Bullfrog Films
26 minutes
Closed Captioned

Study Guide
Grades 7-12, College, Adult

Directed by Annie O'Donoghue
Produced by Heather MacAndrew & David Springbett

DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45

US Release Date: 1997
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-505-9
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-696-8

Geriatric Care
Multicultural Studies
Urban Studies
Urban and Regional Planning

Ways We Live: Exploring Community Series
Ageing with Community

The search for community and independence as we grow old.

"An exploration of the people we have become." Orion Afield

Where do we find community and retain our independence as we grow old? Now that the loving multi-generational family home lives on mainly in nostalgic commercials, where can older folks find community and retain their independence?

Two examples are shown here: a landscaped gated community mostly for well-to-do retired couples, and an "Abbeyfield Society" home where up to twelve people share a home, each with their own bed-sitting room with a private bathroom and shower.

Other titles in the series are:

Community Animals - Leading thinkers explore community, work, time, values, and change.

Virtually Intentional - Finding community in the cloister, a commune, and in cyberspace.

Community by Design - Good design of houses and neighborhoods builds community.

Making Shelter - My Home with Others - Co-ops and co-housing provide new models for building community.

Reclaiming Community - Communities in Toronto and Oakland take back and revitalize public spaces.

The Boundaries of Change - Cities cope with changing demographics.

Finding Us and Them - Physically and mentally challenged people find community.

On the Road - RV owners leave their home towns and build their own communities.

Maps with Teeth - Bioregional mapping by locals communicates a sense of place and regional identity.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/wwl6.html

"You can't keep community down. Give people a little encouragement and a few tools, and they'll recreate the sense of community spirit in any available cracks and crannies in our otherwise alienated culture...These stories...are upbeat, encouraging - and replicable."


"This is not an indulgent journey into nostalgia, but an exploration of the people we have become, touching on our diversity as well as our similarities."
Orion Afield