Everyday Objects (p1):
Things and objects we encounter in everyday life. Especially the mundane and everyday variety of things. Like kitchen utensils, packaging and containers, and appliances.
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Alzheimer's Thermostat Design: Jeeves vs. Nurse Ratched
Remember Jeeves, and Nurse Ratched? Imagine they were in charge of designing products for older adults. I wish we had the sort of products I imagine Jeeves would have designed for Bertie Wooster. Unfortunately, we seem to get the products Nurse Ratched might have dreamed up for the unfortunate inmates of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest".
Medication Management: Older Adult Perspectives
Learn what older adults themselves think about the challenges of medication management. Listen to discussions about the things our explorers care about; how they approach managing their medications; which products they prefer (the best pill organizers, and most successful pill reminder techniques); and what problems they face.
Best Jar Opener for Older Adults
Our explorer circles of older adults evaluated a range of jar openers, and found big differences between them. If you need a jar opener to help open jars for whatever reason, this synthesis will tell you which ones our Longevity Explorers liked and why they liked them.
Technology & the Future of Aging
This is a live recording (slides and audio) of a talk given by Richard Caro entitled "The Future of Aging, & the Intersection of Aging & Technology". This talk was given in March 2019, at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco.
Adventures of Designing a Universal Toenail Clipper
Recent Ithaca College Occupational Therapy Student Rebecca Helbraun discovers the challenge that toenail cutting poses for older adults; does some research; and invents, designs and prototypes a new solution. She shares her journey here.
Joe Maxwell's Universal Design Kitchen
This article describes a piece of universal design (a kitchen) from 83 yr old designer Joe Maxwell. When you read about Joe's kitchen design below from the 1950's you can't help wondering why we don't see more Universal Design in mainstream products.
Explorers Conceptualize a Better Grabber
Comparing Jar Openers @ EVC
Best Toenail Clippers for Older Adults
Finding the right toenail clippers to work for an older adult has been a recurring discussion topic among circle members. We have narrowed down the array of possible nail clippers and tools to a short list that seem promising for hands-on evaluation. Please check them out and comment. .........Read more
Shirley Cites Packaging Conundrums
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Trendoux Touchscreen Gloves
Trendoux touchscreen winter gloves include conductive pads at finger and thumb tips intended to allow the wearer to operate touchscreen devices without having to remove the gloves.
DayClocks are app driven tablets designed to include the day of the week, the time of day, and timely messages and photos to enhance orientation in persons with cognitive challenges.
Wireless Remote Outlet Switch
The Goronya wireless remote outlet switch offers a solution to the problem of having to approach lamps or small electrical appliances to turn them on or off.
Stair Climbing Multipurpose Utility Cart with Seat
The "Stair Climbing Rolling Shopping Multipurpose Laundry Utility Cart with Seat" by Nicely Neat is a cart that is built to negotiate stairs. It tries to solve the problem of how to get the shopping or laundry up or down stairs safely.
Antioch Clipper Long Handled Toenail Clipper
At $69.95 the Antioch Clipper Long Handled Toenail Clipper may be a bit pricey for some – but the many positive reviews, plus the fact that it is (for the moment) out of stock everywhere, tells us that this is a quality product. If bending down to clip your toenails is difficult or painful, this...
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