Using Cinema to Enhance Teaching Issues Related to Older Adults


At times a visual or story-telling method can be powerful in helping students process the complicated and multifaceted issues that surround the care of older adults. 

Psychosocial issues, issues of transitions, and ethical dilemmas are often best portrayed with application to a storyline. This technique makes the topics more relevant and better helps students to connect. Storylines can prompt rich discussion and often resonate with the students’ experiences to allow them to better process the complexities of caring for older adults. Cinema footage can be used in clips or in their entirety to set the stage to meet the instructors’ specific objectives. This teaching strategy suggests films and film clips that portray older adults and the issues that often surround them. 

The utilization of the ACE.S Essential Actions is highlighted in the processing of the movies and clips and used as guidelines in thinking about the issues presented. This teaching strategy can be used in class lecture, seminar, or clinical, and is especially effective for online components of a nursing courses. 

Using Cinema to Enhance Teaching Issues Related to Older Adults

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