Older for a Day

With aging comes the arrival of reduced biological functions and mobility. To provide insight to Human Services students on the implications of getting older, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) students donned a "suit" of weighted clothing, as well as specialized goggles and noise-cancelling headphones, to simulate different components of aging.

The event, orchestrated by Dr. Mark Sweatman, professor of sociology at GGC, helps students experience first-hand the troubles and difficulties that aging patients might face. These suits allow the wearer to feel pressure on their arms, legs, and chest, while also limiting their sense of sight and hearing. This practice allows the students to become aware of and able to relate to the difficulties many of their patients face.

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