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Dependent aging: what does cinema show?


  • Stela Nazareth Stela Nazareth Meneghel Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul- Professora Associada da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Cordenadora do Mestrado Profissional em Saúde da Família-UFRGS e Coordenadora substituta do Programa de Pós-graduação em Saúde Coletiva- UFGRS
  • Maria Cecília de Souza Minayo Souza Minayo Fiocruz Pesquisadora do Centro Latino Americano de Estudos de Violência Jorge Carelli Professora no programa de pós graduação da ENSP/Fiocruz



aging, cinema, dependency


This article is an essay that thinks of art, particularly, of cinema as complementary resources for discussing health issues. This text is part of a multicentric research on elderly people with dependence carried out in eight Brazilian cities. The article analyzes two films that address the contingencies of old age with dependence and the relationship between caregivers and people cared for others. “Poetry” shows the impasses of an elderly woman who is economically and emotionally overworked and who begins to show symptoms of Alzheimer\'s disease. The second film “What ever happened to Baby Jane?” exposes the delicate and complex relationship between the caregiver and care person dyad. The article aims to broaden the understanding of social processes such as aging, through cinema, encouraging the use of films in permanent education settings involving researchers, students and health workers.


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Stela Nazareth Meneghel, S. N. ., & Souza Minayo, M. C. de S. M. (2020). Dependent aging: what does cinema show?. In SciELO Preprints.


Health Sciences