Conduct an interview with a person at least 65 years of age. It is encouraged to conduct the interview in person, but phone/skype is also acceptable. In paragraph style, write a summary about content of the interview and discuss your reaction to the assignment.
Introduction (approximately 1-2 paragraphs)
Provide a brief demographic background about the person you interviewed. Include their name/nickname, age/birthday, relationship to you, etc. Explain why you chose to interview them for this assignment.
Interview Questions (approximately 2-3 pages)
Provide a written summary of these questions. Do not number the questions and provide verbatim responses. (I.e. “I don’t consider myself old.”)
Sample format: “When I asked Catherine about her childhood, she shared that she grew up in the city and lived in a small apartment with her parents and 2 brothers.”
1. Please tell me about your childhood, family and school life. What is your fondest memory of your childhood?
2. Do you consider yourself old? At what age (or stage in life) did you notice yourself getting older?
3. What is the most important historical event or period of time that you have lived through? How did it influence you
personally? (This must be a common historical event, such as Vietnam War, 9/11, Civil Rights Movement,
etc. It CANNOT a personal event)
4. What is the biggest change you have seen in how people conduct their everyday lives?
5. What have been the best years of your life so far? What are your plans for the future?
6. How are young people today different from when you were their age?
7. What advice would you give young people to help them prepare for old age?
8. Have you ever experienced any negative attitudes or discrimination because of your age? Explain.
9. Student question: Based on what you’ve learned about this person, ask at least 1 more question. (What else
would you like to know about this person’s life?)
Reaction Questions (approximately 4+ paragraphs total)
Written summary of these questions should be approximately 1 paragraph per question
10. What did you learn from this interview? Did anything surprise you?
11. How did you feel during the interview? Do you think you would have felt differently interviewing a different
12. What changes (if any) have occurred in your perception of older adults? What did you think before? What
do you think now?
13. Were there any questions you would have liked to ask, but felt uncomfortable doing so? Why?