(Photo: The Guardian)
What's it like to get old? If you're lucky, you'll find out eventually. But it can be valuable to learn now. Health care professionals in particular can benefit from personally experiencing the struggles of their elderly patients. That's why South Bank University in London acquired a suit designed to simulate the physical limitations that often occur with advanced age.
Like something out of "Harrison Bergeron," the suit designed by Wolfgang Moll has weights that wrap around the body, reducing strength and dexterity. Earmuffs limit hearing and special goggles simulate a variety of eye impairments.
South Bank University loaned its suit to Josh Halliday, a reporter for The Guardian and a healthy young man. You can watch him struggle to maneuver up and down stairs and along the streets of London. A walk around the block becomes exhausting.
-via I Own the World