Simulating Old Age

When I am old, I don’t want to end up in a retirement home. They don’t seem like ideal places to be, and that was before I read this New York Times article about what people can take with them to a retirement home – no family members and a mere two possessions.
With all the bad things I have heard, at least I am glad they are requiring workers to do things that simulate old age – wearing glasses that distort vision, putting cotton balls in the ears and nose to deaden hearing and smell, putting things in shoes so they are less comfortable, etc. It is always a good thing to understand how others perceive the world.
This kind of thing could be expanded – a lot of the negative effects of old age can be greatly reduced through exercise and healthier eating habits. If people could simulate now what they will feel like in another 50 years continuing their current health habits, it might just convince them to change their ways. Then again, it might not.

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