Interview A Senior citizen

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Interview a Senior Citizen
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September 22, 2014

Interview a Senior Citizen
The most rapidly growing age group in the United States is the elderly, or those individuals age sixty-five and older (Wood, Wood, & Boyd, 2011). Late adulthood stretches from age 65 to the end of the lifespan (Laura E Berk, 2010, p. 1). Or it can be called gerontology which is the study of the aging processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. ("Association For Gerontology For Higher Education ", n.d.). In order to understand the changes in late adulthood I interviewed a sixty eight year old African American male, who I will refer to as the participant. He is retired from Military and Law Enforcement each he has
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The participant stated that he likes to play The Wii because it has some of his favorite sports to play, like baseball and tennis. He also stated that when his grandchildren come to visit, they play often and he has no problem keeping up with them in the games. However, new research suggests not only that the elderly are playing digital games in surprising numbers, but that doing so may be an indicator of emotional health. During the interview the participant’s posture, tone of voice, and hearing were all great. I did not have to repeat a question or rephrase it for him to understand. In chapter 15 of our reading it stated that men’s hearing declines earlier and more rapidly than women’s. However, as baby boomers get closer to the age of retirement this age mark, have and will make intellectual, empowering requirements on how they are observed.
Conclusion
The participant stated that he appreciates the benefits of being a senior citizen, the reduced travel, discounted meals, free education, and other incentives advertised towards the elderly. Gerontologists have confidence that the elderly are capable of active and healthy lives. The label of old age is rapidly fading. As supported in my interview with the participant, it is possible to appreciate the same benefits as in middle adulthood. It is also likely for him to have very good physical health, recall his cognitive health, and an outgoing social behavior. Because of
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