social work – gerontology


Due 4/10

Interview an Older Adult (someone over age 65—preferably older than 70) who does not live with you. Submit a write-up of the results of your interview. (Examples of questionnaires or questions that you might want to use in the interview have been provided, but feel free to be more qualitative and use open ended questions) Each person will conduct their interview with an older adult—someone you know (but do not live with) such as a member of a church, mosque, synagogue, senior center or other organization where you have access, or an aunt or uncle, grandparent, neighbor. Choose the questions that will provide the information you wish to know about. Also select questions that will address diversity content. (See suggested questions)

2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice
*Practice Behaviors:
Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal bias and values in working with diverse groups; recognize and communicate the importance of difference in shaping life experiences. The course pays particular attention to older people of color and the needs of older persons, and especially women. During this course, students become aware that older people are not a homogeneous population and many are at risk. These populations include the poor, older women, those with chronic physical and mental illness, those with dementia, grandparents raising grandchildren and older LGBTQ persons. The course also analyzes age-based vs. needs-based social services for the elderly.

Then you can select your interviewee and conduct your interview.

Each interview will be unique. Some will want to audiotape your interview as it helps when you are writing up the results. You do not need to submit an audiotape or a transcription

1) Provide a demographic description of the person interviewed (no names please). For example: “This is a 70 year old male who emigrated from Mexico in his early forties, now retired and living in Detroit.” 2) Then discuss why you chose them and the nature of your relationship to the respondent,3) the approach you chose and finally 4) the write-up of the interview, answers and reflections. Did you learn anything new about the person? Use some of the material from the course modules to develop your topic approach – ‘have they felt discriminated against in any way (related to their age, their economic status, gender or race’, ‘possible selves in retirement’, ‘what brings meaning to their life’, ‘how do they hope to delay chronic health problems’, ‘do they do things to retain cognitive abilities’, ‘is retirement what they expected’, ‘do they know about and use services designed for older people’? Are there signs of gerotranscendence?

Write-ups of the Interview with Older Adult should include reference to the interview questions you discuss, selective descriptions of significant responses and how they might reflect some of the findings in the literature. (Q & A transcripts not recommended – in other words you will interpret and put answers in a context that reveals understanding and synthesis with course material)
What surprised you? If anything. Paper should 5 pages


Moody, H. R. & Jennifer R. Sasser (2015). Aging: Concepts and Controversies (8th Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Other Readings: (pdf files of assigned articles and chapters)
Modules: journal articles, chapters, websites as directed in each module


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Berger, U., Der, G., Mutrie, N., & Hannah, K. M . (2005). The impact of retirement on
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Berkman, B., Gardner, D., Zodikoff, B., & Harootyan, L. (2006). Social work and aging in the emerging health care world. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 48(1/2), 203-217.
Bertera, E., & Bertera, R. (2008, January 1). Fear of falling and activity avoidance in a national sample of older adults in the United States. Health & Social Work, 33(1), 54-62.
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Brennan, M ., (2003). Impairment of both vision and hearing among older adults: Prevalence and impact on quality of life. Generations, 27(1), 52-56.

Bronstein, L., McCallion, P., & Kramer, E. (2006, January 1). Developing an aging prepared community: collaboration among counties, consumers, professionals and organizations. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 48(1/2), 193-202.

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Burgess, M. & Applebaum, R. (2009). The Aging Network in Today’s Economy. Generations, 33(3), 40-46.
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Coleman, L. J., Hladikova, M., & Savelyeva, M. (2006). The baby boomer
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McCormick, T. R., Hopp, F., Nelson-Becker, H., Ai, A., Schlueter, J. O. & Camp, J. K. (2012). Ethical and Spiritual Concerns Near the End of Life. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 24(4), 301-313.

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