Simulated Aging Game/Traditional Lecture and Students' Knowledge and Attitude

  • Nadia Saleh
  • Eman Elsayed
  • Heba Mohamed
  • Abdel-Hady El-Gilany
Keywords: Simulation; Elderly; Knowledge; Attitude


Attitude of nursing students toward elderly tends to be negative. This attitude can be changed by increasing awareness of normal aging processes through simulated aging games. Objective: Determine the effect of simulated aging game versus traditional lecture on nursing students' knowledge and attitude towards elderly. Setting: This study was conducted in the Gerontological Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing-Mansoura University. Subjects: A total number of 82 fourth year nursing students were included in the study. Tools: Three tools were used for data collection; Nursing Students’ Socio-Demographic, and their Experience with Elderly Structured Interview Schedule, Kogan Attitudes towards Old People Scale (KAOP), and Nursing Students' Knowledge Related to Normal  Physiological Changes Of Aging. Results: Significant differences in knowledge and attitude scores among students in the simulation group compared to those in the lecture group after the application of the simulation game. Conclusion: Simulation improves knowledge, and attitude of nursing students toward older adults than the traditional lecture. Recommendations: Simulation is an effective teaching method that enables students to improve their knowledge and attitude toward elderly.