Gerontological Nursing Learning Activities-Media


(Less than 10 minutes) Media related resources to augment learning related to gerontology.


"Look at Me" Video Short

"See Me Nurse" Video Short

Interview on getting older, Maya Angelou


Alzheimer's- 4 Short videos (each <3 min)

End of life

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy. A short novel that can be used as a case study as it relates to family and individual issues regarding dying, death and bereavement.

The Last Decision a poem by Maya Angelou, in The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou


"Unfair Hearing Test" Free, interactive, 5 minute audio clip that illustrates hearing losses with aging


Contains several learning activities; requires participant engagement, designed specifically for health care students and professionals


Bathing is an important caregiving activity. However, it can be a frightening activity for those with dementia and may lead to negative interactions between the individual and their caregiver. These negative interactions can in many cases be prevented. As a result of extensive research, interventions have been developed to improve the bathing experience. The research has found that aggressive behaviors, care recipient distress and time spent crying or screaming can be decreased significantly.

The Bathing Without a Battle: Creating a Better Bathing Experience for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders CD and DVD offer person-centered methods for making the bathing experience more enjoyable for both caregivers and the people they are bathing. Over 20,000 copies of the CD have been distributed nationwide, and continues to be available for sale. The methods and principles displayed on both the CD and video will provide specific methods to make bathing a better experience for both the individual with dementia and their caregiver.

The materials are designed to provide specific information for the administration, licensed nursing staff and frontline caregivers. Practical visual examples of techniques and before and after situations are provided. In addition, perspectives of care providers are shared. CD/DVD are $50 each, with a discount of 50% for ordering 10 or more.

To learn more about the research and how to order the CD and DVD go to:


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Potpourri Media

Media resources longer than 10 minutes not necessarily created for educational purposes but can easily be used for educating others about aging.

This is list of books, feature length films and documentaries that have been used by faculty in various ways. Some faculty have students select a film or book to discuss in small groups or online. Some have been used as extra credit, and some have used a snippet in class to generate a discussion, set the stage for the class, challenge stereotypes, or enhance a presentation.


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Madonna's for Lenigrad (2007) Dean, D.

Self-Reflection on Aging

May Sarton (Several books related to the various aspects of aging)

The Measure of My Days (2000) Scott-Maxwell, F.

Simon's Night(1997) Hassler, J.

The Locket (2000) Paul Evans, R.

Two Old Women: An Alaskan legend of betrayal, courage and survival(2004) Wallis, V.

Another Country (2000) Pipher, M.

The Old Man and the Sea (1952) Hemingway, E.

Water for Elephants (2006) Gruen, S.

What are Old People For?: How Elders will Save the World (2007) Thomas, W.


Pickles- Many strips dedicated to aging issues; most in a positive way or

For Better or for Worse- Has had a story line whereby Grandpa Jim has had a stroke and is cared for by his wife Iris. Many issues addressed in a caring way related to changes of condition, aphasia, medication and caregiving.

Film - Feature Length


Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)

Divine Secrets of Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

Whales of August (1987)

Avalon (1990)

Driving Ms. Daisy (1989)

Harold and Maude (1971)


The Good News About Fall Prevention
A community education video produced by nursing students at Seattle Pacific University titled "The Good News About Fall Prevention" addresses a serious public health problem among older adults.

On Golden Pond (1981)

Cocoon (1985)

The Savages (2007)

Ladies in Lavender (2004)

Being Active

Surfing for Life Documentary (1999)

Waking Ned Devine (1998)


Something's Gotta Give (2003)


Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)


Away From Her (2007)

Iris (2001)

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