The age simulation suit GERT is offering the possibility to experience the typical limitations of older people and therefore making it easier to understand their physical situation. DIGITAL is using this suit for research and development, particularly in the field of “Active and Assisted Living (AAL)”.
Age-related limitations include:
- Opacity of the eye
- Narrowing of the range of vision
- High-frequency hearing loss
- Limitations of the movability of the head
- Ankylosis/joint stiffness
- Loss of strength
- Limitation of the ability to grab
- Worsening of coordination
After using the age simulation suit, you better understand the problems of older people. Therefore the suit is used in the training of professionals and in the development of senior-focused products. The effectiveness of older-age simulation in the education of medical students was examined at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Dr. med. S.A. Filz, Dr. med. W. Swoboda et al.). It was proven that the empathy for older people was increased through old-age Simulation.