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Educational Films

Educational Videos by topic


as of May 27, 2004, Compiled by Kristi Multhaup

the following are just a few samples - for a more extensive list see : Division 20 American Psychological Association: http://apadiv20.phhp.ufl.edu.


General Aging Caregiving Options Death & dying Mental Health Issues Work - Retirement
Biological Aging Cultural Diversity Elder Abuse Intergenerational Alzheimer's - Parkinsons - Dementia

GENERAL AGING


• 100-Something (47 minutes, color) Once a rarity, centenarians are becoming noticeably less unusual. How have they managed to live so long in such good health? In this program, doctors form Harvard medical School’s New England Centenarian Study and the University of Georgia’s study of extreme longevity search for a correlation between life span and the genetic, physical, psychological, and cognitive dimensions of aging. In addition, people who have surpassed the ten-decade mark offer personal insights into the importance of key aspects of life such as faith, exercise, nutrition, sexuality, and continued involvement in daily routines and meaningful work. Purchase: $129, Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• A One and A Two

(27 minutes) This is a portrait of Angelo, a widower after thirty-seven years of marriage, as he begins to build a new life. During the process of “starting over,” he discovered afternoon ballroom dancing—a new passion that is becoming a senior phenomenon. Set against his adventures on the dance floor in search of female companionship, are his down-to-earth descriptions of the adjustments he has to make. He had depended on his wife for so much in life—preparing his meals, balancing his checkbook, selecting his clothes, and explaining his actions or reactions to his children. Now he must deal with issues of loneliness, retirement, finances, courtship, and fathering all by himself—at the same time as he learns how to date. This is an encouraging film about the potential of people to grow and enjoy life in their later years. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Filmakers Library)


• Accepting Life’s Transitions

(29 minutes, color) Aging is a series of transitions, some gradual and some abrupt. How do people come to terms with these changes? This program examines the aging process from beginning to end, defining age from the viewpoints of biology, psychology, society, functionality, and the law. The impact of current behaviors and attitudes on one’s future self is also discussed, as well as dying—itself a part of life—and the stages of grieving. In addition, the program addresses the health challenges faced by older Americans and indicates why some seniors cope better than others. Purchase: $129 Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences and Insight Media)


• Adult Development

(30 minutes) This program introduces important theories about the major changes and transitions in adult life, including moving away from home, becoming a parent, changing careers, and retiring. Purchase: $139. (Insight Media)


• Adulthood

This video series examines the interaction of biological, social, and psychological forces in adulthood.

o Early Adulthood (60 minutes) This video examines the developmental tasks of those between 20 and 40 years of age—separating from family, finding a job, finding a mate, and setting life goals.


o Middle Adulthood (60 minutes) This video studies the 40-to-60 year-old age group, considering the tasks of creating a legacy, changing life direction, and achieving personal goals.


o Late Adulthood (60 minutes) This video examines the last stage of life, when a person evaluates his or her life. Purchase: $149 per title. (Insight Media)


• Aging: Growing Old in a Youth-Centered Culture This timely two-part series addresses the multifaceted issue of maintaining a good quality of life over the long haul, as the senior-set becomes the dominant demographic segment in a nation where a premium is still placed on being young.


o Living Longer…Living Better? (30 minutes, color) Thanks to recent advances in medicine, longevity is on the rise. But will America’s youth-oriented society finally develop the maturity to respect its elders? And will the Medicare and Social Security infrastructures be able to meet the needs of the Baby Boomers? In this program, experts including the medical ethicist David Solomon, the directors of the Aging with Dignity Institute and the Forever Learning Institute, and the author of Another Country…Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Elders examine these and other pressing quality-of-life questions. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


o Living Longer…Aging Well (30 minutes, color) Although many cultures venerate their elders, looking to them as living repositories of wisdom and experience, America, with its “forever young” self-image, does not. Lacking societal support, how are Americans supposed to age well—to grow older with grace and understanding—and make life’s final decades a meaningful experience? This program features the stories of exemplary individuals who, despite the inhospitable social climate, are growing older with courage and dignity. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences) Total series purchase: $159.95 (VHS) or $209.95 (DVD)


• As Time Goes By

(23 minutes) As Baby Boomers age, they may be relieved to learn that humans are sexual until the very end. The seniors—men and women, couples and singles—profiled in this documentary openly share their experiences with love, romance and growing old. As they discuss the place of sexuality in their lives, what emerges is often in vivid counterpoint to society’s perceptions of sex among the aged. Purchase: $145 (Fanlight Productions)


• Beauty before Age:

Growing Older in Gay Culture (22 minutes) This groundbreaking film explores the power of youth and beauty in the gay community. A diverse group of men, ages 19 to 77, navigate their fears of becoming old, undesirable, and alone. The film critically examines the pressure to look young and attractive, the lack of positive older role models, and the ways in which AIDS intensifies the fear and process of aging. This video offers a male perspective on a historically female issue, and illuminates the larger societal obsession with physical appearance. Purchase: $185 (colleges and universities). Purchase: $79 (community groups, high schools, public libraries, and professional associations). Rental: $65. Preview Only: $25. (New Day Films)


• Downsizing in an Aging Work Force: The Law, the Limits and the Lessons

(30 minutes) This video introduces employers to their obligations under the Age Discrimination Employment Act, particularly in its application to corporate "downsizing" and the use of early retirement incentives. Purchase: $225. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)


• Erik H. Erikson: A Life’s Work

(38 minutes) Using archival materials and newly shot footage, this film introduces students to the rich wisdom on Erik H. Erikson. Best known for his identification of the eight stages of the life cycle, Erikson spent a lifetime observing and studying the way in which the interplay of genetics, cultural influences, and unique experiences produces individual human lives. This video combines biographical information about Erikson with his theoretical proposals to give students an understanding of the relationship between the life experiences of a theorist and the work that is produced. Purchase: $250. When purchased with “Old Age I”, “Old Age II”, and “Aging Successfully”, price is $650 for the set. (Davidson Films)

• Gay & Gray in New York City

(22 minutes) The Stonewall riots, when New York City police raided a downtown gay bar, were more than thirty years ago. Today, the veterans of that event, which for many marks the beginning of the gay rights movement, are growing old. One estimate suggests that there are around 45,000 gay and lesbian seniors in New York City alone. They share all the usual problems of aging—retirement from work, the decline of physical health, grief over the loss of friends and loved ones—but they are more likely than “straight” seniors to be living alone, and to be without family or other supports. They are also growing old in a subculture that places a powerful emphasis on youth: “Young gays don’t think about aging,” one says, “Maybe they think you go straight.” This engaging video features interviews with several “gay and gray” men and women, as well as the profiling of two organizations that work to provide services and support to elders in the gay community. Part of a generation that faced extremes of bigotry and hatred when younger, these men and women grew up, for the most part, without role models. Today they are thinking about what kinds of role models they will be. “Nothing would please me more than to inspire young gay men and women to be themselves, whatever that happens to be,” says one of the subjects of this moving video. “That’s a legacy I would like to leave.” Purchase: $195 (Fanlight Productions)


• Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

(30 minutes) This 30 minute video explores this newly emerging social issue by sharing the stories of four grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The video examines, through the stories that are shared in a support group, the major issues facing a grandparent as a parent. This video should be seen by all grandparents who are facing the prospect of caring full time for grandchildren and by those who have already become the primary caregiver. Help and support are available, and this video can serve as a guide and an encouragement to grandparents who parent. Purchase: $145. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)


• Homeless Elderly: Closer From Home

(38 minutes) William Stones, a 64 year old retired widower is evicted from his condemned city apartment. Unable to pay the deposit on his new apartment until his social security check arrives, and unaware of the community based services available to him, Mr. Stones is forced to survive on the street. The video focuses on what happens to him during the first few days of homelessness. The video can be used as an opener for presenting information to groups of older adults about the services and help that are available to protect them from becoming homeless. Purchase: $145. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)

• Human Memory

(1978, 25 minutes, color) Graphic demonstrations of the processes of memory, memory aids, and the cognition distortions created while reconstructing memories are conducted by Gordon Bower of Stanford University, the film’s consultant and narrator. Shows what it is like to have no memory at all, how real learning involves the transfer of information from short-term to long-term memory, and how the use of retrieval cues can improve one’s ability to remember. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)

• Learning, Memory and Speed of Behavior

(60 minutes) This program explores how aging affects a person’s mental capacities. It takes a look at the techniques used to maintain and augment mental functions, and shows elders explaining the crucial role lifelong learning plays in keeping their memory, thinking abilities, and behavior skills sharp. Purchase: $109. (Insight Media)


• Myths and Realities of Aging

(60 minutes) This video examines ageism in its many forms. Experts and elders describe how people learn about aging and debunk common myths, such as the idea that most older people are ill or that there is no sex after the age of 60. Purchase: $99 (Insight Media)


• Old Like Me

(28 minutes) To find out how society treats older people, a young reporter, Pat Moore, disguised herself as a helpless 85-year-old woman. Venturing out on the streets in over a hundred cities, she experienced the terror that society can inflict on the weak and the old. She was rendered helpless by the speed and noise of the environment of our youth-oriented society. Once she was attacked by a gang of thirteen-year-olds. She found that even the most simple products can frustrate the elderly and make their lives miserable. Arthritic hands cannot easily open jars or hold pens. Labels are hard to read. She had to survive in a world designed for the young and fit. Here is a provocative film to help people understand the feelings and problems of being old. Purchase: $295. Rental: $55. (Filmakers Library)



• Sexuality and Aging

(59 minutes) This video explores society’s attitudes and myths about sexuality later in life, as well as presenting realistic information on ongoing research into the physiological and emotional changes affecting sexuality and intimacy. Older men and women speak candidly about their sexual attitudes and relationships. Gerontologists, sex researchers and a sexuality educator give their perspectives on this rarely discussed aspect of aging. Purchase: $99 (Fanlight Productions or Penn State Audio Visual Services and Insight Media)


• Sexuality in Later Life

(2 hours) Although some studies suggest that sexual activity declines with advancing age, many older adults desire and continue to have active and vibrant sex lives. Because of the lifelong human need for intimacy, and understanding of both normal sexuality and sexual dysfunction in old age is important. This program addresses such topics as normal sexuality, sexual dysfunction and treatment options. Purchase: $149. (Terra Nova Films)

• These Vital Years: A Conversation with Betty Friedan at 76

(2000, 24 minutes) Best known for her pioneering role as a leader in the Women’s Movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Ms, Friedan has been an insightful and often pithy social critic all her life. In recent years she has examined the changing gender roles in our society and has proposed ways we can better use our human resources to improve life for everyone. In this video, she discusses the research she has done about the myths and realities of aging and her won personal experience of being over seventy. Her zesty style of speaking and her sharp analyses of the mistaken beliefs we have so long accepted about aging make this video a stimulating and provocative experience. Purchase: $125. (Davidson Films)


• When You’re Hearing and Sight Impaired

(2000,length not listed) As we grow older, most of us need some form of corrective lens for our eyes. Whether it is reading glasses or other eye problems, innovative developments are giving us new ways to see. More than 24 million Americans have some type of hearing problem. Hearing difficulties are often unrecognized by the person involved. Some lose their hearing so gradually that they do not realize it is happening. If you suspect a hearing problem, seeing an audiologist is the next step. Good hearing is essential to the social and intellectual development of infants and young children. This is why it is important to get an early diagnosis of any hearing problems in your kids. Grades 9-Adult. Purchase: $89.95. (NIMCO)

• You Won’t Need Running Shoes, Darling

(53 minutes) A personal and honest film, this video tells the story of Mildred and Bob Todd, retired octogenarians. With the river by their doorstep, a garden and new friends, they savor life. But just as the seasons change, so does their health. First she is diagnosed with cancer, and then he has a fifth heart attack. Over a critical two year period, their daughter, acclaimed documentarian, Dorothy Todd Henaut, films their life. The result is an intimate, sensitive look at the human aging process. Hospital stays and home care begin to take precedence over mulching the garden. Mildred and Bob accept the physical indignities and their own mortality, and project an almost Zen-like acceptance of things they cannot change. The pastoral setting and the couple’s tenderness and mutual care soften the reality of diminishing strength. During the filming, Mildred ultimately succumbs to the cancer, but is cared for throughout the illness at home. This video will help viewers to humanize their perceptions of aging. Rental: $55. Purchase: $185. (Terra Nova Films)

General Aging Caregiving Options Death & dying Mental Health Issues Work - Retirement
Biological Aging Cultural Diversity Elder Abuse Intergenerational Alzheimer's - Parkinsons - Dementia

BIOLOGICAL AGING


• Aging

(23 minutes, color) What causes us to age biologically? Is it possible, or even desirable, to slow the process down, or try to eliminate it? This program lets the researchers speak. An important aspect of their work consists in understanding the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, and developing effective treatment. VHS: $89.95. Videodisk: $129. (Films for Humanities & Sciences)

• Memory

(57 minutes) This program investigates related the brain’s fundamental processes of data storage and retrieval, such as why people remember some things and forget others; how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain and what treatments are being developed to treat it; how aging affects memory; and what steps can be taken to preserve and improve retention. Panelists include experts from Harvard Medical School and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the author of the book Searching for Memory. Purchase: $89.95 (VHS) or $114.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Menopause

(60 minutes; 2 parts, 30 minutes each) The years of menopause are a period of profound change in most women’s lives. This documentary from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, explores many myths and misconceptions about menopause, as well as presenting a thorough discussion of the experiences and symptoms which may be encountered, and the physiological and psychological changes which can occur. Both conventional and alternative therapies and their potential side effects are also discussed, both by experts and by women who have utilized them. Purchase: $195. (Fanlight Productions)


• Menopause: Passage to Paradise

(24 minutes, color) This program explores the process of menopause with those who have experienced it. A group of older women describe going through menopause itself--for some a passage without incident, and for others, a most difficult time. The women also describe what their lives are like afterwards. A husband and wife discuss the very difficult menopause that the wife is experiencing, and her husband speaks frankly about its impact on him. The program explains the medical facts of menopause, and answers the typical questions women have about it. Purchase: $99. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Older Brains, New Connections:

A Conversation with Marian Diamond at 73 (30 minutes) One of the very few people permitted to study Einstein’s brain, Marian Diamond is an eminent neuro-physiologist best known for her work on the effects of enriched environments on the brain development of rats. Still a full-time professor, Dr. Diamond accessibly shares the newest research on the effects of aging on the brain and the advice she takes (and uses) from it. Viewers also learn the necessary vocabulary of brain research through Dr. Diamond’s vivid narrative and animated illusions. Topics included in this video are: basic vocabulary of brain physiology, the myth about universal loss of brain neurons with age is refuted, three ways to maintain brain health, and Alzheimer’s Disease is explained and explored. Purchase: $125. (Davidson Films)


• Osteoporosis: New Treatments for Bone Loss

(23 minutes, color) Osteoporosis eats away at bones, leaving them dangerously weak—and there is no specific age group, gender, or ethnicity that is immune from it. What causes such debilitating deterioration, and what can be done to resist it? This program describes the symptoms of osteoporosis while providing information on medications such as raloxifene, Fosamaz, Actonel, and calcitonin. The importance of good nutrition and regular exercise as preventative measures is emphasized. Purchase: $129 Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Osteoporosis: Progress and Prevention

(24 minutes) This program, hosted by Dr. Robert Lindsay, President of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, explains current innovative treatments and assessment techniques, in conjunction with preventive measures any woman can take. The program explains how to assess the risk of developing the disease; and the role of diet, exercise, and the importance of taking adequate amounts of calcium from early childhood are stressed. The connection between osteoporosis, menopause and estrogen is examined, and new drug therapies that can halt the dramatic loss of bone density associated with osteoporosis are explored. Purchase: $99. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Symptoms of Aging

(1993, 28 minutes, color) This program covers some of the symptoms of aging--loss of muscular strength, reduced visual capability, arteriosclerosis--as well as how these may be prevented, postponed, or dealt with; and shows how fitness can be maintained. Purchase: $89.95. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)


• Teenage and Adult: The Effects of Growing Old

(14 minutes, color) This program explores physical changes during aging from the teenage years through adulthood. How growing older alters vision, skin, and hair is investigated. The impact of aging on the eye is examined both clinically and through the case study of a painter, Claude Monet. Collagen and elastin loss and the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation on the skin are described as well, along with male pattern baldness. A BBC Production. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

General Aging Caregiving Options Death & dying Mental Health Issues Work - Retirement
Biological Aging Cultural Diversity Elder Abuse Intergenerational Alzheimer's - Parkinsons - Dementia

CAREGIVING/CARE OPTIONS


• After the Hospital: What's Next?

(14 minutes) Geared for patient and family education, this video profiles three families who, with the help of hospital social workers, make choices about caring for an older loved one after options a hospital stay. The video helps families understand what is realistically involved in the various caregiving options available: short-term stay in a rehabilitative care center, long-term nursing home care, or returning home with the help of various in-home services. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)


• The Aging Mind

(2000, length not listed) Find out how your mind is affected by the aging process. Learn what you can do to help fight memory loss. We will also take a look at a very serious disease, Alzheimer’s, and see how families can help loved ones who are suffering from it. Grades 9-Adult. Purchase: $89.95. (NIMCO)


• Aging Parents

(2000,length not listed) Options for aging parents…are you prepared? As parents age decisions that need to be made for them become harder and harder. From assisted living communities to home health care, we will show you what to expect and how to make the most well-informed and best decisions for you and your parents. Each situation varies greatly but armed with the information needed to make clear decisions, the process can be made easier. Grades 9-Adult. Purchase: $89.95. (NIMCO)


• Alzheimer’s 101: The Basics for Caregiving

(85 minutes) Structured for training professional and family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders. This video includes successful methods that have worked for them and stimulates group discussion and training activities. In addition it presents the interplay of real caregivers working real people with Alzheimer’s. The trainer’s manual provides an easy-to-follow training outline, additional background information, and resources and suggestions for introducing activities and essential background information, worksheets and resources to guide learners to further study. This video received an Honorable Mention at the Retirement Research Foundation’s National Media Awards Competition. Purchase: $295. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films) OR Purchase: $295.95. Trainer’s Manual: $16.95. Learner’s Guide: $13.95. (NIMCO)


• Alzheimer's: A Multicultural Perspective

(34 minutes) This video visits four families -- Chinese, Japanese, Latino, and Vietnamese -- as they discuss the cultural problems and dilemmas of caring for a relative with Alzheimer's Disease. Language barriers, cultural norms, lack of support, and strict adherence to traditions are discussed as obstacles to providing care and receiving assistance in caregiving. Rental: $45. Purchase: $185. (Terra Nova Films)


• Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Caring for the Caregiver

(55 minutes) The experience of the family members and spouses in this program reflects that of thousands of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers who struggle daily with the heartfelt conflict of love and obligation. This program presents examples of caregivers who have learned to cope effectively with these stresses, restoring balance in their own lives. The importance of caregiver support groups and other outlets for the discussion of problems is closely examined. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Alzheimer’s Care Series

These important new programs address common but often misunderstood behaviors of patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. These behaviors may appear irrational, sometimes violent, and often without meaning, yet by employing the effective methods of interaction and intervention presented in this series, caregivers can redirect and defuse these behaviors while keeping patients’ dignity intact. A variety of caregivers share their experiences and thoughts on providing for residents with Alzheimer’s, while providing vivid examples of the techniques and concepts that have worked in their facilities.


o Wandering: Is It a Problem? (14 minutes) Experienced caregivers demonstrate compassionate techniques for intervening with patients who wander. Through viewing actual provider-patient interactions, students and staff will learn effective methods of redirecting the wanderer, providing a safe and secure space for residents, and avoiding escalation to an agitated state. Purchase: $165 (Fanlight Productions)


o Resisting Care…Putting Yourself in Their Shoes (14 minutes) Caregivers need to remember that, when patients resist care, they are often struggling to preserve their own dignity and to understand the confusing world of dementia in which they live. In this video, Alzheimer’s experts outline the best practices for avoiding or reducing the number of situations that lead to resistance, and demonstrate the importance of patience and compassion in the care of resistant patients. Purchase: $165 (Fanlight Productions)


o Agitation…It’s a Sign (14 minutes) When people with Alzheimer’s become agitated and aggressive, they may be trying to communicate with the world outside their dementia. Lashing out may often be their only recourse for expressing their very real fear and anxiety. Through real-life patient encounters, this video shows appropriate and compassionate techniques that can prevent or diffuse patient’s anxiety, agitation, and aggression. Purchase: $165 (Fanlight Productions)


• Can’t Afford to Grow Old

(55 minutes) As you age you probably will want to live with the familiar comforts of your home, but you’d better be healthy and wealthy. The reality of aging in America is that there is no help in paying for a nurse or a housekeeper if you become disabled and need assistance. All your family can do is place you in a nursing home, and only after your money runs out will the government pay the bills. The cruel irony is that the cost of a nursing home is often much greater to the American taxpayer than subsidized home care. This film features several families eager to keep their elderly relatives at home, who have simply exhausted their physical and financial resources. Every year, up to one million Americans are forced into poverty by the cost of long-term care, and only then do they qualify for Medicaid. We hear informed testimony by law-makers and public policy experts on whether the government or the private sector should ultimately pay for long-term care. We are shown innovative programs, one private and one publicly funded, that give seniors some options as they experience frailty in old age. This landmark film clearly illustrates the crisis facing all Americans as they and their parents age. Purchase: $295 Rental: $75 (Filmakers Library)


• Caregiver Stress

(33 minutes) A panel discussion explores the psychobiological and mental health consequences of caring for family members with dementing illness. Discussion includes strategies for stress management, stress reduction, coping with the caregiving role and improving general and mental health for home caregivers. Beverly Baldwin, Ph.D., RN; Karen Kleeman, Ph.D., RN, CS; Georgia Stevens, Ph.D., RN, CS; and Joyce Raisin, Ph.D., RN, MS, CS. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)


• Caregiver Stress Triggers

(20 minutes) This program will look at two areas of stressors. When caring for the elderly, multiple demands are often placed on the caregiver simultaneously ¾ either in the institutional or home setting. The other frequently encountered area of caregiver stress may be the behavior of the elderly person who is combative, depressed, uncooperative, or confused. This tape will suggest positive ways to deal with simultaneous, multiple demands and behavioral problems. Purchase: $200.00. Rental: $100.00. (VideoPress)


• Caring for the Elderly

(19 minutes, color) This program provides an overview of methods of care available for the aging, from daycare centers and group housing to respite care and nursing homes. It profiles a middle-aged couple searching for the best mode of care for their parents, and talks to social workers, senior citizen advocates, and nursing home administrators to clarify the available options. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

• Chillysmith Farm

(1981, 56 minutes, color) Chronicles four generations of a Pennsylvania family living together and caring for one another through birth and death, joy and tragedy. Points out the importance of family life in shaping personality and stresses the role of family members in affirming the worth of the individuals in such situations as a home birth and the aging and death of the grandparents. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)


• Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter

(44 minutes) With profound insight and a large dose of levity, this video chronicles the various stages of a mother’s Alzheimer’s disease and the evolution of a daughter’s response to the illness. The desire to cure the incurable—to set right her mother’s confusion and forgetfulness, to temper her mother’s obsessiveness—gives way to an acceptance which is finally liberating for both daughter and mother. Neither depressing nor medical, this video is more than a story about Alzheimer’s and family caregiving. It is ultimately a life affirming exploration of family relations, aging and change, the meaning of memory, and love. . Rental: $90. Purchase: $275. (Terra Nova Films)

• Don’t Take My Sunshine Away

(55 minutes) This is the third program in the National Film Board’s series on aging. In this film, producer Lyn Wright surveys health care programs for the elderly worldwide. She finds that in Great Britain and Scandinavia, there has been a particular success with programs supporting the elderly in their own homes. In those countries the culture is kinder to old people. Communities are more tolerant and caring and the elders are treated with dignity. In the United States, when there is home health care, it is not only a more humane way of caring for the elderly, but also much more economical than institutional care. Purchase: $295. Rental: $75. (Filmakers Library)


• Eliminating Negative and Abusive Interactions

A 2 tape series by Georgia Stevens, PhD, RN, CS. A number of factors can contribute to caregivers potentially responding with negative or even abusive behaviors when providing care for the elderly. These situations do not need to arise. The two tapes in this series will provide training to promote the best possible care of the elderly.

 


o Caregiver Stress Triggers (20 minutes) This program will look at two areas of stressors. When caring for the elderly, multiple demands are often placed on the caregiver simultaneously- either in the institutional or home setting. The other frequently encountered area of caregiver stress may be the behavior of the elderly person who is combative, depressed, uncooperative or confused. This tape will suggest positive ways to deal with simultaneous, multiple demands and behavioral problems. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.


o Preventing and Reducing Negative and Abusive Responses (20 minutes) This tape provides the caregiver with effective ways of dealing with caregiver stress. The tape reviews a series of situations which can easily precipitate inappropriate caregiver responses. Appropriate and positive management for each situation is presented. These cases will demonstrate how the elimination of inappropriate caregiver responses can prevent situations from escalating. It also examines what positive actions can be taken to de-escalate a situation which has already reached an “out-of-control” state. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200 or discount price of $300 for both videos. (For both contact VideoPress)


• European Models of Assisted Living: Housing for Mentally and Physically Frail Older People

(58 minutes) This video lecture by Victor Regnier chronicles significant building, housing, and service concepts for older frail people in Northern Europe. Over 150 illustrations gathered from 100 site visits demonstrate specific ideas and solutions to housing and service problems. Purchase: $89. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)



• The Healing Influence

(43 minutes) Patricia Neal, celebrated stroke survivor, guides us through this video to understand stoke and its effects on both patient and family. Caregivers learn what they can do to promote patient recovery and family well-being. Purchase: $299. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)


• Helping People with Dementia in Activities of Daily Living

(22 minutes) This practical video shows both professional and family caregivers how to break down ADLs into simple tasks that people with dementia can perform without direct assistance. Learn how to help these individuals regain control over their lives. User's manual included. Purchase: $110. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films) OR Purchase: $109.00 (Health Professions Press)


• He’s Doing This to Spite Me

(22 minutes) Family and caregivers may interpret the difficult behaviors that result from dementia as intentional, and take them personally. Under the daily stresses of care-giving, they may respond with frustration, impatience, and anger. With guidance from professionals in dementia care, this video teaches both family and professional caregivers how to create a more comfortable and productive dynamic for both the caregiver and the patient. Purchase: $179 (Fanlight Productions)


• H.O.M.E. There's No Place Like It

(18 minutes) With actor Bill Murry as narrator-host, this video shows the workings of a model program for housing older adults in an intergenerational housing complex, and highlights the benefits for each of the "generations" involved. Purchase: $135. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)


• Hospice: An Alternative Way to Care for the Dying

(1979, 25 minutes, color) Documents the hospice movement, a specialized health care program for the terminally ill and their families. Emphasizes human caring for the patient and family, preferably in the home environment, and the object of hospice care. Shows professionals at work with patients in the physical control of pain and other symptoms, and providing psychological, social, and spiritual guidance to them and their family unit. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)



• The Nursing Home and Mental Health Series A seven tape series by Peter V. Rabins.

o Positive Approaches to Difficult Behaviors (20 minutes) This tape reviews the most common behavioral and mood problems that occur in the nursing home and discusses the principles underlying their evaluation and care. It provides a systematic way to help long term care providers interact therapeutically with patients and communicate effective care strategies to other staff. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.


o Paranoia, Suspiciousness and Accusations (20 minutes) Paranoia, suspiciousness and accusations are among the most common and distressing behaviors occurring in the nursing home. This tape reviews the most common causes of these behavioral symptoms and outlines practical approaches to minimize their occurrence. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200


o Impaired Communication (20 minutes) The most common diseases that cause dementia, Alzheimer disease and vascular dementia, commonly impairs one’s ability to communicate. This tape describes the most common types of communication problems, aids in staff recognizing them, and suggests specific strategies to care for persons with speech and language deficits. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.


o Depression (20 minutes) At least 20 percent of patients in nursing homes suffer from significant depression. Depression is harder to identify in nursing home residents because they also often have cognitive impairment. This tape discusses the identification of depression, and identifies strategies for improving mood and function. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.


o Agitation, Aggression and Violence (20 minutes) This tape discusses the most distressing behaviors that occur in the nursing home: verbal and physical aggression. It outlines a management approach that emphasizes proper assessment, early recognition, specific interventions and avoidance of future episodes. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.


o Confusion (20 minutes) All diseases that cause dementia impair memory. Confusion can manifest itself as impairment in memory or be disguised as other behavioral problems. This tape discusses specific care strategies to improve function and mood of persons with permanent memory impairment. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.


o Sleep, Sex and Wandering (20 minutes) Sleep disorders, inappropriate sexual behaviors and wandering require specific interventions which make improved functions more likely. Specific interventions will be reviewed as will the general principles underlying behavior management. Rental: $100. Purchase: 200 or discount price on entire series: $1,000. (For all seven videos contact VideoPress)


• The Sandwich Generation: Caring for Both Children and Parents

(28 minutes, color) In this specially adapted Phil Donahue program, Hugh Downs joins senior citizens who don’t want their children to be “stuck” with them, but see no other way of survival, as well as members of the Sandwich Generation, some of whom resent having to care for their parents while others feel it is their duty. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

• Stroke: Family Support

(23 minutes) Family members and stroke patients speak of common feelings that accompany strokes; how roles of family members and patients change; and alternative coping methods to help patients and family members deal with these changes. Purchase: $95. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)

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CULTURAL/ETHNIC DIVERSITY


• Aging and Saging

(24 minutes, color) American culture reveres youth, so there is little room today for the elderly, who are expected to drop out of public life so they will not remind the young of their own mortality. Earlier societies valued the extended family. When elders are excluded, society’s fiber is seriously weakened. This program takes viewers to a weekend Elder Circle at the Omega Institute, a large human potential center. A discussion is moderated by the influential and provocative author/teachers Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi and Ram Dass. As America’s aging population continues to grow, there is an urgent need to help the elderly redefine themselves as role models of healthy and graceful aging and to reincorporate them into society as a valuable resource. This powerful program is an excellent source of information for anyone trying to understand the cultural perspectives of aging. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD), Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Alzheimer's: A Multicultural Perspective

(34 minutes) This video visits four families -- Chinese, Japanese, Latino, and Vietnamese -- as they discuss the cultural problems and dilemmas of caring for a relative with Alzheimer's Disease. Language barriers, cultural norms, lack of support, and strict adherence to traditions are discussed as obstacles to providing care and receiving assistance in caregiving. Rental: $45. Purchase: $185. (Terra Nova Films)


• Andre’s Lives

(55 minutes, color) Reaching beyond conventional portrayals of the Holocaust’s legacy, Andre’s Lives explores the tension between the collective obligation to remember and the personal need to forget. The last surviving member of the secret and illegal Jewish “Working Group” in Slovakia, Andre Steiner helped save over 7000 Jews from deportation to Auschwitz (almost six times as many as Schindler). After testifying before a war-crimes tribunal against one Nazi, Andre emigrated to Atlanta, rebuilt his life, becoming a successful architect. But he chose never to look back, or share his story. The cost of his secret was his marriage, distance from his tow sons and a sacrifice of emotional connections. Now, at 89, he returns to Europe with his sons to grapple with traumatic memories for the first time. During the film he begins to forge new relationships with his sons and his past. His resistance to exploring his history unfolds on camera through a complex dynamic, as father and sons struggle to make sense of the present by wrestling with the past. Purchase: $275 Rental: $75 (First Run/Icarus Films)


• The Ballad of Narayama

(129 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles, may not be appropriate for more sensitive viewers) A century ago, inhabitants from a remote mountain village lived in constant fear of starvation. Their lives were cruel, horrible, and, at best, hopeless. To survive, a number of ruthless laws were passed. One of the most brutal was taking the elderly to the distant peak of Narayama to die. Home Vision program. Phone: (800) 262-8600.


• Ethnic Diversity: Barrier or Benefit in Health Care of the Elderly?

(120 minutes) As proportions of ethnic minorities within the aging population continue to grow, ethnic diversity has become an increasingly important health care issue. A panel of five nationally known professionals in gerontology (Joyce T. Berry, Fernando Torres-Gil, Spero Manson, Veronica Scott, and Jennie Chin Hansen) discuss the implications of ethnic diversity related to health status, access to health care, and effective outreach. The panelists share their unique insights into the cultural values and beliefs of older health care consumers who are members of different ethnic groups. Purchase: $149. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)


• Whisper: The Women

(10 minutes) Seven older women share individual stories and reflections of their lives, creating a non-traditional profile of growing older. This simple production, profiling older American women of various cultures, touches on common experiences as allows these women to speak in their own words. Purchase: $89. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)

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DEATH AND DYING

• Accepting Life’s Transitions

(29 minutes, color) Aging is a series of transitions, some gradual and some abrupt. How do people come to terms with these changes? This program examines the aging process from beginning to end, defining age from the viewpoints of biology, psychology, society, functionality, and the law. The impact of current behaviors and attitudes on one’s future self is also discussed, as well as dying—itself a part of life—and the stages of grieving. In addition, the program addresses the health challenges faced by older Americans and indicates why some seniors cope better than others. Purchase: $129 Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences and Insight Media)

Are You Listening: Widows

(28 minutes) The widows in this program represent a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. They talk about their loneliness, their anger, their feelings of loss. They talk about how they have learned to cope with these feelings and reorganize their lives. The program does not attempt to provide solutions. Rather, the discussion is open-ended, providing rich material for group discussion following the viewing. Purchase: $300. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)


• Before I Die: Medical Care and Personal Choices

(60 minutes, color) In the drive to save lives, American medical technology prolongs the dying process for many, creating a number of end-of-life scenarios that have done much to rob death of its dignity and significance. This Fred Friendly Seminar, moderated by Harvard Law School’s Arthur Miller, brings together a diverse group of panelists, including Yale professor Sherwin Nuland, author of How We Die; bioethicist Arthur Caplan, of the University of Pennsylvania; Rabbi Maurice Lamm, of Yeshiva University; and Anna Quindlen, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. Together they confront medical and cultural issues such as advance directives, palliative care, physician-assisted suicide, the need to re-spiritualize the dying process, and the overall difficulty of discussing death. A Discussion Guide and other resources are located online at www.fredfriendlyseminars.org/bid. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• The Biology of Death

(29 minutes, color) This program covers the state of current knowledge about the biology of death and its causes, including the normal aging process. It also discusses legal and social response to death, and the role of society in investigating and regulating it. Purchase: $149. Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Care of the Dying Series

This four tape series is appropriate for health care workers in hospitals, long-term care and home care. It will enable health care workers to offer choices to elderly terminally ill patients and support decisions to accept death as part of human existence.


o Learning about Dying: Death the Final Stage of Growth (20 minutes) This program provides a philosophical appreciation of human existence- birth, growth and death- the spectrum of life. As caregivers to the elderly, understanding, acceptance and comfort with the subject of death and dying will help you and your patients. Cynthia Corbin, RN, Hospice Patient Care Coordinator, Visiting Nurse Association of Maryland. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300 or free with purchase of any other tape in this series.


o Making Decisions and Plans (20 minutes) This program presents a discussion in which a physician explains to a patient that no cure exists for the patient’s condition. Topics include: support provided by the health care team; advance directives; treatment options; and quality of life. Debra Wertheimer, MD, Medical Doctor, Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300.


o Comfort Measures at the End of Life (37 minutes) Terminally ill patients who elect not to pursue curative treatment deserve the best possible care. Health care providers must know how to provide pain control and symptom management for physical comfort. They must also be able to discuss the physiological ramifications and basic ethical principles of withholding artificial nutrition and hydration. Finally it is essential, whenever possible, to involve the family in supporting and implementing decisions. Rita Mastroianni, RN, MS, VNA. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300.


o A Conspiracy of Silence: Helping the Patient and Family to Live with Terminal Illness (20 minutes) Effective care for terminally ill patients and their families involves education about death and dying. Health care workers often find loving, caring families unable to share their fears, worries and strengths. A “conspiracy of silence” is developed to protect the patient. Through open communication, the health care professional can help patients and families replace fear and distress with spiritual and emotional strength to give life’s final stage a sense of peace and meaning. Morris Klank, LCSW, BCD, VNA. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. Discount price for series: $700. (For all four videos contact VideoPress)


• A Desperate Act: Suicide and the Elderly

(24 minutes, color) Families are often ashamed of it, institutions frequently downplay it, and society usually denies that it even exists: suicide among the elderly. This program comes the grips with the chronic depression that leads too many senior citizens to take their own lives. Promoting prevention, intervention, and follow-up, medical experts use three case studies as a basis for discussing the warning signs of depression and treatment through counseling, education, medication, electroconvulsive therapy, and occupational therapy. Ageism and the marginalization of seniors in a youth-dominated culture are also addressed. Purchase: VHS $89.95 or DVD $114.95 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Elderly Suicide

(28 minutes, color) When suicide is chosen as an alternative to chronic disease, pain, loss of mental and physical powers, economic stress, and the prospect of dependence, it often leaves family members with feelings of guilt. This specially adapted Phil Donahue program addresses the emotional issue of elderly suicide. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)



• Euthanasia

(44 minutes) Advances in modern technology have made it possible to postpone and control death and to sustain life almost indefinitely. This has raised a host of ethical questions that society must address. When does it become morally legitimate to pull the plug? Should a patient be guided to an easy death? What are the legal, moral, and ethical implications of euthanasia? This film examines these critical issues. It invites arguments from both sides of the debate. Part of the film was shot in Holland, the only country to openly permit euthanasia at the patient’s request. One learns first hand how this policy is affecting doctors, their patients, and the general public. An important film in any classroom or discussion of the “right to die” issue. Purchase: $295. Rental: $65. (Filmakers Library)

Grief: The Courageous Journey (25 minutes each) This nine-part series offers insight into grief as the catalyst for a healing process. Hosted by grief counselor Gordon Lang, the programs follow his patients as they recognize, accept, and heal from their personal experiences of loss. The series is a moving portrait that illustrates not only the pain, confusion, disbelief, anger, guilt, and powerlessness that loss brings, but the restorative power of grief:

o Understanding Grief This program introduces grief and its many possible effects. The series host, Gordon Lang, explains his counseling strategy and discusses the many forms that grief takes: anger, fear, powerlessness, guilt, and exhaustion, to name only a few.


o Loss of a Family Terry lost his family once through divorce. But when his ex-wife suddenly died, he lost them again. Because of the distance from his children, he was excluded from their grieving process and family support. This program highlights the necessity of family support and the depression that can result from isolation.


o Loss of a Relationship The breakup of a relationship can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and failure. After 22 years of marriage, Jean found herself alone, contemplating suicide. She speaks of the process of grief, of accepting her loneliness, and of her new life and how she healed her wounds.


o Loss of a Job Losing a job is usually considered tragic, but what about when the job consumed your entire life, to the detriment of your health, family, and friends? Meet Peter as he is force dot reconsider his values and comes to see his losses as gains.


o Loss of a Daughter Heather’s teenage daughter, Angie, was murdered five years ago and the case remains unsolved. Heather must cope not only with the loss of her daughter, but with the knowledge that the killer is still at large and that she has been denied the consolation of justice.


o Loss of a Son The loss of a child is always difficult to accept, but when your child commits suicide, the grief can become compounded by guilt. Meet Deanna, whose son Tim committed suicide at the age of 22. Eleven years later, she still grieves over his death and wonders what she could have done to prevent it.
o Loss of a Spouse Don and Joan were happily married. When Joan was diagnosed with terminal illness, they prepared for her death together. Although Don still feels the absence of Joan and mourns for her, he finds consolation in continuing his life and raising their son.


o Facing Death In this episode, Gordon Lang confronts his own mortality when he is diagnosed with cancer. Gordon discusses his emotions, hopes, and fears, as he contemplates his own life’s journey and its imminent conclusion.


o Portraits of Grief This program is a collection of deeply personal interviews and relates them to the different stages of the grieving process: disbelief, sadness, loneliness, depression, fear, anger, guilt, and exhaustion. The viewer also sees how grief is a process that can lead to understanding and acceptance. Purchase: $89.95, Entire Series Purchase: $699 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Hospice: An Alternative Way to Care for the Dying

(1979, 25 minutes, color) Documents the hospice movement, a specialized health care program for the terminally ill and their families. Emphasizes human caring for the patient and family, preferably in the home environment, and the object of hospice care. Shows professionals at work with patients in the physical control of pain and other symptoms, and providing psychological, social, and spiritual guidance to them and their family unit. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)


• Last Spring: Stories of Hospice

(46 minutes, color) Although revolutionary improvements in medicine constantly fuel hopes for cures, there are times when life simply cannot be prolonged. Enter hospice: end-of-life care designed to provide pain and symptom relief for the patient and support for both the patient and family. This program features case studies of people who have decided to take the hospice approach to their final weeks of life, in order to take control of the dying process and to gain a peaceful sense of closure. A Discovery Channel Production. Purchase: $129 Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Letting Go: A Hospice Journey

(90 minutes, color) For terminally ill patients and their families, hospice can provide an opportunity to find comfort, companionship and peace in the weeks, days, hours, and moments before death. Taking an intimate look at three patients - an eight year old boy with an incurable brain disease, a 46 year old woman with lung cancer, and a 62 year old man with an inoperable brain tumor - this program shows how hospice care helps them cope with fear and pain in the final stages of their lives, and prepares loved ones for their imminent loss. In addition to extensive footage of the hospice patients and their families, the program sheds light on the decision-making process of doctors, nurses, chaplains, social worker, and volunteers involved in the hospice. An HBO production. Purchase: $149. Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Life Support Decisions

(50 minutes) This important video will help elders, their families, and the professionals who work with them to understand their rights and options regarding life-support technologies and end-of-life care and decision-making. Its discussion of the many issues involved in preparing advance directives encourages everyone to consider these questions, and to communicate their wishes to their loved ones and caregivers before becoming ill or hospitalized. Purchase: $145 (Fanlight Productions)

• Living Wills

(30 minutes, color) This program examines the concept of living wills and advanced directives. Host Jamie Guth spends time with families in intensive care units, where they are forced to make decisions about life-saving care. Their experiences may serve as a guide to viewers who may want to decide before the event whether they wish to be maintained on ventilators, fluids, and drugs. Patients, their families, and doctors also present their views of the situation. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• A Matter of Life or Death: Withdrawing Life Support

(20 minutes) Focusing on the bioethical decisions involved in terminal care, this program is an extract of “Who Lives, Who Dies?”. It asks whether a patient who is dying has a right to say, “I’d rather die now.” Dr. David Finley, Director of Critical Care at New York’s Roosevelt Hospital, believes the patient’s wishes should be respected. He acknowledges, however, that it is difficult to prevent doctors, who are dedicated to saving lives, from taking heroic measures to extend them. This film not only addresses the bioethical issues as they relate to the individual patient, but to society as a whole. It questions whether the money spent to prolong the dying process should be redirected to patients who are currently denied basic care. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Filmakers Library)


• The Moral Implications of Scientific Advances: Leon R. Kass

(53 minutes) Leon R. Kass joins body and soul uniquely as a physician and philosopher. Trained as a doctor, with a degree in biochemistry, he believes that scientific discoveries have raised questions which scientific reasoning can’t answer. In this program with Bill Moyers, Dr. Kass, a professor at the University of Chicago, explores the moral implications of euthanasia and of medical advances in assisted reproduction. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• The Physical Aspects of Death: The Death Knell of Old Age

(25 minutes, color) Bob has come to the end of the road. At the age of 87, his body can no longer mend itself. This program tracks the final hours of Bob’s life as he quietly expires at home. Spectacular 3-D computer animations of cellular damage by free radicals, optic degeneration, spinal nerve damage, and brain failure; endoscopic imaging of degeneration of the heart, blood vessels, bronchi, ears, and stomach lining; and thermal imaging of bodily heat loss illustrate the body’s inability to heal and renew itself. A Discovery Channel Production. Purchase: $129.95 –VHS or $154.95 – DVD (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Religion and Euthanasia

(29 minutes) The highly controversial topic of euthanasia is examined in this program through the eyes of several medical and religious experts. Euthanasia as an acceptable practice is discussed within the context of current “right-to-die”cases, including the highly publicized assisted-suicide activities of Dr Jack Kevorkian. We see how individual rights issues often overshadow legal arguments. Efforts currently underway by religious groups to block the practice are examined. Overall, the program represents an excellent stating point for discussions about what role religion and morality should play in the euthanasia debate. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

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ELDER ABUSE


• Abandoning the Elderly

(16 minutes, color) A short time ago, an 80-year-old man in a wheelchair, an Alzheimer’s patient incapable even of speaking, was abandoned inside an Idaho stadium. In this program, his daughter explains what led her to abandon her father in such a condition. The program also reports on relatives, unable to pay for the soaring costs of medical care, who abandon the elderly in nursing homes, hospitals, and sometimes even the streets. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Adult Abuse (36 minutes)

This video offers suggestions for police officers and social workers to work together during investigations of abuse of the elderly and mentally challenged adults. It illustrates two, common situations of abuse and neglect: an elderly individual assaulted in a nursing home and a mentally challenged adult neglected and abused in his home. Purchase: $69.95. (NIMCO)


• Elder Abuse: America’s Growing Crime

(16 minutes, color) It has been estimated that 1.5 million elder American suffer neglect, mistreatment, and even financial exploitation at the hands of their own families. In this program, ABC News correspondents Dian Sawyer and Marti Emerald probe what is quickly becoming the fastest-growing family crime in the U.S. Together they investigate several cases of elder abuse and examine the efforts of crusaders such as the members of the ground-breaking Fiduciary Abuse Specialist Team, a volunteer network of social workers, bankers, lawyers, doctors, and police personnel who seek out evidence of financially abused senior citizens. Purchase: $89.95 (VHS) or $114.95 (DVD). (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies

(40 minutes) This video explores the issue of family abuse against an older adult very personally from the point of view of five different victims. Their candor in telling about their situations gives the viewer insight into the ambivalent feelings of older abuse victims as they try to find resolution to their pain. In the context of their struggle we also see the various interventions that can be used to help stop the abuse, including counseling, shelters, supportive services and legal action. Study 1: Norman, in his late seventies, has been repeatedly beaten by one of his two adult sons who live with him and his wife. Hesitant to press charges, Norman has tried leaving his home several times, but always ends up coming back. Study 2: Dorothy and Gary, mother and son, have been struggling with their relationship for several years. They share the same apartment since Gary has trouble managing financially on his own. Gary is an alcoholic and is unemployed. When Gary becomes abusive, Dorothy usually calls the police, and asks Gary to leave. However, she always takes him back in later. Dorothy and Gary are shown in a counseling session sorting out their feelings about continuing to live together. Study 3: Mary was severely battered several times by a son who was on drugs. She finally pressed charges and her son was convicted and sent to jail. Study 4: Pat has been married to a physically and emotionally abusive husband for over 45 years. She tried to leave him several times, but each time came back due to financial or health-related constraints. Study 5: Lucille has several health problems, and though she lives with her daughter, she is being cared for during the day by her ex-husband who has been abusive in the past, and threatens to be abusive again. Study Guide Included Purchase: $245 (Fanlight Productions and Insight Media)


• Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

(25 minutes) This timely video shows ways to identify the varied forms of financial abuse of older adults—by sales people, by service providers, and by family members or “friends”—and also shows how to prevent such abuse. Purchase: $165. Rental: $50. (Terra Nova Films)


• The Generation Connection:

Perceptions of Abuse (25 minutes) In this video, a group of teenagers participate in a class experience in which they view a case study of elder abuse and then discuss the dynamics of the abuse. They also discuss why elder abuse happens, and what can be done to prevent it. They conclude that awareness and understanding through education are the first steps towards dealing with the issue of elder abuse. Purchase: $175. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)

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HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH/MEDICAL ISSUES


• Alcohol, Drugs and Seniors: Tarnished Dreams

(23 minutes) Nowhere is the abuse and misuse of alcohol and drugs more cruelly felt than among older adults, as is illustrated by the four re-enacted case history vignettes in this 23 minute video. Along with showing the major warning signs of addiction, suggestions are given for helping older adults obtain professional assistance to overcome the addiction. Purchase: $215. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)


• ALS: A Reason for Hope

(18 minutes) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, mostly strikes men and women over age fifty, although famed British physicist Stephen W. Hawking has lived with the muscle-wasting disease for more than thirty years. In this program, ALS expert Dr. Hiroshi Mitsumoto of the ALS Cleveland Clinic Foundation discusses the nature of the disease, its progression, and current research under way to discover its causes. Theories include autoimmune system malfunction, free radical damage, and abnormal glutamate levels. Vitamin E and a newly approved, life-extending drug are discussed as treatments. Purchase: $129.00. Rental: $75.00. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Arthritis Exercise

(35 minutes) Finally, an exercise tape designed specifically for arthritis sufferers. Designed in consultation with the Arthritis Foundation, it takes each joint through a full range of motion. Susan Larkin, trained at Stanford Arthritis Center, has taught exercise classes for many years. Her program is designed for the full range of arthritis sufferers, from those with infrequent pain and stiffness to those chronically disabled by either rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. Purchase: $49.95. (Terra Nova Films)


• Assessing the Mental Status of the Older Person

(34 minutes) A unique opportunity to observe Peter Rabins, MD, implementing the Mini Mental State Examination to assess the mental status of elderly individuals ranging from normal to severely impaired. Behaviors documented include: confusion, loss of memory, hallucinations, loss of cognitive skills and depression. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)


• Bringing Geriatrics Home: The Benefits of Home Visits in Gerontological Assessments

(25 minutes) This documentary styled video demonstrates the value of preventive home visits in assisting older adults to age successfully. The two case studies in the video illustrate how home visitation coupled with traditional medical care can influence life style changes and improve older adults' ability to function independently. Purchase: $165. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)


• Caring for the Nursing Home Resident with Impaired Vision

(20 minutes) Many nursing home residents suffer from vision loss which can diminish the resident’s independence, functional level, social interaction and quality of life. This program describes types of vision loss and suggests ways to maximize the independence of the visually impaired resident. Produced by the Atlanta Research and Education Foundation. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200. (VideoPress)


• Chronic Anxiety in the Elderly

(27 minutes, color) This program addresses the problem of anxiety in the elderly and the diseases associated with the problem. Interviews with sufferers of GAD, Geriatric Anxiety Disorder, provide insights into the agony of the condition. General anxiety disorders, their symptoms, and the physiological manifestations are examined, including chemical imbalance, psychosocial implications, and the emotional impact on the aged brought on by radical societal changes. Caffeine, cigarettes, and alcohol are also discussed as possible instigators. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD), Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Depression and the Elderly

(28 minutes) Depression is the most prevalent mental disorder of late life. It is frequently overlooked, misdiagnosed and inadequately treated. This video examines the prevalence of depression in the elderly, describes the primary symptoms of depression, cites common causes of depression, shows examples of patient-focused objectives in dealing with depression, and demonstrates interventions with the depressed elderly client. Purchase: $219. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)



• Disordered Behavior: The Medication Culprit Three tape series by Peter Rabins, MD.


o Medication Side Effects Known to Cause Changes in Behaviors (26 minutes) This Lecture provides an introduction to medications which are widely prescribed for the elderly with documented physiological and psychological side effects. The discussion alerts the viewer to side effects such as on-set of incontinence, sleep disruption, or dizziness that can result in disordered behaviors such as anger, frustration, aggression or confusion. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300.


o Recognizing Psychological and Behavioral Side Effects to Medication (26 minutes) In a series of interviews, Peter Rabins, MD, talks with nursing assistants to find out what types of disordered behaviors they observe caring for older individuals. Discussion includes aggressive behavior, mild and extreme confusion, and depression. How do we know if medication is the culprit? Dr. Rabins helps the nursing assistants determine if the probable cause for the behavior can be medication. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300.


o Describing Side Effects to Medications (18 minutes) Dr. Peter Rabins provides guidance on how to describe potential side effects of medication for reporting purposes to other team members. Specific pointers include information which is essential and how to successfully communicate observations. Rental $100. Purchase: $300 or discount price of $800 for all three. (For all three contact VideoPress)


• Ethnic Diversity: Barrier or Benefit in Health Care of the Elderly?

(120 minutes) As proportions of ethnic minorities within the aging population continue to grow, ethnic diversity has become an increasingly important health care issue. A panel of five nationally known professionals in gerontology (Joyce T. Berry, Fernando Torres-Gil, Spero Manson, Veronica Scott, and Jennie Chin Hansen) discuss the implications of ethnic diversity related to health status, access to health care, and effective outreach. The panelists share their unique insights into the cultural values and beliefs of older health care consumers who are members of different ethnic groups. Purchase: $149. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)


• Exercise Therapy for Osteoporosis and Postural Back Pain

(55 minutes) This 55 minute tape provides and exercise routine that helps women of all ages develop body awareness, enhance posture and tone, and strengthen muscles that are involved in normal movement patterns. The routine is designed for those who have never exercised as well as those who actively exercise but need to improve flexibility, posture and release of stress. The routine is in sections and may be performed as a complete head to toe calisthenics workout. Breathing exercises and pelvic floor exercises are part of the program which will lead to improved awareness of safe and correct posture during activities of daily living. Purchase: $49.95. (Terra Nova Films)


• Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance

(15 minutes, color) This program acknowledges the legitimate concerns older people have about falling, then gently presents a positive approach to the importance of staying active. Through interviews with seniors and expert testimony from medical personal, the program stresses the health risks of inactivity for older people and suggests ways for seniors to keep moving without jeopardizing their safety. The candor and humor of the seniors who are interviewed in the program provide positive reinforcement of the program’s message. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Medications and Elders...A Delicate Balance

(33 minutes) Designed for health professional audiences, this film deals with how elders handle medications differently than younger individuals, and how this and a host of other factors lead to what is now being referred to as "America's other drug problem". The film provides some solutions to this problem and offers safe alternative pharmacological agents within several therapeutic categories. The film can be stopped at various places to allow audience discussion. Purchase: $165. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)



• Old Wives’ Tales

(40 minutes) “My husband is 50, I’m 64 and we want a baby,” says Alison Cobb, a grandmother of six who spent three years trying to have a baby using fertility treatment. Filmed in Great Britain where legislation has been introduced to deny fertility treatment to “over-age” women, this video is guaranteed to spark lively discussion. Old Wives’ Tales challenges our basic assumptions about motherhood. It asks whether older women should be allowed to undergo fertility treatment in order to have babies when they’re past the normal child bearing age. This passionate roundtable discussion between medical specialists, legislators and would-be mothers is intercut with scenes showing older women as mothers. It asks why no one frowns at men being fathers in their later years, or why age should be an issue at all. Now that science has presented women with a new option, who shall decide who may exercise it? Purchase: $195 Rental: $55 (Filmakers Library)


• Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

(19 minutes) This program distinguishes between the two types of arthritis and describes the nature of the disease and the treatments: in the case of osteoarthritis, described as a wear-and-tear disease, arthroscopic surgery, cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory medications, and surgical joint replacement; in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, various medications, from aspirin to gold salts and methotrexate, and surgery, including the benefits of early surgical intervention. Purchase: $149.00. Rental: $75.00. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Osteoporosis: New Treatments for Bone Loss

(23 minutes, color) Osteoporosis eats away at bones, leaving them dangerously weak—and there is no specific age group, gender, or ethnicity that is immune from it. What causes such debilitating deterioration, and what can be done to resist it? This program describes the symptoms of osteoporosis while providing information on medications such as raloxifene, Fosamaz, Actonel, and calcitonin. The importance of good nutrition and regular exercise as preventative measures is emphasized. Purchase: $129 Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Over-Medicating the Elderly

(28 minutes, color) Statistics indicate that at least a quarter of a million Americans are hospitalized annually because of reactions to drugs prescribed by their doctors. This specially adapted Phil Donahue program explains that the primary culprit is the pyramiding of drugs--a new drug being prescribed to control the reactions to an earlier drug. The primary victims are the elderly. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Pneumonia: All you need to know

(18 minutes) This program looks at the causes, treatments, and prevention of the fourth leading killer of the elderly ¾ pneumonia. Dr. Michael Niederman, Professor of Medicine at SUNY, discusses the recent discovery of more virulent strains. Bacteria, viruses, mycoplasmas, parasites, and fungi are identified as precipitators of the disease. Suggested treatments include a variety of antibiotics, antibacterial vaccine, and intravenous drugs. Health care professionals and day care and nursing home workers are provided with specific cautions on how to protect those in their care from contracting pneumonia. Purchase: $129.00. Rental: $75.00. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Seniors Health and Wellness

(2000,length not listed) See how important a healthy and active lifestyle is in your senior years. Meet some pretty amazing seniors who are living lives some of us can only dream about. This vido offers some important long-term advice for older adults and their children. Covers what seniors can do to improve their health and wellness through activity. Grades 9-Adult. Purchase: $89.95. (NIMCO)


• Spiritual Elderly

(60 minutes) Professor Zalman Schacter explains the model of the spiritual elder, discussing how to help older clients examine their lives and understand how apparently negative events can lead to positive outcomes. Purchase: $109. (Insight Media)


• Substance Abuse in the Elderly

(30 minutes, color) Faced with complex regiments of medication and diminished tolerances for alcohol, many elderly Americans run the risk of falling into the trap of substance abuse. In this program from The Doctor Is In, senior citizens discuss how they deal with these challenges, while Dr. James Campbell, director of the geriatric center at MetroHealth Medical Center, and Carol Colleran Egan, director of older adult services for Hanley-Hazelden Center, present some innovative programs created especially for elderly people. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock production. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Understanding Arthritis A 2 tape series by James Brodie.

When a person discovers that the pain in their joints is arthritis, it often leaves them feeling helpless and alone. These two new videos offer hope, information, and direction to those newly diagnosed with these conditions. Each program summarizes and explains the nature and course of the disease, outlines treatments, addresses unproven and folk remedies, and underscores the importance of self-management and of support groups. Viewers are shown how medication, occupational and physiotherapy, nutrition and exercise can relieve their pain, increase their mobility, and improve the quality of their lives despite their disease. The information is presented by medical and allied health professionals, as well as through interviews with people living with arthritis.

o Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis (22 minutes) Purchase: $99. Rental: $50 per day, or $100 per week

o Understanding Osteoarthritis (19 minutes) Purchase: $99. Rental: $50 per day, or $100 per week. (For both contact Fanlight Productions)

 

• Understanding Hearing Loss

(17 minutes, color) This program explains sound, hearing, hearing loss, and the relationship between listening to speech and different kinds of hearing loss. It includes realistic simulations of what speech sounds like with different kinds of hearing loss and useful hints on improving communication. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Well into Your Future:

Mental Health and Aging Created to meet the needs of a steadily growing American senior population, this series addresses important issues that affect quality of life for older men and women, as well as, their spouses, family, and friends. Through scenes of daily living, interviews, and expert commentary, the programs provide valuable insights and advice on mental wellness, the key to successful aging.


o Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Caring for the Caregiver (55 minutes) The experience of the family members and spouses in this program reflects that of thousands of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers who struggle daily with the heartfelt conflict of love and obligation. This program presents examples of caregivers who have learned to cope effectively with these stresses, restoring balance in their own lives. The importance of caregiver support groups and other outlets for the discussion of problems is closely examined. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


o Depression: Not a Normal Part of Aging (55 minutes) Though aging has its challenges, depression and its frequent companion, substance abuse, need not be among them. This program dispels the myth that there is something inherently depressing about aging. It explores the complex relationship between depression, alcohol, and substance abuse, showing how knowledge of symptoms, family support, and early treatment can restore the capacity for pleasure and contentment in most seniors’ lives. Interviews with spouses, family members, social workers, and geriatric psychiatrists are combined with candid, first-hand accounts. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


o Maintaining Mental Health (55 minutes) Aging well might be an ambiguous phrase but it does have meaning, especially for people over 60. This program tells the stories of five vibrantly alive seniors who have successfully navigated through momentous life changes. Their examples highlight important precepts for staying mentally healthy, showing how mental health is a key to successful aging. In interviews and in footage of these men and women engaged in various activities, the program provides useful tips and firsthand advice on planning for retirement, staying active, coping with grief, and making the senior years an age of new discoveries. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• When Hearing Fades: Perspective on Hearing Loss in Later Years

(1987, 59 minutes, color) Provides an understanding of the pervasive yet often overlooked area of hearing loss in the older population. Four experts in the field of aging and hearing loss discuss the audiological, social, and emotional aspects of late-onset hearing loss, including communication techniques, role of professional intervention, coping strategies, assistive devices, and the role of family and the support system. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)


• The Wilson Crisis

(57 minutes) A six month documentation of the physical and psychological rehabilitation after a stroke. Narratives from the stroke victim and his son, the caregiver, reveal the frustrations both experience. The final moments of the program document the reward of the long difficult months of rehabilitation--return to society. Rental: $100. Purchase: $400. (VideoPress)


• The Wit & Wisdom of Aging

(26 minutes, color) This program tells the story of Norman Cousins, the former editor of the “Saturday Review”, who twice refused to die although his doctors diagnosed his maladies as fatal. His experiences led him to examine the effect of the emotions on health and the immune system, and to develop a “healing hypothesis.” The new Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA is largely the result of Cousins’ theories on the healing process. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

General Aging Caregiving Options Death & dying Mental Health Issues Work - Retirement
Biological Aging Cultural Diversity Elder Abuse Intergenerational Alzheimer's - Parkinsons - Dementia

INTERGENERATIONAL

• The Adult Years: Continuity and Change - My Mother, My Daughter, My Self

(1985, 28 minutes, color) Compares expectations, perceptions, and attitudes about values and family roles as they differ among generations, ethnic groups, and communities. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)


• Close Harmony

(30 minutes) This film is again available for classroom use. A delightfully warm documentary, this film is about a senior citizens’ chorus and an elementary school chorus who join for a combined concert. When the music teacher who works with both groups discovers that the senior citizens become isolated from others by their own organizations and that the youngsters feel that “old people don’t like kids,” she plans to get the two groups together. First, they become “pen pals,” and then comes that exciting day when they meet for the first time. From there on, right through rehearsals and culminating in their concert, a bond forms to create a magical performance. This intergenerational film will move and inspire audiences and break down the stereotypical image of aging. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Filmakers Library)


• Daughter of the Bride

(29 minutes) Takes a sensitive look at how one family deals with complex and ambivalent feelings when their 66-year-old recently widowed mother falls in love again and remarries. Purchase: $175. Rental: $50. (Terra Nova Films)


• Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

(30 minutes) This 30 minute video explores this newly emerging social issue by sharing the stories of four grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The video examines, through the stories that are shared in a support group, the major issues facing a grandparent as a parent. This video should be seen by all grandparents who are facing the prospect of caring full time for grandchildren and by those who have already become the primary caregiver. Help and support are available, and this video can serve as a guide and an encouragement to grandparents who parent. Purchase: $145. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)



• Growing Old in a New Age: 8 - Family and Intergenerational Relationships

(1993, 60 minutes, color) Profiles elders as spouses and grandparents, examining how they sustain family traditions and culture. Older people describe the satisfaction and stress of caring for spouses and frail parents. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)


• H.O.M.E. There's No Place Like It

(18 minutes) With actor Bill Murry as narrator-host, this video shows the workings of a model program for housing older adults in an intergenerational housing complex, and highlights the benefits for each of the "generations" involved. Purchase: $135. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)



• Social Roles and Relationships in Old Age

(60 minutes) This video explores how the roles of family, friendship, work, and leisure evolve with age. It examines the losses of social roles from retirement or death of a loved one, and the pioneering of new roles. Purchase: $99 (Insight Media)

General Aging Caregiving Options Death & dying Mental Health Issues Work - Retirement
Biological Aging Cultural Diversity Elder Abuse Intergenerational Alzheimer's - Parkinsons - Dementia

WORK/RETIREMENT


• Adult Development

(30 minutes) This program introduces important theories about the major changes and transitions in adult life, including moving away from home, becoming a parent, changing careers, and retiring. Purchase: $139. (Insight Media)


• The Adult Years:

Continuity and Change – Lifework (1985, 28 minutes, color) This series explores the process of aging as a complex mixture of continuity and change, rather than as a series of predictable steps or stages, and is designed to introduce concepts in adult development from the perspective of psychology, sociology, biology, and history. The first program discusses the “new work ethic” and its consequences for individuals and society, focusing on the roles of work, job satisfaction, and prosperity in adult life. (Terra Nova Films)

General Aging Caregiving Options Death & dying Mental Health Issues Work - Retirement
Biological Aging Cultural Diversity Elder Abuse Intergenerational Alzheimer's - Parkinsons - Dementia

ALZHEIMER’S/PARKINSON’S DISEASES & DEMENTIAS


• The Aging Mind (2000, length not listed) Find out how your mind is affected by the aging process. Learn what you can do to help fight memory loss. We will also take a look at a very serious disease, Alzheimer’s, and see how families can help loved ones who are suffering from it. Grades 9-Adult. Purchase: $89.95. (NIMCO)


• Alzheimer’s 101: The Basics for Caregiving

(85 minutes) Structured for training professional and family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders. This video includes successful methods that have worked for them and stimulates group discussion and training activities. In addition it presents the interplay of real caregivers working real people with Alzheimer’s. The trainer’s manual provides an easy-to-follow training outline, additional background information, and resources and suggestions for introducing activities and essential background information, worksheets and resources to guide learners to further study. This video received an Honorable Mention at the Retirement Research Foundation’s National Media Awards Competition. Purchase: $295. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films) OR Purchase: $295.95. Trainer’s Manual: $16.95. Learner’s Guide: $13.95. (NIMCO)


• Alzheimer’s Care Series These important new programs address common but often misunderstood behaviors of patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. These behaviors may appear irrational, sometimes violent, and often without meaning, yet by employing the effective methods of interaction and intervention presented in this series, caregivers can redirect and defuse these behaviors while keeping patients’ dignity intact. A variety of caregivers share their experiences and thoughts on providing for residents with Alzheimer’s, while providing vivid examples of the techniques and concepts that have worked in their facilities.


o Wandering: Is It a Problem? (14 minutes) Experienced caregivers demonstrate compassionate techniques for intervening with patients who wander. Through viewing actual provider-patient interactions, students and staff will learn effective methods of redirecting the wanderer, providing a safe and secure space for residents, and avoiding escalation to an agitated state. Purchase: $165 (Fanlight Productions)


o Resisting Care…Putting Yourself in Their Shoes (14 minutes) Caregivers need to remember that, when patients resist care, they are often struggling to preserve their own dignity and to understand the confusing world of dementia in which they live. In this video, Alzheimer’s experts outline the best practices for avoiding or reducing the number of situations that lead to resistance, and demonstrate the importance of patience and compassion in the care of resistant patients. Purchase: $165 (Fanlight Productions)


o Agitation…It’s a Sign (14 minutes) When people with Alzheimer’s become agitated and aggressive, they may be trying to communicate with the world outside their dementia. Lashing out may often be their only recourse for expressing their very real fear and anxiety. Through real-life patient encounters, this video shows appropriate and compassionate techniques that can prevent or diffuse patient’s anxiety, agitation, and aggression. Purchase: $165 (Fanlight Productions)


• Alzheimer's...A Personal Story

(29 minutes) This video shares the personal struggle of three families facing Alzheimer's disease. Through the use of old photographs and footage from family movies, we see in a very personal way the progression of the disease and how it affects both the patient and the family. In each family, while there is a sense of loss and grief, love endures along with good memories of what once was. Rental: $45. Purchase: $145. (Terra Nova Films)


• The Alzheimer’s Mystery

(48 minutes, color) The diagnosis of celebrities such at Rita Hayworth and Ronald Reagan has brought Alzheimer’s disease out of the closet and into the national spotlight. This program traces the century-long initiative to understand the disease first described by Dr. Alois Alzheimer. Patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and family members discuss how they cope with the illness, while medical professionals address the disease’s pathology, research toward a cure, and the importance of compassionate healthcare. No longer stigmatized as senile, patients are sympathetically viewed as victims of an insidious disease that is reaching epidemic proportions. Purchase: $129, Rental: $75 Rental Program not available in Canada. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Alzheimer's: A Multicultural Perspective

(34 minutes) This video visits four families -- Chinese, Japanese, Latino, and Vietnamese -- as they discuss the cultural problems and dilemmas of caring for a relative with Alzheimer's Disease. Language barriers, cultural norms, lack of support, and strict adherence to traditions are discussed as obstacles to providing care and receiving assistance in caregiving. Rental: $45. Purchase: $185. (Terra Nova Films)


• Alzheimer’s: A True Story

(90 minutes, color) Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects not only the patient, but all who love and care for that person as well. This poignant program allows a rare glimpse into one couple’s experience with the fatal illness that tore their life apart, tracking the mental deterioration of Malcolm Pointon—husband, father, Cambridge professor, and gifted pianist, diagnosed at only 51 years of age. The documentary sympathetically yet unflinchingly chronicles Malcolm’s descent into dementia and his wife Barbara’s unyielding commitment to be there “in sickness and in health.” Some content may be objectionable. Purchase: $149. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Alzheimer’s: The Tangled Mind

(23 minutes, color) Until now, a diagnosis of this debilitating disease meant uncertainty and despair. Now, thanks to the pioneering efforts of researchers, breakthroughs are being made in treatments that promise hope for patients. In this program, researchers discuss how new drugs, close to approval, and old drugs, such as anti-inflammatories, are being used to alleviate symptoms. In one case study, a patient is treated with nerve growth factor. We also meet a doctor who uses an experimental form of CAT scanning to identify people at risk of developing the disease. Purchase: $129, Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

• The Alzheimer Care Kit.

A 3 tape series by Peter V. Rabins, MD. This series is designed to give you, the health professional, the family caregiver or care provider in daycare, homecare, or assisted living, the essential information you need to know to provide the best care possible for an individual with dementia, while minimizing your stress through positive care procedures.


o Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer Disease

(20 minutes) In this program, Dr. Rabins talks with several individuals at different stages of Alzheimer disease. Symptoms of the disease presented include: loss of memory, mood swings, confusion, impaired cognitive process and loss of physical function. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.


o Alzheimer Disease: Responsive Care Plans

(20 minutes) In order to deliver appropriate care to person with a dementing illness, it is important to have a care plan responsive to the individual’s condition. Dr. Rabins helps viewers develop a basic care plan which will minimize frustration for both the patient and the caregiver while maintaining important function and independence. Suggestions include: using repetition as required, cueing, providing necessary prompts, encouraging positive and cooperative behaviors, avoiding catastrophic reactions, and developing therapeutic responses. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.


o Alzhiemer Disease: Minimizing Care Problems

(20 minutes) Certain behaviors exhibited by a person with Alzheimer disease can make care more difficult if handled inappropriately. In this tape, Dr. Rabins looks at the most difficult behaviors to manage and suggests useful strategies which can reduce caregiver stress, minimize time spent in non-productive interactions, and create a better quality of life for the person suffering from dementia. Rental: $100. Purchase $200 or discount price for series of $500. (For all three contact VideoPress)



• Behaviors Associated With Dementia: Case Presentations

(28 minutes) This program, shot on location at a nursing home, documents the daily experiences of residents who exhibit difficult behaviors associated with dementia and other conditions. Behaviors include disorientation, confusion, delusions, withdrawal, depression, agitation, hostility, and aggression. There is no explanatory narration with this program. Purchase: $300. Rental: $100. (VideoPress)



• Designing the Physical Environment for Persons with Dementia

(22 minutes) This program teaches how a carefully designed physical environment can offer support and help to compensate for deficits of persons with Alzheimer's Disease or related disorder. Developed as part of the Wesley Hall pilot project, the program will be helpful to designers and administrators who are responsible for design decision, and to families caring for persons with dementia. User's manual included. Purchase: $110. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)


• Early Onset Memory Loss: A Conversation with Letty Tennis

(22 minutes) This video shows a middle aged woman in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease attempting to cope with the challenges this has brought to her and to her family. The video helps to break down public misconceptions about people with memory-impairing illnesses. Rental: $45. Purchase: $145. (Terra Nova Films)


• Helping People with Dementia in Activities of Daily Living

(22 minutes) This practical video shows both professional and family caregivers how to break down ADLs into simple tasks that people with dementia can perform without direct assistance. Learn how to help these individuals regain control over their lives. User's manual included. Purchase: $110. Rental: $45. Purchase: $109.00. (Terra Nova Films or Health Professions Press)


• Hi Buddy: The Developmentally Delayed Individual with Alzheimer Disease

(19 minutes) This film introduces the viewer to Roger, a 53-year-old man with Down Syndrome and a diagnosis of Alzheimer disease. Observing Roger at home, at work, and at a doctor’s appointment, the viewer will note the areas in which Roger is still independent and areas where he now requires assistance. Interviews with his family caregiver, his physician, and his work counselor provide essential information for family and professional caregivers working with older individuals with developmental delay and dementing illness. Despite Roger’s decline, he still retains the ability to win over the world with his smile and cheerful nature. Purchase: $200. Rental: $100. (VideoPress)



• Living in Slow Motion: Treating Parkinson’s Disease

(52 minutes, color) Until a cure is found for Parkinson’s, surgical interventions are being developed to improve the quality of life for those bold enough to undergo them. In this compelling glimpse of a debilitating disease, John Kempers chooses a stereotactic pallidotomy—performed on-screen—while Joan Sanders opts for deep brain stimulation. If successfully completed, the operations can provide a lessening of dyskinesia and other symptoms—but failure can mean permanent blindness or paralysis, and the pressure rests on both the doctors and the courageous patients to pinpoint the correct location in the brain to be operated on. Purchase: $149 Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)



• New Views on Alzheimer’s

(28 minutes, color) Research has uncovered new facts about Alzheimer’s disease, and a test has been developed that may be able to predict who will be afflicted. The subjects of this study are 550 elderly Catholic nuns. This specially adapted Phil Donahue program focuses on four of these nuns and on David Snowden, Ph.D., who oversees this study. We also meet David Masur, who developed an Alzheimer’s test and explains how he thinks we can help prevent this disease in our children. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

• Parkinson’s Disease

(19 minutes, color) This program examines the pharmaceutical and surgical treatments of Parkinson’s disease, profiling a 61-year-old author and educator who has struggled for a quarter of a century to control his symptoms. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• Parkinson’s Disease: An Update

(28 minutes, color) Parkinson’s Disease currently afflicts one out of every 100 Americans over the age of 60. How do they cope with it? And what new medical insights are being derived from the study of it? This program from The Doctor is In sheds light on both of those questions through interviews with Stanley Fahn, professor of neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and scientific director of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation; neurosurgeon David Roberts, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; and Paul Newhouse, director of the clinical neuroscience research unit at the University of Vermont. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Production. Purchase: $129 Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


• The Parkinson’s Enigma

(47 minutes, color) Using the illness of Michael J. Fox as a springboard, this program theorizes that most Parkinson’s cases are the result not of heredity but of viral attacks and environmental toxins that severely damage the substantia negra, the “gearbox of the brain.” Fox, Oliver Sacks, neurologists from The Parkinson’s Institute and The University of British Columbia, and others share insights drawn from their knowledge of Parkinson’s, encephalitis lethargica, Guam disease, and MPTP poisoning that, taken together, make a compelling argument for linking Parkinson’s to neuronal trauma. Therapies involving neuronal grafting from fetal tissue, retinal pigmented epithelial cell implantation, and transplantation of adult stem cells are discussed as well. Purchase: $149.95 – VHS or $174.95 – DVD (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)

 


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