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The suit that makes you old
With the push of a button, a perfectly healthy 34-year-old museum-goer named Ugo Dumont was transformed into a confused 85-year-old man with cataracts, glaucoma and a ringing in his ears known as tinnitus.
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April 06, 2016
Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience, participates in a demonstration at the...
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Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience, participates in a demonstration at the...
Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience, participates in a demonstration at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. With the push of a button, the perfectly healthy 34-year-old museum-goer was transformed into a confused 85-year-old man with cataracts, glaucoma and a ringing in his ears known as tinnitus.


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April 06, 2016
Dumont had volunteered at Liberty Science Center on Tuesday to don a computer-controlled exoskeleton...
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Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience demonstration, is fitted for the R70i...
Dumont had volunteered at Liberty Science Center on Tuesday to don a computer-controlled exoskeleton that can be remotely manipulated to debilitate joints, vision and hearing and shared with the crowd what aging feels like decades before his time.

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April 06, 2016
Headphones muffled his hearing while goggles left him with only peripheral vision due to macular degeneration...
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Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience, walks on a tread mill during a demonstration...
Headphones muffled his hearing while goggles left him with only peripheral vision due to macular degeneration while the suit's joints were adjusted to simulate the stiffness of rheumatoid arthritis. The 40-pound (18 kg) suit also gave Dumont a taste of the weight gain people typically experience as they age.

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April 06, 2016
"Wow," Dumont gasped as he struggled to walk on a treadmill facing a video titled "Walk on the Beach."...
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Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience, walks in the R70i Age Suit during a demonstration...
"Wow," Dumont gasped as he struggled to walk on a treadmill facing a video titled "Walk on the Beach." His heart raced from 81 beats per minute to 100 as the staff cranked up the ailments, pushing buttons and levers on a control board linked to the computer backpack that he wore. "I don't know how you can focus on the water. You just want to be in bed!" said Dumont, a photo agent who lives in the nearby New York City borough of Brooklyn.

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April 06, 2016
The Genworth Aging Experience is a traveling show created by Genworth Financial Inc., an insurance company,...
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Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience, experiences vision disorders during a...
The Genworth Aging Experience is a traveling show created by Genworth Financial Inc., an insurance company, in partnership with Applied Minds, a design and engineering company, that allows museum visitors to feel first-hand the effects of aging.

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April 06, 2016
Genworth "brand ambassador" Candace Hammer, who narrated one demonstration of the aging suit, said the...
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Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience, stands after completing the demonstration...
Genworth "brand ambassador" Candace Hammer, who narrated one demonstration of the aging suit, said the show's aim is to build empathy and awareness of the challenges elderly people face in everyday situations. That includes everything from joints so stiff you cannot get the breakfast cereal off the shelf to trying to talk to someone in a noisy restaurant when a neurological condition known as aphasia sends words bouncing around in your head.

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April 06, 2016
Ultimately that understanding may spark families to start conversations with 75 million baby boomers...
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A Genworth brand ambassador points to a hearing display during a Genworth R70i Aging Experience demonstration...
Ultimately that understanding may spark families to start conversations with 75 million baby boomers in the United States approaching retirement, nearly one-quarter of the population, about long-term care and how to pay for it, said a statement from Genworth, which sells long-term care insurance.

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April 06, 2016
There are limits to how deeply the suit immerses the wearer in the aging experience since it cannot simulate...
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Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience, participates in a demonstration at the...
There are limits to how deeply the suit immerses the wearer in the aging experience since it cannot simulate the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, the difficulty of urinating or not urinating, the trauma of Alzheimer's disease and dementia and so many other of the other miseries that can be hallmarks of aging.


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April 06, 2016
Still, even feeling just part of aging's toll on the body had a dramatic effect not just on the volunteers...
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Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i Aging Experience, experiences vision disorders during a...
Still, even feeling just part of aging's toll on the body had a dramatic effect not just on the volunteers who wore the suit but on audience members as well.

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April 06, 2016
George Twopointoh, brand ambassador for Genworth, guides Ugo Dumont. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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George Twopointoh, brand ambassador for Genworth, guides Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth R70i...
George Twopointoh, brand ambassador for Genworth, guides Ugo Dumont. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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The Genworth R70i Aging Experience at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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George Twopointoh, brand ambassador for Genworth, speaks with Ugo Dumont, a volunteer for the Genworth...
The Genworth R70i Aging Experience at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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