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Aging brings uncertainties but also freedom,
Embracing Aging: Families Facing Change addresses the universal topic through the eyes of extended families from across the United States.
“I would like to be able to embrace my later years but I’m still scared because I don’t know what’s going to happen,” says Randi Gedaliah of New York City, one of the family members who appears in the documentary. Gedaliah’s father, Harry Davis, 86, is one of the elders featured in the program.
“It’s time for we baby boomers to grow ‘the rest of the
way’ up,” asserts Dr. Ira Byock in the program.
Dr. Byock is professor at Dartmouth Medical School
(N.H.) and director of palliative care for the medical center there.
The documentary was produced for the
“Vision and Values” series for ABC-TV by Third Way Media
in partnership with the Catholic Telecasters
Group and released to ABC stations by the National Council of Churches
through the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. The executive producers are
Burton Buller and Father James Gardiner; producer, Sheri Hartzler; editor,
Wayne Gehman; writer, Melodie Davis; and narrator Barbra Graber.
· The Durkee family,
· The Guengerich family,
· Shirley Phillips, and
The program also includes Jennie Chin Hansen, president of AARP, Licia Berry-Berard, geriatric social worker, and Dr. Lisa Furmanski geriatrician, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Stella Henry, author of The ElderCare Handbook and founder of Vista del Sol assisted living facility; Arthur Webb, CEO of Village Care of New York (NYC), Lynn Miller, author and stewardship counselor for Mennonite Mutual Aid; and volunteers with the SOOP (Service Opportunities for Older Persons).
The program probes phases of aging, retirement, housing options, care issues and options, relationships, aging in different cultures, and the role of faith and the church.
For updates on stations airing
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program is also available at
DVD for $24.95 with study guide and bonus content.
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