Want to prevent yourself from becoming depressed as you get older? Keeping your video game habit going may be a good first step. A study released this week in the journal Computers in Human Behavior suggests that elderly people who play video games -- even just occasionally -- are more social, better adjusted, and less likely to be depressed than their non-gaming peers.
In a bid to get some insight into how it feels to be an aging member of American society without having to wait to get old, researchers at MIT's Agelab have developed a suit that will make you feel like a 75-year-old when you wear it. The suit, called AGNES --a pained acronym for "Age Gain Now Empathy System"-- aims to accurately recreate the experience of being elderly through the use of various bands and other gadgets that do everything from mimic joint stiffness to curve the spine. Think "Harrison Bergeron." The suit does basically everything except give you stories from "back in your day."