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  • Grades 11-12

Family and Caregiving: The Challenge of Caring for Our Elders

Resources

The Film
POV: América
https://www.pbs.org/pov/america/
The film’s POV site includes a discussion guide with additional activity ideas and resources.

América: Official Film Website
https://americadocumentary.com/
The film’s official website provides information on the film and filmmakers, as well as educational resources

POV: Media Literacy Questions for Analyzing POV Films
http://www.pbs.org/pov/educators/media-literacy.php
This list of questions provides a useful starting point for leading rich discussions that challenge students to think critically about documentaries.

AARP
www.aarp.org
Provides resources, networking and support for Americans over the age of 50. The Family Caregiving page is particularly useful: https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/. The organization also has a Spanish website with caregiving resources: https://www.aarp.org/espanol/recursos-para-el-cuidado/?intcmp=AE-CAR-BB-LL5

American Red Cross Family Caregiving Program
http://www.programsforelderly.com/caregiver-family-caregiver-red-cross.php
A training program for family caregivers that covers general skills, home safety, positioning and helping a loved one move, healthy eating, legal and financial issues and more.

Children of Aging Parents
www.caps4caregivers.org
Information and resources for caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill.

Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project
http://www.compassionfatigue.org/
Support and resources to improve awareness and understanding of compassion fatigue and its effect on caregivers.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
www.naela.org
Offers information and legal services to improve quality of life for the elderly and people with special needs.

National Council on Aging
www.ncoa.org
Partners with nonprofit organizations, government and business to provide community programs and services, online help and advocacy to help people aged 60 and above meet the challenges of aging.

National Institute on Aging
www.nia.nih.gov
This is a federal agency (part of the National Institutes of Health) with resources and information in English and Spanish on the nature of aging and extending the healthy, active years of life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Allison Milewski has developed media education resources for a range of award-winning filmmakers and national media organizations, including PBS LearningMedia, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Latino Public Broadcasting, HBO Documentaries and Tribeca Film Institute. She is also the founder of the international media education program PhotoForward.org.

About the authors

Allison Milewski

Allison Milewski has developed media education resources for a range of award-winning filmmakers and national media organizations, including PBS LearningMedia, Independent Television Services (ITVS), Latino Public Broadcasting, HBO Documentaries, and Tribeca Film Institute. She is also the founder of the international media education program, PhotoForward.org.