On May 20, AgeLab’s Samantha Brady and Dana Ellis led a workshop with healthcare track students at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. To better understand the particular needs and experiences of older adults and build empathy, students tested out AGNES (the Age Gain Now Empathy System). They attempted to open pill bottles and manipulate zippers while wearing AGNES’ weighted gloves and vision impairment goggles. They also evaluated Paro and the Joy For All robotic cat, two animal therapy robots, and discussed their possible utility for older adults. Understanding the complexities of providing care in an aging society will be important for these students as they embark on careers in healthcare.
Below: Dana Ellis, right, explains the functionality of AGNES as it is tested by a Madison Park student.