This Strange Suit Simulates the Weight of Old Age

The Age Explorer gives an idea of what it’s like to age

For the young and spry, understanding what it’s like to live in an aging body, when simple acts become tiring chores, is difficult. But a suit known as the Age Explorer is meant to help designers, doctors and architects better empathize with that experiences, so that they might build a better world for the eldest among us.

On the BBC program Dara O Briain’s Science Club, science journalist Alok Jha donned the suit, with its weights and earmuffs and other restraints. Jha described the sensation of being old: “Everything is just quite heavy, and you feel like you’ve just run a marathon, and you just want to sit down. That’s mainly what you want to do.”

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