Senior Citizen Interview

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Interview a senior citizen
Tonya Williams
PSYCH/500
March 25, 2013
Tanya Semcesen

A face to face interview was held with Mr. C. Mr. C. is an 82 year old African American male. Physically looking at interviewee he does not look that age at all he looks like he is in his early sixties. Part I: Questions & Answers

Q-How old are you?
A-I am 82 years old.
Q-When will you be 83?
A-I will be 83 in mid-July
Q-Are you married?
A-I am a widow and have been for almost 53 years.
Q-Do you have children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren? A-Yes I do. I had three children, eight grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Q-Do you live alone?
A-No I do not, my youngest son lives with me.
Q-Tell me a little about your background?
A-I was born in the south and raised in the north by an aunt. Both of my parents died when they were fairly young. My mother at 56 and my father at 42. They were both ill the reason for their passing’s. I graduated high school at age 17. I am a retired restaurant worker for 21 years now. Q-What are no most memorable experiences that you have had?

A-The most memorable experiences that I have had are a few good ones. My marriage is one, the birth of my children and grandchildren, and buying my own home. Q-What are the most significant life’s events for you?

A-The death of my wife the mother of my three children, the death of my oldest son, my parents, and the death of my domestic partner was another significant stressful event for me. Q-If you had the opportunity to change anything would you and what would that be? A-Of course I would change the passing of my family members besides that it would be the type of job that I choose and when. I would have choose one that gave me better financial security and job happiness. Part II: Senior Citizen Developmental History

There is a saying that says “once a child twice a man”. There a many stages in the development of the human lifespan. In middle and late adulthood people tend to look at things in quite a different prospective as they reflect back on the journey of life. This paper and reflective interview will address the many developmental histories of a senior citizen.

Mr. C. is an 82 year old African American who lives along with his adult son. Mr. C. is a widow whom had fathered three children one of which is deceased. Mr. C is the oldest of five children whom are all males. He was born in Virginia and raised in New York since he was age 13 with his aunt. He has been living in New York since then. He was educated in New York’s city public school system where he graduated high school at the age of 17. Married at age 27 and widowed at age 30. Mr. C.’s father died at age 42 making Mr. C 15 years of age and at the passing of his mother he was 36 years old his mother was 56. Mr. C. never remarried he really never got over the death of his wife and children’s mother. Mr. C. lost his oldest son when the son was 27 years old. Mr. C. was in a domestic partnership many years after the death of his wife. After multiple years in the domestic partnership yet again he was faced with another death, the death of her. Chronologically Mr. C is 82 and is an imperfect indicator of his functional age. Mr. C looks like he is in his sixties. People age biologically at different rates Mr. C. seems younger than he really is (Sutin, Wethington, et al., 2010). Mr. C was so gracious to disclose his medical status with me. He is a survivor of prostate cancer, his cancer has been in remission on and off for 12 years. He suffers from congestive heart failure which he developed a few years ago. Not an indication of heart disease at all genetics and environment play a big role in the aging process and disease (Beck, 2010). During the duration of the interview when speaking about the deaths of his family members Mr. C. became a little emotional and seem to drift back into time a moment of reminiscence is what I think he was doing, trying to relive...
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