The Into Aging Game
Through the course of the Aging Game, participants create their own personal profile (age, occupation, living situation), gamble on their savings, and receive life event cards that change their circumstances, sometimes drastically. As they move through the later stages in life, participants move from independent living to assisted care to a nursing home. The nursing staff act as facilitators of the game, trying to provide a realistic, if somewhat extreme, nursing home environment. The game is followed by a discussion with the staff facilitating the game. Almost all the participants describe the game as "eye-opening." We are all encountering more patients over the age of 65.