Petal Health Science Students Experience a Dose of Reality

Petal High School junior Jacob Allen takes part in Health Science II's geriatric lab simulation. Petal High School junior Lillian Simmons takes part in Health Science II's geriatric lab simulation.
Petal High School juniors Jacob Allen and Lillian Simmons take part in Health Science II's geriatric lab simulation.

Petal High School Health Science II students participated in a virtual simulation geriatric lab in the classroom this year, rotating through a variety of scenarios to help them better understand the effects of the aging process. The simulations included visual disturbances, fine motor skills impairment, gait issues with the use of the wheelchair, hearing impairment and effects of having a stroke. This activity allowed students to be better equipped to empathize with their patients and family members who are elderly and helped them with resources to assist in this process.



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