Jodie Burt, Karen Gutierrez,
Tracy Flathers, and Patrick Allen
March 25, 2011
The meaning of LIFE is philosophical question concerning many people, it has been the study and the subject for many decades between researchers and scientist causing different beliefs and controversial opinions just to be theories. The meaning of LIFE goes from scientific to religious views and everyone's perspective views are different. Some of the things in LIFE that cannot be hidden is the aging process, and it is very unexplainable of why people age, it is just the process of LIFE. Depending on the individuals belief of whether God created LIFE or believe LIFE was created through the Big Band theory. It does not matter, which theory because the aging of the human body will happen and death is at the end of the LIFE process. Everyone must face the stages of LIFE. The first stage is the birth as little babies, next is the adolescence stage, and the young adults’ stage, after that everyone considers mature adults, and finally there are the elders, seniors or the last stage of LIFE before death. Our bodies change throughout LIFE as children the skin is smooth and soft, and the skin starts to develop acne and wrinkle, and the hair turns white in the different stages of LIFE.
We have family members or friends who we meet when we are children and see as our adults. We see them age throughout life, but many of us are caught up in life that we do not pay attention to the obstacles they go through or think about what or where we will be when we are seniors. Sometimes we just need a few minutes in our lives to sit down and interview our elders whether it is grandmother, grandfather, our parents, or someone we know. This is to discover what they know about life, and sit and think about where we will be when we get to our last stage of life, and we wonder how it will be for us. Two of the team members did an interview on some of their closest elders, we come to realize that life is good and along investment for our future generations. It makes us think about how to live and take care of ourselves.
The late stage of life is the time when people reach the age of 65 to death. The general thought of what it is like to grow old and dealing with those issues that come with aging is sometimes scary to think about. The interview of an elderly lady 67 named Gail was quite interesting. Gail grew up with the idea that when a person grows old life will basically be over. The thought of developing pain and difficulty maneuvering around was not appealing to Gail. Gail realizes that life is not over and that there is a vast amount of living to be done. Physical limitations of growing old has bothered Gail most of all. Gail had to have knee replacements done on both of her knees because of arthritis about 12 years ago. This procedure was successful, but she began to have difficulty again with those knee replacements. Gail also has other physical problems that have impaired her ability to go out of the house as often as she desires.
Gail and her husband George have been married for 49 years. They began their friendship at the age of 14, and began dating when they were 16. Gail said in the interview that the best thing in life is laughter and love. It was obvious that she is still in love with her best friend George. Gail gives advice to other people who experience problems growing old whenever she can. The one thing that she tells them is to keep God first in everything. Her deep faith has helped her overcome many obstacles in life. Gail lost her first child at an early age to sickness. The pain of losing a child is not severe, but the pain is still there deep inside. One thing Gail said is that God will not put people through something that they cannot handle.
The interview, Gail reconfirmed that people should live life to the fullest and not...