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Sensory Experiment

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Questions for Sight Exercise Reflection:

Was the activity simple or challenging for you? Why? (Provide an explanation) No, not really. Everyone were pressuring me to finish checking the data as soon as possible. Also, the dark lenses made it difficult to read the numbers quickly. List 3 thoughts or feelings you experienced when you were looking up the phone numbers (or pages in book)?

A. Anxiety.

B. Irritation.

C. Frustration.

Describe 3 thoughts/feelings you experienced in this exercise on knowing that others were anxious for you to finish?

Anxiety - I was anxious that I would take too much time.

I felt pressurized to perform quickly in conditions that I wasn’t used to; under pressure and with poor eyesight.

I panicked that I may fail to note down the numbers in time hence causing the others to lose their patience with me.

Hearing Activity Reflection Questions:

Compare the words you heard to the key.

Fill 2. Catch 3. Thumb 4. Heap 5. Wise 6. Wedge 7. Fish 8. Shows 9. Dead 10. Juice)

How many and which words did you hear correctly?

Four – fill, catch, thumb, wise and juice

As the nurse, provide two explanations of what this would mean while teaching an elderly patient about their Digoxin dosage.

A. Hearing loss is a common condition at old age and thus there is no cause for alarm.

B. Digoxin is prescribed to patients suffering from these conditions to reduce the effects and enhance the sense of hearing in those with the condition.

In a situation where you are the patient with hearing loss, describe two compensatory methods you could use in a conversation in which you are receiving discharge instructions if you could understand only about a quarter of the words? (The person speaking to you does not know you have hearing loss.)

A. I would seek to read the speaker’s lips to try and detect words.

B. I would inform them of my condition and asked them to write down on a piece of paper if possible.

Smell/Taste Activity Reflection Questions:

Identify 2 implications this could have for individuals regarding diet and nutrition?

A. It would mean that individuals would have to eat their food on the basis of their dietary value rather than their taste.

B. Older individuals would reduce their intake of sweet flavored foods due to the gradual loss of appeal and build a preference for more healthy foods.

Provide 3 methods of how will this activity help you relate to older people in real-life situations?

A. It has helped me understand how older individuals are less interested in the sweet scented foods.

B. The findings of this activity will help me understand the appropriateness of individual foods to the relevant age groups.

C. I will be able to better understand the origins of dietary needs for specific individuals and how to best cater for them.

Explain how loss of taste and smell affect how older individuals interact with others socially.

Smell: Due to the general loss of the effectiveness of the sense of smell, it is easier for older people to interact with other individuals who are less pleasant smell without being repulsed.

Taste: the resultant reduction in desire for sweet foods could herald a new preference for more healthy diets.

Touch and Dexterity Activity Reflection Questions:

List 3 sensations you felt during these activities?

A. Numbness of the fingers.

B. Loss of grip.

C. Stiffness of the fingers.

Were the routine tasks easy/difficult for you? Explain your feelings.

They were moderately challenging. This is because covering the fingers with tape and gloves made them lose the usual flexibility in addition to their grip hence pretty simple activities were made a little bit more challenging.

List 2 methods these activities help you relate to older people in real-life situations

A. Most older people have stiff bones in their phalanges. I am now able to understand how older people find it challenging to do the simple things such as tying a ribbon knots and will put more effort into helping them.

B. Most older people also eventually lose grip due to the supple nature of their skin hence the difficulty in activities such as opening jars or cans and shuffling card that requires one's hands to have a little grip to aid the process. With this knowledge, I will then be able to identify whenever an older person is facing such a challenge and help where necessary.

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