Work/Retirement

  • Adult Development (1990, 30 minutes) This program introduces important theories about the major changes and transitions in adult life, including moving away from home, becoming a parent, changing careers and retiring. Purchase: $139. (Insight Media)
  • The Adult Years: Continuity and Change – Lifework (1985, 28 minutes, color) This series explores the process of aging as a complex mixture of continuity and change, rather than as a series of predictable steps or stages and is designed to introduce concepts in adult development from the perspective of psychology, sociology, biology and history. The first program discusses the “new work ethic” and its consequences for individuals and society, focusing on the roles of work, job satisfaction and prosperity in adult life. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Curtain Call (2006): The unforgettable story of eight remarkable residents of the Actors’ Fund Retirement Home. (38 minutes plus) No ordinary nursing home, these residents are still full of vitality as they recall tales of Broadway’s golden age and what they have done with their lives. Dramatically told by award winning directot Chuck Braverman, the film was nominated for an Academy Award®. Purchase DVD: $240 for University; $99 for Community Group/High School, $75 for rental (New Day Films)
  • Growing Old in a New Age: 9 - Work, Retirement and Economic Status (1993, 60 minutes, color) Explores trends in the labor force, early retirement, new job opportunities for older workers and income sources for elders no longer working. Retirees discuss community service and leisure activities. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Late Adulthood: Retirement and Options for Living (2001, 29 minutes) Retirement is a major psychological, emotional and financial event in late adulthood. This video explores the wide variety of retirement patterns, addresses the life satisfaction and well being of people during their retirement years and considers the numerous social adjustments made during retirement. Purchase: $139 (Insight Media) OR Purchase: $89.95 (Magna Systems)
  • Late Adulthood: Concepts And Issues 2007 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) —see General Aging section for rest of series
    • Retirement & Options for Living (2001, 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)—see General Aging section for rest of series
  • 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) —see General Aging section for rest of series
    • Retirement & Options for Living (2002, 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)
  • Maximizing Retirement Supports for Persons Who Are Aging And Developmentally Disabled (1992, 15 minutes) Explores the issue of retirement for older adults who are developmentally disabled by looking at a program that integrates them with retired older adults at senior centers and adult day care centers. Purchase: $89. Rental: $35. (Terra Nova Films)
  • Retirement and Options for Living (2001, 29 minutes) Retirement is a major psychological, emotional and financial event in late adulthood.  This video explores the wide variety of retirement patterns, addresses the life satisfaction and well-being of people during their retirement years and considers the numerous social adjustments made during retirement.  Purchase: $139 (Insight Media), $89.95-VHS or DVD (Magna Systems)
  • Social Roles and Relationships in Old Age (1993, 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)
  • A Week Full of Saturdays (1979, 18 minutes, color) Interviews with several retirees emphasize the need for retirement planning. One couple invests in a retirement home; a widow returns to work after a period of retirement; another couple moves to a retirement community. Discusses such topics as finances, friends and family, housing and leisure-time activities. (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • When She Gets Old (1992, 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)
  • The Work I’ve Done (1984, 58 minutes, color) Examining the ambivalence and personal crises that often follow retirement, from the deadening pain of one’s hands, to the struggle to redefine one’s life, The Work I’ve Done shows the tragedy of our culture’s emphasis on youth and in linking our self-identities, particularly for men, to the work we do. The film revolves around the stories of several blue-collar workers trying to come to grips with their sense of exile after retirement. However, retirement need not bring only emptiness. For one couple in their seventies, retirement was the beginning of a new life and love. Purchase: $245 Rental: $75 (First Run/Icarus Films) OR (Penn State Audio Visual Services)
  • Work, Retirement and Economic Status (1993, 60 minutes) This program explores labor force trends, early retirement and new job opportunities for older workers.  It features retirees describing community service and leisure activities and addresses Social Security, pensions and other income sources.  Purchase: $99 (Insight Media)