HCS 548 WEEK 3 Adult Life Transitions
Read all of the following vignettes.
Mr. and Dr. Tanaka-Griffin are both turning 68 years old. He is Anglo, and she is a third generation Japanese American. The couple has been married for 13 years. This is his third marriage and her second. They have no children together; he has one disabled son whom they care for and she has five children. Mr. Griffin owns a successful liquor store and a local laundry mat. Dr. Tanaka-Griffin is an oncologist at a local university hospital. The couple plans to retire in three years. Their health is fine; however, Mr. Griffin was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure, and unrelated to his diagnosis, he fell while walking his poodle on a familiar walking course two weeks ago.
Mr. and Mrs. DeGuzman have been married for 54 years. He was recently in a car accident where he hit a parked vehicle. His health was already compromised, and with this recent event, he was admitted to a hospital and needs a breathing machine. His wife and two grown sons are considering hospice. They reside in a single story home. Mrs. DeGuzman has been a homemaker her entire adult life. She was never a joiner and would identify her recently deceased twin sister as her “best and only friend.” They live off of social security and a small pension from the Train Operators fund.
Mr. Gibbs is 89 years old, and his wife is 86 years old. They have been married for 67 years and have 4 children. Their oldest son has been in prison for the last 25 years, and his parents are still struggling to cope. They have two twin daughters who live in different states, and their youngest son lives at home with them. He was recently divorced and has partial custody over a 17 year old who brings great joy to Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs. Mr. Gibbs is a retired judge, and his wife is a retired school teacher. Together they pull in an annual pension of over $200,000 a year. Their legal paperwork is in a tight trust and their designated power of attorney for health is their cousin, who is also their neighbor. The power of attorney for their estate is one of the twin girls who calls and visits frequently.
Select a vignette listed above.
Respond to the following questions in 350 to 700 words based on the vignette selected.
- According to this week’s readings, what do you know about some of the family characteristics of this couple?
- What are some critical aspects of retirement that is applicable?
- What do you project their longevity to be?
- If they were a couple in your community, what living options would you recommend for them?
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