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The Film

Sunset Story
The filmmakers’ Web site includes a director’s statement, press clippings and news about SUNSET STORY.

Sunset Hall

Sunset Hall: A non-profit retirement home for free-thinking elders
Learn more about Sunset Hall’s history, services and admission policies, and view the calendar of events and activities.

The New York Times: Leftist Causes Keep an Old-Age Home Active
Learn more about Sunset Hall in this 1998 article, which inspired the making of SUNSET STORY. (Full article text may be purchased for a small fee.)

The Los Angeles Times: Sunset Hall’s Red Twilight
Featuring interviews with current residents of Sunset Hall, this March 2005 article also discusses the facility’s uncertain future.

LA Weekly: Raging Gracefully: Days in the Life of Sunset Hall
A profile on Sunset Hall residents—including Irja Lloyd—and their progressive work and political histories.

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles
Find out more about the activities of the organization that founded Sunset Hall.

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP)
In accordance with the values with which Sunset Hall was founded, ICUJP insists on “respect for human rights, international law and the use of peaceful means in the resolution of conflicts.”

The Coalition for World Peace
Some Sunset Hall residents work with this Los Angeles-based coalition, which supports “all struggles for human and civil rights, and against war, greed, empire, and racism.”

Vegetarian Times: Keeping Green In Their Golden Years
This article on 95-year-old Valida Davila—a long-time vegetarian and resident of Sunset Hall—talks about maintaining diets in retirement homes and nursing facilities.

Elders and Activism

The Gray Panthers
Read the Panthers’ blog, a history of the organization and a timeline of achievements, or browse a guide to local chapters across the U.S.

PBS: Independent Lens: MAGGIE GROWLS
Find out more about Maggie Kuhn, who founded the Gray Panthers in 1970 at age 65, after being forced to retire from a job she loved.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Read articles from AARP The Magazine and get a wealth of information on subjects including legislation and elections, policy and research, community service, health, technology and travel.

The Seniors Coalition
This public advocacy organization represents the interests of American senior citizens at the state and federal levels, working to “protect the quality of life and economic well-being that older Americans have earned while supporting common sense solutions to the challenges of the future.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Seniors For Peace Activists Are Ready For Prime Time
Read about the San Francisco Bay Area-based Seniors for Peace, a group of anti-war protesters with an average age of 86 and the subject of a documentary by David L. Brown.

Senior News: Fifty Years of Activism
“Don't hesitate to question authority, but be sure of your facts before you do." Meet Betty and Mayer Segal, two octogenarians with half a century of community service and social action.

Older Women’s League (OWL)
Founded in 1980, OWL is the only U.S. grassroots organization that focuses solely on issues unique to women as they age. The organization strives to improve the status and quality of life for midlife and older U.S. women.

The National Center on Women and Aging
The Center aims to raise national attention on the unique concerns of women as they age, empower older women through community education and improve their security, health and dignity.

Harvard Magazine: Making Things Happen
Why are so many senior citizens politically active? Find out more in this article by Nell Porter Brown.

Presbyterian Senior Services
Gray Panthers founder Maggie Kuhn was a consultant to this advocacy organization for the elderly. Read about current campaigns and get the Six Myths of Aging.

Alliance for Retired Americans
This organization works to “ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.”

How Policies Make Citizens: Senior Political Activism and the American Welfare State
By Andrea Louise Campbell
(Princeton University Press, 2003)
This case study of American senior citizens and their political activity around Social Security reveals how seniors have become the nation’s most politically active age group.

Aging and Eldercare

Children of Aging Parents (CAPS)
This non-profit aims to “assist the nation's nearly 54 million caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with reliable information, referrals and support, and to heighten public awareness that the health of the family caregivers is essential to ensure quality care of the nation's growing elderly population.”

Caregivers USA
This nationwide, non-commercial directory of community-based caregiver support services is intended to help individuals who are providing care for a family member or friend.

The U.S. Administration on Aging
Find information about Medicare, get elder rights and resources, read about the Older Americans Act and more.

Eldercare Locator
Find local community assistance for seniors from this site, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.

National Alliance for Caregiving
Get tips for caregivers and get the news on the latest caregiving legislation from this organization.

PBS: & Thou Shalt Honor
The Web site for this PBS show profiles family and professional caregivers and tells their stories and challenges.

American FactFinder: Aging
The U.S. population is growing older. Find out how from this report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
As a part of the U.S. National Institute of Health, NIA aims to improve the health and well-being of older Americans by supporting and conducting research on aging processes, age-related diseases and other issues specific to the elderly.

UCLA Center on Aging
Get information on community education programs and links to resources from this research and outreach organization.

The National Council on Aging
Read publications and research reports from this national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons.


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