What is it like to be an old man?

Birth, aging, illness and death are natural laws. What changes will take place in body functions when entering old age? Is the world presbyopia sees how’s? Is it how’s feeling that the body coordination is declining? The feeling of aging, When everyone gets old, they can realize it personally. But with the progress of science and technology, It made it possible to experience these feelings in advance. I had the honor to participate in an experience activity for medical staff. By wearing various devices to simulate the experience of the elderly, I experienced the feelings of the elderly in two different health states. Is the aging elderly what’s feeling? Even the elderly who do not have any chronic diseases, As you get older, The functions of various systems of the body continue to decline. Daily life is also much more difficult than our young people. In life, We can often see some old people walking a little hunchback, When reading books and newspapers, your eyes are far or near. This is because, As you grow older, Older people change not only their appearance, The bigger changes take place inside the body. The device in the picture is a full-body simulation suit. The knees and shoulders are connected by elastic bands. There is also a pair of simulated glasses and a set of earplugs on the head. In addition, It is also equipped with an adjustable crutch. In this whole set of equipment, it looks like this: 1. Joint degeneration After this device is put on, Stretch belts can make people unable to straighten their waists, The large joints of the limbs are difficult to move, I also feel very heavy when lifting my feet. This is after simulating muscle tension decline and joint degeneration changes in the elderly. Changes in body shape. Usually, Kyphosis can occur when people get older. Even if you want to straighten your body, Due to changes in spinal curvature and poor flexibility, It is also difficult for the elderly to stand upright. This is a little hunchback, Often becomes the norm. 2. Vision impairment as the body ages, The elasticity of the lens deteriorates, The strength of the ciliary muscle is weakened, So that the adjustment ability of the eyes gradually decreases, Quickly adjust the function decline of far and near vision, Old people gradually develop presbyopia, Is commonly known as [presbyopia]. Due to pupil contraction, retinal regeneration ability decreases, The ability of the elderly to distinguish colors and adapt to darkness has declined to varying degrees. Presbyopia is not only blurred, The color of the object will also become dim. The simulation glasses here simulate, It is the common saying that presbyopia. 3. Hearing impairment earplugs simulate the hearing impairment of the elderly. That is, the back of the ear. It is a natural physiological phenomenon that cochlear ability gradually decreases with age. The most obvious phenomenon is, It is the old people who turn on the TV, radio and other volume more and more at home. The voice of talking to people is getting louder and louder. However, Even older people of the same age, The degree of deafness also varies greatly. This is because, There are many reasons for hearing impairment, Such as genetic factors, excessive alcohol and tobacco and other unhealthy living habits, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, diabetes and other systemic diseases, long-term exposure to noise, the use of aminoglycoside antibiotics and other ototoxic drugs, etc. Therefore, the elderly with unhealthy living habits, hearing loss will be faster. 4. Being an elderly person is what experience? When I put on this outfit, The most intuitive feeling is blurred vision. I picked up a newspaper, In front of us, Trying to read and write some what, The nose was covered with ink, I still can’t read the words clearly. Not to mention threading the needle. Wearing these glasses, Only then did I find presbyopia, The closer we get, the more blurred we become. Everything in the field of vision is dim in color. It is dim. I will unconsciously lean back my head or take books and newspapers further away to see the words clearly. The staff set up a scene of a small supermarket. Let me wear this device to buy vegetables for [grandson]. I carry my back, Walking trembling into [the supermarket] on crutches, Because the restraint of the device really makes me unable to straighten up, And there are straps on the elbows and legs, It also makes people feel inflexible, stiff and heavy-footed. When I arrived at the supermarket, I was almost on the price list, but I still couldn’t see the price clearly. Ask [salesperson], but due to [deaf] reasons, I couldn’t hear what she said. The feeling of aging is really helpless. The feeling of hemiplegia after stroke is how again? 1. What is the stroke? As the saying goes, The professional name is stroke. It is a very dangerous emergency. Need immediate medical treatment. It is divided into cerebral hemorrhage and cerebral infarction. The symptoms of onset are usually sudden fainting, unconsciousness, Or suddenly his mouth and eyes are askew, hemiplegia, and his speech is unclear. As stroke is a cerebrovascular accident, Can cause varying degrees of damage to brain function, Causing sequelae such as language disorder, dyskinesia, paralysis, etc. Many people leave permanent brain dysfunction after stroke. I can’t take care of myself, Need to receive long-term rehabilitation treatment. The device in the following figure, The simulation is a patient with hemiplegia of the left limb after stroke. The device consists of a belt, a belt of the left limb, gloves and crutches. 2. The simulation of sensory and motor disorders after hemiplegia will also reduce the tactile function of the paralyzed limb part. Touching everything in what feels like wearing gloves. In order to simulate this feeling, The waistband of the device binds the paralyzed left hand to the body. It is difficult to separate. Gloves are specially made, There are elastic ropes in it, They will bind their fingers together, Only the fingertip can barely move. The left foot has a binding rope from the knee to the ankle. The knee cannot bend after being tied, Ankle also can’t move, completely can’t walk normally. It feels like the whole left leg is like a piece of wood, completely not their own, this is the feeling of simulated paralysis. Hemiplegic patients, the most obvious is the decline of mobility. No matter how hard, paralyzed limbs still can’t move as they please. 3. Hemiplegic elderly are what experience? After putting on this device, The staff told me to lie in bed, A day to guide me to simulate hemiplegic patients after stroke. During this period, some seemingly simple guiding actions imply knowledge of rehabilitation treatment. The first is to get up in the morning. You need to turn over yourself, Sit up. These simple moves, It became very difficult under the restraint of equipment. In order to turn over to the side that was not paralyzed, I need my hands together, Hook the limp left foot with the active right foot, Head to the right, Then the hands and feet turned hard to the right together, Then he barely supported himself with his movable right hand. Turn over and sit up independently, This is only the first step to get up in the morning. And I am already sweating. The second step is to get dressed. It’s a shirt. Because of the left hemiplegia, So I need to put the left sleeve on with my right hand first. Then slowly gather the clothes from behind with your right hand, Then buckle with one hand. The act of buckling with one hand, In fact, it is quite troublesome. At this time, my right hand misses my left hand very much. But it doesn’t work at all. Hemiplegic patients need wheelchairs for daily activities. So I also experienced the feeling of being in a wheelchair. Due to the waist restraint, The feet were not strong either, I can’t even get up from my wheelchair alone, Someone has to help. The feeling of rejuvenation brings tears to one’s eyes. The experience is over. After taking off all the equipment, I just feel relaxed, The feeling of being alive and kicking back to old age really filled my eyes with tears. When I was walking in the street, I left many old people behind with gusto. However, I never thought about why they moved so slowly. It was not until today that I really realized the helplessness and sadness of old age, and I also had a deeper empathy for the patients I cared for on weekdays.