In June 2010 I started an independent research project called “Our Thoughts on Aging”. It seemed to me, as a woman going through mid-life, as a geriatric clinician, and as a life transitions coach, that there was something important lying beneath ageism and ant-aging asking to be explored: our experience, fears, and perceptions of aging and growing older. So I started this new project – and it’s about exactly that: our lived experience, ideas, and thoughts about aging, including death and dying. When in your life have you had an opportunity to talk about this, to consider what it is you want for your 50’s, 70’s and 90’s? And what is it that you fear about it too?
One of my goals for this interview project is for it to generate conversations about these very topics, ones that are not usually discussed openly or comfortably. The name of this project is “Our Thoughts on Aging” as it is intended to reflect our collective thoughts on aging.
Here are the guidelines about the interview process.
- I am interviewing 100 adults - men and women over the age of 21, of varying cultural and religious backgrounds and professions.
- The interviews are conducted via phone and audio-recorded. I transcribe each interview to maximize privacy and confidentiality for the interviewee.
- Each interviewee receives the transcribed interview and edits it to his/her satisfaction.
- The goal is to complete the project by December 2015.
All of the transcribed interviews are posted on this blog, Life Changes. You can receive new interviews as they are posted by clicking on the email subscription to the right side of this page.
If you’re interested in being interviewed, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org