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Aging (Physical and Mental Aspects)

Physiology of Aging: What it is and What it Could be

(Meredith Morgan Symposium; UC Berkeley). Profssor Timiras lectures on the aging process and gives an historical overview of life expectancy at the turn of the century to the present.

Shopping Bag Ladies.

Interviews with homeless and poor women who carry their possessions with them in "shopping bags" as they live and sleep in the streets. 1977. 45 min.

Shopping Bag Ladies.

Interviews with homeless and poor women who carry their possessions with them in "shopping bags" as they live and sleep in the streets. 1977. 45 min. 3/4" UMATIC

Sunset Story

Sunset Story is a funny and intimate documentary that will make you think differently about growing old. It tells the story of Irja (81) and Lucille (95), two friends at a rest home for retired radicals. As they attend demonstrations, register their fellow residents to vote and debate everything under the sun, Irja and Lucille's verve and humor delight us. Sunset Story doesn't shy away from the sadness of old age; it reveals two elderly women's lives in an unusually authentic and surprisingly moving way.

Sustaining Community Living Among the Oldest Old: Health and Service Issues

Examines the needs created by the vulnerabilities the very old face and the processes by which these needs are addressed: Through the actions of families and informal social networks, the responses of social service institutions, the role of the health care system and most importantly, the coping skills of the elderly individual. Part of the Wellness lecture series sponsored by the California Wellness Foundation, the University of California and Health Net. 1992. 40 min.

The Aging Brain: Through Many Lives.(The Secret Life of the Brain)

Presents recent studies which seem to indicate that the normal aging process leaves most mental functions intact, and may even provide the brain with unique advantages that form the basis of wisdom. The aging brain is also far more resilient than previously believed.

The Causes and Prevention of Degenerative Diseases Associated with Aging

Scientists are rapidly gaining an understanding of the biochemical mechanisms of aging and the degenerative diseases associated with aging, such as cancer, heart disease, and brain deterioration. Many degenerative diseases appear to be caused in large part by accumulative damage to DNA, the genetic material in cells. This lecture looks at DNA research and its potential to delay or prevent many degenerative diseases. Part of the Wellness lecture series sponsored by the California Wellness Foundation, the University of California and Health Net. 1991. 56 min.

The Miracle of Intervale Avenue.

The South Bronx in New York City, an area that was once predominately Jewish, is now a decaying neighborhood whose population is largely Hispanic and Black. This program examines the people who choose to live and work in the South Bronx, in particular the tiny community of elderly Jews determined to survive. 65 min.

The Oldest Lesbian in the World

Nearing 100 years old, Bobby Staff whimsically exposes a rare and revealing insight into the romantic life of a butch lesbian born in 1913. Accompanied by her long time friend, Sweet Baby J'ai, Bobbie takes us on a trip down a very steamy memory lane, through photographs and vivid memories of many decades living her life as an out lesbian in New York City and Los Angeles. Directors and producers, Mary Jo Godges, Renee Sotile. c2011. 23 min.

The Oldtimers

A portrait of the elderly predominantly Latino community that gathers at Original McCarthy's, an historic, desolate bar in San Francisco. Living alone, the regulars have come to depend on McCarthy's for a sense of continuity and community. This moving documentary, an examination of the loneliness and alienation that faces the elderly who live in hidden pockets of America's cities, tells the stories of this clientele, the surivivors of another urban era. A film by Lisanne Skyler and Joseph Todd Walker. 1993. 17 min.

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