Senior Citizen Interview Page 1 Senior Citizen Interview Jeannie Ray PSY 375 June 23, 2013 Instructor Maria Quintero Senior Citizen Interview Transcript Individuals name: Barbara Age: 71 Location: Chattanooga, TN Occupation: Fur Sales (Part Time) Living Environment: Lives with boyfriend in a rental home.
Senior Citizen Interview Page 2 Religion: Baptist Q: What activities are you involved with that keep you in shape? A: I work in my vegetable garden and flower garden daily. I also have a part time job in customer service. Q: How does the activities that you participate in now differ from the activities that you did when you were; ○ 20? When I was 20 I used to do everything. Dance, run, swim. .I could do anything and I did for the most part. ○ 30? By the time I was 30 I already had 5 children. I was helping my husband run a trucking business and raising my children. ○ 40? By 40 I was already a grandmother and had moved to Florida to support my husbands trucking business. I was generally active and helped run the office. I often visited the beach on a daily basis and we enjoyed our lives without children. ○ 50? By the age of 50 our business had bankrupted, our grandchildren were older and me and my husband had jobs locally. I worked as a waitress at a restaurant called “The Clock.” We often enjoyed time with our various grandchildren through the summers. ○ 60?By the age of 60, I started slowing down. In my 60’s I had my first experience with cancer. By this stage in my life me and my husband moved to TN and opened a profitable restaurant. My brother died from cancer, mother died from alzheimer's and my husband had multiple health issues as well as myself. ○ 70? By the age of 70 I lost my husband, I was a great grandmother, my restaurant burned to the ground, I sold my home, I entered a remission stage of cancer and I met my second true love. Q: Do you feel that the activities that you participate in keep you mentally sharp? A: I work with young people and an environment that requires me to stay on top of the world of technology. I by far am not at the place I should be but I have enough knowledge to keep me sharp minded. Q: What methods do you use to keep you connected with your family and friends? A: I often call my family and friends but a reduced income reduces the amount of out of town calls I make. My grand daughter set up a facebook page so that I can stay in touch with family that are out of town. She also taught me how to text and send pictures to my grandson that currently lives in Afghanistan. Q: Do you currently have someone that you can confide in? A: I have a wonderful boyfriend that I have known for years that I currently live with. We are not married and do not feel the need to get married. I confine and rely on him daily.
Senior Citizen Interview Page 3 Q: Do you currently feel as if you are loved? A: I feel an abundance of love. My children, grandchildren and boyfriend all make me feel as if I
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