Health/Mental Health/Medical Issues

  • Aging Well: Memory and Movement (1999, 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)
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Seniors: Tarnished Dreams (1988 23 minutes) Nowhere is the abuse and misuse of alcohol and drugs more cruelly felt than among older adults, as is illustrated by the four re-enacted case history vignettes in this 23 minute video. Along with showing the major warning signs of addiction, suggestions are given for helping older adults obtain professional assistance to overcome the addiction. Purchase: $215. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • ALS: A Reason for Hope (1997, 18 minutes) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, mostly strikes men and women over age fifty, although famed British physicist Stephen W. Hawking has lived with the muscle-wasting disease for more than thirty years. In this program, ALS expert  Hiroshi Mitsumoto of the ALS Cleveland Clinic Foundation discusses the nature of the disease, its progression and current research under way to discover its causes. Theories include autoimmune system malfunction, free radical damage and abnormal glutamate levels. Vitamin E and a newly approved, life-extending drug are discussed as treatments. Purchase: $129.00. Rental: $75.00. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Arthritis Exercise (1990, 35 minutes) Finally, an exercise tape designed specifically for arthritis sufferers. Designed in consultation with the Arthritis Foundation, it takes each joint through a full range of motion. Susan Larkin, trained at Stanford Arthritis Center, has taught exercise classes for many years. Her program is designed for the full range of arthritis sufferers, from those with infrequent pain and stiffness to those chronically disabled by either rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. Purchase: $49.95. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Assessing the Mental Status of the Older Person (1991,34 minutes) A unique opportunity to observe Peter Rabins, MD, implementing the Mini Mental State Examination to assess the mental status of elderly individuals ranging from normal to severely impaired. Behaviors documented include: confusion, loss of memory, hallucinations, loss of cognitive skills and depression. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)
  • Bringing Geriatrics Home: The Benefits of Home Visits in Gerontological Assessments (1993, 25 minutes) This documentary styled video demonstrates the value of preventive home visits in assisting older adults to age successfully. The two case studies in the video illustrate how home visitation coupled with traditional medical care can influence life style changes and improve older adults' ability to function independently. Purchase: $165. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Caring for the Nursing Home Resident with Impaired Vision (1989, 20 minutes) Many nursing home residents suffer from vision loss which can diminish the resident’s independence, functional level, social interaction and quality of life. This program describes types of vision loss and suggests ways to maximize the independence of the visually impaired resident. Produced by the Atlanta Research and Education Foundation. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200. (VideoPress)
  • The Checker King (2001, 39 minutes) An inspiring story that’s nonetheless honest about the darker realities of aging and depression.  After the death of his wife, Harold became depressed and even suicidal until, at 81, he entered the National Checkers Championships.  Purchase: $229-VHS (Fanlight Productions)
  • Chronic Anxiety in the Elderly (1997, 27 minutes, color) This program addresses the problem of anxiety in the elderly and the diseases associated with the problem. Interviews with sufferers of GAD, Geriatric Anxiety Disorder, provide insights into the agony of the condition. General anxiety disorders, their symptoms and the physiological manifestations are examined, including chemical imbalance, psychosocial implications and the emotional impact on the aged brought on by radical societal changes. Caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol are also discussed as possible instigators. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD), Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Depression: Not a Normal Part of Aging (2003, 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)
  • Depression and the Elderly (1990, 28 minutes) Depression is the most prevalent mental disorder of late life. It is frequently overlooked, misdiagnosed and inadequately treated. This video examines the prevalence of depression in the elderly, describes the primary symptoms of depression, cites common causes of depression, shows examples of patient-focused objectives in dealing with depression and demonstrates interventions with the depressed elderly client. Purchase: $219. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Depression in Older Adults: The Right to Feel Better (1993, 30 minutes) Just produced by Duke University School of Medicine, this video presents interviews with actual patients who have experienced or are experiencing depression in late life. Commentary from several professionals expands upon the issues brought out in the interviews. Topics covered include: prevalence, causes, treatment modalities, suicide risk, issues for long term care and public policy. Purchase: $185.00. Rental: $55.00. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Older Adults (2006, 194 minutes) Featuring case studies, this program examines the subtle ways in which older adult rights are potentially violated in mental health practice. It covers the effects of aging; depression, delirium and dementia in the older adult population; administration of the MMSE in a fair manner to older adults; and difficult behaviors of older adult clients. Purchase DVD: $159 (Insight Media)
  • Disordered Behavior: The Medication Culprit Three tape series by Peter Rabins, MD.
    • Medication Side Effects Known to Cause Changes in Behaviors (1996, 26 minutes) This Lecture provides an introduction to medications which are widely prescribed for the elderly with documented physiological and psychological side effects. The discussion alerts the viewer to side effects such as on-set of incontinence, sleep disruption, or dizziness that can result in disordered behaviors such as anger, frustration, aggression or confusion. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300.
    • Recognizing Psychological and Behavioral Side Effects to Medication (1996, 26 minutes) In a series of interviews, Peter Rabins, MD, talks with nursing assistants to find out what types of disordered behaviors they observe caring for older individuals. Discussion includes aggressive behavior, mild and extreme confusion and depression. How do we know if medication is the culprit?  Rabins helps the nursing assistants determine if the probable cause for the behavior can be medication. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300.
    • o Describing Side Effects to Medications (1996, 18 minutes)  Peter Rabins provides guidance on how to describe potential side effects of medication for reporting purposes to other team members. Specific pointers include information which is essential and how to successfully communicate observations. Rental $100. Purchase: $300 or discount price of $800 for all three. (For all three contact VideoPress)
  • Drug-Drug Interactions in the Elderly (2002, 22 minutes) Because most elderly adults in the United States take many drugs at one time, they are at high risk for drug-drug interactions.  This video discusses the mechanisms of drug-drug interactions, considers potential clinical consequences and provides strategic methods for decreasing the risk of drug-drug interactions in the elderly.  Purchase $259 (Insight Media)
  • Drugs and the Elderly (1992, 10 minutes) Describing the role of drugs in the treatment of disease, this program explains how patients and caregivers can ensure that drugs are taken as prescribed.  It addresses the problems of drug interaction, emphasizes the importance of regular drug reviews by a doctor and warns of the hazards of drug trading and hoarding drugs.   Purchase: $129 (Insight Media)
  • Ethnic Diversity: Barrier or Benefit in Health Care of the Elderly? (1991, 120 minutes) As proportions of ethnic minorities within the aging population continue to grow, ethnic diversity has become an increasingly important health care issue. A panel of five nationally known professionals in gerontology (Joyce T. Berry, Fernando Torres-Gil, Spero Manson, Veronica Scott and Jennie Chin Hansen) discuss the implications of ethnic diversity related to health status, access to health care and effective outreach. The panelists share their unique insights into the cultural values and beliefs of older health care consumers who are members of different ethnic groups. Purchase: $149. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Exercise and Aging (1995, 35 minutes) This video discusses aging and life expectancy trends, looking at physically inactive groups and describing the physiological parameters that decrease with age.  It addresses coronary risk factors and health benefits for older adults and features the expertise of Larry Golding of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.  Purchase: $109 (Insight Media)
  • Exercise: It’s Never Too Late (1995, 17 minutes, color) This program presents some of the common fears and misconceptions seniors have about exercising. An upbeat senior citizen host helps reverse the negative attitudes many older people have about exercise, with the help of a leading geriatrician,  Maria Fiatrone. The program reinforces current research which shows that what we think of as the natural decline of the body that comes with aging may actually be preventable and, in many cases, reversible with regular exercise. The program concludes with active seniors demonstrating the benefits exercise has brought into their lives. Purchase $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Exercise Therapy for Osteoporosis and Postural Back Pain (1993, 55 minutes) This 55 minute tape provides and exercise routine that helps women of all ages develop body awareness, enhance posture and tone and strengthen muscles that are involved in normal movement patterns. The routine is designed for those who have never exercised as well as those who actively exercise but need to improve flexibility, posture and release of stress. The routine is in sections and may be performed as a complete head to toe calisthenics workout. Breathing exercises and pelvic floor exercises are part of the program which will lead to improved awareness of safe and correct posture during activities of daily living. Purchase: $49.95. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance (1994, 15 minutes, color) This program acknowledges the legitimate concerns older people have about falling, then gently presents a positive approach to the importance of staying active. Through interviews with seniors and expert testimony from medical personal, the program stresses the health risks of inactivity for older people and suggests ways for seniors to keep moving without jeopardizing their safety. The candor and humor of the seniors who are interviewed in the program provide positive reinforcement of the program’s message. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • The Forgotten Tenth (1995, 14 minutes) Serves as an introduction to the issues regarding HIV/AIDS that pertaining to adults over 50. It includes vignettes highlighting the personal experiences of three persons who are HIV infected and one caregiver. In addition, age-specific information related to risk reduction is presented by a doctor and a nurse practitioner. Included with the video is an 85-page manual entitled AIDS and Aging--What People Over 50 Need to Know. Purchase: $99.95. Rental: $40. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Functional Assessment in the Elderly (1989, 19 minutes) Functional assessment is demonstrated on an elderly male with Alzheimer disease, arthritis and diabetes. Patient is observed taking off shoes and putting them back on, walking across the room and returning to chair and feeding himself. Observations address physical, cognitive and functional capabilities. Jennifer M. Bottomley, MS, PT. Rental $100. Purchase: $200. (VideoPress)
  • Group Procedures With Older People (1990, 80 minutes) Presenting ethnically and racially varied vignettes that illustrate counseling issues, this video was designed for students and practitioners who work with older people coping with life transitions, discrimination, spiritual convictions and family issues. Jane Myers and Thomas Sweeney, national authorities on counseling elders, discuss group work with older people and its relationship to individual counseling. Purchase: $189. (Insight Media)
  • Growing Older: Wellness for the Winter Years (1994, 25 minutes) This video discusses preventive measures for common ailments among the elderly and stresses exercise and a well-balanced diet. Viewers can learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle. Find out how to cope with retirement, the natural aging process and much more. Purchase: $89.95. (NIMCO)
  • Head over Heels (1996???? Not sure!, 14 minutes) This video outlines ways in which older adults can prevent falls. The prevention of falls is extremely important to older adults because they often face long term consequences from falls. The video is divided into four sections, each of which explains some of the reasons for falls and ways to reduce the chances of falling. Accompanied by a helpful 16-page booklet reinforcing the points in the video. Purchase: $89. Rental: $40. (Terra Nova Films)
  • The Healing Influence (1994, 43 minutes) Patricia Neal, celebrated stroke survivor, guides us through this video to understand stoke and its effects on both patient and family. Caregivers learn what they can do to promote patient recovery and family well-being. Purchase: $299. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Healthy Eating for Elders (2002, 15 minutes) The elderly can live longer and more healthfully if they get the daily nutrients they need to be fit and strong.  This video explores the importance of a healthy diet for older adults.  Purchase: $259 (Insight Media)
  • I Only Hear You When I See Your Face (1988, 10 minutes) Hearing Impairment is Present in over 20 million Americans and occurs frequently in nursing home residents. Residents appearing to be withdrawn, depressed, confused, uncooperative or anxious may have undiagnosed hearing impairment. This program presents simple rules for communicating when hearing impairment is present or potentially present. Produced by the Hope for Hearing Foundation. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200. (VideoPress)
  • In the Middle of the End (1989, 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)
  • Intellect, Personality and Mental Health (1993, 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)
  • Late-Life Depression (2004, 28 minutes, color) As many as one in five older Americans have late-life depression, which can lead to suicide.  In this program from The Doctor Is In, three senior citizens describe how they have coped with this life-threatening illness.  Medical commentary is provided by Charles Reynolds III, director of the Late-Life Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; psychiatrist Thomas Oxman, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; and Lucille Karatzas, director of Elder Services at Seacoast Mental Health Center.  The central message?  Late-life depression is a treatable disease, not an inevitable part of aging.  A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Production.  Purchase: $89.95-VHS (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Late Life Depression: Depression in the Elderly (2004, 28 minutes) As many as one in five older Americans suffers from symptoms of major depression, which in some cases can lead to suicide. In this program, three elderly people tell stories of how they have coped with their major depression, offering their experience and advice.  Purchase: $239 (Insight Media)
  • Listen and Learn: Hearing Loss and What You Can Do About It (1991, 15 minutes) More than 80% of people over 60 cope with the challenge of hearing loss. This 15 minute video program provides basic information on the diagnoses and rehabilitation of hearing loss in older adults. This video addresses the signs, causes and results of a hearing loss. This video is a valuable resource that will motivate older adults to seek help in managing their hearing loss. Purchase: $79. Rental: $25. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Live Long and Prosper: Longevity and High-Tech Medicine (?, 57 minutes) Since 1900, the average American’s life span has increased by 28 years—a development that brings new challenges for medical technology. This program features an extraordinary sequence in which doctors work against the clock to save an elderly stoke victim. Revolutionary new therapy must be used within three hours or the patient will die. Doctors make it, but with only ten minutes to spare. Another story details an oral surgeon’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease and the implantation of an electrode in his brain that ameliorates the symptoms. Also profiled are new studies of osteoporosis in women over age 50. Purchase: $149. Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • The Medicated Generation (1984, 28 minutes) Through the format of an actual radio call-in program, elderly individuals express their concerns about the use of medications to pharmacy professionals. Information is presented to guide elderly with medication management and to remind professionals of their role as educators. Purchase: $400. Rental: $100. (Terra Nova Films or VideoPress)
  • Medication Used by the Elderly (30 minutes) This video reviews pharmacokinetics and discusses how the physiological changes of aging affect the absorption, distribution, metabolization and excretion of drugs. It discusses drugs commonly prescribed for the elderly, problematic drugs and drug-drug and drug-food interactions.  It also considers the correct way to take a drug history from an elderly client. Purchase: $199 (Insight Media)
  • Medications and Elders...A Delicate Balance (1989, 33 minutes) Designed for health professional audiences, this film deals with how elders handle medications differently than younger individuals and how this and a host of other factors lead to what is now being referred to as "America's other drug problem.” The film provides some solutions to this problem and offers safe alternative pharmacological agents within several therapeutic categories. The film can be stopped at various places to allow audience discussion. Purchase: $165. Rental: $55. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Mental Illness and the Older Person (2005, 15 minutes) In this program, Peter Rabins, MD, provides an over view of mental illnesses and related behaviors often observed in the elderly.  These include Alzheimer disease, depression, confusion, delirium, anxiety and paranoia.  Excellent for staff in long-term care and as an introduction for students in nursing, social work and medicine.  Purchase: $150-DVD (Video Press)
  • Minding Time (2002, 51 minutes) This program explores the structure and function of the brain and shares strategies for keeping the mind in shape as the body ages.  It assesses the therapeutic benefits of exercise, “brain food,” biofeedback, guided imagery, mind-body medicine, watsu, tai chi, qigong, drumming, laughter, clapping and sexuality.  Purchase: $159-VHS, $159-DVD (Insight Media)
  • Miss Nora’s Store (1989, 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)
  • Mr. Nobody (1987, 35 minutes) This film deals with the difficult issues of community intervention when a reclusive elder neglects himself to the point of offending his neighbors. 65-year-old Jack Huggins lives alone in a house crammed with discarded appliances and junk. His neighbors find his behavior upsetting. At what point is he to be considered incompetent? This portrait is widely used by social work professionals because of its realism and sensitivity. Purchase: $295 Rental: $65 (Filmakers Library)
  • Mrs. Peterson: A Case Study (1994, 12 minutes) Dramatically conveys the need for integrated health care delivery within the hospital and among allied health care providers by portraying the case of Mrs. Peterson who, in the course of treatment, redundantly receives eight assessments, six nursing care plans, 14 physicians and 24 bills. She spent 38 days in the hospital. She was admitted, transferred, readmitted, transferred and readmitted in and out of various health care sites. She encountered caring and skilled staff, but she also encountered a health care system where duplication of efforts and fragmentation of services frustrate patients and staff alike. Get the book that answers the questions raised in the video—“Seamless Connections.” Authored by Connie J. Evashwick. Give your patients seamless access to the services they need when they need them. Featuring the hands-on solutions you need to implement an effective continuum of care, this practical guide offers action-oriented choices for dealing with such operational issues as: structure and strategic planning, finance, information systems, client-focused care and many more. Purchase (video only): $159. Rental: $35. Purchase (book only): $42.50. Purchase (book and video): $193. (Terra Nova Films)
  • The Nursing Home and Mental Health Series A seven tape series by Peter V. Rabins.
    • Positive Approaches to Difficult Behaviors (1993, 20 minutes) This tape reviews the most common behavioral and mood problems that occur in the nursing home and discusses the principles underlying their evaluation and care. It provides a systematic way to help long term care providers interact therapeutically with patients and communicate effective care strategies to other staff. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.
    • Paranoia, Suspiciousness and Accusations (1993, 20 minutes) Paranoia, suspiciousness and accusations are among the most common and distressing behaviors occurring in the nursing home. This tape reviews the most common causes of these behavioral symptoms and outlines practical approaches to minimize their occurrence. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200
    • Impaired Communication (1993, 20 minutes) The most common diseases that cause dementia, Alzheimer disease and vascular dementia, commonly impairs one’s ability to communicate. This tape describes the most common types of communication problems, aids in staff recognizing them and suggests specific strategies to care for persons with speech and language deficits. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.
    • Depression (1993, 20 minutes) At least 20 percent of patients in nursing homes suffer from significant depression. Depression is harder to identify in nursing home residents because they also often have cognitive impairment. This tape discusses the identification of depression and identifies strategies for improving mood and function. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.
    • Agitation, Aggression and Violence (1993, 20 minutes) This tape discusses the most distressing behaviors that occur in the nursing home: verbal and physical aggression. It outlines a management approach that emphasizes proper assessment, early recognition, specific interventions and avoidance of future episodes. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.
    • Confusion (1993, 20 minutes) All diseases that cause dementia impair memory. Confusion can manifest itself as impairment in memory or be disguised as other behavioral problems. This tape discusses specific care strategies to improve function and mood of persons with permanent memory impairment. Rental: $100. Purchase: $200.
    • Sleep, Sex and Wandering (1993, 20 minutes) Sleep disorders, inappropriate sexual behaviors and wandering require specific interventions which make improved functions more likely. Specific interventions will be reviewed as will the general principles underlying behavior management. Rental: $100. Purchase: 200 or discount price on entire series: $1,000. (For all seven videos contact VideoPress)
  • Old Wives’ Tales (1998, 40 minutes) “My husband is 50, I’m 64 and we want a baby,” says Alison Cobb, a grandmother of six who spent three years trying to have a baby using fertility treatment. Filmed in Great Britain where legislation has been introduced to deny fertility treatment to “over-age” women, this video is guaranteed to spark lively discussion. Old Wives’ Tales challenges our basic assumptions about motherhood. It asks whether older women should be allowed to undergo fertility treatment in order to have babies when they’re past the normal child bearing age. This passionate roundtable discussion between medical specialists, legislators and would-be mothers is intercut with scenes showing older women as mothers. It asks why no one frowns at men being fathers in their later years, or why age should be an issue at all. Now that science has presented women with a new option, who shall decide who may exercise it? Purchase: $195 Rental: $55 (Filmakers Library)
  • Older Couples (2004, 60 minutes) This program features Paula Hartman-Stein using cognitive-behavioral therapy to work with an older couple.  The therapy seeks to enhance coping strategies that require adaptation, such as dealing with illness, cognitive changes, or diminished energy.  The behavioral component of the therapy emphasizes increasing overall activity levels.  Purchase: $149 – VHS (Insight Media)
  • Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis (2005, 19 minutes) This program distinguishes between the two types of arthritis and describes the nature of the disease and the treatments: in the case of osteoarthritis, described as a wear-and-tear disease, arthroscopic surgery, cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory medications and surgical joint replacement; in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, various medications, from aspirin to gold salts and methotrexate and surgery, including the benefits of early surgical intervention. Purchase: $149.00. Rental: $75.00. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Osteoporosis: New Treatments for Bone Loss (2001, 23 minutes, color) Osteoporosis eats away at bones, leaving them dangerously weak—and there is no specific age group, gender, or ethnicity that is immune from it. What causes such debilitating deterioration and what can be done to resist it? This program describes the symptoms of osteoporosis while providing information on medications such as raloxifene, Fosamaz, Actonel and calcitonin. The importance of good nutrition and regular exercise as preventative measures is emphasized. Purchase: $129 Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Osteoporosis: Progress and Prevention (1996, 24 minutes) This program, hosted by  Robert Lindsay, former president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, explains current innovative treatments and assessment techniques, in conjunction with preventive measures any woman can take. The program explains how to assess the risk of developing the disease; and the role of diet, exercise and the importance of taking adequate amounts of calcium from early childhood are stressed. The connection between osteoporosis, menopause and estrogen is examined and new drug therapies that can halt the dramatic loss of bone density associated with osteoporosis are explored. Purchase: $99. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Over-Medicating the Elderly (1990, 28 minutes, color) Statistics indicate that at least a quarter of a million Americans are hospitalized annually because of reactions to drugs prescribed by their doctors. This specially adapted Phil Donahue program explains that the primary culprit is the pyramiding of drugs--a new drug being prescribed to control the reactions to an earlier drug. The primary victims are the elderly. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Parenting Our Elderly Parents (2004, 100 minutes) This video details the case of an adult son who has lost his marital home and is living in his elderly mother’s home.  Patricia J. Pitta implements her theory of integral family therapy as she strives to support and enable the adult son in caring for his aging mother and also preserving his aging mother and also preserving his quality of life.  It covers setting boundaries, setting realistic goals and nurturing relationships.  Purchase: $149 – VHS (Insight Media)
  • Pneumonia: All you need to know (1997, 18 minutes) This program looks at the causes, treatments and prevention of the fourth leading killer of the elderly ¾ pneumonia.  Michael Niederman, Professor of Medicine at SUNY, discusses the recent discovery of more virulent strains. Bacteria, viruses, mycoplasmas, parasites and fungi are identified as precipitators of the disease. Suggested treatments include a variety of antibiotics, antibacterial vaccine and intravenous drugs. Health care professionals and day care and nursing home workers are provided with specific cautions on how to protect those in their care from contracting pneumonia. Purchase: $129.00. Rental: $75.00. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Principles of Geropsychology: Assessment and Consultation (1996, 223 minutes) This video seminar, hosted by  Steven Zarit of Pennsylvania State University, addresses clinical assessment of older people, defining dementia and identifying some of its causes and discusses other disorders that lead to memory loss. The program also examines the steps associated with consultation in a clinical session. Produced by Distance Learning Network. Purchase: $149. (Insight Media)
  • Reducing Resident Depression: Assessment and Intervention (1992, 20 minutes) Long-term care residents candidly discuss their personal experiences with depression, relating it to their age-related physical, social and emotional losses. Specific strategies are presented for symptom management, which may be applied by geriatric nursing assistants and other staff. Emphasized is the significant contribution to resident well-being that can be made by recognizing and positively responding to depression. Interview format, Karen M. Stanley, MS, RN, CS and Robert P. Roca, MD, MPH. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)
  • Seniors Health and Wellness (2000, length not listed) See how important a healthy and active lifestyle is in your senior years. Meet some pretty amazing seniors who are living lives some of us can only dream about. This vido offers some important long-term advice for older adults and their children. Covers what seniors can do to improve their health and wellness through activity. Grades 9-Adult. Purchase: $89.95. (NIMCO)
  • Sex Therapy for Middle Age and Older Adults (2005, 60 minutes) This program illustrates Barry W. McCarthy’s integrative approach to sex therapy, which helps middle age and older clients learn new ways to experience sexuality and eroticism.  It features a case study of a middle-age woman who seeks to adapt to her changing sexuality in the wake of her hysterectomy and her husband’s heart surgery.  Purchase: $149 – DVD or VHS (Insight Media)
  • Signs and Symptoms of Depression in the Elderly (2004, 30 minutes, color)  This video defines depression and its signs and symptoms.  It explains that depression is under-diagnosed in the elderly and discusses techniques caregivers can use to detect the disorder.  Purchase: $259 (Insight Media)
  • 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)
  • Spiritual Elderly (1996, 60 minutes) Professor Zalman Schacter explains the model of the spiritual elder, discussing how to help older clients examine their lives and understand how apparently negative events can lead to positive outcomes. Purchase: $109. (Insight Media)
  • Staying Connected: Peer Support Groups for Older Adults (1995, 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)
  • Step by Step: Responding to Mental Illness in the Geriatric Population (1995, 28 minutes) From the nationally respected authority, Peter Rabins, MD, a new guide providing a step-by-step approach to working with elderly individuals with mental illness. Specific conditions will include patients with confused responses, agitated and aggressive responses, depressed responses and no responses. In this practical management guide, staff in long-term care, home-health care and senior day care will learn how to approach and interact with individuals as well as how to improve patient’s behavior through positive management. Staff will also learn how to manage personal feelings and how to report successful strategies. Rental: $100. Purchase: $300. (VideoPress)
  • Stroke: Family Support (1986, 23 minutes) Family members and stroke patients speak of common feelings that accompany strokes; how roles of family members and patients change; and alternative coping methods to help patients and family members deal with these changes. Purchase: $95. Rental: $45. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Substance Abuse in the Elderly (1998/2000, 30 minutes, color) Faced with complex regiments of medication and diminished tolerances for alcohol, many elderly Americans run the risk of falling into the trap of substance abuse. In this program from The Doctor Is In, senior citizens discuss how they deal with these challenges, while  James Campbell, director of the geriatric center at MetroHealth Medical Center and Carol Colleran Egan, director of older adult services for Hanley-Hazelden Center, present some innovative programs created especially for elderly people. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock production. Purchase: $129.95 (VHS) or $154.95 (DVD) Rental: $75 (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Tai Chi for Elders (1990, 60 minutes) Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise, developed by physicians to improve people's health. Its slow, smooth movements make it easy on the joints and help develop a person's balance, flexibility and sense of relaxation. The exercises in this tape have been specially adapted to make them easier to learn. The tape includes information on the health benefits of Tai Chi, safety guidelines, detailed descriptions of the movements as modeled by 76 year old Shizu Lofton and footage of Ms. Lofton leading a group of seniors in the exercise. Purchase: $89.95. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Too Much Medicine? The Need for Clinical Evidence (1999, 50 minutes, color) Are so-called illnesses being medicated that are part of the natural aging process? What is the true worth of prostate surgery? Is osteoporosis really a disease? This controversial program, based on Too Much Medicine? by award-winning medical journalist Ray Moynihan, presents the need for well-designed trials; promotes a spirit of inquiry into the benefits, risks and ultimate value of medical interventions; and reveals hidden commercial pressures applied by the multinational pharmaceutical industry—particularly to those population segments that are aging and therefore seen as lucrative markets. Purchase: $129, Rental: $75. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Understanding Arthritis A 2 tape series by James Brodie. When a person discovers that the pain in their joints is arthritis, it often leaves them feeling helpless and alone. These two new videos offer hope, information and direction to those newly diagnosed with these conditions. Each program summarizes and explains the nature and course of the disease, outlines treatments, addresses unproven and folk remedies and underscores the importance of self-management and of support groups. Viewers are shown how medication, occupational and physiotherapy, nutrition and exercise can relieve their pain, increase their mobility and improve the quality of their lives despite their disease. The information is presented by medical and allied health professionals, as well as through interviews with people living with arthritis.
    • Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis (1993, 22 minutes) Purchase: $99. Rental: $50 per day, or $100 per week.
    • Understanding Osteoarthritis (1994, 19 minutes) Purchase: $99. Rental: $50 per day, or $100 per week. (For both contact Fanlight Productions)
  • Understanding Hearing Loss (1993, 17 minutes, color) This program explains sound, hearing, hearing loss and the relationship between listening to speech and different kinds of hearing loss. It includes realistic simulations of what speech sounds like with different kinds of hearing loss and useful hints on improving communication. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • Well into Your Future:  Mental Health and Aging (2003) Created to meet the needs of a steadily growing American senior population, this series addresses important issues that affect quality of life for older men and women, as well as, their spouses, family and friends.  Through scenes of daily living, interviews and expert commentary, the programs provide valuable insights and advice on mental wellness, the key to successful aging. Total series purchase: $349.95 (VHS or DVD).
    • Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Caring for the Caregiver (2002, 55 minutes)  The experience of the family members and spouses in this program reflects that of thousands of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers who struggle daily with the heartfelt conflict of love and obligation.  This program presents examples of caregivers who have learned to cope effectively with these stresses, restoring balance in their own lives.  The importance of caregiver support groups and other outlets for the discussion of problems is closely examined.  Purchase: $129.95 (VHS or DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
    • Depression: Not a Normal Part of Aging (2003, 55 minutes) Though aging has its challenges, depression and its frequent companion, substance abuse, need not be among them.  This program dispels the myth that there is something inherently depressing about aging.  It explores the complex relationship between depression, alcohol and substance abuse, showing how knowledge of symptoms, family support and early treatment can restore the capacity for pleasure and contentment in most seniors’ lives.  Interviews with spouses, family members, social workers and geriatric psychiatrists are combined with candid, first-hand accounts.  Purchase: $129.95 (VHS or DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
    • Maintaining Mental Health (2003, 55 minutes) Aging well might be an ambiguous phrase but it does have meaning, especially for people over 60. This program tells the stories of five vibrantly alive seniors who have successfully navigated through momentous life changes.  Their examples highlight important precepts for staying mentally healthy, showing how mental health is a key to successful aging.  In interviews and in footage of these men and women engaged in various activities, the program provides useful tips and firsthand advice on planning for retirement, staying active, coping with grief and making the senior years an age of new discoveries.  Purchase: $129.95 (VHS or DVD) (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)
  • When Hearing Fades: Perspective on Hearing Loss in Later Years (1987, 59 minutes, color) Provides an understanding of the pervasive yet often overlooked area of hearing loss in the older population. Four experts in the field of aging and hearing loss discuss the audiological, social and emotional aspects of late-onset hearing loss, including communication techniques, role of professional intervention, coping strategies, assistive devices and the role of family and the support system. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • 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)
  • The Wilson Crisis (1981/2, 57 minutes) A six month documentation of the physical and psychological rehabilitation after a stroke. Narratives from the stroke victim and his son, the caregiver, reveal the frustrations both experience. The final moments of the program document the reward of the long difficult months of rehabilitation--return to society. Rental: $100. Purchase: $400. (VideoPress)
  • The Wit & Wisdom of Aging (1987, 26 minutes, color) This program tells the story of Norman Cousins, the former editor of the “Saturday Review,” who twice refused to die although his doctors diagnosed his maladies as fatal. His experiences led him to examine the effect of the emotions on health and the immune system and to develop a “healing hypothesis.” The new Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA is largely the result of Cousins’ theories on the healing process. Purchase: $89.95. (Films for the Humanities & Sciences)