Aging Simulation at The Martin Center

More than 70 members of the Williamson County Geriatric Council participated in an aging simulation by Lipscomb University's School of TransformAging on Nov. 7, 2012, at The Martin Center in Brentwood, Tenn.

Several common household items are used to simulate various challenges of aging. Participants navigated a buffet line while experiencing macular degeneration by wearing special glasses. Participants navigated a buffet line while experiencing the challenges facing older adults while being assisted by Participants experienced receiving guidance from Participants found it difficult to perform tasks such as putting food on their plates while impaired. Beverly Patnaik, academic director for the School for TransformAging, explained the exercise to members of the Williamson County Geriatric Council. A WCGC member is assisted in A WCGC member is bandaged to simulate the feeling of arthritic joints. Split peas were put in participants' shoes to simulate the feeling of diabetic neuropathy. Several common household items are used to simulate various challenges of aging.