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Walking a mile in another’s shoes: The impact of wearing an Age Suit

Lavallière Martin, D’Ambrosio Lisa, Gennis Angelina, Burstein Arielle, Godfrey Kathryn M., Waerstad Hilde, Puleo Rozanne M., Lauenroth Andreas et Coughlin Joseph F.. (2017). Walking a mile in another’s shoes: The impact of wearing an Age Suit. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 38, (2), p. 171-187.

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The “Age Suit” described in this article was developed to enable future designers, business leaders, and engineers to experience navigating the world as many older adults must. Tools such as this Age Suit offer the opportunity to “walk a mile” in another’s shoes to develop empathy that can result in better design of spaces, goods, and services to meet the needs of a rapidly growing older population. This work first examined, through a series of clinical tests, whether younger adults’ physical capacities were reduced in a direction consistent with aging by wearing a suit developed by the MIT AgeLab. An experiential learning task was then completed with the suit to understand its impact on completion of an instrumental activity of daily living. Results showed that younger adults wearing the suit experienced changes in task performance consistent with expected changes associated with aging. Participants’ self-reports from the experiential learning task indicated that they were able to empathize with older adults regarding some issues they face while completing a grocery shopping task. Future research with the suit should involve a wider range of individuals from the population and examine what effect participants’ levels of fitness have on the experience of wearing the suit.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
ISSN:0270-1960
Volume:38
Numéro:2
Pages:p. 171-187
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Date:2017
Identifiant unique:10.1080/02701960.2015.1079706
Sujets:Sciences de la santé
Sciences de la santé > Sciences de l'activité physique et réadaptation
Sciences de la santé > Sciences de l'activité physique et réadaptation > Kinésiologie
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences de la santé > Programmes d'études en kinésiologie
Mots-clés:aging, education, empathy, evaluation, suit, vieillissement, éducation, empathie, évaluation, costume
Déposé le:21 avr. 2021 20:21
Dernière modification:21 avr. 2021 20:21
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