Meet Agnes and Seniosimulation, two age-empathy suits developed by MIT’s AgeLab and France’s Seniosphere.  These suits serve as simulation tools where active 25 to 40 year olds can experience the effects of ageing on the body.

In a recent article, New York Times reporter Natasha Singers described how Agnes works: “a helmet, attached by cords to a pelvic harness, cramps my neck and spine. Yellow-paned goggles muddy my vision. Plastic bands, running from the harness to each arm, clip my wingspan. Compression knee bands discourage bending. Plastic shoes, with uneven Styrofoam pads for soles, throw off my center of gravity. Layers of surgical gloves make me all thumbs.”

Both AgeLab and Seniosphere created these suits with as aides towards various goals: help product designers and marketers better understand older adults and create innovative products for them,  help adapt existing products and public spaces to the needs and constraints of ageing populations, improve training for the care of seniors, and increase awareness about the challenges faced by aged populations.

Take some time to explore the links below and share your thought on these old age simulators with IAHSA.  Would you like to try one?

The New York Times

Radio Netherlands