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More Than a Thousand Tomorrows 2 [electronic resource]: Intimacy and Late-Stage Alzheimer's

A follow-up to the video A Thousand Tomorrows: Intimacy, Sexuality, and Alzheimer's, this program revisits Everett and Betty, married for 25 years when Betty was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, to document the changes that late-stage dementia brought to their sexual relationship. Central to the program is Everett's candid discussion with a social worker about his feelings and decisions regarding ongoing physical intimacy with his wife, and how he has coped with her new responses to sexuality. The video also addresses the sensitive subject of healthy spouses developing new relationships when their loved one becomes severely debilitated or confined to a nursing home.
2011; 2003

The Last Journey [electronic resource]

If we're lucky, our parents live long enough to entrust us with protecting and caring for them. But the adult caregiver doesn't always feel so lucky-the burdens of decision making, of remaining involved and vigilant, are often overwhelming. What happens if this hardship becomes unmanageable? How can we best look after and safeguard our aging loved ones without losing a grip on our own lives in the process? This film brings those challenges into the light as it depicts what draws us closer to our elders, as well as what separates them from us, as they enter their final years. Both nursing home and home care options are discussed as the film explores four European family histories in which difficult choices had to be made. Even as these case studies point to hard logistical realities, [...]

10 Things You Need to Know About Losing Weight [electronic resource]

Each year, millions of people attempt to slim down-and fail. If super-diets and weight-loss fads don't work, what does? This program presents ten science-based approaches to losing weight without starving as volunteers put the theories to the test. Experiments reveal the relationship between plate size and food consumption, why soup is the most filling of meals, how low-fat dairy products actually help the body eliminate fat, the long-term fat-burning potential of exercise, the counterintuitive fact that meal-skipping really doesn't facilitate weight loss, and more. Informative and entertaining.

Caring for the Frail and Immobile [electronic resource]

Although the elderly, infirm, and bedridden may have the potential to improve their health and physical performance, they often display less progress than other patients. For this reason, inexperienced caregivers can become discouraged. This program serves as a source of inspiration for those who are working to help frail and immobilized patients. Viewers are reminded that everyone ages in a unique way; that even the most basic daily activities can have tremendous benefits, both mental and physical; and that-in addition to dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's-depression is a major factor to consider. The importance of social interaction is also a significant topic.

Preventing Falls in Aged Care [electronic resource]

Although falls can happen to anyone of any age group, they are undoubtedly more common in the elderly population. This program examines the risk factors for falls, illustrating cases in which falls can be avoided, while helping viewers to implement preventative strategies tailored to elderly care. Formalized fall-prevention programs are highlighted in different settings. Showing that the causes of falls are multi-factorial in nature, the video calls for an approach which encompasses accurate identification of risks and effective vicinity management.
2010; 2009

Don't Forget [electronic resource]

In this episode of Scientific American Frontiers, host Alan Alda investigates how people create memories and how, as we age, the act of remembering becomes slippery and elusive-sometimes vanishing forever, either because of Alzheimer's disease or as a result of other neurological disorders. Alda visits two men who live entirely in the present or the distant past, unable to recall events that happened even a few minutes ago. He also meets a volunteer in an experimental treatment for Alzheimer's and examines the search for an Alzheimer's vaccine.

Improving the Lives of Patients and Families With Alzheimer's [electronic resource]

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be terrifying, causing patients and their families to instantly imagine the harshest aspects of an inevitable decline. This program explores the lives of three people with Alzheimer's to show that while the disease certainly poses a challenge, there are ways for both patients and caregivers to cope. Adele credits an aggressive treatment plan, along with her husband's support, for keeping her dementia in the mild stage. Bernie and Evelyn, both in the moderate stage, still pursue hobbies and appreciate family relationships-though Bernie's wife benefits from a support group when her patience wears thin. Stressing early detection, caregiver options, and having "as much grace and humor as possible," the video holds out hope for AD patients and their [...]

Treating and Preventing Osteoporosis [electronic resource]

Osteoporosis affects one third of all women over the age of 50, and one in eight men. In this program medical experts explain what osteoporosis is and how it develops, outlining risk factors and early warning signs while stressing the importance of diet, supplements, and exercise as preventive measures. Medical treatments, and ways to keep low bone density from progressing to osteoporosis or even bone fracture, are also covered in the video. Dr. Thomas Gleason of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute provides expert commentary, and people with the disease-including a 41-year-old personal trainer-describe how it can limit their daily activities if left untreated.

Edith and Michel [electronic resource]: Coping With Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that gets worse over time, gradually affecting memory, thinking, and behavior. This fascinating documentary explores the mystery of Alzheimer's and examines whether or not it is a case of survival or acceptance. Join Michel Moreau, who suffers from a severe case of Alzheimer's, and his wife and companion, Edith Fournier, as they navigate the many uncertainties associated with the disease. In this film, Edith gives viewers a glimpse of their severely disrupted lives while showing how their personal inner transformations enable love and life to triumph over isolation and illness.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Jane Fonda - Life's Third Act

Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy - and these years aren't just a footnote or a pathology. In this TEDTalk, Jane Fonda asks how we can think about this new phase of our lives. Fonda has had three extraordinary careers (so far): an Oscar-winning actor, a prominent activist, and a best-selling fitness expert.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Laura Cartensen - Older People Are Happier

In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! At TEDxWomen, psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier and more content and have a more positive outlook on the world. Carstensen is the director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and has extensively studied the effects of extended lifetimes on wellbeing.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Dan Buettner - How to Live to Be 100+

What do Seventh-Day Adventists in California and people living on the islands of Sardinia and Okinawa have in common? They enjoy the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. These hotspots of human health and vitality are called blue zones by National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner, and in this TEDTalk he reveals nine shared diet and lifestyle habits that help keep these very senior citizens spry past the age of 100.
2012; 2010

Holding Back the Years? [electronic resource]: Race to Slow the Aging Process

This program airs conflicting viewpoints of biologists, nutritionists, and geriatric experts as it presents efforts being made to dramatically slow the process of aging. Factors impacting the rate of aging and bodily changes associated with aging are analyzed, and insights into the telomere hypothesis, the oxidative stress hypothesis, and hormone depletion associated with aging are provided. Research into telomere elongation is discussed, and two controversial therapies-calorie restriction and hormone replacement-are debated. A visit to a documented longevity village in Japan, home to 112-year-old Yoko Minagawa, is included as well.

Aging [electronic resource]: What an Autopsy Reveals

To most people, old age means gray hair and wrinkled skin-but that's just the surface. In this program, anatomist Gunther von Hagens and pathologist John Lee focus on the rarely seen, internal effects of aging. The body of a woman who died in her 80s is analyzed in sections, then contrasted with corresponding sections from a young woman. Comparing age to a progressive disease, von Hagens and Lee expose the lungs, heart, liver, stomach, and the aged brain-which contains more pronounced folds and thinner gray matter than a young brain-as well as the colon, which becomes more distended with age, leading to the digestive complaints common among the elderly.
2007; 2006

Forever Young [electronic resource]: Nanotechnology and Medicine

With nano-enabled drugs that destroy diseased cells and enable tissue repair, doctors may one day extend life expectancy far beyond our current capabilities - at least in countries wealthy enough to afford the technology. But the medicine that so radically redefines our standards of health and mortality will also profoundly challenge our social support systems and cultural values. In this Fred Friendly Seminar, moderator and Peabody award-winning journalist John Hockenberry leads a panel of experts through provocative scenarios that shed light on the issue. What kinds of cures and therapies will nanomedicine make possible? Should access to them be universal, even if they are prohibitively expensive? Does everyone have a right to live forever? Or does immortality present a danger, iro [...]

Menopause [electronic resource]: HRT and Other Treatments

It's a life change that every woman faces. Unfortunately, menopause can lead to serious medical issues such as brittle bones, mood disorders, and sexual dysfunction. This program explains the biological changes that take place in the female body during menopause and assesses the potential of hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. It also examines findings on possible links between HRT and the risk of cancer and heart disease, while outlining alternatives to HRT and other treatment options. Case studies shed light on the human and medical dimensions of menopause. Commentary comes from Dr. Lila Nachtigall of the NYU School of Medicine and Dr. Hugh Taylor of the Yale School of Medicine.
2009; 2007

The Secret of Genes [electronic resource]

Longevity may or may not come from one's family tree-but with the help of science, could it one day be "inserted" into our genes? This program looks at research in genetic modification that might help extend human life spans. Spotlighting recent DNA experiments on the C. elegans worm, the program also describes longevity studies in mice, mollusks, and fungi-all of which shed light on possibilities for genetic alteration in humans. Students will learn about the roles played by mitochondria and free radicals while the genetic implications of diet and metabolism are also explored. Conclusions based on studies of Okinawan populations and the Biosphere 2 venture of the early 1990s are featured.
2009; 2005

The Beauty and Burden of Hormones [electronic resource]

Are exercise and smart eating the best tools for staying youthful and attractive? Or is there a third ingredient in the fountain of youth-namely, clinical adjustments to the body's chemistry, perhaps with drugs derived from other creatures' hormones? This program examines the subject of hormone therapy and its link to longevity studies. Outlining the role hormones play in sexual attraction, the program describes the biological aspects of menopause; explains the use of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, or SNP, in treating testosterone decline; and shows how the use of horse estrogen has been discredited as a weapon against female aging. Research into soya and phytoestrogens is also featured.
2010; 2005

Parkinson's [electronic resource]: Great Drug Experiment

Once diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, most patients can expect a stable and active lifestyle for up to a decade-but new drugs could lengthen that period. This program follows five volunteers in the clinical trial of MitoQ, a medicine designed to slow the ailment's progress. Viewers are taken through the yearlong, double-blind placebo-controlled study, in which each volunteer performs a daily regimen of physical and mental exercise while his or her symptom progression is closely monitored. Interviews feature Dr. Barry Snow, the neurologist in charge of the trial, and Ken Taylor, CEO of Antipodean Pharmaceuticals, which makes and markets MitoQ.
2009; 2008

How We Move [electronic resource]: Brain and Biomechanics

At the twilight of an active life, Anna is now bedridden due to a serious fall. What makes the elderly-even those who are in full possession of their mental and physical faculties-more prone to falling than younger people? As this program demonstrates, the answer lies not in the body or the brain alone, but in their interconnection. Exploring Anna's past dreams of becoming a ballerina, the film shows how complex physical motion such as dancing or even typing requires sophisticated coordination between the body's neural, muscular, and skeletal systems. How aging affects such coordination, and how new artificial limb technology enables movement, are important themes in the program.
2008; 2006