Synopsis by Mark Deming
Kings Point is a condominium complex for senior citizens in Delray Beach, Florida, where thousands of people from the colder regions of the East Coast have come to live out their golden years. Opened in the 1970s, Kings Point was designed for "active seniors" who were self-reliant and eager to take advantage of the many activities the complex offered, but advances in medical care have meant that many of the residents are living long enough to face a slow decline in health and the inability to take care of themselves, issues that hadn't been as common in the past. Similarly, a growing number of couples at Kings Point have been dealing with the death of a spouse, leaving the survivors (mostly women) to ponder either finding a new partner or dealing with a new loneliness. And in a community where independence is valued, residents facing declining health and restricted movement often discover their friends and neighbors are wary of spending time with them. Filmmaker Sari Gilman, whose grandparents were long-time residents at Kings Point, offers a thought provoking look into the social and cultural issues of aging in the documentary Kings Point; the film received a 2013 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject.
aging, community, resort, retirement, senior-citizen