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photo My Mother, My Father Series
My Mother, My Father... Seven Years Later
By James Vanden Bosch

When a parent grows old it often falls to their adult children to provide care for them. This sequel to the celebrated documentary, My Mother, My Father, gives viewers a unique perspective on the changes which caregiving relationships undergo over time.

In My Mother, My Father we met four families. One family had chosen to have the husband's father, who had Alzheimer's disease, live with them, while others had chosen either nursing home care or some level of in-home support for their parent. The relationships between the generations in these families ranged from warm and supportive to deeply troubled. The film offered no easy answers, but honest and compelling insight into the need for families to make individual decisions, based on their own goals and values.

My Mother, My Father...Seven Years Later revisits the same four families seven years after the original filming - to explore changes over the years in family dynamics and caregiving needs. The caregivers also reflect on their own aging, and on their plans for when they become dependent on others.

42 minutes
© 1991
Purchase $145 DVD
Order No. QA-176

Awards & Conference Screenings
First Prize, Media Owl Awards
First Prize, American Journal of Nursing Media Awards

Related Films
My Mother, My Father: Moving, sometimes troubling portraits of four families caring for aging parents. Their choices include care at home, the use of a variety of support services, and nursing home placement.

Something Should be Done About Grandma Ruthie: A moving and unsettling portrait of the filmmaker's family as they struggle to deal with her grandmother's deteriorating mental condition due to Alzheimer's.

Not My Home: A compelling look at life inside a nursing home, as residents, families, and staff discuss both the problems and the rewards they experience.

He's Doing This to Spite Me: In this frank video, three caregivers openly share their experiences of conflict and frustration in interactions with their loved one who has dementia. These scenes are integrated with comments and guidance from professionals in dementia care.

I'm Pretty Old: An engaging look at several elderly men and woman as they adapt to the realities of living in a nursing home.

The Way Home: This moving documentary introduces a variety of elders who are trying to find the best possible living situation for themselves or for their loved ones during their "golden years."

Growing Up and Growing Old: Who will care for the estimated 14 million people who will soon need long-term care? How will we pay for it? Meet several caregivers who are struggling daily with the problems of caring for elderly parents or clients.

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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website