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Aging Aging Successfully Caitlin Rodenbeek 8000426475 Rector GERO 200 21 November 2006 1
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Aging Aging Successfully It is impossible to truly define who a person will be once they reach a certain age and near retirement. One person in my life has always stayed incredibly strong and courageous through the thirteen years of knowing him, and that is my stepfather. He is a sixty-four-year-old male with the occupation of an attorney, but he is also so much more than that. He is a father, grandfather, husband, brother, son, and friend to the people in his life. I chose my step dad for this interview because his perseverance for work and love for family are qualities I greatly admire. Therefore, when it comes to issues presented in today’s society, whether dealing with ageism or just politics, I am certain that there are many great words of advice to take away from this experience. I followed the questions given to the class on Blackboard in order to keep an unbiased and flowing amount of queries without overwhelming. Unfortunately, the study could not be given on a person-to-person basis due to the difference of states. My stepfather currently resides in Kansas, thus we had to carry out the survey through telephone. He got himself settled in a comfortable chair as I prepared my laptop for extensive writing and set aside the questions. It is extremely important for me to inform him that his name will not be used, and though there will be some difficult issues to address, to try remaining completely impartial. I began my interview by asking, “Are there images of growing older in the media, or in our culture, that you feel misrepresent older people, and the experiences of aging? Have you ever been discriminated against, or ignored, because of your age?” His confidently responded, “Sometimes the media exaggerates the aging process through some of the images that are used. Today, older people in general are a higher quality of 2
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Aging life and health but frequently the emphasis in media is on the extremes. I have not experienced discrimination per se, but I have felt patronized by some based on a perception of being incapable of doing some things because of my age.” One question down with nine to go, and I was already impressed by my step dad’s knowledge and professionalism to each subject. The next question I proposed was, “How
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