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*Corresponding author:Seung youn Hong, Department of Senior Industry, Kangnam University, Yongin, South Korea
Received: November 10, 2017; Published: November 28, 2017
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Objective: To evaluate the impact of the Aging simulation experience on students’ attitudes towards the elderly.
Method: One hundred fifty six college students (mean age: 22.74) were recruited and were assigned either experiment group (EG) or control group (CG). Students in EG were dressed in an aging simulation suits(SAKAMOTO) and wore Aging simulation glasses (GERT, Germany), which transformed students into a frail senior citizen, suffering from weaken muscle, impaired vision, hearing loss, kyphosis and joint stiffness. With aging simulation suits, students performed daily activities for 2 hours in three sessions in 5 areas which include a bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen and dining room. Then they went outside to experience real life such as taking public transportations, going for grocery shopping, watching movies, etc. for another two sessions. Student’s attitudes toward older adults were measured with the Ageing Semantic Differential before and after the intervention.
Results: There was a statistically significant improved in attitude in EG towards the elderly following four weeks of the aging simulation program. Attitude toward seniors in EG was significantly positively changed (t=2.47, p<.05) while that of CG was negatively changed. All three subscales--“Instrument-ineffective”, “Autonomous-dependent” and “Personal acceptability-unacceptability turned significantly positive after the experience.
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