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Videos/DVDs on Aging

To find the most current and complete list of videos and DVDs, or to search for a specific title, use the Library's Catalog. Use the Format drop down menu to limit to Video/DVD.  Below is a selected list of videos from faculty recommendations and Catalog searches.

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& thou shalt honor   Not captioned/Law Library copy is subtitled/2 videocassettes (123 min.)

Shares the stories of formal and informal caregivers, describes the different types of caregiving from long distance to nursing home care, and provides guidelines and information on caregiving, including websites--Workbook, p. 3.

Abuse : the resident's perspective   Not captioned/1 DVD (18 min.)

Summary: "Residents report what they feel is abuse and their list of concerns may surprise you. From their perspective, negative attitudes, lack of respect, waiting for care, and even staff not wearing nametags are unacceptable"

Acting our age   1 videocassette (30 min.)

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, crosscultural values, and everyday problems faced by older, often neglected British citizens.

Aleksandra1   Videodisc (92 min.)

In a desolate, sun-sorched corner of the world, an elderly woman has come to see her beloved grandson. He is a young officer stationed at a remote military outpost. With the enemy just beyond the compound, she wanders the barracks, observing the routines of military life, before making a sudden trip into the outlying countryside.

Alzheimer's : a multicultural perspective   Not captioned/1 videocassette (34 min.)

With a grant from the California Department of Health, this two year study of Alzheimer's was conducted in the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Latino communities. It looks at caregiving issues through the eyes of four minority families, their values, their perceptions, and their fears.

Becoming a social worker with older adults : real students, real clients, real growth   Not captioned/1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

An educational film on various aspects of social work involving older adults. Topics include home visiting, confronting ageism, helping older adults accept services, running a support group in community center.

Breaking Point   Not captioned/1 videodisc (DVD) (19 min.)

"... documents the story of Nancy, a formerly abusive daughter, as she talks candidly about her repeated abuse of her invalid mother. As Nancy relates her story, a sensitive and emotional portrayal emerges. Nancy eventually comes to terms with what she has done and acquires an understanding of how the abuse might have been avoided. Breaking point provides insights which will provoke discussion and introspection"--Container.

Elder Abuse five case studies   Not Captioned/1 videocassette (43 min.)

In interviews with five actual victims of abuse, counselors explore their clients' financial, emotional, and health problems and the effect these had on their ability to lead independent lives. The role of counselors is demonstrated as they assist patients in exploring available options.

The fall of the I hotel   Not Captioned/1 videodisc (58 min.)

After the Manongs labored to build America, their San Francisco Manilatown community is wiped out by urban renewal, and 50 old-timers are forcibly evicted from the International Hotel by 300 cops in the dead of night. Documents destruction of the last block of Manilatown on Kearny Street. Includes updates about recent activity and ownership of the site.

How to Die in Oregon   Not captioned/1 Video DVD (107 min.)

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether--and when--to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of the complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.  


If these walls could talk   1 Videodisc (96 min.)

Set in different decades in the same house, these stories of three lesbian couples each reflect a specific concern. In 1961, Abby and Edith, two retired schoolteachers, lead a quiet life. Abby has a stroke and dies, and her nephew and his wife come for the funeral and to sort and sell Abby's things, unaware that she and Edith were a lifelong couple. In 1972, four college-age lesbians share the house. They have problems with the campus feminism group, and Linda is drawn to Amy a very butch lesbian who wears a men's clothing and drives a motorcycle. How can a feminist fall for a lesbian who acts like and dresses like a man? By 2000, long-term couple Fran and Kal want to have a child, and their quest leads from proposing sperm donation to a gay couple they know, to the horror of shopping for sperm on the Internet.


Lifeline : preventing elder abuse   1 Videocassette (27 min.)/Not captioned

Counselors, law enforcement officers, medical personnel, psychiatrists, and social service workers discuss the varieties of abuse (physical, psychological, financial as well as neglect or abandonment) that affect an estimated one in twenty elderly Americans. All adults are encouraged to watch for signs of abuse, know how to report it, and be able to evaluate long-term facilities and set up support networks for caretakers. Most elder abuse occurs in private homes.


Living old the modern realities of aging in America / a Frontline co-production with Mead Street Films/1 Videodisc (60 min.)

For the first time in American history, "the old old"--Those over 85 -- are now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Medical advances have enabled an unprecedented number of Americans to live longer, healthier lives. But for millions of elderly, living longer can also mean a debilitating physical decline that often requires an immense amount of care. And just as more care is needed, fewer caregivers are available to provide it. In "Living Old," FRONTLINE investigates this national crisis and explores the new realities of aging in America.

A mother never gives up hope  : older mothers and abusive adult sons   1 videodisc (42 min.)


Mr. Nobody Not captioned/1 DVD-video (35:45 min.)

Jack Huggins is sixty-five years old. He doesn't take very good care of himself, but he lavishes attention on his menagerie of cats. He repairs and hoards electronic equipment he has picked from the garbage. When Jack did not comply with a Health Department order to clean up, he was forcefully removed from his home, certified incompetent, and the Public Trustee took charge of his affairs. Jack felt that he was being treated "like Mr. Nobody. Just Mr. Nobody out on the street." This film will provoke the discussion of legal and ethical dilemmas concerning the self-neglecting elderly. Do Mentally competent elders have the right to neglect themselves? Does the state have an obligation to intervene?

Mr. Skeffington   1 DVD (146 min.)


Dealing openly with anti-Semitism and Nazi atrocities, the story spans World War I, Prohibition and the prelimanary volley of World War II. Fanny (Bette Davis) thrives on the adulation of countless suiters before and after she marries Job Skeffington (Claude Rains). Ravaged by age and illness, Fanny clings to Job's promise that "a woman is beautiful only when she is loved."

My mother, my father seven years later   Not captioned


Follow-up visit to four families, who were caring for aging parents in the 1984 video called My mother, my father. Follow-up video explores the changes in circumstances and family dynamics that seven years has brought.

The nun study   Available as both streaming video (4 min., 5 sec., WMV file, sd., col.) & downloadable video (4 min., 5 sec., WMV file, sd., col.) files.

Describes aspects of the health and lifestyle of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, participants in a research project conducted by David Snowden in part at the University of Minnesota.

Pranzo di Ferragosto = Mid-August lunch   1 videodisc (75 min.)

A middle-aged man living with his elderly mother finds the best way to pay for their debts is to take care of the building manager's mother during the biggest festival of the year. Soon he finds himself with not two but four mothers to keep fed and happy.

Privilege   Not captioned/1 videodisc (103 min.)

Middle-age documentary filmmaker Yvonne Washington is becoming a "woman of a certain age", so she invites long-time friend Jenny to assist in filming a candid and open dialogue on menopause. This becomes a commentary on the implicit interrelation between vanity and subjugation, as women already relegated to secondary status in society face further trivialization and exclusion, reduced to a caricatured, iconic pop culture image: the crone. The film is also a scathing exposition of ageism, sexism, economic elitism, and racism--the isms that artificially define and characterize empowerment in contemporary society--and the marginalization, disenfranchisement, and social segregation that pervade everyday existence, informing the myth of privilege.


Raging grannies  the action league   Not captioned/1 videodisc (30 min.)

Raging Grannies is a lively and thought-provoking 30-minute documentary that tells the story of The Action League of the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula.


Raising Renee : a promise is a promise   1 Videodisc (81 min.)

Raising Renee tells the story of acclaimed artist Beverly McIver and her promise to take her mentally disabled sister Renee when their mother dies - a promise that comes due just as Beverly's career is taking off. -- container.


Rewarding challenges : social work with older adults   1 Videodisc (42 min.)

Portraying encounters between social work interns and older adults, this program illustrates fundamental social work knowledge, values, and skills in engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and termination.

Ten More Good Years   1 Videodisc (71 min.)

Examines the special difficulties that the aging LGBT community faces: lack of resources including social services, loss of longtime partners due to AIDS, poor representation and committment of governmental agencies, and lack of visibility to the younger LGBT population. Interviews and personal stories of four community elders are shared with the viewer, and positive efforts to address these issues are investigated.

To be old, black, and poor   Not captioned/1 videocassette (58 min.)

Shows what it means to be black, poor, and elderly in the U.S. Documents the life of Leonard and Sarah Bass, an elderly black couple. Records their struggle to survive, as well-meaning neighbors and opportunities come and go.

Tōkyō monogatari  = Tokyo story   2 Videodiscs (136 min.)

Tokyo Story follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, post-war Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill she and Sukichi return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her.


Wild strawberries  = Smultronstället   1 Videodisc (91 min.)

A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity.


Young @ Heart   1 Videodisc (108 min.)

Young at Heart Chorus is based in Northampton, Massachusetts. See the final weeks of rehearsal for the group, whose average age is 81 and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs that range from James Brown to Coldplay. The group has toured Europe and sung for royalty. Now they are focusing on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town.