Journal Entry 24 – Family History

Below is a picture of the oldest living American, Susannah Mushatt Jones of New York (though born in Alabama) (LINK). She is 116 years old and the only living American who was born in the 1800s (one of only two on earth). For this journal entry write down: a) the oldest living relative (great grandparent, aunt, etc.) in your family, b) the general age range for how long people live in your family history, and c) any common late-life health problems that run in your family (cancer, heart disease, dementia)? Due 4-27-16 by the beginning of class.

oldest person

Journal Entry 23 – Midlife Crisis

In class we discussed how a midlife crisis is not very common among human adults. Well, now scientists have shown that even chimpanzees experience a “midlife low” tossing water on the idea that a midlife crisis is even something humans uniquely experience. Read a summary of this research (LINK below) and write a 1-2 paragraph response about why you think life satisfaction (in humans or other species) follows a u-shaped curve where it is lowest in midlife. Due 4-25-16 by the beginning of class.


Journal Entry 21 – Having Children

Recently a mom made headlines across the globe when she wrote that having children (pictured below) was the “biggest regret of her life”. She said “I resented the  time my children consumed. Like parasites, they took from me and didn’t give back”. Read her story (LINK) and write a 1-2 paragraph response either agreeing or disagreeing with her view. Due 4-20-16 by the beginning of class.

regretful mom