This paper is based on the ideas of a 75-year-old man living in a care home in Sydney Australia, and my own ideas of aged people in the community. I met the man and he agreed to have one-hour discussion to help me understand his view of the world. However, before the discussion I wrote down what I had expected the old man would state as significant in his life. I expect these general issues of people in their seventies. I expect him to point out significant issues in his life using narratives; these are short stories whose aims are to teach moral lessons or point significant aspects in life.
According to James Birren, narratives are important because they fill the void created by the scientific study of aging. In addition, I expect him to tell me the various experiences of old age in terms of privileges, hardships and knowledge. At old age, one does not have a social life or so I assume, and I tend to believe old people are loners, because they like to be left alone. They may or may not suffer from certain diseases, which automatically come with old age (Woodward, 2007). It all depends on the person. Some may need extreme assistance because they are perhaps terminally ill while others are quite healthy and require minimal assistance. At this point of their life, they depend a lot on people because they cannot do certain things on their own (Mykytyn, 2006a). Some may be placed in nursing homes while others are cared for by their family members. Reminiscence is an important nursing intervention, which older people undergo to boost their self-esteem, and it enable them to attain satisfaction with the life they have lived (Mykytyn, 2006b). Nevertheless, I think they are treated with a lot of respect as it is common for people to associate wisdom with old age. People might go to them for advice on various life issues since they have lived for long and have experienced a lot of things. I believe at this point of their life, family is very significant to them, and they tend to form close bonds with members of their families especially their grandchildren (Jorm, 2002).