Aging, Elderly Simulation
Old is gold. Age is just a number. Are these a true reflection of aging?
In this simulation, we challenge you to walk a mile in the shoes of the older persons.
During the Aging Simulation, you put on an aging suit and experience physiological changes to your entire body.
Widen your perspective of our aging society and learn more about the joys and challenges of aging.
Through the session, you will become more empathic, and ready to serve the older people in your community.
Placing participants in unfamiliar settings or uncomfortable situations heightens their ability to empathise with anyone. This helps build intrinsic motivation for participants wanting to learn more or to serve more.
Our simulation is designed by certified EQ Practitioners and Trainers with 3 learning stages, namely Engage, Experience and Reflect, to give participants a realistic ‘step into the shoes of others’.
Etch Empathy Experience is designed by certified EQ Practitioners and Trainers with 3 learning stages, namely Engage, Experience and Reflect, to give participants a realistic 'step into the shoes of others'.
Details for workshop
Aaron and Pin Qi are experienced Service Learning and EQ Practitioners (Aaron is also an EQ Trainer) who have led many youth volunteers to serve the community regionally. They aim to incubate empathy in youths to unleash the potential in all to be empathic change makers.
15 min Engage Briefing
60 min Experience Simulation
60 min Facilitated Reflection
(Timing may vary with number of pax)
Contact us to indicate your interest in subsequent programs.
Ideal Group Size
14 - Adult
”I felt it was a realistic experience. Such an exercise will be especially useful for young people in school because an increasing portion of them are mainly growing up in nuclear families in the absence of elderly family members.”
- Azeena Badarudeen, Participant
"One can be sure of the profound learning takeaways being experienced when one feels this level of discomfort - the Aging Simulation made me extremely uncomfortable. It was disconcerting to fast-forward my life to a time I rarely imagined before this and for the first time, I hesitated to agree that I do understand the challenges faced by the old. I have been a regular volunteer with the elderly and I always thought I more or less understood their everyday worries, but now I learn that listening to, understanding, and imagining, will never constitute experiential immersion and the application of empathy, truly."
-Shermaine Ng, Youth Corps Singapore Leader
Why do we develop and offer simulations?
As the Chinese proverb puts it: ‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.’ Participants find "experience" far more impactful and lasting than talks and documentaries.
We invite participants to walk in the shoes and see through the lenses of others. As one participant told us after participating in a poverty escape simulation, “Researching online or reading books would not have taught me what I learned in the past hour”.
We offer simulations for those who wish to empathise with social challenges other people face. We also hope to empower them to turn this empathy into thoughtful, meaningful and effective action.
What do we want to achieve?
Education:We hope to give participants greater knowledge of social challenges.
Empathy:We hope to engage the heart, head and hands of our participants.
Reflections:We explore ways during our debrief for participants to learn from each other.
Are they realistic?
It is always a challenge to portray a social issue in a sensitive way. A simulation can only mirror the real thing to a certain extent. In this, the simulation format faces the same challenge as other forms of communication: movies, documentaries, living museums, speeches or written papers. All may fail to give a 100% representation of the social challenge.
However, if designed appropriately, each simulation can portray their subject matter in a way that allows participants a deeper identification with the subject matter and a fuller understanding of ways to solve them.
To help guide this process, when we seek to represent any particular need through simulation, two imperatives are of critical importance to us.
Firstly, we work alongside people who have faced or are facing the issue we are addressing so that we can best represent the issue through the simulation. Secondly, we work with VWOs/NPOs who champion the social issue.
These two groups help steer the development of our simulations: the story line and its trueness to life, the props and set that best reflect reality, and the points they consider of critical importance for participants to take away.
What is the outcome?
We have started exploring simulations, design and run them since 2014 and have observed participants becoming more motivated and better able to relate to the social issue when they are doing their community service. We hope our Empathy Experience simulation can inspire more social projects and further engagement in the community.
What is the intensity of the simulations?
The intensity varies but some could be more intense than the others. Our simulations are checked for safety and participants can be assured that they will not come to any actual harm. At any point during the experience, if participants feel they cannot manage, they may step out of the simulation and speak with our experienced staff. As of date, no participant has requested that.
How have participants responsed?
Do scroll up to see their testimonials for our Elderly Simulation.