Oct 23, 2014
"Taking Back the Years: Episode 1 - Intro & Overview"
Ageing is inevitable for all of us, but the boomer generation strives to find ways to stay active and healthy for as long as possible. The routes to attain this goal vary from the more holistic Eastern approaches to more scientific Western regimes and medical intervention.
The ancient practice of Ayurveda boasts a 4,000-year-old record that can achieve additional years of life, while in the West not only do diets and exercise feature predominantly, scientists such is Dr. Aubrey de Gray believe new scientific discoveries will soon render old age a thing of the past. We meet two 64-year-olds who will be pursuing longevity within their own cultures – Rajendra Patel from India and Hilary Pryor from Canada. (Runtime: 21 minutes)
"Taking Back the Years: Episode 2 -Diet & Cleansing"
We are what we eat and just as we get our vehicle serviced and its oil changed regularly, we need to get our body serviced and cleansed to maintain it. Both cultures embrace some facets of this philosophy whether it be through detox regimes, diets, medicines, herbs, etc.
We look at the Ayurvedic system of healthy diet, using the six tastes, as well as the more extreme Western approach to anti-aging through calorie restriction. (Running time: 21 minutes)
Sept 25, 2014
"How to Live Forever"
Like most baby boomers, Mark Wexler was freaked out about getting old. When he turned 50, he decided to embark on an epic tour to find out about aging. How to Live Forever documents Wexler's journey as he sets out to answer the questions: Is eternal life possible? And is it desirable?
Discussing these issues with a fascinating array of people - from futurist Ray Kurzweil to a 101-year-old chain-smoking marathoner to a laughter yoga expert - Wexler reveals an incredible series of stories and insights about youth, aging and death. With intelligence, humor, and warmth, 'How to Live Forever' offers a thoughtful, nuanced inquiry into what it is that gives our lives their meaning. Runtime: (1:34:24)
August 28, 2014
"The Straight Story"
"Bringing back an old classic - one of my favorite 'aging' films of all time"- TD
"The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle. (102 min)
July 24, 2014
"More Life to Live" & "What's Age Got To Do With It?"
"More Life to Live" - no preview video available
A 25-minute video that illustrates the connections between gambling, smoking, drinking, depression, and suicidal ideation. Narrated by the protagonist, an older problem gambler, the story illustrates how the process of change in addiction is predicated on the principles of behavioral substitution. Viewers learn about the "protective factors" that decrease the risk of destructive behaviors in older adults. (Followed by brief discussion on healthy aging)
"What's Age Got To Do With It?"
The abuse of women does not stop or 'get better' with age--in fact, it often gets worse in later life. What's Age Got To Do With It? is a riveting video that brings the often-overlooked issue of abuse and violence against older women to the forefront. The video addresses the verbal, physical, sexual, and financial abuse that many older women face from spouses, adult children, and other family members. It looks at the manner in which emotional and psychological abuse erode feelings of self-worth over time, and documents the fact that domestic violence in later years in usually a continuation of long-term abuse. (14 min)
June 26, 2014
"For Better or For Worse"
This entertaining documentary is an honest look at five culturally diverse couples married for fifty years or longer. For Better or For Worse attempts to answer questions that focus on issues of long-term commitments. In candid interviews, each couple discusses their private lives, covering the good and bad times during their relationships. In addition to how they met, each couple openly discusses sensitive topics such as their devotion to each other, sex, Alzheimer´s disease, life and death. Reflecting on the diversity and fullness of the American experience, their comments offer insight into what is one of the most rewarding undertakings in life, for better or for worse. (55 min)
May 22, 2014
"The Lady in Number 6"
The Lady In Number 6, winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary, is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of the year. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life. She discussed the importance of music, laughter and how to have an optimistic outlook on life. (40 min)
March 27, 2014
"Breaking Point: Emotions and Ethics in Family Caregiving"
This new compilation DVD gets to the emotional and ethical core of family caregiving. It offers short video excerpts, (3- to 8-minutes each) 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. Each excerpt shows real families in the midst of dealing with real challenges. Handled with unprecedented candor, each chapter provides a trigger for further discussion of the topic. Each short video also provides a way to help others acknowledge and address the specific challenges involved in caring for a loved one.
February 27, 2014
"A Thousand Tomorrows" and "More than a Thousand Tomorrows"
"A Thousand Tomorrows"
A Thousand Tomorrows examines the impact of Alzheimer's on the dynamics of spousal intimacy and sexuality. Two middle-aged couples and two couples over 65 share their stories. The spouses feel trapped in one-way relationships. One couple's increased sexual activity reflects their ability to maintain a high level of intimacy in their relationship; but another woman is frustrated by her spouse's sexual aggressiveness. All couples seek to recover and/or maintain feelings of intimacy in their relationship. (30 min)
"More Than a Thousand Tomorrows"
This follow-up video revisits one of the couples, Everett and Betty Jordan, from the original 'A Thousand Tomorrows'. It looks at the progression of changes Alzheimer's causes in their intimate relationship--over a seven-year period. Central to the video is Everett's candid discussion of his feelings and decisions regarding his ongoing intimate relationship with Betty, and how he has coped. (22 min)
January 23, 2014
"Responding to Elder Abuse: What Community Corrections Should Know" and "Hope in Sight: Living with Macular Degeneration"
"Responding to Elder Abuse: What Community Corrections Should Know"
This video provides community corrections and health professionals with information to help them develop skills for identifying and responding to abuse, neglect, and exploitation among older persons they may encounter in the course of their work. It includes basic information about offender residential placement considerations, communicating effectively with older victims, working with APS to report elderabuse, following mandatory reporting laws, and working collaboratively with community- or system-based organizations. (17 minutes)
"Hope in Sight: Living with Macular Degeneration"
This film addresses the fear of decreased vision and dependence, and provides realistic hope to those diagnosed with macular degeneration (and their families). Through expert advice, and the personal stories of those who have found successful ways to adjust to this visual impairment, the video demonstrates ways of utilizing remaining vision, use of assistive devices and low vision aides. (30 minutes)