An Exercise in Empathy

  • The simulation program that Mr. Leland wrote about, Xtreme Aging, was created by the Macklin Intergenerational Institute, to raise the sensitivity of those who have regular professional contact with the elderly. Macklin’s Xtreme Aging curriculum has also been featured on the Web site , on NPR radio and in “The Smart Set,’’ a publication of Drexel University. Some nursing schools, among them the one at Rutgers University, have courses that encourage this kind of empathy in health care professionals.

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