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What have been some of the most significant challenges in life?

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Today, what are some of the most important issues you face as an older adult?

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How are you preparing for your anticipated future needs (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and/or financial)?

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If you were to review your life as a whole, how would you describe the most important meanings you have discovered?

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What wisdom would you like to share with others?

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How would you like to be remembered?

Students who choose to have conversations with older adults may choose a particular focus to the conversations:

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Ethnic diversity and aging

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Alternative lifestyles and aging

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Psycho-social adjustment to aging

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Health issues and aging

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Spirituality and older adults

Participate/work with a group of older adults at a community agency.

Help older adults plan and carry out an activity

Facilitate a discussion group

Participate in activity groups that are open to all, but have primarily older participants; i.e., a knitting group at a church.

Document caregiving experiences with older adults:

With family members

With strangers

3.    Guidelines for Reflection Papers on Older Adult Project 3

This course covers human development across the life span and emphasizes the interaction between people and their social environments. The purpose of this assignment is to structure reflections about your experiences with older adults and how they relate course material.

Assignment and Format

To complete the project, there should be a minimum of 3 one-hour interactions. Written expectations include:

Prior to the first encounter:  In 3 pages, please write a description of:

the nature of the interaction you will be having with the older adult(s) – who, what, where. (Please do not use the older adult(s)’ real name or other information that makes them readily identifiable (i.e., if you interview Mayor Daley!).

the goals you have for your own learning about older adults that will promote your personal or professional growth;

3 Adapted from “Guidelines for Oral History Project Journal” Human Behavior and the Social Environment; North Carolina State University, Social Work Program. Retrieved from Council on Social Work Education, Gero Ed Center.

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