Aging Simulation Exercise
Presentation given at the Social Gerontology Conference. Younger people often have difficulty understanding what the normal sensory losses and changes in functional status mean to older adults. To overcome this experiential problem, an assignment, the aging simulation exercise, was developed to engage those people as active participants in their learning. The participants are obliged to "experience" first-hand some of the many aches and pains as well as sensory losses commonly associated with the aging process.
The aging simulation exercise individualizes the effects of physiological aging by forcing the participants to experience functional losses. By doing so, it brings home the meaning of functional impairments to otherwise healthy individuals in a much more effective way than even the best written chapter in a text or the most brilliant lecture could hope to achieve.
Social Gerontology Conference
"Aging Simulation Exercise."
School of Human Ecology Faculty Presentations.