What an “aging simulation suit” can teach us

Wearing an aging simulation suit at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Toronto, a journalist been transformed into to a frail senior citizen, suffering from impaired vision, hearing loss, kyphosis (an exaggerated hunching of the spine) and joints so stiff she can’t bend down to touch her toes.

This “frail aging simulation suit” is used by the Michener Institute as part of its training of applied health students, from future X-ray technologists to geneticists. It gives wearers a sense of what it’s like to be feeble, boosting their empathy and offering insights on how they can better accommodate seniors’ needs.

Full story from Nov. 9, 2015 in Globe and Mail.