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)
  • Aging (26 minutes, color) This Program covers the physical process of aging, examining the various body systems to see how and why they change as they age. It also shows that not all the changes in older people are inevitable and that some changes in the body can be slowed down or reversed. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Aging: The Natural Process (37 minutes, color) This program explores the natural challenges that occur to the system of the human body as it ages and describes actions that can be taken to maximize and maintain functionality.  It covers the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, central nervous, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and integumentary systems; the senses; and emotional changes.  Purchase: $319-VHS, $319-DVD (Insight Media)
  • The Aging Files (29 minutes)  Emma is 17; her grandmother Pam is 70.  In this program, researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Manchester and other educational institutions analyze quantifiable differences between the two women from five different perspectives: genetic, cellular, molecular, motor and psychological.  In the process, they discuss glycation as it relates to cataracts, longevity as it relates to the nematode genome, food metabolism as it relates to the DAF2 gene and programmed death of skin cells, as well as Pam’s and Emma’s muscular strength, short-term memory, mobility and driving skills.  Some of the major hurdles facing researchers of aging are also discussed.  Purchase: $149.95 (VHS) or $174.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • The Aging of America: Implications for Exercise Programming (45 minutes)  This video presents a review of the normal yet irreversible biological changes that occur in the various systems of the body as individuals age. It examines the impact of those changes on an individual’s level of functional capacity and discusses the implications of these changes for exercise programming. Purchase: $109 (Insight Media)
  • Beating Time  This two-part series looks at how the aging process affects body and mind – and how science is helping people maximize their chances of living long and healthy lives.  A Discovery Channel Production.
    • Treating Time (51 minutes) This program demonstrates how leading practitioners in the field of aging are helping extend human life expectancy through case studies of two middle-aged Americans.  Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
    • Minding Time (51 minutes)  This program discusses the structure and function of the brain while offering insights into how to keep the mind in shape as the body ages.  Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Drug-Drug Interactions in the Elderly (22 minutes) Because most elderly adults in the United States take many drugs at one time, they are at high risk for drug-drug interactions.  This video discusses the mechanisms of drug-drug interactions, considers potential clinical consequences and provides strategic methods for decreasing the risk of drug-drug interactions in the elderly.  Purchase $259 (Insight Media)
  • Drugs and the Elderly (10 minutes)  Describing the role of drugs in the treatment of disease, this program explains how patients and caregivers can ensure that drugs are taken as prescribed.  It addresses the problems of drug interaction, emphasizes the importance of regular drug reviews by a doctor and warns of the hazards of drug trading and hoarding drugs.   Purchase: $129 (Insight Media)
  • Eager for Your Kisses: Love and Sex at 95 (35 minutes) After mourning the loss of his wife of fifty years, Bill Cane, a 95-year –old singer/songwriter and music teacher, put an ad in the personals and went ballroom dancing in search of a new companion. Not satisfied with a platonic relationship, Bill learned how to achieve an erection by means of injecting his penis with a prescribed medicine. At the same time, Bill experienced a resurgence of creative energy and started writing and performing songs again; he compiled two CDs and set up an MP3 web site. Through interviews with Bill and women he dated, this film captures candid reflections on Bill’s determination to keep love and sex in his life. Eager for Your Kisses documents a coming trend for the future – people living vital, healthy lives, even in the bedroom, well into their old age. Purchase DVD/VHS: $189 (College/University) plus $10 S&H (New Day Films)
  • Evolution and Aging (33 minutes) In this video, Christian de Duve, the 1974 Nobel Prize winner in physiology/medicine and Harry Moody discuss the evolution of the human body and how it progresses through time. Purchase: $109 (Insight Media)
  • Forever Young: An Elixir of Youth? (50 minutes)  Ironically, what enables life to exist is what ultimately ends it: oxygen.  This fascinating program analyzes the aging process, showing ways to build a longer-lasting human.  The benefits and perils of hormones as an elixir of youth are discussed by  Ron Livesey, who runs an aging clinic in New York and Professor Stephen Shalet, an expert on the human growth hormone who explains its link to cancer.  The attempt to retard aging by slowing metabolism is seen in a man on a special diet of less than 1500 calories a day.  Molecular gerontologist  Simon Melov and  Gordon Lithgow, both of The Buck Institute for Age Research in California, discuss the most promising strategy – controlling rogue elements called free radicals, the by-products of metabolizing oxygen, with antioxidants.  A BBC Production.  Purchase: $149.95 (VHS) or $174.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • The Future of Aging (55 minutes) Examining research into the biological and mental mechanisms of human aging, this video investigates the potential of techniques that attempt to reduce or reverse the effects of aging. Leading researchers discuss hormone replacement therapy, interventionist neurology and genetic engineering and explore the social implications of increased longevity. Purchase: $199. (Insight Media)
  • Growing Old in a New Age: 2 - How the Body Ages (1993, 60 minutes, color) Describes the universal external and internal physiological changes that accompany aging, how deterioration can be prevented and advances in the search for biomarkers of aging through cellular studies. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Growing Old in New Age: 3 - Maximizing Physical Potential (1993, 60 minutes, color) Considers ways to develop the greatest physical potential in an aging individual while compensating for the effects of aging. Elders show how life style choices can help maintain an active, healthy life. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • How the Body Ages (60 minutes)  This video investigates the universal physical changes that accompany aging and explains how deterioration can be prevented.  Researchers describe advances in cellular studies and the search for biomarkers or aging.  Purchase: $99 (Insight Media)
  • The Impact of Aging on Digestion (30 minutes)  The age-related changes that alter the digestive abilities of older persons affect their nutritional intake.  This video explains that thorough assessment of a patient with digestive problems is the first step in promoting optimum nutrition.  It also addresses sensory changes, changes in oral health, psychological changes and specific nutritional requirements of the elderly.  Purchase: $259 (Insight Media)
  • Love, Intimacy and Sexuality (60 minutes) This program examines the sources of love and affection in old age and describes how aging may affect sexual and reproductive functioning.  Older adults discuss their continuing need for companionship, intimacy, love and sex.  Purchase: $99 (Insight Media)
  • Man Immortal: The Human Cell and Eternal Life (53 minutes) If aging at the normal rate is inevitable, why do children with Hutchinson-Guilford Progeria Syndrome age at many times that rate? If the death of normal cells is inevitable, why do cancer cells live indefinitely? Using these two paradoxes as a springboard, this program uses the latest research to explore the possibility of human immortality. Experts in the areas of fibroblast growth factor therapy, nutrition, genetics, aerobic metabolism and cancer research discuss the implications of their findings on the aging process. Will the next generation be the one to live forever? Not available in French-speaking Canada. Purchase: $129. Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Medication Used by the Elderly (30 minutes) This video reviews pharmacokinetics and discusses how the physiological changes of aging affect the absorption distribution, metabolization and excretion of drugs. It discusses drugs commonly prescribed for the elderly, problematic drugs and drug-drug and drug-food interactions.  It also considers the correct way to take a drug history from an elderly client. Purchase: $199 (Insight Media)
  • 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)
  • Minding Time (51 minutes)  This program explores the structure and function of the brain while offering insights into how to keep the mind in shape as the body ages. It assesses the therapeutic benefits of exercise, biofeedback, guided imagery, mind-body medicine, watsu, t’ai chi, qigong, drumming, laughter, clapping and sexuality. Purchase: $159 (DVD) (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,  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  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  Robert Lindsay, PhD, past 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)
  • Overview of Aging: Typical Patterns in Aging (39 minutes) This program details the natural process of aging, going past the obvious – wrinkles and gray hair – to explore changes that occur in body temperature, sleeping patterns, hearing and vision.  It also discusses age-related changes that occur in a normal brain.  Purchase: $259 (Insight Media)
  • The Seven Ages of the Brain (58 minutes) This program examines the growth of the brain from fertilization and explores the changes that occur in the brain through old age. It investigates patterns and connections among brain cells and their modification and eradication in accordance with changes in the environment. Purchase DVD: $169. (Insight Media)
  • Sex and Aging: Overcoming the Obstacles to Maintaining a Vital Sex Life (60 minutes) This program features an open forum about aging, sex, cultural expectations and myths. The program addresses such issues as gender differences, physical changes due to aging, interventions and suggestions for a vital sex life. Purchase: $179. (Insight Media)
  • Sexuality and Aging (30 minutes) This video reveals that sexual function and satisfaction are both possible and desirable for a majority of older adults.  It discusses the physical, psychological and social factors that may influence the individual’s sexuality and addresses ways to maintain and enhance healthy sexuality in later life.  Purchase: $259 (Insight Media)
  • Sexuality and Your Senior Years (15 minutes) This program stresses that issues of intimacy and sexuality are normal and expected in the senior years. It explains that many older adults have questions and concerns about intimacy or sexuality, but do not know where to go for answers. Purchase: $319 (Insight Media)
  • Sexuality as We Grow Older (55 minutes) Considering the physical, psychological and social factors that may influence an individual’s sexuality, this video explores ways to maintain and enhance healthy sexuality later in life.  It debunks the myth that sexual function and satisfaction cannot be realized in older adults.  Purchase: $259 (Insight Media)
  • Stealing Time: The New Science of Aging (3 volumes, 60 minutes each) From the interior of living cells to the exteriors of healthy octogenarians, this PBS set examines the possibility of intervening in the natural aging process.  It presents the findings of physiologists, microbiologists and neuroscientists on genetic aspects of aging, physiological aspects of aging, experimental interventions in the mechanisms of aging and the roles of nutrition, exercise, intellectual challenge and stress avoidance.  Purchase: $149 (Insight Media)
  • Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 (54 minutes) Flying in the face of this culture’s extreme ageism, Still Doing It explores the lives of older women. Partnered, single, straight, gay, black and white; nine extraordinary women, age 67-87, express with startling honesty and humor how they feel about themselves, sex and love in later life and poignant realities of aging. Outspoken for their generation, these women mark a sea of change. Women over 65 are already the fastest-growing segment of the population and when the baby boomers begin to turn 65 in 2011, their numbers will swell. How can we as a society remain so obsessed with youth, marginalizing so many of us? Still Doing It follows the lives of these women as well as this society’s complex relationship to aging with surprising and revelatory results. Purchase: $275, Rental: $75, Shipping and Handling: $10. (New Day Films)
  • 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)
  • Toward Immortality (Edited Version, 1983, 27 minutes, color) Looks at the research to aging process intervention and the extension of human longevity. Indicates that future extensions of the human life span will not result from medical advances in the conquering of diseases, but from life style, environment and biological/genetic factors. Suggests that humans will not simply extend the number of years lived, but also will extend the vigor of youth and middle age to much later in the life span. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • What is Dementia? (29 minutes) Defining dementia as the loss of thinking ability and memory, this program explores causes and symptoms.  It differentiates between reversible and irreversible dementia, shows how to document behaviors and considers care at every stage of the disease.  Purchase: $129 (Insight Media)
  • 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)