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Feeling Old
Alex Steffen, 18 Aug 04

This suit helps young people understand how it feels to be really old or in recovery from a serious accident:

“The Third Age Suit restricts the mobility of the wearer to give them an appreciation of what it is like for patients getting around the hospital….The suit has splints and restrictors that limit the movement of joints such as the hand, wrists, elbows, neck, upper and lower torso, knees and ankles to simulate the loss of mobility caused by ageing and arthritis.Yellow goggles mimic the declining vision, increased sensitivity to glare and reduced sensitivity to blue light experienced by many people as they age. Surgical style gloves are also provided to mimic the reduction in tactile sensitivity that occurs as a result of changes in the skin and sensory receptors. The architects found the simplest of tasks, such as sitting down, standing up and reaching out the arm became laboured and difficult when wearing the suit.”

I like things like this. Tools for increasing one's empathy and understanding.

(via Coin-Op)

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