A Senior's Outlook on Aging and Service Providers Following is an interview with Bob Garnett, resident of a continuing care community in Arkansas. The interviewer is Barbara Shadden of the University of Arkansas. Bob Garnett is an 84-year-old resident of a continuing care retirement community in northwest Arkansas. He retired 20 years ago after a varied career ... Article
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A Senior's Outlook on Aging and Service Providers
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Article   |   January 01, 2002
A Senior's Outlook on Aging and Service Providers
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2002, Vol. 7, 11-12. doi:10.1044/gero7.1.11
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2002, Vol. 7, 11-12. doi:10.1044/gero7.1.11
Following is an interview with Bob Garnett, resident of a continuing care community in Arkansas. The interviewer is Barbara Shadden of the University of Arkansas.
Bob Garnett is an 84-year-old resident of a continuing care retirement community in northwest Arkansas. He retired 20 years ago after a varied career of work and participation in what he describes as four of the important institutions of our society: the military, the university, the church, and business. Mr. Garnett is bright, articulate, engaging, and enthusiastically reflective. He particularly enjoys reflecting on aging—from the perspective of literature, drama, personal experience, and the experience of others. (He does note that older persons don’t really talk much about aging and particularly wish to avoid discussions of ill health.) Mr. Garnett’s genuine passion for exploring the meaning of getting older makes him the perfect interviewee for this newsletter. His comments and insights remind us on a very personal level of the complexity of the aging process and the need to keep the whole person in mind as we provide services. His joy in communicating about virtually any subject brings home the centrality of communication to persons throughout the lifespan.
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