Aging & Long-Term Care
Aging in America
This riveting documentary introduces us to aging athletes, activists, wranglers and strippers, and to inmates growing old in our nation's prisons. A compassionate, often surprising glimpse into the real lives of those who are reaching their "golden" years in the first part of the twenty-first century.
Agitation...It's a Sign
Shows appropriate and compassionate techniques which can prevent or diffuse patients' anxiety, agitation and aggression.
Alzheimer's & African Americans: Echoes from the Past
Examines the high incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the African-American community, through the first-hand experiences of families who are providing care for a loved one with this devastating dementia. Health professionals offer realistic discussion of diagnosis and treatment, as well as genetic factors, financial concerns, and caregiver stress.
Alzheimer's Disease: Inside Looking Out
Through the stories of eight people with Alzheimer's disease, this touching video gives viewers a real and vivid sense of what it's like to experience the early stages of progressive memory loss.
Alzheimers Care Series
This three-part series addresses common but often misunderstood behaviors of patients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. With the methods of interaction and intervention presented, caregivers can redirect and defuse these behaviors while keeping patients' dignity intact.
At the Breaking Point
Short video excerpts 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.
Beauty In Aging
From a group of friends who share their experiences of normal aging, to a woman stricken with facial paralysis, to nursing home beauty contestants, to an 85-year-old social butterfly and humanitarian, this program, compiled from excerpts from four videos, allows women to speak for themselves about the transitions of aging.
When 78-year-old Lois Perelman recently developed Emphysema, she was devastated at the thought that she would have to carry an oxygen tank around for the rest of her life. Determined not to let her own past stereotypes of people on oxygen affect her enthusiasm for life, she set out to change the tape in her own head — and society’s views of aging and disability as well.
Explores the frustrations, fears, loneliness, anger and guilt as well as the moments of joy experienced by those who care for loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease.
Changing Your Mind
Illustrates new research in nueroplasticity and how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders.
The Checker King
Fighting poor health and depression, 81-year-old Harold O'Brien journeys to the National Checker Championship after losing his wife, Norma. This warm and inspiring story is honest about the darker realities of aging and depression.
Dress Him While He Walks
This sensitive and realistic video addresses several difficult behavior patterns of Alzheimer's patients. It demonstrates practical ways of dealing with behaviors such as wandering, angry outbursts, and delusions.
The Elder Project
An engaging collection of short stories from our diverse community of the elderly.
Through the story of one young visiting nurse and her elderly patient, Gerardo, this challenging documentary explores personal, professional, and ethical dilemmas faced by nurses working in home care and community settings.
Profiles the EXIT organization, which for over twenty years has counseled and accompanied the terminally-ill and severely handicapped towards a death of their choice.
Brings to life the emotional challenge of accepting the diagnosis that a family member has Alzheimer's disease, and of finding new ways to relate and communicate within the family. It's a frightening and humbling journey, but this engaging program offers some guideposts along the way.
Freedom of Sexual Expression
Looks at sexuality and intimacy as basic human rights for those living with a decreased cognizance in a nursing home.
The Freedom Program
Stresses the impact which minimizing the use of physical restraints can have on the patient care; demonstrates ways to minimize and find simple alternative to restraints.
Front Wards, Back Wards
They were called idiots, simpletons and fools, and for 160 years Fernald State School America’s first institution for people who were then labeled mentally retarded was where they would stay. Through the recollections of staff, residents and families, this program profiles the evolution of our attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities.
After painter Bill Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he began his greatest body of work a decade-long series of self-portraits chronicling his journey into dementia.
The U.S. has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of elderly men and women in state and federal prisons. This troubling documentary introduces us to two elderly prison inmates, inviting discussion of the universal issues raised by this situation.
Grey, Black and Blue: Nursing Home Violence
In this very disturbing documentary, CBC journalist take their sometimes concealed cameras into a variety of long-term care facilities to reveal patterns across North America of patients abusing other patients and what is being done — or more often not done — about it.
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.
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.
The Healing Arts: New Pathways to Health
This compelling and evocative documentary profiles a unique program which uses the arts in an innovative treatment approach for people living with chronic, disabling physical and emotional challenges. It integrates technology, writing, music, theater, dance, and other arts into patient care, staff training, and wellness programs.
Nurses discuss the value of primary nursing, and how they sustain the continuity of caring relationships through multiple admissions, transfers, and eventual discharge to the home.
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.
Learning To Speak Alzheimer's
Applying the basic concepts of habilitation the video shows how to create a suitable environment in which the person can lead a quality life through proactive adjustments.
Lest We Forget: Silent Voices
Documenting the least-known part of the civil rights movement, these are the first-person stories of people with developmental disabilities — labeled “mentally defective” — who were sent away to state institutions. It also features the voices of the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who were left behind, as well as pioneering professionals and advocates who put their own lives and careers in jeopardy to change the system.
Mademoiselle and the Doctor
Lisette Nigot seems an unlikely candidate for euthanasia. At 79, she is in good health, feels no pain, and does not seem depressed. But she says she sees no reason to continue living. And Dr. Philip Nitschke is willing to help her.
More than a Failing Heart
Family members describe examples of the best of end-of-life care, and of the worst, and reveal how competent and compassionate physicians and nurses can change the end-of-life experience.
More Than Skin Deep
A film about aging, self-esteem, and hairdressing. Through the insights of six nursing home residents, it takes an evocative look at the connections between aging with dignity and looking good
Mother Never Gives Up Hope, A
Shares the candid and powerful stories of Ruth, Lova, Anne and Rita—four women who are dealing with abuse at the hands of an adult son.
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.
My Mother, My Father Series
This two-part series portrays four families caring for aging parents. Their choices include care at home, use of a variety of support services, and nursing home placement. The follow up video revisits each family after a period of seven years, to explore changes in family dynamics and the caregivers' thoughts about their own aging.
My Mother, My Father... Seven Years Later
Revisits the families first seen in My Mother, My Father, to explore changes in family dynamics and the caregivers' thoughts about their own aging.
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.
A Perspective of Hope
Highlights a unique program linking schools of nursing with nursing homes to improve student training, as well as the quality of day-to-day care of residents.
Positive Images of Aging
This compilation DVD offers instructors and discussion leaders fourteen 3-5 minute video segments, each of which reflects on a positive aspect of aging. Segments can be shown individually or together as needed, and can easily be incorporated into classroom lectures or PowerPoint presentations.
Resisting Care...Putting Yourself in Their Shoes
Alzheimer's experts outline best practices for avoiding or reducing the number of situations which lead to patient resistance.
Celebrates the wisdom, experience, and creativity of our society's elders through portraits of a diverse group of active, engaged seniors pursuing their lifetime interests, and some new ones as well. Among those profiled is TV chef Julia Child.
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.
Two Films on Challenges in Nursing
A Perspective of Hope explores an innovative clinical affilitation between nursing homes and university schools of nursing ti improve the long-term care of the elderly. Nursing Shortage/Level III follows nurses in one hospital as they respond to the daily challenges of providing quality care despite severe staffing shortages.
Two Films on Nursing Strategies
The Freedom Program advocates for a cooperative approach between healthcare professionals, patients and families while dealing with potential restraint situations. Healthy Relationships explores the value of primary nursing and the role they play in all aspects of healthcare.
The Vanishing Line
Chronicles one physician's exploration of how to try and meet the needs of the dying and their families.
Wandering...Is It a Problem?
Experienced aregivers demonstrate compassionate techniques for intervening with patients who wander.
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."