An aging simulation workshop, the Aging Game, was offered as an elective for students taking a fourth-year rotation in ambulatory medicine. Empathy, attitudes, knowledge of geriatrics, and beliefs about elderly persons on the part of students who elected to participate were compared with those who opted not to participate. Empathy and attitudes toward caring for elderly patients improved more among Aging Game participants, while changes in geriatric knowledge and beliefs about elderly persons did not differ between the two groups. The Aging Game holds promise as an educational method for enhancing medical students' empathy toward elders and their attitudes toward caring for them.
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