Posted: Sat 24th Sep 2016

TV Newsreader Gets A Taste Of Ageing At USW

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016

This is the moment that newsreader Lucy Owen gets a taste of what life could be like when she gets older. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The BBC Wales journalist was given an idea of what the future could hold on a visit to the University of South Wales (USW), where she tried out an ageing simulation suit while filming Lucy Owen: Middle Aged Me – which is due to be shown on BBC Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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The age simulation suit gives the wearer a first-hand experience of the potential effects of ageing, and is used by USW nursing students to develop their knowledge and skills when working with, and caring for, older people. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The suit includes special overshoes, which are used to simulate an unsteady walk, while wraps restrict the mobility of knees. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A tremor device is used to mimic muscular shaking, and headphones match the effects of tinnitus – also known as “ringing in the ears”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Special spectacles simulate a range of eye disorders – such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, a detached retina, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. The suit can also simulate the physical effects of a stroke. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

After putting on the suit and getting up from a chair in USW’s Clinical Simulation Centre, which is at its Glyntaff Campus, Lucy said: “Straightening up was really hard then. I just feel really uncomfortable. I feel so heavy. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“My legs feel really heavy. My feet feel really flat. I can only shuffle – there’s no way I could do a decent stride now.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Lucy then continued walking outside, under the guidance of USW’s Jane Riddiford, Clinical Skills Trainer at the Clinical Simulation Suite. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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A new Simulated Community House – which has two bedrooms, a bathroom and living room – is also opening at USW’s Glyntaff campus, which will give nursing students the chance to learn essential skills to support and treat patients in their own homes. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Nicky Genders, head of USW’s School of Care Sciences, said: “The age simulation suit offers a unique and realistic insight into the potential effects of ageing. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Feedback from students demonstrates the value of the suit in enhancing their learning experience, helping them to understand more clearly a range of needs older people may have, which in turn helps the students to deliver more compassionate, person-centred care. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The Community House enhances this experience – further widening experience for our students and preparing them for working with patients once they are in real-life situations.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

For all enquiries relating to the USW Clinical Simulation Centre, its facilities, resources and staff training, contact Matthew Thornton Academic Manager for Practice Based Learning at matthew.thornton@southwales.ac.uk or call 07799 639999. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Lucy Owen: Middle Aged Me is due to be shown on BBC One Wales at 8.30pm on Monday, September 26. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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