What is it like to have low vision or a hearing impairment or to have difficulty walking? Aging Simulation Sensitivity Training will be held on Thursday, April 26, 10 am- noon, upstairs in the Chestertown Town Hall. The workshop is designed to raise awareness among those who deal with the public as well as for geriatric workers, students, caregivers, and volunteers of all ages.
Sponsored by the Kent County Commission on Aging, the workshop is presented by the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center. Located in Cambridge, the Center supports quality health care services for Eastern Shore communities. Goals of the training are to:
*Better recognize barriers to communicating with older people
*Become aware of behavioral clues that can affect decision-making
*Experience the effect of sensory losses such as impaired vision, hearing, and mobility
*Recognize one’s own personal attitudes toward aging and the elderly
According to Audrey Wahl, Project Coordinator, “After the session, people who attend have a better understanding of the need for patience and compassion when interacting with the elderly or disabled of any age.
Sessions have been held in Wicomico, Dorchester, Somerset, and Caroline Counties. Comments include: “It was a lot of fun!”, “This really made me understand the elderly more.”, “I really enjoyed the age simulation activity.” “Awesome! Really opened my eyes.”
To register, call 410-778-6000. Refreshments will be served.