PEORIA, Ill. -- Local students are getting a taste of what it's like... to be old.
It's part of Methodist College's latest curriculum.
Students are learning hands-on how the aging process diminishes a person's senses, for example, the abilities to see color, walk comfortably, and taste foods.
Dr. Kimberly Johnston, the Methodist College President, says these are valuable lessons in helping students become better caretakers for the elderly.
"If they don't understand where that patient is and what they're going through, they can become impatient and not really provide the care that is necessary," said Dr. Johnston. "The patient senses that as well and pulls back, and the relationship just isn't as fruitful."
Methodist College offers courses for students studying gerontology, nursing, and health sciences.
For more information, visit www.methodistcol.edu or click on the link above.