The aim of this assessment is to promote a deeper understanding of the experience of ageing and to provide opportunity to explore aging from a variety of perspectives.
You are required to make five journal entries by responding to each of the questions in the Reflective Journal
You can do them in any order and add images to supplement your entry, but you must write at least 200 words
No references are required for this assessment, although you are strongly advised to examine the marking criteria prior to writing. You may write in the first person.
Reflect on an interaction from your clinical experience that involved an older person. What communication skills were used and were they effective in communicating with the older person? Write your thoughts about what considerations nurses need to make when communicating with older people (reflect on what you have learned about ‘normal physiological aging’).[Add text here]
Consider how the media portray older people. Read a newspaper or magazine article (it can be hard copy or electronic) that is about an older person. In your reflection, identify how the media portrayed the person and explain whether you think this portrayal is consistent with the way society in general ‘see’ older people. Describe how your attitude toward older people affects the way you deliver nursing care?[Add text here]
Experience of Illness
Choose a medical diagnosis that commonly affects older people. Reflect on what it would be like to experience that illness or disease by thinking about how it might affect relationships/social interactions, activities of living and self-esteem/self-image.[Add text here]
Fast forward to the future and consider yourself at the age 82 years old. Write a short description of your life and identify one aspect of your life that you think will be most important. Explain why you anticipate this aspect of your life in the future will be significant.
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Demographically, Australia is a multicultural nation. Share your thought and ideas about the special or unique health needs of an older person from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background.
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