The social convoy can be described as the group of people who accompanies us on the journey of life. This social grouping is a critical element of good adjustment and well-being at every stage of development. We are social creatures and thrive on these interactions and relationships as we grow and develop. The makeup of the social convoy changes over time, though family members usually comprise a part of that convoy.
In this program, seniors first talk about their marriages and the issues they have dealt with through the years (with varying degrees of success). The essence of these marriages can be seen in both the verbal and non-verbal messages they send each other. Next, we see these seniors as parents involved with their adult children and grandchildren. The quality and temperament of their interactions varies and is demonstrated. Through this video, we see that diversity abounds as we age. Lastly, seniors talk about the importance of their friendships. Having close friends is crucial to happiness in late adulthood, even more so than relationships with family. Different types of friendships are described in the seniors’ own words.
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