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photo The Way Home
Finding Your Place in the Golden Years
By Jessica Martin
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Making a home, leaving home, homecoming...there may be many places we choose to call "home" in the course of our lives, but none of these choices may be as important, or as laden with anxiety, as the place we pick to live out our "golden years." 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:

Mel Amsberry, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, is courageously scouting out the care he will eventually need, hoping to find a place where he and his wife Lorraine will be able to remain together as long as possible. A hit-and-run accident has left Gertrude Wood unable to live on her own. After a disastrous experience with a skilled-nursing facility, her family explore the options of assisted living and residential care facilities but decide, for the time being, that Gertrude will continue living with one of her daughters. 92-year-old Ida May Davis lives in an adult foster care facility run by her daughter. This homelike environment is made possible in part by the services of a non-profit medical group which provides home care, and a volunteer group that does grocery deliveries. In rural eastern Oregon, Native American Leon Tom lives in an elder housing development, based around his tribe's values and way of life, while 81-year-old rancher Sam Dement struggles with the complexities of advance planning, as he tries to preserve his home on the range for his family.

Along the way we meet a doctor who still makes housecalls, in-home caregivers, and others who help to explain the complex and often confusing choices of medical care, legal counsel, and living facilities available. The Way Home explores the concerns, values, and options of seniors and their families who are looking for a place to call home.

56 minutes
© 2001
Purchase $199 DVD
Order No. QA-364
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-975-4
close captioned

"A very good resource, that effectively presents the options available to elders and their families facing tough choices relating to finding the best 'golden years' care. Recommended." Video Librarian

Awards & Conference Screenings
Helen Hayes Award, Best Video for Consumers
and First Place in Geriatrics, International Health
and Medical Film Competition
Silver Award, Mature Media Awards
First Place: Aging Issues, National Council
on Family Relations Media Awards
American Society on Aging

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