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Application in Organisations

The Ludwigshafener Traffic Services school personnel with the SD&C Senior Suit Beta

The mobility of the elderly is of high interest for us at SD&C. On the one hand, transportation means have to become barriere free, on the other hand the personnel has to be sensitized. We have therefore already cooperated with several automobile producers, with universities, automobile clubs, and transportation services. With the Ludwigshafener Traffic Services there is again one company more that is now going to deliver positive understanding of senior citizens into the local area. To read a schedule with less visual acuity, enter a bus with limited moveability, to pay a ticket with coins hard to identify, walking and taking place with deteriorated balance, and hearing station infos with slight deafness, is quite different from the expected. One just has to experience it for oneself. –

Application in Organisations

Städte und Gemeinden testen Barrierefreiheit mit Age Suits von SD&C

Städte und Gemeinden testen Barrierefreiheit mit Age Suits von SD&C. Über die Anmietung eines SD&C Senior Suit besteht für alle Städte und Gemeinden ein preiswerter Weg, sich über die Selbsterfahrung schnell ein Bild von den baulichen Gegebenheiten und Anforderungen zu machen, die durch das Lesen von Vorschriften allein nicht zu erlangen sind. Mit der Gemeinde Graben-Neudorf hat nun ein weiterer Ort öffentliche Verkehrswege auf Barrierefreiheit getestet.  Insbesondere ging es dem Bürgermeister und den Gemeinderäten dabei um die Beurteilung der Mobilität und die eingeschränkte Wahrnehmungsfähigkeit Älterer im Straßenverkehr vor einer beabsichtigten Sanierung der Ortsdurchfahrt. Graben-Neudorf hatte dazu zwei SD&C Age Suit 2003 angemietet. ->SD&C

Hier der Artikel dazu aus der Bruchsaler Rundschau:

graben-neudorf

Versuchskaninchen fürs hohe Alter. Technischer Ausschuss Graben-Neudorf war mit zwei Simulationsanzügen auf Ortstermin

Graben-Neudorf (jum). Sieht so etwa die Zukunft aus? Nein, aber so fühlt sie sich an. Der Technische Ausschuss Graben-Neudorf war am Montagabend nicht etwa mit zwei Komparsen aus einem Science-Fiction-Film auf Tour. Die Gemeinderäte Wolfgang Bauer (SPD) und Peter Frittmann (CDU) hatten sich als Versuchskaninchen zur Verfügung gestellt, um am eigenen Leib zu erfahren, wie sich in Mobilität und Wahrnehmungsfähigkeit eingeschränkte Menschen im Straßenverkehr fühlen.

Rund 15 Kilo wiegt die leihweise besorgte Ausrüstung, in die sie geschlüpft sind. Die Overalls sind durch strategisch verteilte Gewichte beschwert, die Beweglichkeit der Arm- und Kniegelenke ist durch umgeschnallte Elemente eingeschränkt, dazu kommen Gehördämpfer und Spezialbrillen. „Diese Ausrüstung versetzt ihre Träger in die Situation von Menschen, die etwa 40 Jahre älter sind“, erklärt Bauamtsleiter Achim Degen. „Das Gehen wird erschwert, Sehkraft und Gehör werden eingeschränkt.“ Angeregt hatten die Aktion die Grünen. „Als junger Mensch kann man nicht wirklich nachvollziehen, wo ältere Menschen im Straßenraum Schwierigkeiten haben“, sagt Gemeinderätin Annette Zinecker. „Der Anzug hilft, sich in ihre Lage hineinzuversetzen.“

Zielobjekt der Exkursion ist die Pfinzbrücke der Ortsdurchfahrt, deren grundlegende Sanierung innerhalb des Landessanierungsprogramms in den Jahren 2015 oder 2016 anvisiert ist, wie Bürgermeister Hans D. Reinwald erklärt. „Ich komme nach ein paar hundert Metern schon richtig ins Schwitzen“, sagt Wolfgang Bauer. „Ich kann jetzt verstehen, warum die Leute, die mit dem Rollator unterwegs sind, sich nach 300 Metern hinsetzen müssen.“ Auch die Methode, jede Stufe erst mit beiden Füßen zu betreten, bevor die nächste in Angriff genommen wird, leuchtet ihm jetzt vollkommen ein. „Mir macht das deutlich eingeschränkte Gesichtsfeld sehr zu schaffen“, erklärt Peter Frittmann. Ganz besonders beim Überqueren der Ortsdurchfahrt, noch dazu im Feierabendverkehr.

„Man muss sich vorstellen, da ist einer allein und will über die Straße“, so Bauer. „Er muss sich nach rechts drehen, nach links drehen und auch noch gucken, wo er seine Füße hinsetzt. Das verursacht große Schwierigkeiten.“

„Das ist nicht nur belustigend, sondern eine wichtige Erfahrung“, betont Bürgermeister Reinwald. Beim Straßenbau gehe es eben nicht allein um Vorschriften.

Die Gemeinde hat in der Vergangenheit schon zahlreiche Bordsteine absenken lassen, um Barrierefreiheit zu schaffen, der Gemeinderat hat auch Pauschal-Haushaltsmittel zur Verfügung gestellt, um weitere Bordsteine absenken zu können, wenn eine Anregung aus der Bevölkerung kommt, die umgesetzt werden sollte.

Application in Organisations, Products and Progress

Präsenz der SD&C Senior Suits auf mehreren Messen

Präsenz auf zwei Messen gleichzeitig. Die SD&C Senior Suits waren in den letzten Tagen sowohl auf einer Messe in Bremen als auch auf einer Messe in Hagen zu sehen. Carmen aus Hamburg berichtet vom Einsatz in Bremen:

“Im Einkaufszentrum war seit Donnerstag eine kleine Messe zum Thema ‘Pflege’ aufgebaut, sehr viele ältere Herrschaften kamen um sich über Einrichtungen zu informieren oder ihren Rolator bei der Polizei registrieren zu lassen und damit klausicher zu machen (zu meiner großen Überraschung ist das wohl absolut notwendig). Da ihre Einrichtung komplett ausgelastet ist, war Frau Lapp [von der Pflegepraxis Bremen] nicht zu Aquisezwecken auf der Messe, sondern um Verständnis bei den Angehörigen der Pflegebedürftigen zu schaffen. Dafür war der Anzug natürlich perfekt, sie hatte ihn auch selbst an und war begeistert. Ihrer Meinung nach sollten alle Pflegeschüler diese Erfahrung machen- sicher keine schlechte Idee. Wieder wurde ihr Anzug in höchsten Tönen gelobt, das ist schon eine wundervolle Sache!!”

Florian-Valentin-testete-den-Altersanzug
Artikel von Florian Valentin: Schwitzend durch die Ausstellungshalle. WAZ, 24.3.2014

Über die Präsenz auf der Messe in Hagen wurde in der WAZ berichtet, und von hier stammt auch das Bild. Zum Artikel.

Fabrication, Products and Progress, Senior Suit Delta

Prototyp of the new Senior Suit ® Delta is being tested

The prototype of the new age suit model Senior Suit ® Delta has been tested. The new ideas added to the previous model Age Suit 2011 include e.g. fasteners, which allow more easy access to the weights in their pockets, further speeding up the dressing process. These fasteners are required by us to hold the weights, even when the age suit is used upside down, although that does not happen often. The tests were showing positive results. Further new features include stiffening elements for back and shoulders, strip elements an both sides to restrict breath taking, air conditioning vents, stiffening elements for the knee- and elbow-bandages, a wider cartridge belt for the underarm weights. The new SD&C Senior Suit Delta will be available starting begin of April.

Application in Organisations, Senior Suit Delta

Einweisung in die Alterssimulation im BBZ Biberach

Einweisung in die Alterssimulation im BSZ Biberach. Im Berufschulzentrum Biberach hat die Matthias-Erzberger-Schule zu ihrem Age Suit eine Einweisung in Theorie und Praxis der Alterssimulation erhalten. Angeregt durch ihre Ausbilderin Margit Roessner nahmen Altenpflegeschüler und auch einige Lehrer an der Veranstaltung teil. Die Schüler investierten ihre Freizeit dafür, mehr über die Alterssimulation zu erfahren. Sie konnten miterleben, wie Mitschüler im Age Suit in kurzer Zeit viel von ihren normalen Fähigkeiten verloren und mit den einfachsten Handhabungen Schwierigkeiten bekamen. Im Rahmen der Ausbildung wird der Simulationsanzug helfen, das Verständnis für die Älteren zu verbessern. Margit Roessner, die schon Erfahrung mit Alterssimulationsanzügen hatte, lobte die hohe Verarbeitungsqualität des Simulationsanzuges von SD&C. Der Age Suit wird auch am Tag der offenen Tür der Schule zu sehen sein und Interessierte werden ihn ausprobieren können.

 

Einweisung in die Alterssimulation im Berufschulzentrum Biberach
Einweisung in die Alterssimulation im Berufschulzentrum Biberach
Delivery and Payments, Products and Progress

Note to our international customers

During the last days I was requested to send an offer for a Senior Suit to a research institute in New Zealand. As this is for us in Germany a location on the opposite side of this planet, it really shows we are active worldwide. As it is, the rather cheap and fast deliveries enable us to keep good contacts with locations everywhere, any point can be delivered to in two weeks time, express deliveries in one weeks time are possible. So the establishment of new relationships comes down to the trustworthyness of the products and the guarantees we can give. Of course, our product guarantee is valid worldwide, and we can deliver replacement parts anywhere. In addition, our products are especially built to be robust and to last on. For example, last year we were using a six year old age suit model 2007 when having a presentation before the German minister for family affairs, Mrs Schwesig. And I am sure we will be able to demonstrate even longer times, once our company is older.

SD&C Age Suit Model 2007
SD&C Age Suit Model 2007
Age Simulation Theory and Methods, Fabrication, Old Age Biology, Products and Progress

Age Simulation Optics tested successfully

Qualitätstest der SD&C Alterssimulationsoptik
Qualitätstest der SD&C Alterssimulationsoptik

The SD&C age simulation optics have been tested with success. The test also demonstrates how SD&C is developing age simulation devices and tests them for quality. Visual acuaty can be tested with standardized text lines of different height, ranging from minimal “1” to very large “7”. Student Rene is 22 years old, but when using the SD&C simulation optics, he needs lines of size number “6”, just as people do, who are 40 years older, i.e. 62 years old. Without the simulation optics Rene is able to read the smallest lines size “1”.

Application in Organisations

Handwerk qualifiziert sich mit den Age Suits von SD&C

Die Handwerkszeitschrift Mappus hat die Alterssimulationsanzüge von SD&C in der Ausgabe 11/2013 empfohlen, um  im Rahmen der vom Bundesfamilienministerium geförderten Aktion “Soziales Wohnen im Alter” und der Initiative “Qualifizierung des Handwerks” die physiologischen Veränderungen im Alter zu schulen. Man muss …

mappe_1113“am eigenen Leib erfahren, wie sich ältere Menschen fühlen”.  Verschiedene Handwerksbetriebe haben sich inzwischen erfolgreich auf Arbeiten für die Generation 60+ konzentriert, wo im Rahmen des demografischen Wandels sehr gute Marktmöglichkeiten bestehen. Die Autorin Bärbel Daiber berichtet, dass man vom früheren Verständnis der Senioren mit den drei “U” als unfähig, unflexibel und unattraktiv abgerückt ist und jetzt stattdessen drei “K” als bestimmend sieht: Die heutigen Senioren seien konsumfreudig, kompetent und kaufstark. Die Simulationsanzüge von SD&C sind zur Schulung für die Befindlichkeit dieser Gruppe besonders geeignet, weil sie genau den  Alterszustand dieser Gruppe simulieren. Mehr ….

 

Inside SD&C, Products and Progress, Senior Suit Beta

Der SD&C Senior Suit ® erreicht New York

Der SD&C Senior Suit ® erreicht New York. Wir sind ja mit der Alterssimulation schon gut in Europa herum gekommen, aber der Einsatz für unseren Kunden Grass Roots in New York Ende November war doch noch etwas Besonderes. Carmen aus Hamburg nahm den Einsatz für uns wahr, zusammen mit Einsätzen für die Swiss Re in Zürich und in London. Mehr dazu z.B. in dieser Pressemeldung. –>SD&C

Der SD&C Senior Suit in New York
Der SD&C Senior Suit in New York

 

Age Simulation Theory and Methods, Senior Suit Alpha

Instructions of use for the SD&C Senior Suit ® Alpha

The SD&C Senior Suit allows sensitization for the effects of ageing. The simulation restricts itself to the normal biological ageing process, while geriatric diseases are excluded purposefully. The simulation includes the main effects of normal ageing, as there are: less force, less movability, and deteriorated sensory detection concerning vision, hearing, and the tactile sense.

The SD&C Senior Suit includes the following parts:

  • 1 simulation goggle
  • 1 set of ear muffs
  • 1 neck brace
  • 1 jump suit
  • 1 special simulation vest with nine weights
  • 2 wrist weights
  • 2 ankle weights
  • 2 elbow bandages
  • 2 knee bandages
  • 1 pair of white gloves
  • 1 pair of wrist protectors
  • 1 instructions
  • 1 trolley carrying case

Dress up procedure

Selection of test persons. The simulation will add about 30 to 40 years of age onto the present age of a person, depending on the individual fitness. Not everybody is suitable to try this. The age of the test person should be between 15 and 60 years. Elder persons may try the simulation suit only, if they are sufficiently fit. Persons with deteriorated health, weak and pregnant persons should not try the simulation. The simulation should also not be applied to children, if their musculoskeletal system is not fully grown yet. The smaller ones normally are happily satisfied if they get the ear muffs on and are allowed to take a look through the goggles. Over the age span between 15 and 25 years of age, the simulation has a slightly stronger effect regarding physical force while having less effect regarding movability and sensory limitation.

Attention: Nobody must be shocked, depressed, or traumatized with age simulation!

  1. Dressing up starts with putting on the jump suit. Jackets and pullovers should be dressed off and laid aside, shoes should be taken off. The jump suit is used to protect the clothes and to improve hygiene. The size of the jump suit is adjusted by turning over the sleeves as needed.
  2. The special vest is put on and the nine weights are fitted into the pockets. The additional weight gives the test person a first experience of what an additional weight means for the body, as with overweight. For weaker than average persons weight pockets may be left empty. In addition to the weight on the chest, the side strips at both sides of the vest may now be used to further squeeze the upper body simulating breathing difficulties.
  3. Now the knee bandages are put on (four buttons with model Beta, 2 connectors with model Alpha). The knee-bandages simulate reduced movability. The model Beta knee bandages allow different levels of restriction, however only light restriction should be applied to be realistic. It is possible to put the bandages on while a person stands, but it is also possible to do so with a seated person stretching out the leg for the procedure. If a deep camping chair without arm rests is used, the person will later be surprized how hard it is to put on the shoes again and to get up.
  4. The elbow bandages are put on next (Three buttons with model Beta, 1 connector with model Alpha). The bandages simulate deteriorated movability. The bandages are put on while the arm is stretched out. They should be put on with close contact to the body, but should not be fastened too much. Reaching over the head will be more difficult now, but should not be impossible.
  5. The heavier pair of weights are now attached above the ankles, but must still allow wearing shoes. These weights simulate the reduced strength of the legs. Together with the weights in the simulation vest, the effect can be best demonstrated when walking up stairs.
  6. The test person now receives the gloves to put them on himself. The gloves simulate the reduced tactile sense. E.g. unpacking medication is becoming harder now.
  7. The short and fingerless wrist protectors can be put on to simulate stiffer fingers (basilar bones of the hand).
  8. Now the less heavy pair of weights are stripped around the lower part of the arms. It should be taken care that a wrist watch does not hurt the test person. Together with the reduced arm movability the test persons can now experience how much more difficult it is to reach out and grip things needed.
  9. The neck brace is put around the neck of the test person with the opening to the back. This limits the degrees the head can turn sideways, thus also limiting the field of vision.
  10. The test person now receives the goggles to put on himself. The test persons own pairs of fragile glasses should be put aside to a safe place, while the goggles can be put over stable glasses. The goggle with model Alpha simulates three effects, the peripheral limitation of the field of vision, a more blurred vision, and a change in colour vision. With model Beta there is a simulation optics simulating these three effects more exactly and in addition also two more effects, a light macular degeneration and an increaded need for illumination. Here there are two stages each adding 20 years of age with a vizier. It should be started with only 20 years of ageing, i.e. the vizier should be up.
  11. Now the ear muffs are put on. With increasing age hearing deteriorates, especially higher frequencies are no longer heard by the elderly.
  12. The dressing process is now completed, and now small tasks can be given that demonstrate the effects of being old, e.g. putting on shoes with laces, walking stairs, reading infos on medication, opening packages, operating a cell phone or a hearing aid, getting a certain amount of money to pay out of a purse. Tasks with liquids and task which make the simulation suit dirty should be avoided.

Every person in the simulation suit must be accompanied for safety! The fast process of ageing without the normal years of time for adjustment can lead to dizziness and faltering!

When using the age simulation suit for several days, the overall, the gloves and the neck brace should be washed at the end of every day. The overall and the gloves are machine washable, the neck brace should be hand washed. If necessary also the vest can be machine washed and the bandages can be hand washed. The remaining components can be cleaned with a hygienic towel.

Senior Suit Beta

Instructions of use for the SD&C Senior Suit Beta 3

The SD&C Senior Suit Beta 3 allows the simulation of the effects of ageing to test the usability of products and environments intended for use by the elderly. The simulation restricts itself to the normal biological ageing process, while geriatric diseases are excluded. The simulation includes the main effects of normal ageing, as there are: less force, less movability, and deteriorated sensory detection concerning vision, hearing, and the tactile sense.

The SD&C Senior Suit Beta 3 includes the following parts:

  • 1 special simulation optics
  • 1 special electronic set of ear muffs including batteries
  • 1 transportation bag for optics and ear muffs
  • 1 neck brace
  • 1 transport bag
  • 1 special jumpsuit with velcro stripes on the sides
  • 1 special simulation vest
  • 1 set of 9 body weights
  • 1 pair of special wrist weights (1 kg)
  • 1 pair of special ankle weights (1,5 kg)
  • 1 pair of special elbow bandages (3 buttons)
  • 1 pair of special knee bandages (4 buttons)
  • 1 pair of white gloves
  • 1 pair of short black wrist bandages
  • 1 sheet of instructions
  • 1 trolley carrying case with combination lock

Dress up procedure

The simulation will add about 30 to 40 years of age onto the present age of a person, depending on the individual fitness. Not everybody is suitable to try this. The age of the test person should be between 15 and 60 years. Elder persons may try the simulation suit only, if they are sufficiently fit. Persons with deteriorated health, weak and pregnant persons should not try the simulation. The simulation should also not be applied to children, if their musculoskeletal system is still weak. Children normally are happily satisfied if they get the ear muffs on and are allowed to take a look through the simulation optics. Over the age span between 15 and 25 years of age, the simulation has a stronger effect regarding physical force while having less effect regarding movability and sensory limitation. Best test results are achieved when different persons aged 20 to 40 years use the simulation suit and assessments are averaged.

Attention: Nobody must be shocked, depressed, or traumatized with age simulation!

  1. Dressing up starts with putting on the jumpsuit. Jackets and pullovers should be dressed off and laid aside, shoes should be taken off. The jumpsuit protects a person’s clothes, improves hygiene and allows an exact and stable placement of the movement restriction. The size of the jumpsuit is adjusted to the height of a person by turning over the sleeves as needed.
  2. The special vest is put on and the nine weights are fitted into the pockets. The additional weight gives the test person a first experience of what an additional weight means for the body, as with overweight. For weaker than average persons weight pockets may be left empty. In addition to the weight on the chest, the side strips at both sides of the vest may now be used to further squeeze the upper body simulating breathing difficulties.
  3. Now the knee bandages (with four buttons) are put over the knees. The plane side should be outside and the velcro side should be used to fix the bandage right over the knee to the velcro stripes of the jumpsuit. The knee-bandages simulate reduced movability. The knee bandages allow different levels of restriction, however only light restriction should be applied to be realistic. It is possible to put the bandages on while a person stands, but it is also possible to do so with a seated person stretching out the leg for the procedure. If a camping chair without arm rests is used, the person will later be surprized how hard it is to put on the shoes again and to get up.
  4. The elbow bandages (with three buttons) are put on next directly over the elbow joint. The bandages simulate the deteriorated movability of the arms. The bandages are put on while the arm is stretched out. They should be put on close to the arms, but should not be fastened too much. Reaching over the head will be more difficult now, but should not be impossible.
  5. The heavier pair of weight bandages (1,5 kg) are now attached above the ankles, but must still allow wearing shoes. These weights simulate the reduced strength of the legs. Together with the weights in the simulation vest, the effect can be best demonstrated when walking up stairs.
  6. The test person now receives the gloves to put them on himself. The gloves simulate the reduced tactile sense. E.g. unpacking medication or finding coins in a purse is becoming harder now.
  7. The short and fingerless wrist bandages can be put on to simulate stiffer fingers of the basilar bones of the hand.
  8. Now the less heavy pair of weight bandages (1,0 kg) are stripped around the lower part of the arms. It should be taken care that a wrist watch does not hurt the test person. Together with the reduced arm movability the test persons can now experience how much more difficult it is to reach out and grip things needed.
  9. The neck brace is put around the neck of the test person with the opening to the back. This limits the degrees that the head can turn sideways, thus also limiting the field of peripheral vision.
  10. The test person now receives the simulation optics to put on himself. A test person’s own pairs of fragile glasses should be put aside to a safe place, while the optics can be put over stable glasses. The optics simulates the peripheral limitation of the field of vision, a change in colour vision, a light macular degeneration and an increased need for illumination. The visor allows the simulation of two stages, each adding 20 years of age. The simulation should be started with the visorup, simulating only 20 years of ageing. Thereafter the visor can be switched down to simulate 40 years of ageing.
  11. Now the ear muffs are put on. With increasing age hearing deteriorates, especially higher frequencies are no longer heard by the elderly. With batteries included, the lower turn button can switch on a tinnitus sound, that can be increased in loudness, so that speech comprehension is deteriorated down to misunderstandings.
  12. The dressing process is now completed, and the SD&C Senior Suit Beta can now be used to assess products and environments.

Small tasks can be given that demonstrate the effects of being old, e.g. putting on shoes with laces, walking stairs, reading text on medication, opening packages, operating a cell phone or a hearing aid, getting a certain amount of money to pay out of a purse. Tasks with liquids and those making the simulation suit dirty should be avoided.

Every person in the simulation suit must be accompanied for safety! The fast process of ageing without the normal years of time for adjustment can lead to dizziness and faltering!

When using the age simulation suit for several days, the jumpsuit, the gloves and the neck brace should be washed at the end of every day. The jumpsuit and the gloves are machine washable, the neck brace should be hand washed. If necessary also the bandages and the vest can be washed. The ear muffs and the optics can be cleaned with a hygienic towel.

SD&C, January 2018