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 37 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: $129.95 (DVD or VHS) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences and Insight Media)
  • Acting Up (60 minutes) Taped before a live studio audience, this video shows a dynamic troupe of older adults who sing, dance and humor their way through the myths and stereotypes of aging. This video can be used as a source of entertainment, a stimulus for discussion of the positive aspects of growing older and a resource for motivating and inspiring creativity in older adults. Purchase: $79. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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)
  • Age (30 minutes) This video examines the sociological definition of age and the social implications of an aging population.  It defines such terms used in discussions of aging as gerontology, age cohort, rites of passage and life expectancy.  Purchase: $139 (Insight Media)
  • Age Happens (28 minutes) This program discusses the psychological and physiological factors that help older people maintain their health and functional independence. Purchase: $159 (Insight Media)
  • Age Is No Barrier (25 minutes) From the opening scene of an elderly woman standing on her head, this film celebrates the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle. It introduces the U of Agers, a Canadian-based seniors gymnastics team, comprised of twenty-one lively women and men, ranging in age from 55 to 77. Each member pursues an individual fitness regime, but twice weekly they meet as a team. Besides the satisfaction of keeping in shape, they also have their gratification as performers. They travel throughout Canada, dazzling audiences with their gymnastic prowess. Turning cartwheels, climbing ropes, exercising on parallel bars, they are living proof that strength and agility can be maintained late in life. Fitness is the key to wellness and life-long independence. Purchase: $295. Rental: $55. (Filmakers Library)
  • Age Issues: From Young to Old (60 minutes) Examining some of the personal and policy issues surrounding aging, this video considers the role and significance of people who are aging in American society.  It features a discussion among students and includes the commentary of people who work with the aging.  Purchase: $139 (Insight Media)
  • Ageless America (52 minutes, color) Medical breakthroughs have increased life expectancy and created a host of new problems: caring for the elderly; the prospect of aging for a generation of the middle-aged with fewer children and many more single women; the “sandwich generation” of adults with responsibility for aging parents and young children; and the process and problems of aging itself. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Aging (26 minutes) This program covers the physical process of aging, examining 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 aging body can be slowed down or reversed. Purchase: $89.95 (VHS) or $129.00 (Videodisc) or $114.95 (DVD). (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Aging (31 minutes) Systematic examination of old age is a new field inspired by the unprecedented number of people living long enough to become elderly. Developmental psychologists Paul and Margaret Baltes have proposed a model of adaptive competence for the entire life span, but the emphasis here is on old age. Their model SOC (Selection, Optimization and Compensation) is illustrated with engaging vignettes of people leading fulfilling lives, including writers Betty Friedan and Joan Erikson and dancer Bud Mercer. Segments of the cognitive tests used by the Baltes in assessing the mental abilities of older people are shown. The Baltes discuss personality components that general lead to positive aging experiences in this video. (Davidson Films) Purchase: $250 (DVD or VHS)
  • Aging and Saging (24 minutes, color) 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. A discussion on the changing role of Amercia’s elderly is moderated by the influential and provocative author/teachers Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ram Dass. 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)
  • 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.
    • 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)
    • 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)
  • Aging in America: Dignity or Despair (1988, 171 minutes, color) This recording of a live nationwide video teleconference on aging, moderated by Ted Koppel of ABC News, brings together eighteen experts in health care Social service, government, business, labor, senior advocacy, public policy and economics to seek solutions to a broad range of problems in a rapidly graying nation: Income security, health care, long-term care, employment, housing and support services. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Aging in America: The Years Ahead (2003, 60 minutes) Through a series of intimate stories, this one-hour film humanizes the rewards and challenges faced by our elders every day. From an 80-year-old couple getting married to the riveting story of two older men who struggle to care for each other in rural West Virginia, this film is an intimate and moving account of what it means to grow old. The topics covered include: active living, caregiving for frail elders, geriatric prison wards, end-of-life care, losing a mate and socializing for singles. Purchase: $195. (Talking Eyes Media)
  • Aging in Rural America (23 minutes) This delightful video presents the views of seven older adults who have grown up in farming communities. We see them in their homes, in their shops and gardens and on their farms as they reflect on the importance of neighbors and community, on ways they have been able to age successfully and on the satisfaction they have found in the lifestyle they have chosen. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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 Game: Careers in Gerontology (25 minutes) This program helps medical students prepare for careers in the field of gerontology by introducing them to the world of their patients.  It places the clinicians in the patients’ shoes, where they experience mealtime in the nursing home from the other end of the spoon.  Purchase: $229 (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)
  • The Aging of America (30 minutes) This program focuses on the demographic shift created by increased life expectancy. It examines Alzheimer’s disease, loneliness, financial difficulties and fears relating to memory loss and death. Purchase: $99 (Insight Media)
  • The Aging Process (1992, 19 minutes, color) This program looks at the effects of aging on the human mind and body, explores the “damage” and “cell clock” theories about why cells wear out and examines the lifestyle habits that affect both longevity and the quality of life--and it’s never too late to mend one’s ways. Purchase: $89.95 (VHS) and $114.95 (DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Aging Successfully: The Psychological Aspects of Growing Old (31 minutes) Systematic examination of old age is a new field inspired by the unprecedented number of people living long enough to become elderly. Developmental psychologists Paul and Margret Baltes have proposed a model of adaptive competence for the entire life span, but the emphasis here is on old age. Their model, SOC (Selection, Optimization and Compensation), is illustrated with engaging vignettes of people leading fulfilling lives, including writers Betty Friedan and Joan Erikson and dancer Bud Mercer. Segments of the cognitive tests used by the Baltes in assessing the mental abilities of older people are shown. The personality components that generally lead to positive aging experiences are discussed in this visually and intellectually appealing video. Purchase: $250. When purchased with “Erik Erikson,” “Old Age I,” and “Old Age II,” price is $650 for the set. (Davidson Films & Insight Media)
  • Aging Well (18 minutes, color) This program explains how senior citizens are living longer than their parents did and why they are staying healthier. The program examines medical advances that continue to boost our life expectancy rate and the role that lifestyle changes play. The program also explores what seniors can do to motivate themselves to keep their mental powers sharp and the effects of aging on mental skills. Finally, the program looks at the emotional issues of aging, such as the death of one’s spouse and explores how seniors can be helped to overcome feelings of loneliness and uselessness. Purchase: $149. Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Aging Well Purchase: $525- all seven films in series (Davidson Films)
    • On Old Age I: A Conversation with Joan Erikson at 90 (39 minutes) As she explains in this production, when Erik and Joan Erikson wrote their Eight Stage Life Cycle, they were in middle age and knew little about the later years of life.  As they grew older, Joan Erikson realized they had romanticized the eighth stage and felt a responsibility to correct their earlier perceptions.  This production is the means she chose.  Wise, witty and frank, Mrs. Erikson shares her experiences of the challenges and joys of later life in this video that captures the minds and hearts of viewers.  Purchase: $125 (Davidson Films)
    • On Old Age II: A Conversation with Joan Erikson at 92 (30 minutes) As she copes with the death of her husband, her own declining physical strength and the prospects of institutionalized care, Joan Erikson discovers that very old age is different than old age.  Wonderfully feisty, articulate and endearing, Mrs. Erikson proposes that there is a ninth stage of life and she uses her own experiences to delineate it.  Mrs. Erikson also offers specific suggestions on how younger people can tactfully enhance the quality of life for the very old.  Purchase: $125 (Davidson Films)                                                                                                                                                                                                         
    • These Vital Years: A Conversation with Betty Friedan at 76 (1994, 28 minutes) Passionate about her life and her causes, Betty Friedan talks about the social implications of ever higher percentages of elders in the population.  Famous for her revolutionary book on the role of women, The Feminine Mystique, Ms. Friedan has turned her considerable energies towards considering how social mores need to change to utilize and optimize the lives of older people.  Gender issues, or lack of them in gerontology; critique of residential facilities for the aged; multiple careers throughout the lifespan; and retirement as an outdated concept are addressed.  Purchase: $125 (Davidson Films)
    • 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 neurophysiologist 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 illustrations.  Basic vocabulary of brain physiology defined and illustrated; myth about universal loss of brain neurons with age refuted; three ways to maintain brain health; Alzheimer’s disease explained and explored.  Purchase: $125 (Davidson Films)
    • Aging Successfully: The Psychological Aspects of Growing Old (31 minutes) Developmental psychologists Paul and Margret Baltes discuss their SOC model of adaptive competence in old age.  They show how cognitive tests are used to assess the mental capabilities of older people and discuss positive aging experiences. Purchase: $249 – VHS, $259 - DVD (Insight Media), $250-VHS or DVD (Magna Systems), $250 (Davidson Films)
    • Erik H. Erikson: A Life’s Work (38 minutes) Esteemed theorist Erik Erikson studied the basic components that go into creating individual life courses.  This film blends Erikson’s own biography with his important theories, including how individual lives are molded by personal and social experience across a biologically determined chronology Purchase: $250 (Davidson Films)
  • Aging Well: Memory and Movement (27 minutes) Staying healthy and flexible is important at any age.  In this video, doctors cover such topics as countering memory loss; steps to take to remain active, healthy and engaged; and the practice of tai chi by the elderly to maintain flexibility and balance.  Purchase: $179 (Insight Media)
  • Aging With Community (26 minutes) Where do older people find community and retain their independence as they grow old?  This video presents two examples: a landscaped gated community mostly for well-to-do retired couples and an “Abbeyfield Society” home where up to twelve people share a home, each with their own bed/sitting room with a private bathroom and shower.  The program explores approaches to supporting active participation of older people in communities in the absence of multigenerational homes.  Purchase: $199 (Insight Media)
  • Aging With Grace (20 minutes) In this video, several older adults discuss how their self-perceptions have and have not changed as they have aged.  The program addresses work and retirement, limitations, loss of independence, acceptance and serenity.  Purchase: $199 (Insight Media)
  • Amazing Grays: A Celebration of the Crone (20 minutes) The Amazing Grays are a group of women who gather once a year to celebrate aging and to reclaim the Crone or Wise Woman. This video challenges current stereotypes and prejudices and offers a refreshing vision of aging. Purchase: $149. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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)
  • Barrier-Free Environments For People Who Are Aging & Developmentally Disabled (15 minutes) Presents the problems that older adults with physical disabilities have in navigating in the world around them. Through actual scenes of older adults and interviews with professionals, the video goes on to offer solutions to the variety of difficulties encountered by older adults who have physical disabilities. Purchase: $89. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Bookends (14 minutes) A moving documentary portrait of Lizzie Reed, an elderly woman who fights loneliness by bringing warmth and love into the lives of crack babies. The film moves in and out of time, weaving together rich, black and white images of Lizzie's often difficult life long journey. Through her story, this video explores the nature of loss and aging in American society and one woman's efforts at healing herself and her community. Purchase: $135. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • By Herself (28 minutes each) This series of six videos on mature older women who face challenging situations in today's changing world:
    • Table for One Geraldine Page gives a stunning interior portrait of the thoughts and feelings of a professional woman dining alone in a restaurant. She has recently ended a relationship and is deliberately reasserting her identity. The camera captures the subtleties of emotion accompanying her interior thoughts.
    • The Dancer Luise Rainer stars in the story of two loves separated for years by their professions. Today she has fulfilling life as a teacher/choreographer and director of her own ballet company. When he shows up to propose marriage, she is faced with a difficult decision.
    • o Glass Curtain In this extremely personal story of the ties which bind a mother and daughter, actress Jennie Ventriss presents the relationship of love and hate that many find themselves in as they cope with the dimming mind of a parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
    • Dear Papa Anne Jackson and her real-life daughter, Roberta Wallach, star in this drama of a mother and daughter who share memories of a man who is "Papa" to one and "Gramp" to the other. As death approaches for him, each woman looks back from her own perspective.
    • Sophie In this exploration of a mother and son relationship, Evelyn (played by Joan Plowright), has left a comfortable live and an empty marriage to begin a new life as Sophie, reader of Tarot card. When her son, John, confronts her the frustrations and resentments of long hidden feelings emerge.
    • Still Frame Priscilla Pointer portrays a photographer faced with the competing interests in her life as an artist and a woman. Reflections on her life as mother, wife, daughter and artist culminate with a difficult decision about her current relationship. Purchase: $89. Rental: $25. Entire Series Purchase: $370 (with guide). (Terra Nova Films)
  • Changing Relationships (33 minutes) In this video,  Martin Marty, Professor of Modern Christianity, University of Chicago Divinity School, talks about spirituality and religious faith as the context within which congregations deal with questions of aging. He also discusses the need for change among institutions, including the church, that are faced with the challenges associated with aging. Purchase: $39.95. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Cheating Death (29 minutes) This videotape examines a new direction in genetic research - the isolating and rendering ineffective of hormones and/or genes that cause old age and death. Through interviews with scientists, philosophers and "people on the street,” the social, religious and economic implications of staying young or living forever are closely and at times, humorously examined. Purchase: $179. Rental: $50. (Terra Nova Films)
  • The Christmas Cake (27 minutes, color) This insightful, funny and charming film documents life as seen through the eyes of two remarkable octogenarians who live together, actually have spent most of their lives battling each other. Through an examination of their lives, disagreements and differences, as they talk candidly about past loves and departed family members, The Christmas Cake captures a generation’s feelings about love, family and politics, revealing how the ties that bind can be both fragile and indelible. Purchase: $225 Rental: $50 (First Run/Icarus 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)
  • Cottonman (30 minutes) This 30 minute documentary focuses on a black 78 year old farmer, Floyd Holman, who raises cotton in Abbeville, Mississippi. Holman is one of a dwindling number of people who still pick cotton by hand. Holman is an unusual and fascinating person who has faced much adversity in his life, yet maintains a very positive outlook. While focusing on his cotton picking, the documentary is sprinkled with Holman's philosophy on life, including his view on marriage, children, hard work and neighbors. Purchase: $79. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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, firsthand accounts.  Purchase: $129.95 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Dominick and Margaret (56 minutes) This video captures the inspirational lives of two elderly bilateral amputees whose positive determination and spirit enable them to overcome multiple medical problems and live independent lives. Purchase: $400. Rental: $100. (VideoPress)
  • Don’t Call Me Old (20 minutes) Meg Carpenter in her poem “Don’t Call Me Old,” shares her feelings of Senior citizens of today and tomorrow. With this theme in mind the video is an intergenerational special showing senior citizens working with young children in a childcare center. This video illustrates that being older does not mean being useless. Senior citizens do not want to be segregated from society and in the area of childcare the participation is not only welcomed, but needed. Purchase: $29.95. (NIMCO)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Eddie's Chaconne (28 minutes) A sensitive portrayal of an unusual musician and artist in his 73rd year. After losing his right hand in the Spanish Civil War, he set out to develop a one handed technique for playing the classics and also took up drawing and printmaking. Taped during the months just before his tragic death, the video weaves together visuals from his art work, sounds of his music and his own reflections. Winner of an EMMY in 1990, Eddie's Chaconne has been acclaimed by many organizations who deal with disabled individuals. Purchase: $95. Rental: $45. (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)
  • Ernie and Rose (29 minutes) This dramatized film shows us a friendship between two irascible old men, one black and one white. Army buddies years ago, they now look after each other with unsentimental affection. The dilemma set forth in the film is "what will happen if one of them dies before the other?" The surprise ending will raise several ethical questions for discussion. Purchase: $89. Rental: $40. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Everybody Rides the Carousel (72 minutes) This award-winning video is an animated view of Erikson’s theory of personality development. The joys and difficulties of transition through each of the Eight Stages of Life are creatively depicted. Purchase VHS: $129 (Insight Media)
  • Factors in Healthy Aging (1990, 28 minutes, color) What causes one person to be old at 70 and another to be youthful at 90? A half-century study that examined the mental health of Harvard graduates is used to illuminate the predictors of healthy aging. Viewers also follow several elderly people as they go through their days and discuss their routines and health. The impact of diet, smoking, drinking, family history and personality is discussed. New research offers the possibility of altering our genetic structure to enable use to live longer and in better health. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences OR Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Flowers for Charlie (11 minutes) Charlie, in his early seventies, boards the local bus one morning and ushers in a sense of cheer and warmth that soon engages many of the riders. Laced with humor, the video builds quickly to a surprising and emotive climax; as an elder role model, Charlie presents an empowering image of older adulthood. Purchase: $95. Rental: $40. (Terra Nova Films)
  • For Better or for Worse (55 minutes) In this program, five culturally diverse couples, each together for at least 50 years, recount colorful stories of their shared journeys.  They discuss such topics as conflict resolution, love and sex and death. Purchase: $199 (Insight Media)
  • Forever Young (1980, 58 minutes, color) Ranging in age from 66 to 100, twenty-six active older people defy conventional stereotypes of the elderly and convey the vital importance of remaining interested and interesting. Observed as they parachute out of airplanes, create sculpture and begin new projects, the subjects include a pilot, a toymaker, a chef, a painter paralyzed from the neck down, a daredevil balloonist, a female archer and the founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. Purchase: $285. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films or Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Four Women Over 80 (1979, 10 minutes, color) Documentary of four female octogenarians who demonstrate successful responses to aging through physical activity, continuing education, social involvement and gainful employment. They have found fulfilling life styles even after the aging process forced them to modify their activities. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • George and Rosemary (1987, 9 minutes, color) This story, designed to show that romance is not exclusively the province of the young and/or the confident, concerns George’s desire to meet Rosemary, a woman he has long admired from afar but has been incapable of approaching. He takes the risk, however and finds that he is able to overcome his shyness. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • The Gift of Aging (28 minutes, color) Longevity has increased by thirty years in the 20th century and most of us enjoy better health in those later years. How five individuals are spending their later years is the subject of this inspiring program. The seniors include the 74 year old editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley-Brown and her film producer husband, David Brown; Lydia Bronte, author of the Longevity Factor; a Vermont couple, who divide their time between work and volunteer projects; and an 84 year old chemical engineer and world traveler. Purchase: $149. Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • The Grand Generation (30 minutes) From Academy Award winner Paul Wagner comes this warm portrait of six elderly Americans whose vigor belies their age. Three are folk artists, one a baker, one a political activist and one a bayman on the Chesapeake. Though they remember the past, they still relish the present and live it fully. Rosina Tucker, a 102-year-old African American, was a union organizer and civil rights activist. She is still engaged in these causes and her face lights up as she recites the poetry that inspired her. Alex Kellam knows how to navigate in fifty-mile gales and where to find the best crabs. He considers himself as professional as any doctor or lawyer, only his education came from the sea. Moishe Sacks recalls his pleasure as a baker, with his hands an extension of the dough he kneaded. Embroiderer Ethel Mohamed demonstrates her artistry and traces its role in her life. Throughout the film old photographs and folk music round out the portraits. Their lives of struggle, accomplishment and earned wisdom can teach and inspire all Americans. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Filmakers Library)
  • 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: 1 - Myths and Realities (1993, 60 minutes, color) Debunks the common myths surrounding aging: Persistent illness, memory loss, dysfunctional sexuality and societal/familial ostracism. Produced by the University of Hawaii Center on Aging for the PBS Adult Learning Satellite Service. An Annenberg/CPB project. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Growing Old in a New Age: 4 - Love, Intimacy and Sexuality (1993, 60 minutes, color) Examines the sources of love and affection in old age, showing how aging may affect sexual and reproductive functioning. Older individuals discuss the continuing need for companionship, intimacy, love and sex. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Growing Old in a New Age: 5 - Learning, Memory and Speed of Behavior (1993, 60 minutes, color) Explores what happens to mental capacity during the aging process, focusing on techniques used to maintain and augment mental functioning. Older people talk about the importance of lifelong learning. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Growing Old in a New Age: 6 - Intellect, Personality and Mental Health (1993, 60 minutes, color) Gerontologists discuss longitudinal and cross-sectional research designs to study intellect and personality during the life span. Elders speak on issues of mental health and stress-reduction techniques. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Growing Old in a New Age: 13 - The Future of Aging (1993, 60 minutes, color) Covers generational conflicts, resource needs of a growing population and the role of technology in improving quality of life for older people. Experts contemplate the process of aging in the 21st century. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • The Heart Has No Wrinkles (16 minutes) This gentle video explores the issue of sexuality and older people in long term care. It also addresses the related issues of intimacy, privacy and respect for individuality. The video chronicles the lessons a worker learns as she first interrupts a couple in an intimate embrace, later jokes with co-workers about the incident and finally comes to realize that the need for love, respect and privacy does not diminish with age. Purchase: $250. Rental: $65. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Heaven Can Wait (40 minutes) Everyone would like to live forever, but until now the idea of greatly expanding the length of human life has been relegated to science fiction. This program examines the possibility and consequences of seriously expanding one’s life span with the help of new designer drugs and emerging genetic engineering techniques. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • 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)
  • How to Live to Be 100 (1990, 19 minutes, color) Studies the life styles of a number of individuals who have achieved the 100-year milestone, seeking clues to the longevity and explanations for the increasing number of centenarians in America. Also looks at the most common health hazards facing the elderly, the relationship between social and physical activity and longevity and whether intelligence declines in old age. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • How to Live To Be 100 (52 minutes) People are living longer and healthier lives and centenarians are no longer a rarity. This film presents us with the latest research on the very old on the U.S., China and Denmark. James Vopel, a senior scientist at Duke University leads a team of scientists seeking to unravel the secrets of longevity. It has been observed that every decade, the number of centenarians doubles. Once people reach eighty, the mortality rate seemed to reach a plateau. In Denmark, where birth records are among the best in the world, over two hundred centenarians were studied. We meet Inge who lives independently at 102. Like many people who live to be her age, she has a cheerful disposition and takes pride in her appearance. In Bama, China, people are poor and life is strenuous, yet there is a remarkably high rate of longevity. There are presently more centenarians per capita than anywhere else in the world. People in Bama eat a small bean known as homa, which is cooked into a broth. All food is simmered in this broth rather than stir fried, so there is no fat in their diet. Through studying such factors as lifestyles, heredity and nutrition, the film provided insights into the elusive secrets of long life. Purchase: $350 Rental: $75 (Filmakers Library)
  • 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)
  • I Never Planned On This: An Affirmative Approach to the Later Years (46 minutes) This reassuring film examines normal, healthy aging, showing that it is part of a gradual biological process that begins at birth. Our hearing becomes less acute after age ten, we lose height after twenty-five and our immune system declines in our thirties. And yet our body adapts and we hardly notice these changes. It is interesting to note that we are the only species to age beyond the reproductive years. In fact, most animals in the wild do not live up to their genetic potential, faced with natural predators. Experts such as John Rowe, M.D., of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, tell us that most older people are quite fit and able to live independently. Studies show that with proper exercise and diet, the heart of a fit seventy-year-old can be as strong as the heart of a sedentary thirty-year-old. The way a person ages is influenced by a complex interplay of genetic, environmental and social factors. We meet people in their nineties who have the key ingredients to a happy old age—their independence. The film concludes with a prescription for leading productive lives after retirement. Purchase: $295. Rental: $65. (Filmakers Library)
  • 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)
  • Images of Aging (18 minutes) This video portrait shows the diversity inherent in the experience of aging. Terra Nova Films has taken excerpts from its collections of films and videos and edited them into an entertaining and informative sequence that shows the different sides of aging. Purchase: $90. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)
  • In the Middle of the End (28 minutes) This film is about bioethical decision making as it relates to health care for the elderly. Produced in documentary style, the film shows real situations ranging from an individual patient's right to die, to the use of pharmacological restraints in a nursing home. Purchase: $165. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • In Their Own Words: Widowhood and Integrity vs. Despair (1987, 60 minutes) Explaining the late adulthood period of “integrity vs. despair,” the last stage of Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Life, this video examines the trauma of losing a spouse. It features the commentary of widows and widowers who describe their feelings, reactions and strategies for adjustment and stresses the importance of a strong network of friends and family.  Purchase: $139. (Insight Media)
  • Intellect, Personality and Mental Health (60 minutes) This program examines intellectual function and the nature of personality in older adults.  Gerontologists describe longitudinal and cross-sectional research designs to study intellect and personality over the life span.  Elders discuss mental health and stress reduction techniques.  Purchase: $99 (Insight Media)
  • January: A Portrait of Arta Channel (1987, 30 minutes, color) Arta Channel welcomed this taping, done during the month of January, as a way to tell others what it is like to be a senior citizen. Arta is 65, lives in downtown Detroit and is concerned that the Social Security money she receives won’t be enough to provide for her during the remaining years of her life. The program shows her as a neighborhood activist, leading a group in a fight to improve the safety of the community and helping others in a variety of ways. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • John Voelker (Alias Robert Traver): Anatomy of an Author (1982, 20 minutes, color) Profiles John Voelker, former Michigan Supreme Court justice who became a writer at the age of 52. Voelker, also a trout fisherman, cribbage player and mushroom hunter, tells how he “survived the awesome experience of having spawned a national best seller - ‘Anatomy of a Murder.’” (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Late Adulthood: The Social Convoy (29 minutes) Opening with an in-depth exploration of the social relationships that accompany the late adulthood through the final stage of the human life cycle, this video addresses the role and importance of personal relationships. It considers the unique characteristics and benefits of long-term marriages and discusses relationships with siblings, adult children and grandchildren. Purchase: $139 (Insight Media) OR Purchase: $89.95 (Magna Systems)
  • Late Adulthood: Concepts And Issues The human lifecycle can be approached from different points of view –both personal experiences and collective analysis are useful tools for understanding the human animal. The “Concepts And Issues” series examines the stages of late adulthood from a personal perspective. In each, seniors share their own experiences with the viewer. Each of these programs has a corresponding “In Their Own Words” program (see below). Purchase Series: $225 (Magna Systems)
    • The Social Convoy (29 minutes) This program opens up with an in-depth exploration of the social relationships that accompany the late adult through this final stage of the human life cycle. The role and importance of personal relationships in shown, followed by an in-depth look at a variety of these relationships. Long-term marriages are studied in terms of their unique characteristics as well as their unique benefits to the partners. Issues related to other family relationships as in sibling relationships, those with one’s adult children and with grandchildren are discussed. Purchase: $89.00-VHS or DVD (Magna Systems)
    • Retirement & Options for Living (29 minutes) Retirement is a major psychological, emotional and financial event that occurs in late adulthood for many people. The topic is explored in terms of the wide variety of patterns that exist in the way individuals retire. The life satisfaction and well-being of people during their retirement years is studied and probed. Finally, the numerous social adjustments that one must make and suggestions for optimal adjustments are discussed. Along with retiring, many seniors also make changes in living arrangements. Today, more than ever in out history, there are numerous options for seniors with respect to housing. A wide variety of these options are studied ranging from completely independent living and the many choices available in-between these extremes. The importance of seniors feeling they have a sense of control is examined as well. Purchase: $89.00-VHS or DVD (Magna Systems)
    • Death & Dying (29 minutes) The final video in this series necessarily focuses on the end of late adulthood, which for human beings is death. Dying and bereavement are experienced very differently in different cultures. This sociocultural context of dying is explored in depth from a variety of perspectives. The pioneer in the discussion of death in our culture is Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Her seminal work is present as a way of conceptualizing the dying process. Bereavement is also a process and its various aspects are examined as well. Finally, widowhood, a state that will be experienced by half of all married people, is presented focusing on the differences in adjustment to widowhood that exists for men and for women. Purchase: $89.00-VHS or DVD (Magna Systems)
  • Late Adulthood: In Their Own Words The human lifecycle can be approached from different points of view –both personal experiences and collective analysis are useful tools for understanding the human animal. The “In Their Own Words” series examines the stages of late adulthood from a personal perspective. In each, seniors share their own experiences with the viewer. Each of these programs has a corresponding “Concepts and Issues” program. Purchase Series: $225 (Magna Systems)
    • The Social Convoy (29 minutes) The social convoy has been described as the group of people who accompany us on the journey known as life.  It is a critical element of good adjustment and well-being at every stage of development.  We are social creatures and thrive on these interactions and relationships as we grow and develop.  The makeup of the social convoy changes over time, even though family members usually comprise a part of that convoy.  Seniors talk about their marriages and the issues they have dealt with through the years with varying degrees of success.  The essence of these marriages can be seen in both the verbal and non-verbal messages they send each other.  Seniors are involved with their adult children and grandchildren.  The quality of their involvement varies and is demonstrated.  Through this video we see that diversity abounds as we age.  Lastly, seniors talk about the importance of their friendships.  Having close friends is crucial to happiness in late adulthood, even more so than relationships with family.  Different types of friendships are described in the seniors’ own words.  This video is designed for two purposes: 1) to accompany the video “The Social Convoy” as it illustrates the concepts and issues presented; and 2) use alone by teachers, trainers and group discussion leaders.  A Discussion Guide is included with purchase. Purchase: $89.00-VHS or DVD (Magna Systems)
    • Retirement & Options for Living (29 minutes) Seniors speak of their retirement planning, their expectation and whether they were met. They demonstrate a variety of ways to move into retirement and living out the retired lifestyle. Finally, they demonstrate differences in adjusting to being retired. Diversity is evident as seniors discuss the decision-making process they undertook regarding choices of living arrangements: stay where they had lived for many years, or move to another type of housing. They tell us how satisfied they are with their choices. Purchase: $89.00-VHS or DVD (Magna Systems) 
    • Integrity & Despair (29 minutes) In this moving program, widows and widowers discuss the traumatic experience of losing a spouse. They describe their feelings, their reactions and the ways they adjusted. These seniors share their life-altering experiences and the effects it had on them. The function of one’s social network of friends and family is also revealed. “Integrity vs. Despair” is Erik Erikson’s last of eight stages of man, the stage of late adulthood. In this second portion of the program, seniors reveal their integrity and despair, both in glaring fashion. Performing a life review and pondering how they might be remembered are two processes by which people try to achieve integrity. Purchase: $89.00-VHS or DVD (Magna Systems). Also available from $139. (Insight Media)
  • A Late Frost (55 minutes) Using explicit images, interviews with children, interviews with older adults and reflections of the late Gerhard Frost, this video takes the viewer on a poignant, inspiring exploration of what it feels like to grow old. The video is divided into ten sections that can easily be viewed separately to allow time for discussing each reflection on an aspect of the aging process. Purchase: $129 (Terra Nova Films) OR $179 (Insight Media). Rental: $45 (Terra Nova Films).
  • The Later Years (30 minutes) Researchers have concluded that persons in their 70’s are leading lives comparable to the lives people in their 50’s led a generation ago. This program looks at the changing roles of the elderly in society. It examines the myths and realities of old age and how the personal needs of the elderly are changing and looks at the societal consequences of having a graying population. Purchase: $109. (Insight Media)
  • 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)
  • Living Longer…Aging Well (30 minutes)  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: $98.95 (Films for the Humanities and Sciences)
  • Living Past a Hundred (57 minutes, color) Over the course of the 20th century, the life span in the West has doubled. What will be the impact of increasing longevity on society, the environment and the global economy? Combining commentary from leading scientists with case studies of centenarians form the U.S. and round the world, this documentary examines elements that influence life expectancy—diet, fitness, physical and mental health, sexuality and and even plastic surgery—and considers the long-term implications of increased longevity. Purchase: $129, Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Loose Ends: Aging and Losing Control (100 minutes, color) Here is a stark, unpretty, unretouched and and deeply touching view inside an institution for the demented elderly. For two months, the film crew lived together with a group of patients who have lost different aspects and varying degrees of what we consider "normalcy." The result is sometimes uncomfortably close as the film demands that the viewer confront his or her own fears of aging and losing control, accepting the five main characters on their own terms, expanding the sense of what is recognizably warm and human to encompass the often frightening world of these patients. In Dutch with English subtitles. Purchase: $149. Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Love, Intimacy and 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 and sex.  Purchase: $99 (Insight Media)
  • Luther Metke at 94 (1979, 27 minutes, color) Profiles Luther Metke, who has lived in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon since 1907. This 94-year-old veteran of the Spanish-American War writes poetry, philosophizes, designs and helps build a log cabin and and is deeply involved in the lives of his grandchildren and other young people in the community. Metke, a product of a less cynical time, shares with viewers his simple faith in the “intelligence” of nature. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Maggie (20 minutes) In this rare videotaped interview with Maggie Kuhn, the founder of the Gray Panthers, Maggie speaks out on the need for an intergenerational movement, what old and young have in common, the "four M's" for older adults, the importance of the spiritual dimension, caregivers and care receivers and and the Gray Panther Growl. Purchase: $89. Rental: $40. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Maintaining the Elderly in Community (48 minutes) Presentations by Jennifer Corbett, Director of Parish Nursing at Columbus Hospital; Rabbi Shlomo Tennenbaum, Director of Spiritual Enrichment at The Ark; and Reverend Roger Arnholt, Director of Program Development at Lutheran Social Services are included in this video. Together the speakers talk about maintaining the spiritual missions of their congregations, developing programs designed to maintain the elderly in the community, establishing a connection between congregations and social services and and the interface between congregational and social service responsibilities. Purchase: $39.95. (Terra Nova Films)
  • May Sarton: Writing in the Upward Years (30 minutes) This video focuses on the role of aging in the creative process and how it has affected Sarton's life. It features scenes of the poet reading selected works in which she has "chartered the waters" of her own aging. Augmented by archival photographs, the dramatic readings and candid interviews provide a rare and intimate portrait of a journey into older age. (see also Molly Harrower and Richard Eberhart portions of the series Writing in the Upward Years) Purchase: $145.00. Rental: $50.00. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Memories Are Made of Chips (40 minutes) The loss of memory is one of the first stages in the aging process. What if memory-enhancing drugs and computer chips could change our perception and retention of knowledge and our wisdom and self-understanding? This program explores the impact of present and future scientific advances in memory improvement. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Memory (57 minutes, color) Memories provide a sense of personal continuity and, to a large extent, define one’s identity. This program investigates issues related to 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 the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and and the author of the book Searching for Memory. Purchase: $$89.95 (VHS) or $114.95 (DVD). (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Mildred: The First 90 Years (29 minutes) This visual portrait of a 90-year-old dance instructor imparts a sense of how she has affected many lives through her dancing and teaching. When we see her dance at age 90, we understand her vibrancy and her power to still touch lives. Purchase: $95. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • The Mind: 3 – Aging (1988, 60 minutes, color) Questions stereotypes between the mind and the aging process and proves that, even in old age, new brain connections can be formed. Explores strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and and other conditions that are distinct from normal aging. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Miss Nora’s Store (28 minutes) This video presents the life experiences of elderly individuals living in a rural community, their desire for independence and their respect for tradition. This program reveals the psychosocial and cultural barriers which prevent access to health and social services. Rental: $100. Purchase: $400. (VideoPress)
  • Molly Harrower: Writing in the Upward Years (23 minutes) The second part of the Writing in the Upward Years series features the poet, Molly Harrower. Author of Time to Squander, Time to Reap and the Therapy of Poetry, Ms. Harrower is also one of the pioneers in the development of projective psychology. Focusing on the relationship between creativity and the aging process, Ms. Harrower is shown at a reading of her poetry and in interview segments. (see also May Sarton and Richard Eberhart portions of the series Writing in the Upward Years) Purchase: $95. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Mollye and Max (24 minutes) Lovingly videotaped by their granddaughter over a period of years this 24-minute video shows us a long-lived and happy couple. "I always suspected that inside they were not very different from myself and and that probably it was just their skin that had done most of the aging," says the granddaughter, who also narrates the film. Married for over 65 years, Mollye and Max show us the fruits of long-lived marriage and and help us understand how to grow old gracefully with optimism and good humor. Purchase: $135. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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)
  • Never Say Die: The Pursuit of Eternal Youth (60 minutes) Each year billions of dollars are spent on efforts to stop the aging process. This program examines many of these efforts, some legitimate and some truly bizarre. Among the different techniques examined in the program are: plastic surgery for a middle-aged woman; a look at progeria, the genetic disease which accelerates aging but which may offer clues to actually extending life; the Pritikin Longevity Center which uses a demanding exercise program and Third world vegetarian menus; a retirement community in Arizona where staying young is a state of mind; the German health spa in Baden-Baden and its therapeutic water; and advocates for living longer through megavitamin supplements, as well as efforts to reanimate people through cryonic suspension. The program concludes with the latest research efforts into aging and explores the very real possibility that, in the near future, life expectancy could rise well past 100 years old. An HBO production. Purchase: $129. Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Ninety in the 90's (55 minutes) This video profiles several ninety-plus year olds. In frank testimonials, they acknowledge some of the challenges and limits that advancing years impose, but also reveal that the nineties can be a passionate, satisfying and fulfilling time of life. Purchase: $225. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Not A Jealous Bone (11 minutes) This 11 minute video is a surrealistic allegory about an older woman's search for everlasting life in the form of a magic bone. Many of the images in this film may not in and of themselves appear to be "positive" images of aging. But stay with this award-winning film to the end and you may see how Sophie eventually reconciles with her mortality and celebrates older life. Purchase: $145. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Old Enough to Know Better (58 minutes, color) Old Enough to Know Better shows the struggles and personal gains experienced by a group of individuals (both students and professors), who, in a culture that values youth over old age, have chosen to go back to school and take control of their lives. As society prepares for an ever-increasing graying population, this uplifting film offers inspiration for the lifelong teacher and student in all of us. Purchase: $245 Rental: $75 (First Run/Icarus Films)
  • 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)
  • Older Brains, New Connections: A Conversation with Marian Diamond at 73 (2000, 20 minutes) The importance of physical exercise and good nutrition for humans across the life span has become well accepted by the general public, intellectually, if not in practice. Neuroanatomist Marian Diamond’s groundbreaking research has shown us that the brain and and thus intellectual functioning, is enhanced by environmental factors. Her work is reflected in the increased importance our society is placing on the earliest years of life, but the importance of mental stimulation for older people is only beginning to get attention. In this video,  Diamond presents results from her sophisticated laboratory research in an accessible way and shares the ways she is applying these findings to created a very full life for herself well beyond the traditional age of “retirement.” Purchase: $125. (Davidson Films)
  • On Old Age I: A Conversation with Joan Erikson at 90 (1995, 39 minutes) Joan M. Erikson begins a frank and personal re-examination of the last stage of the life cycle. She and her husband Erik Erikson formulated their eight stage life cycle theory during their middle years and and Mrs. Erikson believes they tended to romanticize the eighth stage in which she is not living. This video was shot in 1993 when Mrs. Erikson was about to celebrate her 90th birthday. With great grace, humor and some feistiness, Mrs. Erikson takes on a wide range of topics from forgetfulness, coping with physical limitations and facing death. The film is a thought-provoking experience for everyone interested in developmental psychology and for all who live or work with an older person…or are planning to be old themselves. Purchase: $125. When purchased with “Erik H. Erikson,” “Old Age II,” and and “Aging Successfully,” the price is $650 for the set. (Davidson Films)
  • On Old Age II: A Conversation with Joan Erikson at 92 (30 minutes) Joan M. Erikson describes her search for a better living situation for her frail husband and then presents her poignant recounting of his subsequent death. She uses these experiences to suggest strategies to meet the physical and emotional needs of the fragile old and to support those who work with them. With a personal understanding of the challenges of old age, Mrs. Erikson revisits the eighth stage of the life cycle and proposes a new ninth stage for the changes that face the very old. She describes the difficulties of being in one's nineties without losing what she calls one's "indomitable core." Useful for individuals whose lives are entwined with those of very old people and for anyone who is interested in how human development plays itself out through the life cycle. Purchase: $125. When purchased with “Erik H. Erikson,” “Old Age I,” and and “Aging Successfully,” the price is $650 for the set. (Davidson Films)
  • Oral History: A Century of Living (58 minutes, color) Using compelling interviews, this documentary tells the fascinating story of the 20th century in the words of those whose lives have spanned it.  Assisted by archival footage, these vibrant centenarians candidly recall the lifestyle of an old-fashioned America and provide a unique perspective on the events that shaped the past hundred years, from the labors of a pre-electric society, to World War II, to the Civil Rights Movement and and beyond.  An HBO Production.  Purchase: $ 89.95 (VHS) or $114.95 (DVD) Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years (37 minutes) The longing for love, sex and relationships is never-ending. This touching film follows a group of senior citizens as they rehearse and perform an original play about their quest for dates through the personal ads. The material for the play is drawn from the comedy and drama of their own lives and the film follows them into their homes to explore the joys and sorrows of growing old in America. This outstanding film draws a surprisingly humorous and often achingly frank portrait of a segment of society whose inner lives are not often explored. Purchase: $199 (Fanlight Productions)
  • Picasso is 90 (1971, 51 minutes, color) Covers Picasso’s lifestyle from childhood into old age and his sculpture and paintings in each major period. Considers his life in Paris in the early 1900s and friendship with Gertrude Stein. Includes still photography, live footage and interviews with art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Picasso’s friend and biographer Sir Roland Penrose, Dominguin the bullfighter, Picasso’s ex-wife Francoise and his son Claude. Reveals that his sense of humor, artistic drive and interest in women remained undimmed. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Prisoners of Age (50 minutes) Raising complex and timely questions about the warehousing of America’s prison population. This program accompanies photographer Ron Levine on his mission to depict the physical, emotional and psychological conditions of aging inmates –including those nearing death. Levine focuses his work on Alabama’s Hamilton Institute for the Aged and Infirm, the first prison created specifically for elder convicts. Through Levine’s documentation and interviews, the humanity of those incarcerated emerges to poignant detail, leading viewers to assess their own beliefs about rehabilitation, victims’ rights and how far society’s punishment should go. Purchase: $129.95 – DVD/VHS (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Queen of Falcon (25 minutes) At age 88, Mable Ross is just now hitting her stride. In her poverty-stricken village of Falcon, Mississippi, she is a modern day folk hero. From cotton fields to the classroom, from post-mistress to newspaper columnist, one theme has played throughout her life - service to others. For the people of Falcon, she is the essence of kindness and compassion. Purchase: $79. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Raananah: A World of Our Own (28 minutes) Hasia Forman—a ninety-year-old who gardens and bakes cookies. Rivka Woll—a teacher who passes her childhood songs along to her family. Mr. Kam—a retired factory worker who delivers the paper to his neighbors for exercise. These people age together, with dignity and a sense of humor, at Raananah, a summer colony they started 60 years ago. Through home movies, we see them as young people and hear of their dreams. Now we share one summer with them—long walks, intimate chats and community gatherings—as they reflect on community, old age and staying true to themselves. Purchase: $175. Rental: $60. (New Day Films)
  • Reflections on the Life Cycle: Joan Erikson on Old Age (68 minutes) This set begins with an interview with Joan Erikson at age 90. She reviews the Eight Stages of Life theory that she developed with her husband, psychologist Erik Erikson and expounds upon the vertical and horizontal axes. She explains how aging has caused her to rethink the description of the Eighth Stage. In the second part, filmed two years later, she describes the new Ninth Stage of her stage theory of life and the associated conflicts, including mistrust vs. trust, isolation vs. intimacy and despair vs. integrity. Purchase: $299. (Insight Media)
  • Richard Eberhart: Writing in the Upward Years (27 minutes) The third part of the Writing in the Upward Years series again focuses on the role of creativity in the aging process, this time as witnessed in the life and art of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Richard Eberhart. Through commentary, selected readings by the poet and interview segments, the viewers share in the development of Eberhart's treatment of themes relating to the aging process and see how his poetic imagination has responded to the various stages and experiences of aging. (see also May Sarton and Molly Harrower portions of the series Writing in the Upward Years) Purchase: $95. Rental: 45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Sage (47 minutes) Average life spans in the West have increased by thirty years in the past century.  More of us today have the privilege of focusing on the goal not simply of living longer but of living better, more energetically, more creatively.  Sage celebrates the wisdom, experience and creativity of our society’s elders.  Its eight portraits of active, engaged seniors, from diverse ethnic, religious, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, cover a broad spectrum of creative activities.  They are pursuing lifetime interests – and some new ones as well – in philosophy, political activism, teaching, social service, business, the visual arts and writing.  Among the seniors profiled is television chef Julia Child.  In their own words and voices, these thoughtful elders reflect on the process of growing older, the meaning of wisdom and the importance of making a contribution.  The documentary is a tribute to the gifts of age and a vivid demonstration that later life can and should be a time of burgeoning creative freedom and possibility, with opportunities not only to hone existing skills but to explore new terrain as well.  Sage will spark discussion between the generations and will act as a catalyst for elder imagination and action.  Purchase: $199-VHS or $219-DVD (Fanlight Productions)
  • The Science of Staying Young: Unlocking the Secrets of Longevity (22 minutes) New research about how our brains work, about the diseases associated with old age and about nutrition is leading scientists to redefine what it means to grow old. This program examines this research, looking at a study of a new way to prevent the onset of age-related dementia, the effects of the hormone DHEA on aging and at therapy aimed at helping Alzheimer's patients re-activate their memories. Purchase: $99. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Seasons of Life Part 2: Adulthood (3 volumes, 60 minutes each)  It examines the interaction of biological, social and psychological forces in adulthood.  Early Adulthood concentrates on the developmental tasks of those between 20 and 40 years of age.  Middle Adulthood studies the 40-to-60-year-old group and Late Adulthood looks at the stage when people evaluate their lives.  Purchase: $159 (Insight Media)
  • Seasons of Life: 5 - Late Adulthood (60 minutes, color) In late adulthood (age 60 and older), the psychological clock becomes dominant as the biological clock begins to wind down. This final program in the series examines the last stage of human development, a period when people evaluate the stories of their lives and wonder what they might do to change or add to them. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Seniors’ Esteem Issues (30 minutes) In our society, the natural process of aging is often threatening to a person’s feelings of self worth. Because we often judge ourselves by what we can do instead of who we are, self-esteem diminishes as energy and physical prowess decline. Retirement is often a watershed since there is no longer a monetary value for one’s abilities. But as psychologist H. Stephen Glenn points out, one can approach aging as another challenge from which to learn and grow. The seniors pictured in this program come from a variety of circumstances. All find themselves happier and more fulfilled when they become involved in the community. Purchase: $295. Rental: $55. (Filmakers Library)
  • 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 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: $139 (Fanlight Productions or Penn State Audio Visual Services and 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)
  • 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)
  • Social and Cultural Foundations (30 minutes) This video explores the social and cultural foundations of age prejudice, intergenerational conflicts and elder abuse, considering such potentially causal factors as economic stress and drug abuse.  It provides numerous individual and group vignettes of counseling issues.  Purchase: $149 (Insight Media)
  • 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)
  • Sonny and Cornblatt (33 minutes) Sonny Jackson and Harry Cornblatt are two elderly men who don't like each other. When Harry's wife dies, Sonny (a widower himself) tries to befriend Harry, but Harry is far from receptive to his overtures and the two enter a dance of gruffness and hostility as they test each other. Their story is a good example of how men can support each other, admit their frailties and still maintain their "manly" demeanor. It also demonstrates the importance of significant relationships among older people. Purchase: $89. Rental: $40. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Spiritual Elderly (60 minutes) Zalman Schachter explains the model of the spiritual elder, showing how to help older clients understand how apparently negative events can lead to positive outcomes.  Purchase: $109 (Insight Media)
  • Staying Connected: Peer Support Groups for Older Adults (15 minutes) This video shows the dynamics of a support group for older adults. The group was formed at the request of the group members' doctor who recognized the connection between the mental and physical health of her patients. Over the months and years that the group has met, it has helped its members to find inspiration, friendship and meaning in their later years. Purchase: $135. Rental: $40. (Terra Nova Films)
  • 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)
  • The Story of Miriam and Leonard (11 minutes) Miriam is an elderly woman who has moved into a retirement home after the death of her husband. Her intention is to spend the final chapter of her life in a calm setting, where she can think about the wonderful years she's had with her family and her late husband, Walter. But when she meets Leonard, an elderly resident with a contagious wit, all of this changes and she finds herself beginning another forward looking chapter in her life. This fun, light-hearted video will stimulate discussion about the joy of relationships in later life. Purchase: $135. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Sunset Story (138 minutes)  A funny and intimate documentary drama about two elderly women at a rest home for retired radicals.  “Sunset Story” reveals their friendship in an unusually authentic and surprisingly moving way.  Purchase DVD: $24.95  (Borders)
  • To You Sweetheart, Aloha (57 minutes) Can life begin again at 94? After losing his wife and only daughter, Bill Tapia, the colorful 94-year-old Hawai’i-born ‘ukulele master, finds his muse in 26-year-old manager Alyssa. Through their unconventional friendship, Bill arrives unexpectedly at the pinnacle of his career, forging ahead after outliving nearly everyone he loves. This intimate film addresses the taboos of cross generational relationships and challenges the traditional notion of “graceful aging” with an entertaining yet poignant portrayal of a passionate elderly artist who continues to love, to grieve and to live life to its fullest well beyond society’s expectations. Purchase DVD and VHS: $275 (New Day 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)
  • 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)
  • Tibor Jankay—The Art of Survival (40 minutes) This charming film documents the life of a 94-year-old Hungarian born artist who used his artistic skills to survive the Holocaust. With a sculptor’s chisel he dug a hole in the bottom of a train bound for Auschwitz and escaped. As a fugitive in Hungary he earned his food by drawing portraits for the local farmers who admired his talents. Although he suffered during the war years, when it was over he was ready to start a new life in a new country. His irrepressible nature drew him towards Venice, California where he painted exuberant images of love and beauty. Among the threads running through Tibor’s life is his deep love for his wife with whom he was miraculously re-united after the war. Later, as a widower, he found new friendships among young artists. In fact, he became a mentor to countless young artists, inspiring them with his incredible survival stories and philosophy of forgiveness. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Filmakers Library)
  • Time on Earth (51 minutes) Portrays the lives of three older adult singles as they travel the highways of North America in their motor homes in search of friendship, companionship and some answers to life’s questions. Purchase: $185. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • To Be Old, Black and Poor (52 minutes, color) This is a gritty and painfully real exposition of what it means to be black, poor and elderly in the U.S. The film crew documents the life of Leonard and Sarah Bass on and off for six months, recording their struggle to survive, watching as well-meaning neighbors and opportunists come and go. Purchase: $149.95 (VHS) or $174.95 (DVD) Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Tonight’s the Night (25 minutes) Humans are sexual beings from birth to death, but the ways in which sexuality is expressed change with age. In this frank and engaging documentary from Canada, three senior couples detail their evolving relationships, while several experts contribute perspective on the importance of society accepting sexuality in seniors. This video will be an eye-opening resource for college classes in nursing, social work and medical training, as well as for community groups, senior centers and others who work with elders. Purchase: $145 (Fanlight Productions)
  • The Tougher Sex: Gender and Longevity (26 minutes) Statistically, women live longer than men. Why is this so? This program examines the question using statistical, genetic and archaeological data. The sex activity of fruit flies is studied to determine its effect on male life span. Two-hundred-year-old remains indicate that longevity in women may be a modern phenomenon. Work-related stress and even degrees of affluence seem to play a role in determining how long men live versus women. Efforts by medical experts are helping men to manipulate factors that may close the longevity gap. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Understanding the Mysteries of Memory (53 minutes, color) This compelling grogram explores the extraordinary nature of memory through the stories of people who yearn to remember or long to forget. Case studies and interviews with experts, supported by computer graphics, throw light on the mechanics of implicit and explicit memory. The effects of short-term memory damage, trauma-induced amnesia and Alzheimer’s disease and aging are investigated as well. Not available in French-speaking Canada. Purchase: $129, Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • View From the Inside: Older Adults (1995, 21 minutes) This video presents the inner thoughts and feelings of people in their sixties and beyond. Without ignoring such realities of aging as declining health and loneliness, it offers a surprisingly positive message, focusing on the majority of older adults living happy and independent lives. Purchase: $149. (Insight Media)
  • Water From Another Time (29 minutes) This skillfully paced film is about three older individuals whose artistry and way of life reveal their values and history, their wisdom and inner peace. This video is a respectful tribute to the contributions of older people to ongoing life. Purchase: $195. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • When She Gets Old (28 minutes) In this sensitively produced video, several women share their stories of financial hardship caused by divorce, widowhood and/or a history of low-paying jobs with no pensions. The women’s struggles to meet their daily needs are interwoven with comments from professionals on financial hardships faced by older women. Social security was not designed to be the sole source of income in later years, but many older women have no other income. This generation of women expected to stay home, raise families and have their husbands provide for them. Unfortunately, divorce and widowhood cut many women off from financial security in their later years. This video shows several women’s courage in the face of adversity as they search out resources that enable them to live independently. The video shows older women using social services and programs that include subsidized housing, the Supplemental Security Income Program, neighborhood nutrition and socialization services, in-home care and care managers. Rental: $50. Purchase: $175. (Terra Nova 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)
  • Whisper, the Waves, the Wind: Celebrating Older Women (1988, 28 minutes, color) Celebrates the qualities of older women and affirms the diversity of their ideas, their capacity to work together to achieve a common purpose, their empathy for the suffering of others, their desire and energy for pursuing political change and their insights into the aging process and concerns facing older women. Purchase: $295. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films or Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • 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)
  • Wit and Wisdom (35 minutes) In this video, an elderly gerontologist converses with peers -- Eleanor, a dancer who is 82 andres, a water rights activist who is 91 and John, a nuclear physicist who is 83 -- about the experience of aging. Their positive attitudes and keen perceptions are captured in their own voices. Of different cultures, they each describe their life's credos and how they experience old age. Purchase: $195. Rental: $50. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Women of the Georgian Hotel (20 minutes) This video is a warm and humorous exploration of the secrets of a long life eloquently revealed by four spirited women, ages 83 to 107. From escaping the Nazi Holocaust to losing a great grand daughter to AIDS, this film illustrates the strength, wisdom and diverse paths taken by these long lived women. As they each reveal their sense of vitality and humor that have seen them through rough times in their lives, they become a genuine source of inspiration to the viewer. Purchase: $185. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • You Haven’t Lived Yet! (1980, 28 minutes, color) Presents the theme of continued growth within the confines of the human aging process.  John Brantner of the University of Minnesota analyzes what makes aging comfortable. Interviews with people from 70 to 100 years of age help to explain the relationship between companionship, religion, physical and mental activity and the continuing development of the person as a whole. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • 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)
  • Young at Heart (28 minutes) A widow and a widower, both artists, meet in their eighties, live together and then marry. They reaffirm that, for the open hearted, love and romance can happen at any age. Purchase: $175. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Your Own True Self (44 minutes, color) Your Own True Self visits residents at the all-male Duplex nursing home in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts and discovers a vibrant community which will dispel many preconceptions held about aging. David Greenberger, editor of The Duplex Planet, asks a series of mundane, humorous, or surprising questions, each purposefully avoiding oral history or politics. Through their answers, the interviewees reveal their individual personalities and each his unique wit, charm, patience and—sometimes—outrage. Purchase: $245 Rental: $65 (First Run/Icarus Films)
  • Yudie (20 minutes) A film about independence, aging and the immigrant experience.  Purchase: $89.  Rental: $30 (New Day Films)