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HDFS 129 notes 16

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notes from the guest lecture on death, dying, and old age by Sherry Corneal
Intro to HDFS
Molly Countermine
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Death, Dying, Old, age
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Date Created: 04/28/16
HDFS 129 notes 16 (4/26) Lecture by Sherry Corneal Integrity v. Despair: on death and dying Late Adulthood: 65-75  Integrity: life has been meaningful and held purpose; life has been satisfying  Despair: life has not been meaningful nor held any purpose  Greatest fears of elderly people: o Being a victim of crime (actually, the younger are mostly victims) o Senility (actually, only 3-4%) o Poverty (actually, only 10% live in poverty) o Being in a nursing home  Living arrangements of elderly people o Living with spouse  Women: 41%  Men: 73% o Living alone  Women: 40%  Men: 17% o Other (w/children, w/friend, w/sibling, assisted living, nursing home)  Women: 19%  Men: 10% ***Only 5% are living in a nursing home  Elderly people… o Are the least likely of all age groups to feeling lonely o Have the fewest friends… by choice o Score highest of any age group on well-being and general satisfaction with life Hope & Faith v. Despair Ages 75+  Hope: to transcend life’s circumstances  Generally, young people express a greater fear of death than people over the age of 75  Realistic fear of elderly people: being kept alive by medical technology with a diminished capacity for living HDFS 129 notes 16 (4/26) Lecture by Sherry Corneal  The Living-Dying Interval Communicating with a person who is facing eminent death 1. Be at the same eye level 2. Eliminate distraction 3. Be aware of the energy level of the person with regard to visiting 4. Follow the person’s lead in accepting their death 5. Encourage expression of feelings (“Anything you want to talk about?”) 6. Don’t be afraid to ask the person about their prognosis 7. Ask the person if there is anyone they would like you to contact 8. Encourage the dying person to reminisce 9. Talk when they want to talk 10. Don’t be afraid to say goodbye


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