Bayer’s “aging” suit made me feel like I was 80


A view of me in the suit.

Lydia Ramsey

In the corner of a booth at the BIO International Convention in Boston sat a mysterious suit with an odd helmet.

The booth in question belonged to Bayer, the German drugmaker and chemical giant. And the suit wasn’t for a virtual reality demo or for show — it was to simulate how it might feel to be 80 years old.

The idea behind the suit was to give perspective on the growing aging population, and the challenges that come with that, such as a higher risk of heart disease.

As a fit (though potentially over-caffeinated) 25-year-old, I figured it might be worth taking a spin in the “aging” suit to see how it made me feel.