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Empathy with the elderly

A aging simulation suit

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Emphaty is a main aspect to understand other's needs. This video grabbed my attention because it reminds me that the only way to find better solutions for people is to really understand what they think, what they like and moreover what they need. If we are able to understand the main fears and goals of the elderly we will be able to provide better options for them.

The aging simulation suit give us features of the elements we have to take into consideration if we want to "put ourselves in the elderly shoes", trying to really pay attention to the smallest things that are important for them.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Elderly needs have to be the center of the design process.
Understand others point of view help us to broad our perception.

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Khuyen Bui Gia - I would love your thoughts on this suit.

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I love this! It made me think of how people do resistance training (wearing extra weights etc..) so that they could simulate themselves in harder circumstances and become flexible once they get back to normal. Another example is runners do sledge dragging exercises.
What if the elderly also do a bit of progressive resistance training? Much of how we respond to the world depends on our habituation, so training at every level is useful.

This post is about empathy - putting ourselves in the elderly's experiences. Is there a way that we can easily simulate the elderly get our experiences more easily? How about practice walking on a springy surface so they may feel lighter?

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