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Mobility Through Macaroni

Submitted by Jenny Clattenburg

Photo of various types of pasta

Tonight for our Intro to Gerontology class, we explored some of the physical age-related changes and illnesses common in later life. I prepared a connection activity to simulate age-associated physical challenges.  The students were tasked with filling their shoes with raw macaroni (simulating a change in mobility) and to breathe only through a straw (respiratory changes) as they walked down the hallway and climbed a flight of stairs (personal safety and comfort level in consideration of course).

Later, we broke off into small groups and examined the different intrinsic and extrinsic changes on hearing, smell, taste, touch, sight, and musculoskeletal systems. Students were encouraged to access Open Educational Resources to identify interesting facts that stood out and ones which will inform areas for future content focus. I had so much fun with this and I hope that the students did as well!

NB: (I wasn’t expecting the macaroni to end up all over the hallway… but I am so thankful that the cleaner was super sweet, understanding, and allowed me to borrow her broom during break) 🙂

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