Two Loons On Golden Pond (video)

On Golden Pond was an award winning film from 1981 starring Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda.  Norman, a retired professor, and his wife Ethel, summered on Golden Pond, a lake in New Hampshire.  In this scene, Ethel and Norman take the canoe out for a ride on the lake and see the loons.  A motor boat comes rather close to the loons and their canoe and both Norman and Ethel tell them to "buzz off."

Strawberry Picking On Golden Pond (video)

On Golden Pond was an award winning film starring Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda.  In this scene, Norman goes strawberry picking, gets lost and comes home empty handed.  Ethel realizes that he's having cognitive problems. You can use this to talk about how Norman feels embarrassed, angry and disappointed in himself.  But you can also note how Ethel feels the loss but reassures him that he's still the same old crabby Norman and that she loves him. She uses humor and calls him her "knight in shining armor."

Beyond Caregiving, Companionship Connects Us All

It's easy to see the fragmentation in eldercare today.  Like the our healthcare system as a whole, so many of these services seem to be optimized around service delivery, commercial transactions, compensating for deficits -- fixing what's broken -- rather than keeping us well.  It's as if these services were designed around coping rather than caring, despite the nomenclature.  On the other hand, although it can be more difficult to see, there is plenty of eldercare that regularly takes a broader and more holistic view.  There are caregivers of many stripes who strive every day to guarantee the social, psychological and emotional wellbeing of the individuals in their care, as well as their biological needs and physical security.  It's not surprising to hear these caregivers referring to themselves not just as 'caregivers' but also as 'companions.'  Companionship is (or should be) part of caregiving and has the potential to connect us all.

Baby Chickens (video)

The story is very basic.  It reminds us that chickens are birds.  There are billions of chickens today, more than any other bird.  And a vast majority of them live on industrial farms and provide us with meat and eggs. 

However, another part of the story reminds us that they were once wild and that, like all birds, reproduce using eggs.  The last part of the story includes a video of an egg hatching.