September 3, 2008

Thank You for Supporting TEM

At Talking Eyes Media, we aim to use the power of pictures to address issues that are too often underrepresented in the main stream media. And when we receive feedback, such as the thoughtful letter Wendy Mahan wrote, we are thrilled to learn that our multimedia has touched someone and made a difference in their life. As we continue to create documentaries, we hope you will continue to share your thoughts with us. Thank you for your support!

[Wendy is an Instructional Designer at Pennsylvania State University's College of Health and Human Development. Below is her letter that she wrote to Julie Winokur, the co-founder of TEM and the director/producer of "The Sandwich Generation."]

August 29, 2008


What a poignant video. One of the faculty members dropped by my office while I was watching it, and we just sat in silence (with an occasional, "Oh my goodness!)

You touched on all the elements that the faculty here are trying to get across to the nursing students. They want them to realize that the elderly are people, not "throw a ways." The difficulty of locating services for the elderly and the psychosocial aspects are also well covered here. Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

I'm honestly in awe of you. I am your same age and my parents are in their late 70's, but they are relatively healthy. The sacrifices you have made are incredible, and you seem so strong. I am also impressed with your husband as well - he is a good, decent human being. What wonderful examples you both are for your children.


Take care and best of luck to you.