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Successful Aging TV Program

The Successful Aging video series, originally developed by the Grand Rapids Community College Older Learner Center and Media Technologies Department for television broadcast, was designed in response to the educational needs of older adults, their families, caregivers, and a rapidly Aging Society. This national award winning television series is now available for purchase on video from Aquarius Health Care Media. These educational videos are appropriate for use in classrooms, senior centers, and churches, as well as with community and civic groups.

Fitness & Nutrition (27 minutes – 2001)

Whether eight or eighty one can improve their health. Let’s face it, everyone wants to look better, feel better and live longer. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program provides information and advice on how proper fitness and nutrition can improve one’s life as they age; including practical suggestions on how everyone, regardless of income, can develop an exercise program, eat nutritiously, and enjoy themselves while doing both.

Smoking Cessation (27 minutes – 2001) – Telly Awards Finalist

Whether you’re eight or eighty you can improve your health starting today. Let’s face it, we all want to look better, feel better and live longer. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program provides information on the dangers of smoking, and advice on how to successfully quit smoking and improve your health and quality of life. It delivers this important message using, in part, humorous clips from old movies and television programs indicating how past societal norms that embraced smoking, as an acceptable part of one’s life within American culture, have resulted in high rates of cancer and mortality today.

Intimacy, Sexuality & Aging (27 minutes – 2002) – Telly Awards Winner

Love, intimacy, communication, and sexual expression are affirmations of our being human. Physical and emotional bonding with another human being is both natural and essential. It is a true confirmation of life and living and a vital part of our existence as we age. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program provides important information on issues related to intimacy, sexuality, HIV/Aids, and illustrates that one is never too old to have sexual interest and desires, as well as engage in sexual activity.

Aging & Creativity (27 minutes – 2002)

Creativity is the energy that allows us to express ourselves in a thousand different ways. The capacity for creativity and learning exists at all ages. There is little doubt that the ability to think new thoughts, express oneself in artistic ways, and to view life as a journey of discovery knows no age. Creativity fuels the mind and is a critical element of overall health and well being throughout our lifetimes. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program provides important information on creativity and aging. Using a broad sampling of visual and auditory imagery showcasing the art, paintings, woodworking, and musical talents of a number of creative older people this video beautifully demonstrates the value of creativity in successful aging.

Nutrition & Aging (29 minutes – 2002)

Understanding good nutrition and making adjustments to our diet is vital to successful aging. Whether you’re eight or eighty you can improve your health starting today. Let’s face it, we all want to look better, feel better and live longer. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program provides information and practical advice on proper nutrition. It also illustrates how eating well can increase one’s longevity as well as improve their quality of life.

Caregiving (29 minutes – 2002)

A survey from the National Family Caregivers Association shows that the number of people who provided care for an older relative or friend during the past year to be a sobering 54 million. This represents over 26% of the adult population in the United States, and means that you have a better than one in four chance that someday you will be a caregiver. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program helps us to explore the mind of family caregivers by hearing their stories of pain, joy, depression, devotion and fulfillment in the caregiving role. It also provides important information and practical advice for use by today’s caregiver.

Holistic Aging (29 minutes – 2002)

Holistic living unites the mind, body and spirit into a “whole person” thus creating a positive stimulus for living. How then can we have a body that’s healthy and vital? Have a mind that’s fully aware and engaged? And have an inner spirit that’s positive and enthusiastic, full of hope and inspiration? This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program takes a closer look at “Holistic Living” from many different points of view and provides important information and advice on Holistic Aging with a particular emphasis on complimentary medicine and the connection between mind, body and spirit.

Retirement & Well Being (29 minutes – 2003)

Retirement is no longer a brief interlude between work and death. It is common for people today to spend as much as a third of their lives in retirement. Retirement has become one of the most important events of our lives and like any other major life change can be viewed as either negative or positive. Like any other major life change, retirement requires planning. Not only financial planning, but also planning and realistically thinking about what you are going to do with the rest of your life. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program provides important information and practical advice on retirement, as well as highlights a variety of retirees sharing their hopes, dreams, and real life experiences regarding retirement. This video should be shown to all pre-retirees, their children and grandchildren.

Adapting Homes to Successfully Age in Place (27 minutes – 2003)

Older adults often live in older homes in need of significant repair and/or modification. Many homes lack the functional design needed to accommodate for the losses frequently experienced by older adults. Since most older persons wish to remain in their own home it is important to know how to adapt the home environment to successfully age in place. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program provides important information and practical advice on adapting homes to successfully age in place including tips on lifetime home design and adaptation, as well as on-camera demonstration of these design elements in home building.

Pain Management & Coping (approximately 30 minutes – 2003)

Some 86 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. Throughout the ages mankind has wrestled with understanding sources of pain and how to relieve it. Pain has always been a part of the human experience and throughout human history scholars and physicians have sought to explain it and, more importantly, to treat it. There is no good reason, regardless of age or illness, why people today should live and suffer with pain. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program provides information and practical advice on the causes of pain and how to lessen the suffering caused by chronic pain. This is illustrated through a series of candid interviews in which individuals attempting to live with chronic pain share their emotional struggle with depression, and the pursuit of successful treatment; and professional pain management specialists sharing hope now available through treatment.

Palliative Care (approximately 30 minutes – 2003)

America is a death denying society that often does not formally prepare individuals to deal with death and dying on personal and emotional levels. Palliative care is a philosophy of care for terminally ill patients, which assures the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual comfort of the dying patient and their family. This SUCCESSFUL AGING video program provides information and practical advice on palliative care for the dying patient and their family. This is accomplished through a variety of candid and emotional interviews with medical personnel, hospice care workers, dying patients, and families. From tears, to courage, to hope and acceptance this video illustrates well how to relate to the dying.

Programs Available for Purchase

Successful Aging Television Programs in the half-hour news style format are available for purchase through Aquarius Health Care Videos.

Programs Available for Loan

Many of these programs may also available for loan in the Grand Rapids area. Videotape copies are available for loan from the Grand Rapids Community College Library as well as through Kent District Library branches.