Understanding Ageing

University of Lubin students have started using special suits meant to assist them with understanding the plight of elderly patients and, ultimately, help them show more empathy towards their specific conditions.

The technology, a special suit that was imported from Japan, restricts mobility, places strain on limbs and hand muscles, causes tension in the bones on the spine, and reduces vision by 20 percent. Sounds like fun, no?

In the end, the tech is meant to provide medical students with a better insight into the difficult conditions associated with ageing.

"This type of situation will allow me to understand older people a little bit in the future if they complain of problems with joints, mobility, or the width of their field of vision," says Ludwika Wodyk a fourth year student who has has used the technology.

Watch as they demonstrate the technology in the video below:


Showing Empathy

Wodyk goes on to note how the device helps European students become more aware of the special needs and challenges that the country’s ageing population experiences, thus, making it easier for them to empathize and understand what they are going through.

"We must remember that the most important thing in the treatment of the patient is contact with him and whether he will cooperate with us and trust us. If we have some experience of how he feels, what's wrong, what is his biggest obstacle, we can help him in the best way and inspire confidence through communication, which is already an amazing, easy way to make a diagnosis and treat the patient," she said.

The goal is for medical practitioners to provide the best patient care possible through practice and in-depth insight.

"The whole system should take into account patient safety. We should not let people into the clinic before they are ready. [The simulation center] is a preparation in terms of knowledge, in terms of skills, but also I think in terms of mental preparation, in terms of experiencing some emotion and communicating with the patient. These are the two integral parts that need to interact with each other," Doctor Lukasz Pietrzyk explained.

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