Medical schools (notoriously short on geriatric programs) are trying to give med students some insight into the lives of their older patients via virtual reality. Students can put on a VR headset (www.embodiedlabs.com) to experience the world through the eyes and ears of someone with advanced macular degeneration and high-frequency hearing loss.
This is a different approach to MIT Age Lab’s AGNES suit, or the Third Age suit developed by auto manufacturer Ford.
There is a more low-tech version, in which participants wear smudgy eyeglasses, heavy work gloves, earphones playing distracting noise, and put popcorn in their shoes. The full sensory experience! Various resources for this, but check out this blog post for some great comments.