Movies and Books About Older Persons Getting Acclaim

There are some prominent movies and books about older people that I thought I’d mention while we are enjoying the weekend.  “Out of Ireland” is a documentary film about 30 centenarians of Irish heritage telling their story on camera.  I saw the trailer for it.  The movie is playing in Albany, Boston and New York, all cities with big Irish American populations.  It is also a DVD which you can order.  Here is a link to the documentary Facebook page

Of course, Maggie Smith is starring The Lady in the Van which has been running in the theaters and is now on pay per view.  And, Sally Fields is starring in a comedy as an older woman in My Name is Doris.

Well known opinion author Michael Kinsley has a book in the top ten of the best sellers list called, Old Age, A Beginner’s Guide which is written for the Baby Boom Generation that is now entering the senior world en masse.  The first Baby Boomers (1946-1964) are turning 70 this year.    It seems not that long ago when they were saying we were turning 50 – but time marches on.

Of course, there are other books on end of life issues which are high on the bestsellers list including When Breath Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a young doctor who just completed his training and then died at 37 of lung cancer.  And, Being Mortal, by Dr. Atul Gawande at Harvard is a book about the need to provide better quality of life for people with serious and terminal illnesses has been among the top best sellers in the past couple years.


Not in the same league – but, I wrote a book in 2003, Until the Last Breath about my great friend, Rose Kryzak who was the President of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council.    It was about our senior advocacy efforts on prescription drugs, mandatory retirement and senior benefits in New York State and on national issues from 1972-2001.  You can still order it from StateWide or you can email me at and I will forward it to StateWide.

Michael Burgess

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I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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