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Digital Film Catalog
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Educational Films & Documentaries
From OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons. Full-length educational videos covering a wide variety of subjects. The collection currently includes videos from two distributors, Ambrose Video and Films for the Humanities & Sciences.
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As many as one in five older Americans have late-life depression, which can lead to suicide. In this program from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,three senior citizens describe how they have coped with depression, and medical commentary on late-life depression is also provided.
The Truth about Flu Vaccines
No one enjoys getting a flu shot, but most people realize they need to. Vaccination, however, is not only vital for the individual but also for the well-being of friends, coworkers, and loved ones. This program corrects myths and misconceptions concerning influenza vaccines and explains who is most at risk for flu-related complications. Viewers learn about disease progression, courses of treatment, yearly genetic mutation of the virus, WHO surveillance team functions, vaccine shortages and production methods, and high-risk groups targeted for inoculations.
Chronically Ill: Pain, Profit, and Managed Care
Currently, three-quarters of all U.S. healthcare dollars are spent on 100 million people with chronic illnesses and conditions. Will a cost-conscious healthcare system, increasingly driven by the market and oriented toward acute care, give them the proper care? This program examines how the chronically ill are faring today in seeking the high-quality, long-term care they need. Special reports focus on cases of patients with cancer, victims of stroke and heart disease, and children with congenital illnesses, comparing their treatment by commercial HMOs with the diagnoses and recommendations of independent experts. The program also documents the burdens on families providing home care.
A Time to Change
Whether they want to or not, four out of five Americans will likely die in hospitals or nursing homes, and the care they get will depend on both who is providing it and who is footing the bill. In this program, veteran PBS journalist Bill Moyers introduces crusading medical professionals--including staff members of the Balm of Gilead Project in Birmingham, Alabama--who have dedicated themselves to improving end-of-life care by changing America's overburdened health system. (87 minutes, color)
Superbugs; When Antibiotics Don't Work
They lurk in nursing homes and hospitals--anywhere where people's resistance is down. One, VRE, a usually harmless microbe found in the human bowel and genital tract, is already drug-resistant; the other, MSRA, currently treatable with vancomycin-type antibiotics, is quickly becoming resistant to their effects. Using real-life case studies of patients who are infected, this program studies the effects of the diseases, how they are contracted, and their often deadly consequences. (45 minutes)
To Be Old Black & Poor
This is a gritty and painfully real exposition of what it means to be black, poor, and elderly in the U.S. The film crew documents the life of Leonard and Sarah Bass on and off for six months, recording their struggle to survive, watching as well-meaning neighbors and opportunists come and go. (52 minutes, color)
Alzheimer's and Dementia: Caring for the Caregiver
The experience of the family members and spouses in this program reflects that of thousands of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers who struggle daily with the heartfelt conflict of love and obligation. This program presents examples of caregivers who have learned to cope effectively with these stresses, restoring balance in their own lives. The importance of caregiver support groups and other outlets for the discussion of problems is closely examined. (57 minutes)
Broken Child: Case Studies of Child Abuse
Every year in the U.S., approximately one in 25 children is reported as a victim.
Every day, 25 million Americans provide care for loved ones. This program, hosted by NewsHour's Ray Suarez, looks at the rich rewards and wisdom that often attend such care, as well as at the hard work that home healthcare entails. Drawing on the direct experience of family members and others, including author Beth Witrogen McLeod--whose book Caregiving, the Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize--the program also offers caregiving advice and information that is both practical and profound. (26 minutes, color)
Desperate Act: Suicide and the Elderly
Families are often ashamed of it, institutions frequently downplay it, and society usually denies that it even exists: suicide among the elderly. This program comes to grips with the chronic depression that leads too many senior citizens to take their own lives. Promoting prevention, intervention, and follow-up, medical experts use three case studies as a basis for discussing the warning signs of depression and treatment through counseling, education, medication, electroconvulsive therapy, and occupational therapy
Foster care in America, which was designed as a last resort for families in trouble, has become a commonplace experience for many children today. In this program, Bill Moyers examines a growing national movement that has achieved success in keeping troubled families together through the innovative strategy of working with them in their homes. Modeled after a 1974 pioneer project called "Homebuilders," this approach is known as "family preservation services" (FPS). In the program, we visit with families throughout the U.S. as they deal with personal crises that threaten them with the loss of their children to foster care. Their stories, and the stories of the caseworkers who help them learn the skills they need to stay together, offer a candid look at one of our society's most distressing problems, and at a promising approach to coping with it. (90 minutes)
Family Violence: Breaking the Chain
This program looks at the effects of family violence on the abused and the abuser: at the danger that abused children will grow up to repeat the pattern of violence in their own relationships; at the problems of date violence; at the physical and emotional abuse women suffer at the hands of their husbands and lovers. While showing the benefits of therapy, it stresses the need of the abused for safety—through shelters, hot-lines, and community assistance—from those who abuse them. (28 minutes)
Most people are unwilling to confront aging—even many seniors live in denial of it. Some fear losing their independence and autonomy, while others simply can't accept the graying of their hair. This program explores the varied landscape of aging in America, presenting the realities—physical, medical, emotional, and economic—of growing old in a youth-obsessed society. Is age a disease to be battled or a beautiful stage of life to be embraced and celebrated? Perhaps most importantly, how can we reverse our society's neglect of the elderly? (74 minutes)
Learning to Survive
This episode brings some encouraging news to viewers about public schools that are preparing youth and retraining adults to provide the backbone of our 21st-century workforce. Traveling the country, Smith tracks common strategies for successful education in locations as diverse as Cincinnati, Ohio; Oakland, California; and the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas. A rare visit to schools in Shanghai, China, where thousands of young people are gearing up to compete in the global marketplace, underlines the urgency of our educational mission here in the States. Optimistic teachers, students, principals, and activists provide refreshing proof that all children are capable of learning and that displaced working people can reconnect to the economy by retooling their skills in the classroom.
Recognizing Child Abuse
This program spells out the Four Rs of child abuse—the harsh Reality of its presence in our society, the Results it leads to, the many ways to Recognize it, and the proper channels for Reporting it. Each of these concepts is explained through eye-opening dramatizations and supported by interviews with education and child welfare experts. By following the program's clearly illustrated steps to awareness and action, viewers will become better equipped to recognize and intervene in cases of neglect and abuse...while there's still time to help. A viewable/printable presenter's guide is available online. A Meridian Production. (25 minutes)
Safe: Inside a Battered Women's Shelter
Every 12 seconds in America, a woman is beaten by her husband or boyfriend. This program presents the experiences of three women who sought to break the cycle of violence by seeking refuge at a safe house, a place providing sanctuary for physically abused mothers and their children. Through their stories, Nancy, Jasmine, and Yenesia reveal a way of life in which the victims, hurt most by those who supposedly love them, often feel like the culprits. Safe at last, they realize that the abuse they suffered is not their fault; freed of guilt and fear, they can break the emotional ties that bind them to their abusers. (50 minutes)
The Oldest Victims
In a country where youth and beauty are the ideal, the issue of elder abuse is often as neglected as its victims. This program addresses a number of elder abuse-related topics, including the embezzlement of elders' funds by family members; the criminal neglect and endangerment of housebound and bedridden elders by their children and friends; and alleged mercy killings of terminally ill elders by their spouses. The case of a senior-stalker who murdered over a dozen elderly women and the story of a parent-abuser turned elder-advocate are also presented. Produced by CBS News. (45 minutes, color)
When the Mind Fails
People with Alzheimer's disease usually live at home, cared for by family members--who, like the patient, may be feeling uncertain and scared. But authoritative information can help ease the fears and concerns. This program is a step-by-step Alzheimer's primer for caregivers and patients alike, divided into the following sections: First Signs, Diagnosis, Middle Stages, Getting Organized, Coping, Day to Day, Last Stages, and Hope for the Future, a segment highlighting the newest genetic research. A combination of case studies and medical insights, this documentary is a vital tool in coming to terms with Alzheimer's. (59 minutes, color) (cc)