My great aunt Sergia has been through many challenges and tribulations in life. By looking at her, one may see a short lady with white hair, but will not believe that she is 81 years old. She is an active person who loves to shop for others, spend time outside in her vegetable garden, and is one of the few people I know who enjoys doing house chores. I decided to make a quick trip so that I could conduct the initial interview in person, so I traveled to Austin, Texas where she lives in a beautiful home with her youngest son and his family. The environment in her house was calm and quiet, perfect for beginning the interview. We sat down at her kitchen table and as we faced each other I nervously began to explain what I was about to do and why. As I was explaining she let out a small laugh and explained to me how she’s had to sit down for interviews many times before with her three grandchildren. Being able to hear her story is proof that no matter how tough life gets, having the will and perseverance can make a difference in how life turns out.
The theoretical framework I have chosen for this assignment is Erik Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development. According to Erikson, there are eight stages of development and at 81 years old, I would categorize my aunt Sergia in the stage of Ego integrity versus Despair. This life stage starts at 65 years of age and continues until death. During this stage, the adult can reflect back on their life and will either feel content and