AHS 305: Society and Aging
Life Story Project Loneliness and loss of purpose are some of the greatest threats to older adults well-being, and those residing in facilities are particularly susceptible. Throughout the semester, therefore, you will identify and contact an assisted living facility, secure permission to meet with a resident, interview the resident, and write a 2-3 page life story of the individual. You will then take your story back to the resident for his or her input and to clarify or correct any information. After making any needed revisions, you will share the life story with the resident and then write a reflection paper on the experience. Your reflection paper should be 2 pages long (no less, no more) and include a minimum of 3 scholarly citations linking course material to your experience. You will submit notes for your interview, a final copy of the Life Story, and your reflection paper via Blackboard. Tasks/Assignments:
Complete first interview and submit typed, double spaced interview notes
Draft life story and take it back to the resident for review.
Make necessary edits and submit Final Copy of Life Story via Blackboard
Provide a final copy of the Life Story to the resident and read the story to the resident
Submit 2-page final reflection paper For this assignment you will be interviewing an older adult (age 65 or older) who lives in a long-term care facility. The objective is for you to make a connection between societal events and the lives of older people as well as to connect with the individual. You will create a 2-3 page life story of the person you interview. Be creative in how you organize the life story paper. Keep in mind that the person will need to be able to read the document easily, so it should be 14 point font (larger than normal), double-spaced, and there should be high contrast between the font color and the paper (black ink on white paper is the highest contrast and easiest to see. While conducting the two required interviews, make sure you take thorough notes (you are not required to record the interview). You must have permission from your interviewee if you record the interview. Use the interview guide below while conducting the interview – dont feel obligated to pose every question on the list; it is just a guide. Feel free to add questions of your own, whenever one occurs to you. See the list of historical events at the end of this document for contextual information about what the person has lived through and experienced. Interview Guide (note: these are suggested questions. You do not need to ask them all or write about these questions in your paper.) Age:
Race/Ethnicity: 1. When and where were you born?
2. Tell me about your childhood and family.
3. What do you remember about your 20s? (30s? 40s? 50s? 60s? 70s? 80s? 90s?) What events stand out in your mind? How was each age different from the one before it?
4. What do you think the turning points have been in your life? What were you like then?
5. Are there times of your life that you remember more vividly than others? Why?
6. What have been the most influential experiences in your life?
7. What big world events do you remember from the time you were growing up? What is the most important historical event or period of time that you have lived through? How did it influence you personally?
8. What is different about growing up today from when you were growing up? What is the biggest change you have seen in how people conduct their everyday lives? How are young people today different from when you were their age?
9. What have been the best years of your life so far? What are your plans for the future?
10. What do you know now that you wish youd known when you were young? What advice would you give young people to help them prepare for their later lives?
11. Have you ever experienced any negative attitudes or discrimination because of your age? Please explain.
12. What is your typical day like now? How is it different from your daily routines in the past?
13. What things are most important to you now? Why?
14. Is the present better or worse than when you were younger?
15. Do you consider yourself old? At what ages (or stages) did you notice that you were getting older? After you conduct both interviews, you will write a 2-3 page (double-spaced) paper conveying the individuals life story. Your paper should convey clear effort to tell the persons story in and interesting, meaningful, sensitive way. The Final Copy and your reflection should follow APA guidelines for formatting. Your Final Copy of the Life Story paper will be graded in the following manner:
Criteria Not Evident/Not
Completed Insufficient Sufficient Well Done
Introduction & Conclusion:
-Clear introduction of interviewee
-Logical progression to ending
-Summary and/or conclusions about his/her life to this point clearly stated 0 points 1 points
12 points Content and Organization:
-Clearly conveyed major themes from the persons life
-Evidence of careful effort to share the persons life story coherently and thoughtfully
-Clear transitions throughout
-Integrated at least one multiple way of knowing 0 points 2 points
24 points Form:
-1 margins, 14pt font, 2-3 pages, double-spaced, and typed
-Grammatical and punctuation rules followed; no more than 3 grammatical/mechanical errors 0 points 1 points
12 points Compositional Style:
-Clarity of expression
-Creativeness of expression 0 points 1 points
12 points Total: _____/100_____ Historical Context Important Events: 1900-1920 1920-1930 1930-1940 1940-1950 1950-1960 1960-1970 1970-1980 1980-1990 1990-2000 2000-2010 2010+ Development of big business
Development of transportation
One room schools
World War I in Europe
U.S. entry into World War I
Armistice Day Women vote
Stock Market Crash Great Depression
Radio popular Pearl Harbor
Draft and World War II
V-E Day and V-J Day
Cold war and anti-communism Sputnik
Fear of nuclear war
TV becomes common appliance
Elvis Presley popular Vietnam
Great Society Programs
John F. Kennedy assassinated
Martin Luther King assassinated
Neil Armstrong first man on moon (Apollo missions)
Beatles popular Arab oil embargo
Drug use more widespread
Computers become more common
Richard M. Nixon resigns as President John Lennon shot and killed
Bell telephone system divided into smaller companies
Sally Ride-first female astronaut
Space shuttle Challenger explodes
Ruptured Exxon tanker spills oil
Texas elects first woman Governor since Reconstruction Nelson Mandella-apartheid ends in South Africa
Persian Gulf crisis
East and West Germany reunited-Berlin Wall taken down
Soviet Union dissolved
First wave of baby boomers turns 50 Collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City
War in Afghanistan
War with Iraq
President Obama elected
First wave of baby boomers turns 65
Housing and economic crisis Earthquake in Haiti
Passing of the Affordable Care Act
Earthquake and tsunami in Japan
Nuclear weapons testing in North Korea U.S. Presidents from 1897-current: 1897-1901 William McKinley 1961-63 John F. Kennedy
1901-09 Theodore Roosevelt 1963-69 Lyndon B. Johnson
1909-13 William H. Taft 1969-74 Richard M. Nixon
1913-21 Woodrow Wilson 1974-77 Gerald Ford
1921-23 Warren Harding 1977-81 Jimmy Carter
1923-29 Calvin Coolidge 1981-89 Ronald Reagan
1929-33 Herbert Hoover 1989-92 George Bush
1933-45 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1992-2000 Bill Clinton
1945-53 Harry Truman 2000-2008 George W. Bush
1953-61 Dwight D. Eisenhower 2008- Barack O
AHS 305: Society and Aging