Aging game improves medical students' attitudes toward caring for elders

James T. Pacala, Chad Boult, Carole Bland, John O'Brien

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-57
Number of pages13
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 1995

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