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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 11:26 AM
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In a Graying Population, Business Opportunity
ITS not easy being gray.
For the first time ever, getting out of a car is no picnic. My back is hunched. And Im holding on to handrails as I lurch upstairs. Im 45. But I feel decades older because Im wearing an Age Gain Now Empathy System, developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Agnes, they call it.

At first glance, it may look like a mere souped-up jumpsuit. A helmet, attached by cords to a pelvic harness, cramps my neck and spine. Yellow-paned goggles muddy my vision. Plastic bands, running from the harness to each arm, clip my wingspan. Compression knee bands discourage bending. Plastic shoes, with uneven Styrofoam pads for soles, throw off my center of gravity. Layers of surgical gloves make me all thumbs.

The age-empathy suit comes from the M.I.T. AgeLab, where researchers designed Agnes to help product designers and marketers better understand older adults and create innovative products for them. Many industries have traditionally shied away from openly marketing to people 65 and older, viewing them as an unfashionable demographic group that might doom their product with young and hip spenders. But now that Americans are living longer and more actively, a number of companies are recognizing the staying power of the mature market.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/business/06aging.html...
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 11:32 AM
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1. Certified Nursing Assistants should wear one for an entire day as part of their training. nt
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jdlh8894 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 11:43 AM
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2. If I ever get to that point
(not far from it),I would be more inclined to say "It's over"
Why put more burden on my family?
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Coyote_Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 11:55 AM
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3. WTF?
Apparently in your eyes life has less value for those who have disabilities.

I hope you do not work in the health care industry.

FWIW, I currently care for my aging parents. My parents cared for all four of my grandparents. My maternal grandparents cared for all four of ther parents. Because of those committments I have fond memories of my greatgrandparents and grandparents. Yes, they were aged and in failing health. So what? That did not make them a burden.

Of course, there is an argument to be made that if one thinks they are a burden they become one.



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