What is it like to live every day as an older adult facing one or more age-related health challenges?
The ASiST (Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training) Kit gives students and professionals critical insight into this important question.
ASiST in Action
Connie Baker, MS, co-creator of the Wong-Baker Pain Scale, observes as a gerontology graduate student tries to sort medications while wearing lenses designed to mimic age-related vision loss.
Each ASiST Kit provides experiences simulating age-related:
ASiST relies on transformative, evidence-based learning strategies (many of them developed by the OkGEC, a pioneer in aging-sensitivity training).
An ASiST training starts with a brief (10-15 min.), overview of the most common age-related health challenges and how they affect elders.
After that, participants break into small groups for exercises designed to simulate (to the greatest degree possible in a classroom or training setting) what it's like to handle everyday tasks while dealing with such challenges.
Following their "hands-on" experiences, participants gather
to discuss how age-related health challenges may impact elders' autonomy and ability to live independently.
Together, they consider solutions and supports currently available to elders - and brainstorm other potentially successful interventions.
Sharing their experiences with their peers helps them process lessons learned in a meaningful, memorable way - even as the training directs their focus to positive problem-solving.
As a result, they become not only more compassionate in their work. They become more effective.
From the Director...
"For more than 20 years, the Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center has conducted highly successful aging sensitivity training exercises with medical students, graduate students, and health care professionals.
We are very excited that this transformative learning experience will now be accessible to educators and learners anywhere in the world."
Thomas A. Teasdale, DPH
Professor, OU College of Medicine
Reynolds Dept. of Geriatric Medicine