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How does it feel to be elderly? Becky finds out.

November 19th, 2013
02:22 PM ET

Stiff joints, heavy limbs, restricted eyesight and poor hearing: just some of the physical impairments experienced by the over-65s in societies all around the world. Ailments that mean everyday life can get increasingly challenging.

To see what it’s like to move around and carry out day to day activities as an elderly person, Becky Anderson wore an “ageing suit” and went for a trip around central London. The suit was developed by Barclays Bank as a way to help their staff experience life as an over-65 year old.

New research from Barclays has found that over 40% of the older generation in the United Kingdom feels that they live in an “alien nation”. They see their society increasingly becoming geared towards young people.

Becky found that the very smallest things that younger people take for granted – shopping, eating and travelling around the city – can become huge tasks when you’re old.

 

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