Individual Interview Questionnaires
Taking into account the current perspectives and issues in gerontology, the multidisciplinary approach provides the framework to reach recommendations and a plan of action through interview questions. This step-by-step process provides access to information to guide recommendations and a plan of action that is beneficial to the aging individual, family, or community organization. It involves the following steps:
- Gathering information through the development of a questionnaire and an interview.
- Synthesizing and analyzing information from the interview results.
- Developing recommendations from the interview analysis.
- Communicating a plan of action from the recommendations.
For this assignment, focus on the first step of the multidisciplinary approach by gathering information to develop a questionnaire you will use to interview three aging adults with different ages, lifestyles, cultures, and gender. Complete the following:
- Create 10–15 interview questions that integrate the sociological, physiological, psychological, and cultural aspects of aging. Each response to the interview questions should provide you with information for a comparison of the similarities and differences of the aging adults you interview; you will report the results of the interviews in your assignment in Unit 5. Use the scenario in the Riverbend City mission you viewed in Unit 2 and your course readings as a guide for possible questions.
- Use the questions you created to interview three aging adults. Your three interviewees should have diverse ages, lifestyles, cultures, and gender. You may conduct the interviews in person, over the telephone, or via virtual connections such as FaceTime or Skype.
- Write and submit an assignment that includes the following:
- Describe the demographics of the three aging adults you interviewed, including race, ethnicity, social class, functional ability, gender, age, sexual orientation, family/community support systems, retirement, and end-of-life perspectives. For privacy reasons, please do not use the real names of individuals you interviewed.
- List the 10–15 interview questions you created.
- For each question, briefly explain what information you hoped the question would provide and why you phrased the question as you did.