Coping With A Partner's Changing Age & Abilities

Isabel Allende: How to Live Passionately-No Matter Your Age

Love in Later Life: Sexuality & Aging

Exploration Questions

  • How would you describe your age & developmental life stage?
  • In what contexts, if any, do you feel that your age & developmental life stage are privileged identities?
  • In what contexts do you experience oppression because of your age & developmental life stage?
  • How does your age & developmental life stage interact with other identities that you hold, such as your ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, and spirituality?
  • What is your comfort level working with clients whose age & developmental life stage differ from your own?
  • How comfortable are you talking about age and its impact on identity with clients?
  • In what situations might age & developmental life stage be salient in the counseling relationship?
  • How might you bring up age with your counseling clients?
  • How important do you think it is for counselors to be knowledgable and aware of their own understandings of age and developmental life-stage identity?
  • What activities might counselors engage in to become more aware of how their own cultural identities impact their world views, values, biases, beliefs, ways of working with clients, and ways of relating to clients?
  • What were your reactions to the videos on this page?
  • Were there some you were drawn to?
  • Were there any that elicited strong reactions?
  • How did the videos on this page demonstrate the relationship between age, developmental life-stage & identity in relation to other cultural factors such as gender, sexual orientation, family culture, ability, the culture of the United States, and other cultures?