into one's 90s without losing what she calls one's indomitable core.
Online
1995
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These Vital Years [electronic resource]: A Conversation With Betty Friedan at 76

Betty Friedan, who originally gained fame for her pivotal role in the Women's Movement of the 1960s and '70s, continued to be an insightful and outspoken social critic for the rest of her life. In this program, Friedan discusses the research she did about the myths and realities of aging and her personal experience of being over 70. Her zesty style of speaking and her sharp analysis of long-accepted yet mistaken beliefs about aging make this video a stimulating and provocative experience.
Online
1994
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Older Brains, New Connections [electronic resource]: A Conversation With Marian Diamond at 73

Marian Diamond's research indicates that given the right conditions, the brain continues to grow all during life and not just in the early years. In this program, Dr. Diamond presents a summary of her research and its practical implications in her cordial, accessible manner. Topics include 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 autoimmune disorders, and data from longitudinal studies of aging nuns. In addition, she provides suggestions for applying this knowledge and shares her own fitness plan to keep her body - including her brain - healthy.
Online
2000