The Gazette | Malls adjust to their aging clientele.

For people who have trouble walking, seeing, hearing or making themselves understood, a shopping mall can be a frustrating and even a terrifying place. For many, going to the mall is simply out of the question.

But for researchers at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal (CRIR), a shopping mall is the perfect real-life laboratory in which to test all kinds of technologies and innovations designed for the physically and cognitively challenged.