Mikkayla Johnson 14: (one essay only – 15 points) Write a reaction to the movie Andrew Jenks, Room 335. Find 5 things from the movie to relate to other class discussions/articles/ASL experiences. This movie was meant to serve as a capstone for the class and how does it help you tie everything about adulthood and aging together? This movie was a great way to wrap up the course. Much of what we learned about the older adults was reflected throughout this video.
For instance, when Andrew asked some older woman why they were in here they explained, “Because we don’t want to burden our family by taking care of us, this is their life now, we already lived ours. ” I loved that quote because it showed how much they loved their family and that they chose to live in these homes so that their children can take care of their own families and lives. This was explained in the book as guilt, that the older adults felt as if they were imposing on other people’s lives and felt guilty when loved ones took care of them.
A lot of the older adults were still goofy with each other, the one man would steal his friend’s cane and poke him with it and dance around him. In my ASL learning experience at Senior Connections, I can see many of the older adults goofing around with each other still in their old age. One man steals one’s jacket and jokes and puts it in different places. One woman always steals another ones yarn and pretends she did not know where it was. It was funny watching older adults interact in such a goofy way. Both of my grandparents are more reserved so I only saw this goofiness at my ASL experience.
I am thankful for that. When talking about sex, the couple he interviewed said that they did not have it and they did not think about it. Another woman said that when it existed it was amazing. Nobody that he interviewed was actually having sex. The book showed graphs that there were still a healthy portion of adults still having sex. Maybe this was because these women’s partners had passed. And maybe the other couple did not because one man said he had heart problems. Either way, it was funny how Andrew said that everyone is curious to know.
I suppose I wasn’t curious to know but after completing this course it is clear that other people are curious. The adults in this assisted living seemed very happy and they had a wonderful place to live. It was in warm Florida, with beach dates and a nice outdoor activity area. But some people still said they did not want to live any longer, that they don’t want to be here and they are trying to get out. This was sad because of the amount of older adults stuck in nursing homes that do not want to be there, sad because of the amount of adult adults that have lost their freedoms.
The woman who played the piano reminded me of the music therapy article. She was still so good at playing and played so beautifully. I wonder if she has trouble remembering some things and that if her memory is still intact when it comes to playing. It sure seemed like it. And when it comes to depression, the 96 year old woman certainly did not seem like she was depressed. She always had jokes and a smile on her face. But after visiting Doty in the Emergency Room she said she did not know whether it was cursing or a blessing to live this old.
That all of her friends seem to die around her all of the time. This reminded me of some of the mental health issues discussed in our text book surrounding older adults. Many of them are affected by the loss of loved ones more so in their older years, but that people can still go on and live a happy individual life- yet still mourn when remembering their loved ones. This movie was definitely a great way to encompass the learning objectives throughout the course and ASL experience. I enjoyed this movie and thought that he made a good decision to move into the assisted living.