"To my delight, I found the game as relevant today (not just to nurses, but to a broad array of health care professionals as well as informal caregivers and older adults themselves) as it was (when it was published)…players are prompted to reflect on the ways in which they treat elders…as active participants in this powerful game, they vicariously confront the many physical, social, emotional and financial problems, common in later life…I find I can endorse Into Aging as a learning tool as enthusiastically today as I did in 1984."
— Kitty Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Director, University of Iowa
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"…a valuable and powerful teaching tool because it allows the participant to be an active learner leading one to easily bridge the gap between play and real life/work situations to apply lessons learned. The game allows the players to personally feel these negative aspects which helps motivate them to discuss and develop positively impacting strategies for aging on an individual, organization and societal basis."
— Lenore Weinstein, RN, MA, Activities, Adaptation & Aging
"Teaches the consequences of restraints, over-medication, insensitivity to the needs of the frail elderly. I will continue to use this game to teach. Each game is a different experience for all who participate."
— Theresa Redling, DO, FACP, Chief, Geriatrics Division, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
"Sometimes in the classroom setting we are so busy learning facts, that we forget how to apply the process-this game is reality!"
— Paula Forest, MSN, OCN, GNP, ARNP, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
"I played this game for the first time over 15 years ago and still remember how it felt to have everyone treat me as I was labeled-confused. It is impossible to really understand what it feels like to be old and devalued until we get there, but this game helps greatly in increasing one's sensitivity."
— Cornelia Beck, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Department of Geriatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
"The greatest benefits for participants would be the increased awareness of not only their own biases but those of the other participants, the opportunity of discussion, critique, and debate."
— Diane Heliker, RN, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston
"We find the game most helpful in creating a deeper understanding of the elderly in the nursing assistants."
— Nursing Care Center, Boone, North Carolina
"Approximately 275 people have participated in one of 20 separate gaming experiences. Verbal responses and written evaluations support our belief that this simulation game provides a valuable and exciting learning experience."
— Annabelle Lee Marte, MSN, RN, The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
"The students were profoundly affected by the experience. Both students and faculty alike agreed that growing old via the game left them with a sense of awareness that they had not realized before. The students believed that they would now be able to care for elderly patients with a renewed understanding of the importance that dignity plays in life and health."
— Katherine Purgatorio-Howard, MSN, RNC, The Nursing Spectrum