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Aging and the Elderly

"Thicker Than Water": Social Work and Family Concerns for Alzheimer's Patients

Families visiting relatives who have Alzheimer's Disease may become emotional even under the best of nursing home settings. This video demonstrates the systematic interaction of a social worker in a nursing home setting and a visiting family member who is distraught. c1990. 15 min.

A Matter of Indifference

Presents a critique of society's ambivalence toward the aged. Includes an interview with Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panther movement. 1974. 50 min.

Acting Our Age

With the assistance of the filmmaker, residents of London residing in a home for South Asian elderly, shoot their own video. They interview a wide range of subjects...from people on the street to members of Parliament. This spirited video reveals generational attitudes, cross-cultural values, and everyday problems faced by older, often neglected British citizens. Producer, Deanne Edwards ; director, Gurinder Chadha. 29 min.
Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Aging in America: The Years Ahead

In search of what it means to have a 'good old age', Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi traveled across the country for seven years, collecting scores of personal histories to depict the experience of aging in America. This film traverses the experience of our elders from the wellderly to the elderly, as told through a series of intimate vignettes of people who are living the new old age. Through their stories, we laugh and cry as they celebrate their freedom, apply their wisdom, and suffer the consequences of their bodies' limitations. A film by Julie Winokur and Katie Buono. c2003. 57 min.

Aging. (The Mind)

Examines what happens to the brain and mind during the aging process. Explains that aging doesn't necessarily bring mental decline and what role genetic and environmental factors play in degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. [preservation copy]; :3

All of Our Lives

Examines the plight of aging women, many of whom must face their later years stranded without a pension and financially insecure. Producer/director, Laura Sky. c1984. 28 min.

Alzheimer's Disease: Interviewing and Assessment Techniques for Social Workers.

This videotape illustrates techniques social workers may use in screening older adults for cognitive impairment. MMSE (or the Mini-Mental Status Exam) is used, which assesses orientation, attention, calculation, short-term memory, and language. c1990. 30 min.

Alzheimer's: My Mom, Our Journey

In the United States alone, four million people suffer from Alzheimer's disease. This documentary chronicles one fifty-year-old woman's heartbreaking struggle with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. It examines the disease's devastating effects on an individual and her family as they cope with the changes and challenges brought by "The silent epidemic." Written and directed by Julie Meisner Eagle. Aired on MSNBC on Sunday, July 18, 2004.

American Outrage

Two elderly Western Shoshone sisters, the Danns, put up a heroic fight for their land rights and human rights. Directed by George Gage and Beth Gage. 32 min. Online Access through LFLFC.