Conversation with an older person and critical reflection essay Task description there are two steps in this assessment:
Assessment criteria
Conversation and critical reflection you will:

1. Include as an appendix or upload as a separate file, a legible scan of your questions and notes you took during the conversation with an older person (pseudonym).
2. In your introduction, briefly state your expectations of what you expected to be a significant issue/s for your interviewee (pseudonym) before you met with them.
3. Provide a critical reflection on how the issues identified in the conversation supported or contrasted with your expectations.
4. Critically analyse, using scholarly literature, how your background and experience may have shaped your perspectives of older people.
Step 1 – have a conversation with a person 70 years or older who lives in the community. you will prepare some questions. The outcome of the interview is your enhanced understanding of the ways that ageing has affected their life, and help you understand your own perspectives on ageing. You must take hand-written notes during the conversation and include a legible scan of the questions and hand written notes with your reflection as evidence of your conversation.
Step 1.1 The ‘who can I interview’ checklist:
? A person 70 years or older
? the person lives in the community. This means that the person does not live in a nursing home or assisted living accommodation
Step 1.2 Setting up the interview: ? Before the interview, check with the person if they are happy to help you with this assignment. Introduce yourself. Tell them you are a student and the course you are studying.. The conversation must be face-to-face, so you can respond to non-verbal communication cues.
Step 1.3 Prepare for the interview: ? BEFORE you do the interview, you must document what you expect to be significant issue/s for your interviewee before you met with them. This is reported in your essay. ? BEFORE you do the interview, prepare a sheet of paper to write on. This is just an example and you can leave spaces between the questions to jot down notes. You can allow the interview to be more spontaneous, but remember that you will need to collect enough information to write your essay. Very important to discuss this question.
Personal (de-identified) information (that may be relevant for your essay):
1-Age – Marital status -Cultural background -Social and family supports
2-Looking back over your life, what has been most important to you?
3-What is most important to you at this point in your life?
4-Do you think of yourself as old? In what way/s or not?
5= in what way/s does your age affect how other people relate to you?
6-Is your age a factor in how you relate with other people? In what way/s?
? At the END of the interview remember to thank the person and ask them again if it is OK to use this conversation in your (de-identified) essay.
Please include the answers of this question in the essay and discuss them in the assessment
Step 2 – write a critical reflection on your ‘taken for granted’ understanding of older people and how you believe your understandings have developed. You will use scholarly literature to help you make sense of your experience/s. You may use first person in your account of the conversation and the reflection. The aim of this essay is to reflect on ‘taken for granted’ aspects of your understandings of older people and how you believe your understandings have developed.