Caregiving/Care Options

  • Abuse and the Dementia Patient (20 minutes) Due to difficult behaviors exhibited by dementia patients, their care presents a significant challenge.  Find out from experienced nursing staff of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Geriatric Center some easy to implement strategies to prevent frustration and potential abuse situations from developing.  Purchase: $150 – VHS (Video Press)
  • 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 of America: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic (60 minutes, color) This program explores the types of dementia in the elderly, distinguishing Alzheimer’s disease from other dementias.  It discusses the changes associated with normal aging and considers the impact of dementias on families. Purchase: $259 (Insight Media)
  • 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)
  • The Aging Mind (28 minutes) This video explains how to determine whether memory loss is simply the result of age, or whether it is due to depression, vitamin deficiency, or Alzheimer’s disease. It differentiates between normal and pathological aging, stressing that poor health is not the natural result of aging. Purchase: $179 (Insight Media)
  • 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 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)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: A Family Matter (30 minutes) This video defines Alzheimer’s Disease and describes how to know if your loved ones suffers from the disease by indicating the symptoms and warning signs of Alzheimer’s. The diagnosis factors are evaluated along with physical exams, lab exams and X-rays. This program encourages the caregiver to be educated in all three stages of Alzheimer’s, so that the caregiver may plan ahead and give the proper care to the patient. Grades 9-Adult. Purchase: $89.95. (NIMCO)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: The Patient’s Perspective (15 minutes)  Peter Rabins MD, one of the leading experts on Alzheimer disease, presents the patient’s perspective of living in a world of confusion, forgetfulness and fear.  Unsure of who people are and not understanding where they are, it’s not surprising they may become easily agitated.  Comments provided by staff working on an Alzheimer Unit and a family caregiver, further develop this profile of the patient’s perspective.  An excellent tool to develop caregiver empathy and care strategies.  Purchase: $150-DVD (Video Press)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Do’s and Don’ts (26 minutes)  Rabins discusses with family caregivers their experiences after a diagnosis of Alzheimer disease.  Excellent for any family learning about the caregiver role and for support groups.  Identifies the do’s and don’ts of interacting with individuals with Alzheimer disease.  Purchase: $150 – DVD (Video Press)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: How Families Cope (28 minutes, color) In this program from The Doctor Is In, families who are caregivers provide practical information on how to manage the in-home care of a loved on who has Alzheimer’s. Important decisions, such as whether to use outside day care of in-home health aides, are discussed. Two Alzheimer’s specialists describe the stages of the disease and discuss how caregivers can modify its effects on both the patient and the family. Purchase: $129 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences) OR Purchase $129 (NIMCO)
  • Anna’s Story: Fading Memories (23 minutes, color) At 79, Anna Nelson still lives alone, not far from her daughter, Jamie. But as Alzheimer’s disease begins to set in, how much longer can the fiercely independent Anna be relied on to live safely by herself, with only a daily visit from her daughter? This program follows Jamie as she attends an Alzheimer’s support group, tours residential care facilities and finally sits down with her mother to consider assisted-living options for her final years. A Discovery Channel Production. Purchase: $129 Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Another Home for Mom (30 minutes) This gentle documentary follows one couple as they confront the difficult decision of whether to place the husband’s mother, who now has Alzheimer’s disease, in a nursing home. Purchase: $145 (Fanlight Productions or VideoPress)
  • Behavior Management and Support (18 minutes) This program explores techniques for addressing the unique needs and behaviors of cognitively impaired geriatric patients. It discusses common situations for family and caregivers and examines attitudes toward impaired geriatric patients. Purchase: $199 (Insight Media)
  • Beloved Strangers: Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease (25 minutes) Four million people in America now suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and with the aging of the Boomers, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s is expected to double within the next decade.  Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is one of the most difficult of all caregiving roles.  This video profiles three stories, among them, a young physician and newly-wed in Staten Island and a sandwich-generation family in Arizona.  Learn how to prepare for and live alongside this illness.  Purchase: $125 (Magna Systems)
  • Best Friends (14 min/20 min—different sources list different running times) Profiles a model volunteer program that provides care for persons with Alzheimer's disease in day care centers and at home. Working one-on-one with Alzheimer's patients, the volunteers provide both respite for the caregiver and safe creative companionship for the person who has Alzheimer's. Warm, touching friendships develop between volunteers and their matching person with Alzheimer's. The volunteers describe how they became involved in the program and how it has changed their lives. The video demonstrates that one-to-one attention can significantly improve the quality of life for persons with memory loss and can prevent most difficult-to-manage behaviors. This video should be seen by families and caregivers, social service and health care providers and volunteers and coordinators of volunteer programs. Purchase: $95. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films) or Purchase $45. (Health Professions Press)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Caregiving With Grace (36 minutes) (Portions of this film are included in the documentary “Grace”) Focus shifts in this program to the caregiver’s role. Grace is no longer able to speak and needs assistance with activities of daily living. Purchase: $400. Rental: $100. (VideoPress)
  • Caring for the Alzheimer's Resident: A Day in the Life of Nancy Moore (28 minutes) This video depicts an aide caring for persons with Alzheimer's Disease in a special care unit. A subtle but persistent theme throughout the video is the recognition and validation of the critical role of the aide in determining the quality of care. Purchase: $ 59.95. Rental: $25. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Caring for Your Parents (39 minutes, color) This program deals with the problems of caring for elderly parents while attempting to maintain one’s own family and career. It looks at the signals that a parent may need help in taking care of him or herself. It shows how to deal with a parent’s anger and helplessness, adjust to role reversal and choose between available options for handling tough problems. Purchase: $149. Rental: $ 75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Caring...Sharing: The Alzheimer's Caregiver (38 minutes) By Hal Kirn. Caregivers are the "second victims" of Alzheimer's disease. This video examines what it means to be a caregiver: the frustrations, the fears, the day-to-day loneliness, stress, anger and guilt - but there are also moments of joy. Caregivers sometimes find themselves growing in surprising ways, developing strengths they never knew they had. They become valuable sources of help for one another in support groups, sharing ideas, solving problems and helping each other cope. Featuring a diverse group of caregivers as well as experts on aging, this program vividly illustrates the problems of caring for a patient with Alzheimer's, but it also offers some solutions. Purchase: $195. Rental: $50 per day OR Purchase: $145 (Fanlight Productions)
  • The Checker King (39 minutes) An inspiring story that’s nonetheless honest about the darker realities of aging and depression.  After the death of his wife, Harold became depressed and even suicidal until, at 81, he entered the National Checkers Championships.  Purchase: $229-VHS (Fanlight Productions)
  • 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)
  • A Choice Among Risks: Physical Restraints Rejected (30 minutes) By Alice Herb, JD and Nancy Neveloff Dubler, LLB. Two actual nursing home residents, along with their family members and caregivers, confront the issues of risk involved in the use of physical restraints. Both men have fallen numerous times since being admitted; one even needed stitches. Yet both say that the psychological impact of being restrained has been "devastating." This documentary examines the ethical and practical issues involved in developing innovative, restraint-free environments to maximize resident autonomy and well being. It can be used effectively with students of nursing, gerontology, social work and ethics and in continuing education for all long-term care personnel. Purchase: $125. A second source: Purchase: $75. Preview: $35. (Health Professions Press)
  • 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)
  • Conversations at Bayview Circle (20 minutes) A must-see video for all staff working in long-term care. Viewers will gain residents’ perspectives on aging, losses associated with aging and long term care. By listening to these residents, staff can gain a new appreciation for the individuals for whom they care. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)
  • Curtain Call (52 minutes) This video unfolds the true story of the clash of emotions between a mother who has had a stroke and her daughters, as they struggle to find a balance between the daughters' concern for her safety and the mother's desire to make her own choices and live her own life. Curtain Call effectively and emotionally engages the viewer with questions of risk and protection, autonomy and independence, family dynamics and the roles of caregivers, as well as the broader questions of aging and meaning and the struggle for independence in later age. Purchase: $149. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Dealing with Alzheimer's: A Common Sense Approach to Communication (21 minutes) With this video, caregivers can benefit from proven strategies designed for nursing facilities, adult day centers and families. Helpful verbal and non-verbal communication methods complement diverse techniques for preventing or reducing inappropriate behaviors. Dementia results in many changes- learn to manage and understand them. Purchase: $135. Rental: $45. Contact Terra Nova Films, A second source: Purchase: $135. Preview: $35. (Health Professions Press)
  • Dealing with Alzheimer's: Facing Difficult Decisions (20 minutes) This video outlines the process that families might follow as they face difficult decisions when a loved one is in the middle and late stages of Alzheimer's disease. Three different families talk about their decisions regarding care at home versus nursing home care and about decisions regarding hospitalization, medical treatment, resuscitation and tube feeding in the later stages. Purchase: $135. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Dealing With the Elderly (30 minutes) Examines in detail, problems encountered with Alzheimer’s disease. This video features two situations: A man with Alzheimer’s wanders away from home and is found at the airport where he is detained by officers who try to identify him. Next an elderly, diabetic woman is inadvertently left in her home with no food to eat. Purchase: $69.95. (NIMCO)
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: An Overview (29 minutes) This video provides an overview of the symptoms and indications of Alzheimer’s Disease and considers treatments and interventions.  It reviews key features of Alzheimer’s disease across the continuum of its progression and considers the impact it and other dementia-causing diseases have on the family.  Purchase: $259 (Insight Media)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Dress Him While He Walks (20 minutes) Since it’s rarely possible to change the behaviors of patients who can’t understand or remember, those caring for people with Alzheimer’s must modify their expectations and learn to intervene only when truly necessary. This sensitive and realistic video demonstrates practical ways of dealing with behaviors such as wandering, angry outbursts and delusions. Though designed primarily for nursing home staff, it will be valuable for family caregivers as well. Purchase: $145. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films) OR Purchase: $139 (Fanlight Productions)
  • 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)
  • Elder Care: The Swedish Choice (1994, 57 minutes, color) As America analyzes its own public policy on elder care, this video provides an opportunity to see caregiving options that exist elsewhere. Sweden has a progressive approach to social issues and a high percentage of elderly in the population. Noted American gerontologists have studied the “Swedish Model” in the belief that, despite differences in our two societies, America can learn from the Swedish approach, which emphasizes independence, security and dignity in elder care. This video documentary profiles the options available for Swedish elderly and consists of material shot entirely in Sweden. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova films or Penn State Audio Visual Services) OR Purchase $189 (Insight Media)
  • Elder Parent Care: The Family Meeting (30 minutes) This unique video teaches families who need to care for an elderly parent how to work together to develop a shared caregiving plan. It takes an in-depth look at how one typical family comes together to assess its elder parents’ needs. Faced with obstacles that beset most families, the family’s goal is to develop a plan the whole family, including the elders, can support. Following a five-step decision making process, the family learns how to gather information, formulate and evaluate options and create and act on a plan. Viewers guide included. Purchase: $129. Rental: $40. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Eliminating Negative and Abusive Interactions: A Two-Tape Series, Purchase: $250 (Video Press)
    • o Caregiver Stress Triggers (27 minutes) Considers multiple demands placed simultaneously on the caregiver.  The program also addresses caregiver stress generated by combative, uncooperative and confused behaviors.  Purchase: $150 – VHS
    • o Preventing and Reducing Negative and Abusive Responses (26 minutes) Reviews a series of situations that can precipitate inappropriate caregiver responses.  Appropriate and positive management for each situation is presented.  Purchase: $150 – VHS
  • 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)
  • Facing Death (24 minutes) This video helps caregivers overcome their fear of death and become more comfortable working with dying patients.  Five hospice workers share their personal experiences and insights and look at caregiver anxieties, understanding patients’ needs and establishing trust.  Purchase: $199 (Insight Media)
  • Family Caregivers (30 minutes, color) This program steps into the lives of caregivers and their families and offers ideas for dealing with the stresses. Maggie Strong, author of “Mainstay,” a book about caregiving based on her experiences in caring for her husband, talks about the Well Spouse Foundation and other help available to caregivers. Leonard Kaye and Jeffrey Applegate, professors at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College, discuss their research on men as caregivers. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • A Family Decision (25 minutes) Placing an elderly family member in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience. Complex emotions collide with rational thought. Guilt and anger mix with love and concern. This video focuses on the emotional difficulties of that experience. In this video presentation, people openly discuss the experiences and feeling that went into their own decision making process. Purchase: $245. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • For Safety Sake: For Caregivers of the Elderly (41 minutes) This video is designed to utilize an adult learning style based on the viewing of video scenarios followed by goal oriented discussions. The main focus of this program is to make caregivers become more alert of potential safety problems in homes where the elderly live. It touches on two major safety categories: Physical and Medication/Food interactions. Video includes manual. Purchase: $79.95. (NIMCO)
  • A Friend in Need (30 minutes) This video provides basic information on managing care for the aging and the disabled. It gives a good overview of different caregiving options and of the many and varied caregiving services available to those who need them. It also notes the importance of the caregiver taking care of him or her self and demonstrates ways in which these services can help relieve the stresses on the caregiver as the demands of caregiving increase. Purchase: $135. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • A Good Day in Long-Term Care: The Resident’s Perspective (15 minutes)  Have you ever stopped to think, what makes a good day for a resident in long-term care?  Residents explain with great conviction a good day in long-term care can mean: Someone bringing you a drink when you are thirsty; being included in a favorite activity even though you didn’t remember it was on the schedule; getting to sit next to someone you like in the dining room; or being taken for an extra walk.  These are just a few of the things residents mention.  Purchase: $150-DVD (Video Press)
  • Grace (58 minutes) This unique program follows the life of Grace Kirkland, who suffers from a progressive dementia disorder and the inspirational caregiving efforts of her husband for a period of seven years. At the onset, Grace is seen to be having difficulty with short-term memory. Nonetheless, her enthusiasm for life shines through her troubled moments. Four years later, Grace is no longer able to speak and paces through her home. Two years later Grace is no longer able to walk or eat without assistance. This program is a tribute to the spirit of Grace and the care provided by her husband. Rental: $100. Purchase: $400. (VideoPress)
  • 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)
  • Growing Up, Growing Old (2002, 56 minutes) In twenty years, an estimated fourteen million people will need long-term care, twice as many as today. Who will care for us in the future and how will we pay for it? Meet a number of dedicated caregivers struggling to provide the best possible care for loved ones and clients. Though they describe great rewards from the choices they have made, the physical, emotional and economic challenges they face remain daunting and the resources available to support them are few. Rental: $60/day OR Purchase: $199. (Fanlight Productions)
  • 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)
  • Home Care (19 minutes, color) The reasons for the growth of home care, the advantages for patient and family and the new medical technologies suitable for home use--cardiac beepers, spring loaded syringes, portable oxygen systems, respiratory ventilators, among others--are described in this program. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Home Care: Coping with Change (24 minutes) For the family caring for an elderly loved one at home, or facing the decision to do so, this video will help them recognize and understand some of the issues and stresses involved in that caregiving. The video converts the following topics: understanding losses, coping with new demands and disruptions, changes in relationships, conflict, resolving negative feelings, finding help and communicating. Purchase: $ 125. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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)
  • I Know A Song: A Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease (24 minutes) This artfully made documentary shows that Alzheimer’s disease need not be the end of a loving relationship. Filmmaker Brenda King stood by her mother from her first lapse through her decline. During the six years she cared for her mother at home, Brenda kept an emotional rapport with her, accepting her increasing limitations. She adapted to the changing role of being a “parent” to her mother. Her mother is now in a nursing home, showing great physical and mental decline. Undeterred, Brenda reaches out to her by song and touch. Sometimes she gets a response and sometimes not. But Brenda feels the bond of love continues between them. This upbeat film should be shown to caretakers of Alzheimer’s patients, both professionals and families. Purchase: $125 Rental: $50 (Filmakers Library)
  • An Introduction to Home Care for the Elderly (15 minutes) This program for pre-service and in-service training will provide the home health aide with competencies required for working with the elderly. It may also be useful for other caregivers of the elderly both in the home and institutional setting. Topics covered in the tape are: accommodating hearing, visual, communication and memory impairment; demonstrating respect for elderly individuals; understanding and respecting advance directives; special considerations when working with the terminally ill; and recognizing and reporting important changes in health. Prepared in cooperation with: Physician House Call Programs, UMB; Bay Area Health Care; and Beverly Baldwin, Ph.D., RN. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)
  • I’m Pretty Old (20 minutes) Growing to be very old means adjusting to gradual losses—of eyesight, hearing, mobility and sometimes independence. While a nursing home is often the best possible arrangement in terms of care and security, for many it means adjusting to a very different lifestyle. In this engaging video several residents of a nursing home discuss aspects of aging and of life in a long-term care facility. Purchase: $135 (Fanlight Productions) OR Purchase: $300. (Video Press) OR Purchase: $145. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Incident Report (24 minutes) By Ben Achtenberg & Jacqueline Shearer. An outstanding tool for staff training in abuse prevention, this film dramatizes an incident in which an elderly nursing home resident and her nurse are both injured. As they and the others involved -- the home's nursing supervisor and administrator and an investigator from the Department of Public Health -- attempt to unravel why the incident occurred, they confront many of the daily stresses which can affect patient care in even the best facilities. Purchase: $145. Rental: $50 per day, or $100 per week. (Fanlight Productions)
  • In Sickness or in Health: Making Decisions in Long Term Care (33 minutes) Every day, nursing facility staff face complicated decisions about residents’ health care. This compelling videotape shows how nursing facilities can deal with difficult ethical issues with the help of ethics committees, resident and family care conferences, staff meetings and advance directives (such as living wills and durable power of attorney). Two residents are profiled in this thought-provoking study, giving viewers the opportunity to learn first-hand how residents’ rights are identified and protected. Includes a 24-page companion study guide. Purchase: $75. Preview: $35. (Health Professions Press)
  • In the Moment (22 minutes) Two families deal with the stresses and changes involved in caring for a parent that has Alzheimer's. The Honel family decides to care for their father in their own home and they deal with the profound emotional stresses that accompany that choice. The Hagwoods make use of adult day care and then finally face the need to place their mother in a nursing home. This video raises several issues central to the experience of caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease and will generate therapeutic discussion amongst those who see it. Purchase: $165. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • I Think We're Going to Make It (Retrain, Don't Restrain) (39 minutes) This video depicts a multidisciplinary approach to the planning, implementation and evaluation of a restraint-free environment for the frail elderly. Divided into five segments, each segment emphasizes the special needs of the vulnerable older adult for safety and comfort. Purchase: $ 179. Rental: $ 45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Labor of Love: Five Stories of Caregiving (45 minutes) The numbers are staggering. Over 25 million North Americans are currently looking after elderly relatives with health problems. Shot over an entire year, this video shows the human side of caregiving—the loving bonds, the frustrations and heartaches, the mundane tasks and the constant fatigue. “Labor of Love” includes five intimate profiles of caregivers and their families and takes us to the heart of what it means to be a caregiver, offering hope for everyone who is caring for a family member. Purchase: $165. Rental: $50. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Living in Long-Term Care: The Resident’s Perspective (19 minutes) What’s it like to leave your home, your belongings, your world and enter a nursing home?  Suddenly a stranger is your roommate, you don’t decide what and when you’ll eat and someone in the hall is always calling out.  And then you discover, your quality of life depends nearly totally on your nursing assistants. Purchase: $150-DVD (Video Press)
  • Living With Alzheimer's: A Partnership in Caring (19 minutes) An excellent overview of how Alzheimer's affects the caregivers and families of those who have the disease. Viewers learn why it is important in the beginning stages to rule out other disease as the cause of memory loss. Professionals describe the three stages of Alzheimer's and the kinds of caregiving needed by the patient in each stage. Viewers will learn: the progressive effects of the disease; the variability of the disease's effect on different people; the importance of providing care for the caregiver; the importance of addressing legal and financial concerns early; and community resources where assistance can be obtained. Alzheimer's disease often frightens and overwhelms both those with the disease and their caregivers, especially when the disease is newly diagnosed. This video will help to dispel fears and offers calm, reassuring information on helpful supports and services. It should be required viewing for caregivers, families and friends of those who have been newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Purchase: $145. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Living with Alzheimer Disease—The Family Caregiver’s Guide Physicians, geriatricians, nurses and social workers should definitely make this series available to family members after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is made. This series will be helpful both to family caregivers and to family members who visit relatives in long-term care.
    • o The Beginning (20 minutes) Peter Rabins, MD, talks with several individuals caring for families with relatives in the early stage of Alzheimer disease. Topics include: what symptoms indicate the need for an evaluation; what family members should do if Alzheimer’s disease is suspected but the person refuses an evaluation; how to make determinations about a person’s ability to live alone; what options are available to maintain independence as long as possible; how to determine if driving is no longer an option and how this situation should be handled; appropriate caregiver responses to loss of memory, confusion and disorientation associated with the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease; simple environmental modification; designing therapeutic, positive interactions; how to continue “family life”; accepting the diagnosis and going on.
    • o The Middle Years (20 minutes) Peter Rabins, MD, talks with family members caring for relatives during the second stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Topics include: how to manage potentially distressing behaviors—aggression, wandering, memory loss; developing a therapeutic routine for the patient; maximizing independence—minimizing frustration and catastrophic reactions; realizing the implications of memory loss and cognitive impairment; establishing reassuring responses; creating a safe environment; what to do in potentially embarrassing situations; and maintaining family and social life.
    • o Endings (20 minutes) Family members share with Peter Rabins, MD, their experiences during the final years of Alzheimer’s disease. Issues discussed include: what to anticipate, how to manage increased care needs, respite care, important decisions near the end of life and dealing with the ever-increasing loss.
    • o The New Relationship (20 minutes) Alzheimer’s disease changes relationships. A spouse or an adult child may suddenly find a relationship of decades no longer exists. Now a caregiver, the family member may need to assume for the first time a “parental-adult-decision-making” role. The family wage earner may suddenly become the homemaker. And very frequently the caregiver has to assume more than one role. Often people who take on this responsibility may not want to, or may not understand how. The result can be anger, frustration, despair, feelings of hopelessness, feelings of being overwhelmed or feelings of loss. In this program  Peter Rabins talks with family caregivers about the changes they have experienced in their relationships and how they have managed to create new positive roles.
    • o The Caregiver’s Options (20 minutes) After the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is made, family members need to create a care plan. Not all family members will have the same strengths to contribute to the care of the individual with Alzheimer’s disease, but there is generally something that everyone can contribute. The needs of the person with Alzheimer’s disease will be changing continuously and the family needs to be responsive to these changes. The disease also brings out different behaviors in different people. Some individuals will be forgetful and polite, others will be aggressive and combative. Options considered by the family will often be dependent on the behavior of the individual with Alzheimer’s disease and financial resources. Join several families, as they discuss with  Peter Rabins the options they have explored including: rotating family caregivers, daycare, respite care, foster care, long-term care and home health care.
    • o Ethical Issues (20 minutes) As much as any other disease associated with aging, Alzheimer’s disease raises many ethical questions. Each family will find some decisions comfortable and others difficult. Topics discussed in this tape include: getting an assessment, taking away independent living, the driving dilemma, what to do when the truth is upsetting, advanced directives, making medical decisions, feeding tubes and antibiotics. Purchase: $200 each or $1000 for the series. Rental: $100 each. (VideoPress)
  • Looking Beyond Words
    • o Part 1 (23 minutes, color) This section teaches viewers how to analyze the behavioral symptoms and messages of people suffering from dementia. It presents a framework for identifying the triggers of behavioral symptoms and explores strategies for refocusing behavior.  Purchase: $259-VHS, $309-DVD, $299- Windows CD-ROM (Insight Media)
    • o Part 2 (23 minutes, color) This section details the characteristic cognitive and behavioral impairments of late dementia.  It defines catastrophic reactions, agitation and inappropriate sexual behavior and considers resistance to dressing and bathing.  It teaches viewers how to help patients in a respectful manner.  Purchase: $259-VHS, $309-DVD, $299- Windows CD-Rom (Insight Media)
  • Managing and Understanding Behavior Problems in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (a 10 video series) This ten part video series and 77 page manual present a comprehensive training program designed to teach institutional and in-home caregivers effective strategies for dealing with Alzheimer's patients. Viewers are taught to develop strategies for dealing with problems such as anger, agitation, depression, paranoia, delusions, catastrophic reactions, wandering and inappropriate sexual behavior. Complete package consists of 10 videos and 77 page manual. Purchase: $295. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Marge and Walter (30 minutes) Shot from the perspective of the family caregiver, this program documents Marge Lewandowski as she cares for her husband with multiple health problems during the last year of his life. A profile in love and caring—the challenge presented to the home caregiver. A follow-up program, “Marge: Supporting the Family Caregiver,” presents an interview with Marge one year after her husband’s death and identifies areas of caregiver concern. Available free of charge with the purchase of “Marge and Walter.” Printed materials. Purchase: $400. Rental: $100. (VideoPress)
  • Mr. Nobody (35 minutes) This film deals with the difficult issues of community intervention when a reclusive elder neglects himself to the point of offending his neighbors. 65-year-old Jack Huggins lives alone in a house crammed with discarded appliances and junk. His neighbors find his behavior upsetting. At what point is he to be considered incompetent? This portrait is widely used by social work professionals because of its realism and sensitivity. Purchase: $295 Rental: $65 (Filmakers Library)
  • My Mother, My Father; My Mother, My Father…Seven Years Later When a parent grows old it often falls to their adult children to provide care for them. These celebrated documentaries take a candid look at the families and their deep and often conflicting feelings as they deal with the stresses involved in caring for an aging parent.
    • o My Mother, My Father (33 minutes) In this program, we meet four families dealing with an aging parent. One family has chosen to have the husband’s father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, live with them, while others have chosen either nursing home care or some level of in-home support. Purchase: $185 (Fanlight Productions) OR $339 (Insight Media)
    • o My Mother, My Father…Seven Years Later (42 minutes) This program checks in with each family seven years after the original filming to explore changes over the years in family dynamics and caregiving needs. The caregivers reflect on their own aging and on their plans for when they become dependent on others. Purchase: $185 (Fanlight Productions) OR $339 (Insight Media)
  • A New Home (28 minutes) Four families from different background candidly discuss their experiences in placing a family member in a long term care facility. Topics covered are: how they made the decision; the initial adjustments after admission; and the ongoing practical matters such as visiting, roommates and coping emotionally. Purchase: $ 150. Rental: $ 45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • No Place Like Home: Long-Term Care For the Elderly (55 minutes) Providing home care rather than institutionalized care is often less costly to the public and more desirable for the older person. This documentary shows several alternatives to institutionalizing the elderly. In New York City’s Greenwich Village, the local hospital provides a visiting team of doctors, nurses and social workers to care for the frail, elderly at home. In rural Appalachia, training is available for family members to care for their infirm elders. In San Francisco, vans pick up the elderly at their homes and take them to senior centers where they can receive medical and other support services. In conclusion, Miss Hayes says, “Older people deserve choices. For most of us, there’s no place like home.” Purchase: $295 Rental: $75 (Filmakers Library)
  • Not My Home (45 minutes) A compelling look at life inside a nursing home. In candid interviews, nurses and aides discuss the demands of caring for residents in the face of tight schedules and minimal staffing. Residents discuss how the depersonalization of institutional living makes dealing with the basic problems of aging more trying and their family members reveal the guilt they feel at not being able to provide the care their relative needs. Purchase: $195 (Fanlight Productions)
  • 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)
  • Nursing Home Care (19 minutes, color) This program shows that some senior citizens can live independently with a minimal amount of community help. However, many seniors require more assistance. The program shows a well-run nursing home, provides criteria for evaluating nursing homes and suggests alternative care for seniors. Purchase $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • One East (29 minutes) This program documents vivid realities of a long-term care environment. As staff provide basic care, they demonstrate positive interactions with residents suffering from dementia. Even with combative residents staff respond firmly but in a caring manner. Shot on location at the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center. Rental $100. Purchase: $400. (VideoPress)
  • Parenting Our Elderly Parents (100 minutes) This video details the case of an adult son who has lost his marital home and is living in his elderly mother’s home.  Patricia J. Pitta implements her theory of integral family therapy as she strives to support and enable the adult son in caring for his aging mother and also preserving his aging mother and also preserving his quality of life.  It covers setting boundaries, setting realistic goals and nurturing relationships.  Purchase: $149 – VHS (Insight Media)
  • Parenting our Parents (26 minutes) As the population of senior citizens grows, more middle-aged people find themselves overwhelmed. They are the “sandwich generation,” staggering under the double burden of growing kids and chronically ill or disabled parents. Eighty percent of the care given the elderly is provided by families at tremendous cost ¾ financial burdens, guilt feelings, physical and mental stress and family discord. As the size of the elderly population increases, the forecast is for a society of the old caring for the very old. This program examines various ways of coping with the stress of caring for aging parents and suggests personal and political remedies. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • A Perspective of Hope (28 minutes) Highlights a unique program which involves schools of nursing in improving the quality of care for nursing home residents. Through the lives of individual students, faculty, staff and most importantly, patients and families, it presents a positive but realistic view of nursing on the frontiers of change. Purchase: $99 (Fanlight Productions)
  • A Prescription for Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself (60 minutes) From a listing of videos on Alzheimer’s disease. Filmed in front of a live audience of caregivers, this presentation is packed with humor and stories from real life. Topics include: Heeding resentment as a warning sign of doing too much; the many feelings of anger, resentment, guilt, sadness; options for self-care; figuring out how much care is “enough.” Caregivers and professionals who assist them will find ideas on how to make life better for both the giver and the receiver of care. Rental: $39. Purchase: $89. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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. Purchase: $200.00. Rental: $100.00. (VideoPress)
  • Reducing Resident Depression: Assessment and Intervention (20 minutes) Long-term care residents candidly discuss their personal experiences with depression, relating it to their age-related physical, social and emotional losses. Specific strategies are presented for symptom management, which may be applied by geriatric nursing assistants and other staff. Emphasized is the significant contribution to resident well-being that can be made by recognizing and positively responding to depression. Interview format, Karen M. Stanley, MS, RN, CS and Robert P. Roca, MD, MPH. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)
  • Recognizing and Preventing Caregiver Burnout (23 minutes) Helps caregivers recognize signs of burnout.  Topics include: caregiver personality changes, signals of caregiver depression, increasing frustration, feelings of hopelessness and social isolation.  Purchase: $150 – DVD (Video Press)
  • Recognizing and Responding to Emotion in Persons with Dementia (22 minutes) Improve care and reduce unpleasant outbursts by learning to interpret the facial expressions, vocal signs and body language of persons with dementia who can no longer verbally express their likes and dislikes. This training video comes with a facilitator’s guide plus a large poster that provides lasting aid for staff who are responding daily to resident emotions. Purchase: $139.00. (Health Professions Press)
  • The Resident with Dementia: Strategies To Promote Dressing Independence (20 minutes) This program demonstrates behavioral strategies that promote dressing independence for residents with dementia. Specific strategies caregivers can apply are demonstrated. An instructor’s manual provides suggested utilization. Cornelia Beck, PhD, RN. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)
  • Respite: Taking Care (22 minutes) By Jane Feinberg, Kellogg Respite Care Project. This sensitive documentary profiles four families who are caring for elderly relatives at home with the help of a variety of community respite services: a support group, adult day care and a in-home respite program. This is an effective tool for recruiting volunteers and for encouraging families to take advantage of services available to them. Purchase: $145. Rental: $50 per day, or $100 per week. (Fanlight Productions)
  • 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)
  • Seven Days a Week (30 minutes) This film takes a behind-the-scenes look at how excellence and quality care can be achieved in nursing homes. Filmed in a documentary style over a nine month period, the film focuses on the work of one particular nursing home owner who is committed to quality care and respect for the residents in her facilities. This video presents us with a hopeful and challenging picture of what we should expect from a well-run nursing home. Purchase: $ 95. Rental: $ 45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Solving Bathing Problems in Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (22 minutes) Analyzes real-life bathing situations to demonstrate how flexibility, sensitivity and persuasion can be employed to reduce aggression and agitation. Purchase: $129.00. (Health Professions Press)
  • Someone I Love Has Alzheimer's Disease (17 minutes) By Lifecycle Productions, hosted by Shelley Fabares. Most of the estimated four million Americans with Alzheimer's are cared for at home, by their families. While the children in these households often take part in caring for their grandparents or other family members, there are few programs available to help them deal with the difficult practical and emotional problems they may experience as a consequence. In this new video we meet several kids, ages seven through fifteen, who talk about what it has been like for them to live and cope with someone who has this confusing disease. Their stories, impressions and advice will help other children, as well as offer insight to their parents and professionals. This is an invaluable educational tool for nursing home administrators, psychologists, social worker, teachers, guidance counselors, nurses and librarians. Purchase: $145. (Fanlight Productions)
  • Someone Who Cares (14 minutes) This video addresses the need for care of older, frail adults who choose to remain in their own homes. This care can be provided by many different persons, including home care workers, professional home care agency staff and family members. Viewers will learn new techniques for evaluating and addressing difficult situations that occur in giving care to older homebound persons. The video shows the benefits of home care and educates families about the home care industry. Purchase: $145. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Something Should by Done About Grandma Ruthie (54 minutes) By Cary Stauffacher. A moving and unsettling portrait of the film maker's family as they struggle to deal with her 85-year-old grandmother's deteriorating mental condition due to Alzheimer's disease. Though still physically healthy, Ruth Hammer no longer can be relied on to bathe and feed herself, or even to remember where and with whom she is. Her children live out of town and a series of compassionate caregivers find themselves unable to deal with her growing disorientation. Yet Ruthie refuses to leave her long-time home and the family must confront the necessity of medicating her against her will and, eventually, of forcibly moving her to a long-term care facility. Purchase: $195. Rental: $50 per day OR Purchase: $145 (Fanlight Productions)
  • Step by Step: Responding to Mental Illness in the Geriatric Population (28 minutes) From the nationally respected authority, Peter Rabins, MD, a new guide providing a step-by-step approach to working with elderly individuals with mental illness. Specific conditions will include patients with confused responses, agitated and aggressive responses, depressed responses and no responses. In this practical management guide, staff in long-term care, home-health care and senior day care will learn how to approach and interact with individuals as well as how to improve patient’s behavior through positive management. Staff will also learn how to manage personal feelings and how to report successful strategies. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)
  • 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)
  • A Thousand Tomorrows (30 minutes) One of the rarely discussed effects of Alzheimer’s disease is its impact on intimacy and sexuality. In this outstanding video, spouses of people with Alzheimer’s speak candidly about the blurring of their roles, about changes in behavior that affect intimacy and about the whole range of complicated emotions surrounding their spouses’ illness. We hear from some of the spouses about the changes in their feelings about their own sexuality. A Thousand Tomorrows sets a tone of candor and respect that will help eliminate the difficulty both family members and professionals may have in comfortably discussing this issue. Purchase: $265 (Fanlight Productions) OR Rental: $55. Purchase: $265. (Terra Nova Films) OR Purchase: $265. Preview: $35. (Health Professions Press)
  • To Care: A Portrait of Three Older Caregivers (28 minutes) Harriet has multiple sclerosis, Millicent has had a stroke and Donald has cancer. All three are being cared for at home by elderly relatives. This moving documentary honestly portrays the difficult mix of needs and emotions experienced by both the givers and the recipients of care. Recommended for hospice workers, senior citizens’ organizations, hospitals, clinics and mental health professionals. Purchase: $99. (Fanlight Productions)
  • The Unopened Milk Carton: Eating with Assistance (20 minutes) Encouraging and assisting older individuals to feed themselves promotes functional independence. Proper preparation enables easy access to food and drink and is essential to facilitate independence. An unopened milk carton or juice container may be an insurmountable barrier. Demonstrations provide essential guidance for nursing assistants, home health aides, family members and other caregivers. Debra Wertheimer, MD, Associate Director, Clinical Services, Levindale Geriatric Center and Hospital. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)
  • Voices of Caregiving: Insights From Along the Way. (30 minutes) Seven caregivers who participated in the Medicare Alzheimer's Project share their stories of caring, while offering insights to others who want to understand or assist caregivers. the poignant stories they share are sometimes painful, sometimes humorous. Rental: $45. Purchase: $165. (Terra Nova Films)
  • The Way Home (2002, 56 minutes) There are many places we choose to call "home" in our lives, but none of these choices may be as laden with anxiety as the place we pick to live out our "golden years." The people in this moving new documentary are struggling to find the best possible living situations for themselves or for their loved ones, whether it be at home, in adult foster care, or in an assisted living, residential, or nursing care facility. Rental: $60/day OR Purchase: $199. (Fanlight Productions)
  • 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)
  • What Shall We Do With Mom and Dad? (22 minutes) This video presents two real life situations where adult children are wresting with how to best care for an ailing parent. In part one we see a daughter trying to deal with her own sense of loss and obligation for a mother who has Alzheimer's disease and a father who is increasingly unable to care for her. Part two deals with the concerns of a daughter who lives in one state and a 90-year old father who lives alone in another, 2000 miles away. The video and its sensitively written discussion guide focus on helping adult children and aging parents to understand each other's feelings and concerns as they struggle with these difficult and challenging transitions. Purchase: $185. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • When the Day Comes: Women as Caregivers (28 minutes) The vast majority of ailing elderly people are taken care of at home by a family member, usually a wife, daughter, or mother. Women, traditionally, are expected to cope with family responsibilities and to provide care without financial rewards. While their efforts reduce society’s long-term care costs, the caregivers go largely unnoticed and get little help from others. In this documentary we hear from four women who have provided continuous care for a loved one. We see their painstaking and exhausting routines as they massage, groom, dress, clean, cook and respond to demands. The women speak candidly of the physical and emotional stress of this responsibility. Although they gain emotional satisfaction, they are at high risk themselves, subject to burn-out, illness and isolation. They are in need of support systems equally as much as those they nurture. Purchase: $295. Rental: $55. 16 mm available. (Filmakers Library)
  • Where Do We Go From Here? (8 minutes) This dramatized film shows a family making living arrangements for an elderly parent about to be released from the hospital. The film presents different problem solving strategies and demonstrates the value of families working together to meet caregiving needs. Purchase: $115. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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)
  • White Hair, Grey Hair (26 minutes, French with English subtitles) This film movingly portrays five elderly parents each dealing with the issue of how to ensure the well being of their mentally disabled child. With great sensitivity and documentary directness, this film explores both the ambivalent feelings and the practical issues involved, as aging parents confront the decision of how to best provide ongoing care for their adult disabled child. The video also takes an inside look at a residential home where disabled adults are cared for with respect and are encouraged to participate in their own care and in everyday activities. Purchase: $165. Rental: $40. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Who Will Care For An Aging America? A Guide for Nurses (25 minutes) This video explores how the future of nursing is inextricably linked to the "graying of America." It demonstrates why gerontological nursing holds the key to a new level of visibility and power for nurses as they become the primary care providers for this expanding and influential population. It is an indispensable tool for recruitment, new employee orientation and staff education in any setting offering gerontological care. Purchase: $235. Rental: $75. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Working With Families in Long-Term Care (31 minutes) Through interviews with a nursing home administrator, a nursing staff member and a family member, the program provides multiple and often conflicting perspectives on care issues. Emphasized is the collaboration necessary to assure a therapeutic team effort that includes the family. Purchase: $300. Rental: $100. (VideoPress)