To provide an opportunity to develop interpersonal skills in a direct interview with an older adult.
To allow an older adult to serve as a resource for students in understanding a particular area of aging.
Identify a person who is at least 70 years old and is willing to be interviewed. The person you interview should not be a relativeand should preferably be someone you do not know very well. You need to have the interviewee sign a consent form, which is available in the course site.
Interview: When you meet your interviewee, explain the purpose of the interview and have him or her sign the consent form. Spend a minimum of 30 minutes together. You can develop your own questions or choose from the following:
General life story—suggested topics:
Significant accomplishments in your life
Significant challenges in life
Significant turning points in your life as you have aged
Most important issues faced as an older adult
Preparing for your anticipated future needs
Review life as a whole, discuss meanings gleaned
Share wisdom to pass along
Discuss how you would like to be remembered
Other topics to discuss:
Ethnic diversity and aging
Psycho-social adjustment to aging
Health issues: how chronic problems affect aging
Spirituality and older adults
Mental health issues
Role memory plays in aging
Journal content: Rather than simply reporting details, you must synthesize the interview content with the concepts you have learned from the course readings, lectures, and class discussions in this paper.
Briefly describe the interview setting and the interviewee.
Describe the themes/information that emerged during your discussion and apply them to major concepts.
Incorporate three references in gerontological literature that apply to the major theme(s) that emerged from the interview and articulate your thoughts on what seems to be universal and what may be particular about your informant’s experience.
Conclude by describing your experience regarding the communications skills you employed in the interview.
The paper should be 4-6 pages not including the title and reference pages, written in APA format.
Be prepared to share your thoughts on this assignment with the class.