Looking Forward at 100 – The Documentary

Looking Forward at 100 follows six Saskatchewan centenarians to learn about all the life that’s still worth living after age 100.

Looking Forward at 100 follows six Saskatchewan centenarians to learn about all the life that’s still worth living after age 100.

A camera crew tagged along with Regina-based nurse and academic Heather Nelson and her team of researchers who are looking at the question: what do centenarians look forward to achieving? She hopes to find out what brings them joy and if they’re still setting goals.

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The number of centenarians living today has increased dramatically.

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People are living longer because of advances in modern medicine and sanitation, leading to an increased life expectancy.

In 2022, there were approximately 548 centenarians in Saskatchewan.

Read The Flatlander series on centenarians

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The film was screened for the residents at the three homes in Regina where the documentary was filmed – Harbour Landing Village, Qu’Appelle House and College Park II.

It is also currently being used as a learning resource by nursing instructors at the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

The project was featured on The Morning Edition by CBC Saskatchewan. You can listen to the segment here.

CTV Saskatoon spoke with researcher Heather Nelson and film director Kelly-Anne Riess.

Researcher Heather Nelson also wrote an article about the project for The Conversation.

Harbour Landing Village Screening

Public screenings of the film:

  • Qu’Appelle House Special Care Home, Regina, SK – Jan. 18, 2023, 2:30 p.m.
  • Harbour Landing Village, Regina, SK – Jan. 27, 2023, 3 p.m.
  • College Park II Retirement Residence, Regina, SK – Feb. 1, 2023, 1:30 p.m.
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Research and Scholarship Speaker Series – May. 9, 2023, 12 p.m. (online)
  • Mayfair Public Library, Saskatoon, SK – June 30, 2023, 10 a.m.
  • Alice Turner Public Library, Saskatoon, SK – June 30, 2023, 2 p.m.

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Heather Nelson (Producer) – Nelson has been a registered nurse for over 20 years. Clinically, she worked in public health and neurosciences before teaching at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in the continuing care assistant program and the practical nursing program. She spent three years as a research chair completing patient-oriented health promotion research. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Regina.

Kelly-Anne Riess (Producer/Director) – Riess is the founder of The Flatlander. Her past documentaries include Finding Al – A Documentary, which aired nationally on CBC in 2015; Artists By Night for MTS Bell, which premiered at the Gimli Film Festival in 2014, as well as Yee Clun and the Exchange Cafe, a Canada 150 project that was shortlisted for a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2018.

Ian Rogers (Director of Photography) – From fly-fishing in the Rocky Mountains, riding beneath the waves in a tourist sub, hanging off the side of the Eiffel Tower, crawling through Vietcong tunnels near Saigon or sipping champagne in a penthouse apartment overlooking New York’s Central Park, Rogers has been there, working for Home and Gardens Television, History Television, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Life Network, CBC, CTV, TSN, NBC, MSNBC and The Weather Network.

Steve Suderman (Editor) – Suderman is a filmmaker and web developer. His past films include Over Land, and To Make A Farm, which won the Santa Cruz Film Festival audience choice award as well as three Golden Sheaf awards, including Best of Festival at The Yorkton Film Festival. He also directed Beyond the Spectrum: A Family’s Year in Confronting Autism, which aired on TVO and The Documentary Channel, as well as Common Men for MTS Bell.

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