Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Psychology Students Experience the Reality of Aging

Aging happens gradually, over many years. We may not stop to think about the realities of growing older while we’re enjoying our days of youth.
Today in Professor Mazza Carter’s Lifespan Psychology class, students took part in an activity which would highlight some of the visual, auditory, and physical problems associated with aging.

Students were assigned to try on glasses to simulate glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration; to wear earplugs to mimic the effects of hearing loss; and to use masking tape to tape fingers together, feigning arthritis.
They then attempted to complete basic tasks such as calling a local business or having a conversation with earplugs in; walking around or reading a book while wearing the glasses; or attempting to send a text message with the masking tape wrapped around their fingers.

These simulations temporarily offer a realistic experience of some of the realities of aging. At the end of the day, these students are able remove the glasses, pull out the earplugs, peel the tape off of their fingers, and continue on with their young, healthy lives. This is not so much the case for the elderly, this is their reality. It's worth thinking about.

“It is cool to see from older people’s perspective,” marked Taylor Hay, a psychology major.
If you’re fascinated with psychology and want to learn more about Vol State’s degree programs, please take a look at the Vol State’s psychology page 

-By Rachel Keyes

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