Jan 22, 2015
"Taking Back the Years: Episode 5 - Ethical and Economic Issues"
As the world population reaches the 7 billion mark, there is bound to be ongoing controversy about the wisdom and economic benefit in pursuing longevity. However, as Aubrey de Grey argues, a healthy ageing population is far less of a drain on overstretched resources than an unhealthy one.
As the percentage of seniors in the population increases, is ageing becoming a business? Hilary completes her 90-day regime and is surprised at changes in her fitness. (Running time: 21 minutes)
"Taking Back the Years: Episode 6 - Spirituality and Science"
While westerners counter stress, mental and emotional issues through therapy, medication or less healthy options like alcohol and illegal drugs, Eastern philosophy tends towards prayer and meditation as an important part of healthy living and anti-ageing.
Hilary takes part in a study of the anti-aging effects of meditation at the Deepak Chopra Centre. She talks with Deepak Chopra who as both a medical doctor and spiritual leader combines both Eastern and Western philosophies in his approach to physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Hilary reflects on the comparative results of her regime and the Kuti Praveshika treatment for the two patients – and what she has discovered in her personal journey to Take Back the Years. (Running time: 21 minutes)
Nov 20, 2014
"Taking Back the Years: Episode 3 - Lifestyle, Looks and Exercise"
Both Eastern and Western cultures have suggested approaches to lifestyle and exercise in order to live longer and have a better quality of life - though in the West the emphasis on how you look sometimes overshadows how you feel. Hilary undertakes a fitness test before embarking on her 90-day regime of Western type exercise. (Running time: 21 minutes)
"Taking Back the Years: Episode 4 -Work, Play and Longevity"
Hilary hurries back to India as Mr. Patel has had to cut his treatment short. Even though he has not completed the full 90 days, the changes in his health are startling – and there is another patient waiting to go into the Kuti. Hilary explores the relationship between work, play, social interactions and a sense of purpose in the pursuit of longevity. (Running time: 21 minutes)
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)
November 19, 2013
"A Time to Remember"
Doris Roberts, Dana Delany, Megan Gallagher, Louise Fletcher. A woman returns to her childhood home for Thanksgiving for the first time in years only to discover that her mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
October 24, 2013
With 35 million elderly people in America, "the old, old" -- those over 85 -- are now considered the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. While medical advances have enabled an unprecedented number of Americans to live longer and healthier lives, this new longevity has also had unintended consequences. For millions of Americans, living longer also means serious chronic illness and a protracted physical decline that can require an immense amount of care, often for years and sometimes even decades. Yet just as the need for care is rising, the number of available caregivers is dwindling.
September 24, 2013
A documentary based on the Young@Heart Chorus, a group of New England senior citizens who perform rock and pop songs to delighted audiences worldwide, covering everyone from James Brown to Coldplay.
July 25, 2013
At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.
June 27, 2013
"The Open Road: America Looks at Aging"
This hour-long documentary examines the impending retirement of America's baby boomers on both society, as a whole, and on individual choices for the future. The film explores the work and lifestyle options of a host of individuals, at various representative stages of retirement, and reveals the manner in which they have shaped, and continue to shape, the critical "third stage" of life (56 minutes).
May 23, 2013
"A Way Back Home"
With a brief overview of the culture change vision and some of its pioneers, this film shares examples of real nursing homes in various stages of physical and social change, along with first-hand insights from residents and staff (60 minutes).
April 25, 2013
"Exercise: It's Never too Late" - Double Feature
This short film (16 minutes) addresses common misconceptions older adults have about exercise into old age. Older people often restrict their activities because they think it will reduce risk of falls. However, restricted activity can lead to physical deconditioning which can increase fall risk. "Exercise: It's Never Too Late" shares strategies that can aid the elderly in staying active.
"Fear of Falling: A matter of Balance" This empowering film helps older adults enhance or restore their quality of life by overcoming the fear of falling and taking active steps to reduce the risk of falls. "A matter of Balance provides "step-by-step strategies for helping older adults overcome the fear of falling by improving balancing skills, recognizing and avoiding environmental fall hazards, and how to prevent falls while getting out of bed, and going up or down stairs (17 minutes).
March 26, 2013
Alzheimer's Disease Double Feature
"Henry" is a 2012 short film directed by Yan England. The film was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. It is a story about an 84-year-old concert pianist whose life is thrown into turmoil when his wife mysteriously disappears. The film's director, Yan England, says it was inspired by the experiences of his own grandfather, who developed Alzheimer's disease and died three years ago at age 96. "He had an amazing memory. He could remember every single detail of everything," England said "When he turned 92, at some point I was having coffee with him and my mom ... and he looked at us and he asked us if he had been a good man." Then he just kind of went away.
Excerpts from 'Creating Moments of Joy.' This presentation looks beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and focuses more of our energy on creating moment of joy. It's impossible to create a perfectly wonderful day, but you sure can create perfectly wonderful moments. Joy comes from triggering fond childhood memories, singing a favorite song, sharing simple pleasure and reviving their spirits. Catch the speaker's energy and go away with fun, simple ways to bring joy into everyday.
February 28, 2013
Into the Other Lane: Driving and Dementia
Compassionate, yet realistic, portrait of the many issues faced by persons with dementia (and their caregivers) when a decision has to be made about giving up driving.
January 24, 2013
Focus on Social Isolation and aging - Double Feature
"I Won't Go' - 'I was born in this house. I will never leave this house. I'm perfectly happy.' Meet Oli Truss. She is an eccentric ex-headmistress in her nineties, who now lives isolated and housebound in her condemned country cottage – her companions being a cat, dog, and a small Shetland pony named 'Baby'. Not easily forgotten, 'I Won't Go' paints an intimate and representative portrait of countless older adults whose only 'crimes' are growing old, and wanting to keep their independence = at all costs. Ms. Truss' story brings home the complex issues of self-neglect, competence and capacity, and the right to live and die at home with dignity.
"A Mother Never Gives up Hope: Older Mothers and Abusive Adult Sons" This DVD shares the candid and powerful stories of Ruth, Lova, Anne, and Rita – four women who are dealing with abuse at the hands of their adult son. In their own words, they work through the emotions and pain of experiencing abuse from their sons, and how it affects their mother-son relationships. Both emotional and empowering, the stories will help advocates better assist other survivors of this under-reported form of elder abuse.
November 29, 2012
Grow Old Along With Me: The Poetry of Aging
Through many diverse faces, this DVD portrays a very poignant, engaging journey that shows aging, itself, as an ongoing creative process that fully unravels only when we embrace the richness it has to offer.
October 18, 2012
Older Veteran's Health Double Feature
"Jim Cooper's Legacy: A Veteran's Story" - Jim Cooper's Legacy is a short film (13 minutes) which tells the real life story of Jim Ray Cooper and his experiences during the last six years of his life with advanced lung disease. He was a Navy Frogman in the Korean War, the predecessors for the modern day Navy Seals. With the help of a caring group of health providers, Jim regained his desire to live and spent the last six years of his life with his family.
"A Time to Live"- Five older veterans spending the final chapter of their lives at the VA Palo Alto palliative care unit' This short film challenges the existing stereotypes about dying by spotlighting the everyday experiences of five terminally ill patients. For Angel, Edward, George, Henry and John, it's all about preserving daily routines and fighting to overcome the limitations imposed by their illnesses even as they strive to find meaning in the last days of their lives.
September 20, 2012
Live Outside the Stigma: Confronting the Myths and Stigmas of Alzheimer's Disease and other Related Dementia from the Inside Out
"Several years ago, a neurologist walked into his office, in which my wife and my brother and I sat. And he looked down at his desk, and he said, 'Richard, you have dementia, probably of the Alzheimer's type'." And thus began Dr. Richard Taylor's journey with Alzheimer's. In this poignant, yet honest DVD, he dispels many of the myths and stigmas associated with dementia by sharing what he has experienced and learned from others in various stages of dementia. Dr. Taylor tells how it is to live with dementia, and how others can adjust their thinking and actions to help those diagnosed with dementia to continue to live productively.
August 16, 2012
More Than Words - Successful Ways to Care and Communicate with Persons who have Dementia
Through real interactions, this new culture-changing DVD shows how care and communication can reduce dementia-related episodes.
July 19, 2012
Systematic examination of old age is a new field inspired by the unprecedented number of people living long enough to become elderly.
June 21, 2012
Age of Champions
The award-winning documentary following five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You will meet a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86 year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they discover the power of the human spirit and triumph over the limitations of age.