Week 2 Assignment.docx - Running head AGING GRACEFULLY 1 Aging Gracefully Amber Tatro Stevens-Henager College SOC 400 Les Lazarevic AGING GRACEFULLY 2

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Running head: AGING GRACEFULLY 1 Aging Gracefully Amber Tatro Stevens-Henager College SOC 400 Les Lazarevic November 14, 2015
AGING GRACEFULLY 2 Aging Gracefully The woman that I picked to write about is a wonderful 68 year old. Her name is Shirley Kelly. At work she lovingly goes by “Mama Shirley”. She has the patience of a saint. I spent the last few days talking to her about this paper. I was both heartbroken and enlightened by her answers to my questions. “The growing presence of older Americans in the workforce is a fact. Our economy is already relying increasingly on 50-plusers working–even if we don’t always feel the love from our employers” [ CITATION Ker13 \l 1033 ] . Mama Shirley has been through quite the life in her short 68 years on this planet. She has worked for our company since 2009. I asked her which new technology have you found most helpful in your life ..... and which is most annoying? She giggled and told me that “I remember when the word technology was something that you seldom heard. It isn’t like now when you turn on the news and they have a segment all about it.” This was something that I didn’t really think about. In my life technology has been a very prominent part of my life. I asked her if she feels she treated any different at work. The conversation we had about this made me do some serious soul searching. Her answer caught me off guard. She responded to me with a sincere look on her face. She said “I would love to say that in my work life I was treated fairly. But as an elderly black woman, I feel I held to higher standard. Like there is a

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