Gray for a Day is an interactive educational curriculum that centers on use of an empathic model to improve knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to sensory and functional aging, empathy toward older adults, and one's own health behaviors. The program has been disseminated by Extension educators with varied audiences and evaluated with 2,440 respondents. Participants reported positive changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes, and intended behaviors. Cooperative Extension and community-based partners are uniquely positioned to use the curriculum to provide sensory experiences that can improve understanding of and empathy toward older adults.
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Yelland, E., & Piper, J. (2020). Gray for a Day: Exploring the Impact of a Sensory Aging Experience. The Journal of Extension, 58(2), Article 24. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.02.24