Middle Aged Interview

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Introduction: J.H. is a 52 year old divorced female of no occupation other than “retired stay at home mom.” Couple/Family Tasks:
Task #1: J.H. enjoys her home and is constantly doing renovations or redecorating room by room. She takes pride in making her house feel inviting. She says it isn’t easy, but she keeps her two-story six bedroom clean at all times. Task #2: J.H. has an IRA set aside when she finally reaches retirement age with adequate funds to support her and has money she has invested in mutual funds, stocks, and other savings accounts. She was confused by “emotional security”, but said she has her family and children if she ever needs any emotional support. Task #3: J.H. is divorced and her two children have already moved out so she has no one to share household or other responsibilities with. She says her roles have only changed in such a way that she doesn’t have to perform “Mom” duties anymore as compared to when her children were still living at home and going to school. Her interests have remained the same and her abilities have only been altered by minor health problems, such as back sprains and a recent hospitalization due to anemia. When her children come home, she says they pitch in with the household chores. Task #4: J.H. sees herself as emotionally stable. She was divorced 12 years ago, which she claims is plenty of time to come to terms with a single life and get past the emotional turmoil divorce is often accompanied with. Task #5: She talks to her children regularly, more so her daughter, but she feels this is because they share that female bond. If anything important happens in either her own or her children’s lives, she says she is the first to know. Her two children are unmarried, so she’s anxiously awaiting marriages and grandchildren. Task #6: J.H. said it was hard at first to adjust to both her children being gone as she had an entire house empty and to herself for the first time in over 20 years. She said she simply found things to fulfill her time, talked more frequently on the phone to her children, and as her children came home for holidays she learned it was easier each time to see them go again. Task #7: J.H. said her father died at the birth of her first child, so she only has her mother as her one surviving parent. Her mother is able to take complete care of herself, but whenever she needs assistance with mowing the lawn or someone to accompany her on trips or hospital/doctor visits, she’s always by her side. She claims she is satisfied with their relationship and will continue to care for her if her mother ever becomes more dependent. Task #8: As she said in response to task 6, J.H. found things to take her time once her children were gone. She became more active in her church and found more time to volunteer at the city library, and spend more time with friends and other parents whose children had also left the nest. Task #9: J.H. says she simply quit defining her social life by her children and their social interests. Now, she resorted back to who she was before she had kids. She relocated old high school friends of her own and even began playing in the county volleyball league again. Individual Tasks:

Task #1: J.H. says aging has made her realize how much she took advantage of her body. She now walks 5 miles every morning at 6:00 AM, is taking nutrition classes, and planning healthier meals in portions fit for one – a new development. She says she consumes less alcohol than in her younger years and is not a smoker. She also sees doctors for annual check ups. Task #2: J.H. expressed a new passion for yoga and group exercise classes at her local women’s health club. She says she is not looking for intimacy, but has found unity in herself without the desire to date or remarry. Task #3: Following the years of voicing approval or disapproval of her children’s boyfriends and girlfriends, she has realized they are old enough to make their own...
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