Old Grandma, Mrs. Frances Clark, A Middle Class African American Woman

2101 Words Oct 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Grandparents are extraordinary individuals, but they are not invincible. However, when I was younger, I was convinced that there was absolutely nothing that my grandparents could not do. They arranged spontaneous day trips to parks, exemplified unconditional love, and provided a seemingly unlimited supply of sweets and candy. As I grew older I noticed that, though my grandparents continued to be very involved in my life, they were beginning to slow down. As time passed, they were not able to walk up and down the stairs as quickly they used to, and glasses soon became regular companions to their faces. These changes made me realize that there is one thing that grandparents cannot avoid: aging.
The truth is that aging is inevitable, but it can be done gracefully. My 74-year-old grandma, Mrs. Frances Clark, is proof that one can age with poise. She is a middle class African American woman. This year she celebrated 57 years of marriage to my grandfather. While these external accolades are commendable, my grandmother’s internal character has caused me to admire her for years. For this reason, I selected her as my interviewee for the aging interview. In the interview, my grandmother and I discussed a variety of things, including what it is like to be her age, health challenges that she has faced, services that she would likely benefit from, and her interests. In addition to these topics, we reflected on her past accomplishments and addressed aspects of her future. Lastly, she…

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