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Aging and the Elderly

Life Worth Living: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of the Eden Alternative

Explores components of The Eden Alternative, a new approach developed by Dr. William H. Thomas, which addresses the problem of improving resident quality of life in long term care facilities. This film tours several Eden homes and explores the impact the project has on residents, staff and families. 30 min.

Life Worth Living: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of the Eden Alternative.

Explores components of The Eden Alternative, a new approach developed by Dr. William H. Thomas, which addresses the problem of improving resident quality of life in long term care facilities. This film tours several Eden homes and explores the impact the project has on residents, staff and families. 1997. 30 min.

Living Longer, 1954. (People's Century.)

With the advent and widespread use of penicillin during the Second World War and a greater understanding of microbiology, astonishing advances in Western medicine and public health followed as age-old diseases were systematically tackled in the United States and around the world. Millions hoped that new medical technologies would offer them better health--and longer lives. 1997. 56 min.

Maggie Kuhn Speaks[Sound Recording]

Maggie Kuhn talks of aging, the value of our eleders and makes suggestions for intergenerational living. 43 min.

Make Me Young

An age-obsessed daughter of a plastic surgeon takes a journey through America's $60 billion a year anti-aging world looking at the various ways people will try to stay young. She spent 2 years traveling across America visiting doctors, experts and lives with a cross-section of characters from Minnesota to Texas who've gone to varying lengths to "beat the clock", to paint a funny but troubling portrait of a country that desperately needs to stay young. Directed by Mitch McCabe. Originally broadcast on HBO in 2009. 88 min.

Making a Difference: Lifelong Political Activists

A discussion between six senior lifelong liberal activists, all members of the Marin Gray Panthers. They discuss origins of their activism, exchange memorable experiences and motivating factors and comment on how these commitments have shaped their lives. Contents: Childhood and early influences -- Arrests and civil disobedience -- What keeps you going? -- Why aren't others motivated? -- What about children and the future?

Man Immortal

Uses the latest research to explore the possibility of human immortality. Experts in the areas of fibroblast growth factor therapy, nutrition, genetics, aerobic metabolism, and cancer research discuss the implications of their findings on the aging process. Directed by Howard Reay. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 53 min.

Maturing and Aging (Discovering Psychology)

Presents physical and psychological changes as people age, and how society reacts to the later stages of life. :17-18 This series available for online viewing (Requires initial registration at site)[Requires Windows Media player]

Memory for Max, Claire, Ida, and Company

"At Baycrest, an old-age home in Toronto, we follow a social worker as she talks to residents, particularly Max, Claire, Ida, and Rachel. The film opens on Claire's birthday, she's 89; Max, a tiny cheerful man, is her close friend. Rachel is lonesome, missing her son, complaining he rarely visits. Ida relies on memory for her solace. Helen has no memory and doesn't recognize her daughter; her moods swing. Murray keeps his cap on and likes women. Staff members bring medication, provide care, and offer small talk.

Ms. Alabama Nursing Home(2003)

Follows an 82-year-old beauty queen on her quest to become Ms. Alabama Nursing Home. A film by Anne Paas

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