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



References: Berk, L.E. (2010). Development through the lifespan (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. Butler, J. P., Fujii, M., & Sasaki, H. (2011, January). Balanced aging, or successful aging?. Geriatrics & Gerontology International. pp. 1-2. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0594.2010.00661.x. Giblin, J. C. (2011). Successful aging. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 49(3), 23-26. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20110208-01 Rowe, J. W., & Kahn, R. L. (1997). Successful aging. The Gerontologist, 37(4), 433-40. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/210948228?accountid=35812 Sutin, A. R., Costa, P. r., Wethington, E., & Eaton, W. (2010). Turning points and lessons learned: Stressful life events and personality trait development across middle adulthood. Psychology And Aging, 25(3), 524-533. doi:10.1037/a0018751

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