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Seems like a simple question with a straightforward answer: you want to be surrounded by loved ones, visited by friends and family, stimulated mentally and physically, fed well and provided ample medical care to ease the aging body's frustrations. The problem is that neither our politicians nor the elder care industry have put much thought or planning into dealing with this demographic time bomb.

To put it into perspective, as the Baby Boomer generation enters the year 2030, over 30% of our population will move towards either semi-dependent or fully dependent living conditions. Never in our modern history have we had an even closely comparable demographic demand like this placed on an institutional or governmental system. The future of elder care is considered a political graveyard so we choose to ignore it. We are entering a situation where our social structures are going to dramatically change—and we are not preparing for it! There are no comprehensive plans at any level of government, or in the private sector, to take care of the numbers of aging Boomers that will flood the elder care system in just 10 years.

The main purpose of this short “thought film” is to make people aware of this impending crisis and get them involved in creating a new vision for how we will be taken care of near the end of our lives.

Because of the work that the film's director, Jim Gambone, has done in his life (both academically and within the aging community) he knows that a market and—perhaps more primarily—a NEED exists for this film. Although the film presents a number of important moral and ethical questions, it's not suggesting a specific direction to follow. It invites all who view it to participate through this Journey Home website. PARTICIPATE HERE!

from the Director...
James V. Gambone
In my personal and professional life, I have always tried to pursue my passions. Because my passions lie across such a vast array of disciplines (academia, community development, film, etc) I have met many challenges and joys by integrating them into one coherent experience. In my work, I have always tried to engage both action and reflection. Pushing academia so I can improve the educational programs, sharing my life so I can learn through cherished relationships, and telling important stories through a wide variety of media—have all been hallmarks of my professional life to this date.

"The Journey Home" presents a provocative and controversial vision of elder care in the future. Shot primarily in black and white, (with a surprise color montage) the viewer enters a world of gray scale—a world where one can exist but not fully live. It's a place where technology replaces a strong social and personal network. It is no wonder that, after working in this fictional 2030 elder care facility, the two very proficient Latina nurses in the film say they would never subject their elderly parents, who live with them at home, to stay in a place like this.

At its heart, "The Journey Home" is designed to be a film calling people to action and to the realization that the year 2030 is not so far away.