What have been the best years of your life

This Field Experience has 2-Parts:

For this field experience due to the COVID-19 virus here are the conditions you must follow to ensure your safety and that of the older adult you will interview!:

If you live in a household that has an older adult, you may interview that person.

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You may conduct the interview with an older adult not living in your household by phone, email, Facebook or other social media- Skype, Zoom,etc. – not person-to-person.

The CDC recommendations are changing, however, you are not to put yourself or any older adult at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus just for this field experience.

If you are unable to complete this field experience within the safety guidelines I have written, please email me and we will work together to find an alternate experience.

Part 1: Interview and Elder: Before you interview an elder, please be sure to have read the material in the “Learning to Listen in Order to Learn” item above.

Conduct and 10-13 question interview with an individual at least 65-years of age or older. You have a choice for this part of the assignment. You may ask the 10 questions listed below, or choose 7 of the questions below and then add 3 questions you create. You must ask a total of 10-questions for the interview. To protect your interviewee’s privacy, please only use their first name or their initials. You will need to take notes and summarize your interview.

10-Base Questions:

1. Please tell me the year you were born, and then a little bit about your childhood, family, and school life. (If your interviewee provides and abundant amount of information for this section, you may summarize this portion of the interview)

2. What is the most important historical event or period of time that you have lived through? Tell me about it. How did it influence you or your outlook?

3. What is the biggest change you’ve seen in how people conduct their everyday lives?

4. What have been the best years of your life?

5. What are your plans for the future?

6. What has been the biggest challenge for you in terms of aging? How did you or are you meeting this challenge?

7. Have you ever experienced any negative attitudes or discrimination because of your age? Can you describe this for me?

8. (If you are comfortable doing so) Can you tell me about the biggest health challenges you’ve encounter becoming older?

9. What are some of the mistakes health care workers make when they talk with older people? Do you have any suggestions or advice for health care workers?

10. What do young people need to know about getting older? What advice do you have for us to age well?

Part 2: Formal Write-up of Your Experience:

*Remember — this is a formal writing assignment. APA formatting is required.

For the introductory paragraph of your paper you will be describing a bit of your process. Include the following information:

1. Briefly describe your overall experience with this assignment

2. How did you go about choosing the person for your interview?

3. Why did you pick the person you did?

4. How did you conduct the interview safely and not risk the health of yourself or the older adult?

After you complete your interview, take some time to reflect on what you heard and understood. Choose three questions from the eight listed below. After you have chosen three questions, complete at least a paragraph response to each of your chosen questions. The main body of your Field Experience will be at least three paragraphs long.

Be sure your response to the questions provides details including, what, how, why, where, how come.

Pick 3 from the 8 prompts in the list below for your paper — write a paragraph long response to each of your three choices:

1. What are the most significant things you learned from conducting this interview?

2. How did you feel during the interview?

3. What surprised you the most about what the elder had to say?

4. What changes, if any, have occurred in your perceptions of older adults as a result of this interview? Provide details: what, why, how, how come?

5. What changes in you has talking with this elder prompted? Provide details: what, why, how, how come?

6. What connections between what you heard from the elder and what you have read in your text book are you able to make? Cite specific examples and connections.

7. How might you use experience of conducting this interview in your work or life?

8. Is there anything that the elder shared with you that you will use in work or life?

.Then conclude with a summary paragraph.