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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.
2005; 2000

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.
2005; 2000

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?
2006; 1999

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.
2006; 2000

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.
2006; 1998

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.
2005; 2003

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.
2005; 2000

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.
2006; 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On Old Age 1 [electronic resource]: 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 old person is feeling." In this program, Joan M. Erikson offers a frank and personal reexamination of the last stage of the life cycle - a stage she believes that she and her husband, Erik H. Erikson, tended to romanticize when they formulated their eight-stage life cycle theory decades earlier. With grace, humor, and some feistiness, Mrs. Erikson takes on a range of topics, including forgetfulness, coping with physical limitations, and facing death. The video is a thought-provoking experience for everyone interested in developmental psychology and for all who live or work with an older person.

A Mother Never Gives Up Hope [electronic resource]: Older Mothers and Abusive Adult Sons

Verbal attacks, death threats, duping them into signing away property, monitoring phone calls so other family members never find out what's going onin this program four women discuss the abuse they endured while living with their adult sons. Anne reveals what it's like to obtain a restraining order against her own child yet still want him to be a part of her life, and Rita wishes her son would get help, even as all four mothers continue to feel unconditional love for the men while grappling with the necessity of finding ways to protect themselves. Both emotional and empowering, the stories also shed light on how advocates can better assist other survivors of this under-reported form of domestic abuse.
2011; 2010

Into the Other Lane [electronic resource]: Driving and Dementia

Many people report that being told they could no longer drive was even more difficult than receiving their diagnosis of Alzheimer's. This two-section program examines the numerous issues faced by dementia patients and their caregivers when a decision has to be made about driving. In section one patients and concerned family members express mutual frustration about giving up the keys as cognitive abilities decline. Section two provides insights from health care and driving safety professionals on when and how to initiate the conversation about driving cessation, and what health care specialists can do to help facilitate the situation for everyone involved.
2011; 2009

Elder Abuse [electronic resource]: Five Case Studies

As appalling and unacceptable as domestic violence is, it often goes unaddressed-especially when inflicted upon those least likely to speak up. This program sheds light on abuse of the elderly with real-world, unscripted case studies. Norman, in his late seventies, suffers frequent beatings at the hands of his two adult sons, but refrains from pressing charges for fear of more severe abuse. Dorothy's grown son also assaults her on a regular basis, even though 'I never really expect it from him.' Lucille's daughter doesn't physically hurt her, but she does allow Lucille's violent ex-husband to stay with them, much to Lucille's distress-while Pat has resigned herself to living with her brutal husband and Mary claims she is "not afraid" of her abusive son, who will soon be released from [...]
2011; 1990

A Thousand Tomorrows [electronic resource]: Intimacy, Sexuality, and Alzheimer's

In this program three married couples affected by Alzheimer's disease talk candidly with a clinical social worker about both physical and emotional changes that occur in their intimate relationships as a partner goes from being a spouse to a caregiver. Sexual expression becomes awkward or meaningless when a mate with dementia no longer recognizes a husband or wife, and the overall fabric of the relationship is tested. The couples report feeling frustrated, too, as loved ones need more help in handling daily activities, but that these difficulties sometimes strengthen their connection, that they still enjoy other aspects of the marriage, and that they remain committed to the marriage bond.
2011; 1995

I'd Rather Be Home [electronic resource]

Norman is caught in a cycle of physical abuse at the hands of his grown son, and yet when given the opportunity to live safely apart from him in an adult care facility, says he would rather be home. In candid interviews Norman recalls the close relationship he once had with his son and expresses confusion about the brutal behavior the man now exhibits. He's reluctant to press charges and his wife denies that any beatings occur, and thus the rounds of violence, remorse, and relapse continue. A follow-up to the story presented in Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies, this program documents Norman's situation over a period of seven years, raising many issues central to dealing with elder abuse cases.
2011; 1998