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Senior Mentor Project: A Conversation with an 82 Year Old Community Member BY YOU YOUR SCHOOL INFO HERE DATE HERE School Mentor Project: A Conversation with an 82 Year Old Community Member Introduction In order to gain insight into what drives sentiment of lifestyle, care needs, death and dying, as well as to enhance self-insights into the aging process, a conversation was conducted with a study participant, Elena Flowers, an 82 year old community member with a rather active lifestyle.
To provide effective health care as a practicing caregiver, it was necessary to identify what factors are involved in senior lifestyle and understand the psychological and sociological characteristics important to this demographic, especially pertaining to death, dying, spiritualism and the potential complexities of attitude associated with these dimensions. The conversation indicated that elderly lifestyle can be quite productive and fulfilling, as well as indicating that perceptions of death and dying are quite potent after reaching advanced age. Death, Dying, Socialization and Emotion The researcher was cautious about introducing the concept of death and dying during what was a rather superfluous discussion of social engagement and thoughts regarding the importance of maintaining a strong social network after reaching advanced years. The researcher waited until the participant indicated recent losses that had occurred as a result of advanced age within their social network to begin introducing thoughts about death and dying. ...
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