ERIC Number: ED201574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar-21
Curriculum Activities on Aging.
Schmall, Vicki L.; Benge, Nancy
This paper contains learning activities on aging for use with elementary, high school, and university students in health, family relationships, social studies, and art courses. The activities are intended to help youth develop a more realistic understanding of the aging process and to become aware of both the problems and benefits associated with aging. The learning activities are organized by different teaching methods. Discussion is an excellent method to teach concepts related to aging. To stimulate discussion, a true-false questionnaire is provided which will help students identify their attitudes and knowledge about aging and being old. Role playing can provide students with an understanding and empathy for the dilemmas often faced in old age. Various role-play situations are presented. A third teaching method suggested is panels. Older persons participating on a panel can share their experiences and feelings about being old. Written exercises are another method which may help to stimulate discussion about aging. Suggestions for written exercises are included. For example, students write a story on "How I hope to be when I am old." Group or individual projects can provide students with an opportunity to interact with older persons. Students develop family albums, design a family tree, interview older persons, and adopt a grandparent. Special events, such as "Nostalgia Day,""Craft Day," or a "Style Show," can bring students and older persons together. Field visits to a nursing home, a local senior citizen center, or to local organizations that provide services to senior citizens can be a valuable experience for students. Simulations are another technique which can help students to understand what it means to be old by creating a similar life experience for the learner. Simulations dealing with sight, hearing, arthritis, the tactile sense, taste and smell, dental problems, and for physical impairments are suggested. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Western Gerontological Society (Denver, CO, March 21, 1977).