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Myths of Aging Teaching Strategy

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  1. Open Myths About Aging, a PowerPoint file in a game show format. The topics are: 
    • My Body Is Not the Same – myths and facts about physical issues and aging
    • I Can’t Remember – myths and facts about cognitive issues and aging
    • Watch My Behavior –  myths and facts about mood and behavioral issues and aging
    • What I Believe Is True – common myths and facts about older adults
    • Sex and the Senior – myths and facts about sexuality and older adults 
  2. Start the game by clicking onto one of the point values under the selected topics. The file must be opened in the slide show mode in order to click onto the point values to play the game. Advancing to the next slide will reveal the answer. Always click the house icon on the bottom right screen to return the viewer to the game board and restart the process. The categories are numbered from 1-5 and coincide with the topics listed above: My Body Is Not the Same; I Can’t Remember; Watch My Behavior; What I Believe is True and Sex and the Senior. 
  3. Each of the answer slides has speaker notes that supplement the answers and many have links to assessment tools in the How to Try This series that coordinate with the content. 
  4. Simply editing the slides can change content in each area. 
  5. The approach in this teaching strategy allows for the question to be presented first followed by lecture content. This active learning approach allows the students to first become invested in the question and process the content in a way in which they can be better connected to the issue. 
  6. To re-set the game, close the file. When the file is reopened, the board will be reset and the point values will restore to a bolded font.
  7. Show students “Get Old,” a short video called presented by Pifzer that portrays a 94-year- old man who adapted to multiple issues related to aging and has an excellent quality of life.

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