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Aging and the Elderly

The Parkwood Reflections Unit Art Project

Presents an abstract painting project made by elderly handicapped adults showing the artists as they work and the final work when completed. 1996. 23 min.

The Self-made Man

Bob Stern, 77, discovers he is seriously ill, possibly dying. Thinking of an in-law on life-support, Bob decides to take his own life to avoid that end. His family tries to stop him. Bob sets up a video camera and tapes his arguments for suicide. Daughter Susan Stern tells the story of her father's interesting life and talks about difficult end-of-life choices. Filmed in 2004, PBS national broadcast, P.O.V. July 26, 2005. A film by Susan Stern. Dist.: New Day Films. 64 min.

The Silver Age (Life ; [13])

Part 13 of a series on how the globalized world economy affects ordinary people. Advances in healthcare mean that more people are living longer with over 560 million age 60 and over in the world today. In parts of Europe, North America, and Japan, the proportion of older people is rising faster than any other group. The result, often, is a growing population of old people with too few young people to take care of them. This program explores the implications in three different countries: India, Japan and Tunisia. Directed by Manjira Datta and Charlotte Metcalf. c2000. 24 min.

The Way We Get By

On call 24/7 for the past six years, three senior citizens have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine. Filled with unexpected turns, their uplifting and emotional journey demonstrates the meaning of community. Included are stories of heartbreak and redemption that remind viewers how this culture casts out elders, and too often soldiers. Includes two hours of bonus features.

Un hombre aparte

The man aside is Ricardo Liano, a Spanish inmigrant settled in Chile who was a boxing promoter, a show business producer and creator of a number of businesses. Now an octogenarian and a poor man, Liano wanders around with the obssesion of himself still being a winner and that for the third time in his life he will be a millionaire. His personality leads him to propose the filmmakers to make a movie about his life, instead of a documentary.

We Got Us.

Captures four elderly, Jewish women during their weekly game of Mah Jong, as they reminisce about their childhood, marriages, illness, and bereavement. Director, Joan Booker. 2001. 25 min.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Depicts a family making living arrangements for an elderly parent who is about to be released from the hospital and who is unable to maintain an independent residence. Focuses on the emotions that emerge at such a time and the decision making process within the family. Producer/director, David R. Nelson. 1982. 9 min.

White House Conference on Aging, May 2-5, 1995

Brief excerpts of speeches given by a variety of individuals at the White House Conference on Aging. 27 min.