"XTREME AGING - SENIOR SENSITIVITY" PROGRAM
Trainings are held through out the USA.
Simulated "Xtreme Aging" trainings are offered to professionals in industries who need to increase to learn awareness of what it is like to age so that they can better understand the elderly.
Examples of professionals who may find the "Xtreme Aging" Program helpful include: automobile designers, travel and hospitality groups and others. Training is also useful for students.
The "Xtreme Aging" Program by the Macklin Intergenerational Institute uses simulated trainings where participants literally "feel" what it's like to age. Simulated exercises of what it may feel like to be an older adult are used such as: such as stuffing cotton in ears and putting rubber bands around hands to simulate arthritic symptoms and then being asked to complete simple tasks such as finding a phone number in a directory.
Most participants of the "Xtreme Aging" Program are surprised with the level of difficulty they have in completing simple tasks and end up with a much greater appreciation for what elderly go through.
The Macklin Intergenerational Institute also another training class,
Grand-Parent: Raising Children Today - a class for seniors who are raising their grandchildren so that grandparents as parents can better understand how to iteract with today's children.
The Macklin Intergenerational Institute foucs is on intergenerational initiatives, (between youth and seniors) consultation services, research, training, continuing education opportunities, and intergenerational child care center where children and seniors participate in programs and services at the same location. The purpose of combining both seniors and children in a day care setting is to provide each with the benefit of interaction between ages.
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