What Makes Design for Elders Different?
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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village
Explorer Steve leads off this discussion of the importance of knowing the problems of older adults when designing products for the 'senior' marketplace.
Bad Design: Tightly sealed bottles and jars ("childproof = person-proof"). Heat sealed plastic packaging. Small fonts and lack of print/background contrast. A clamshell packaging opener that doesn't work. Tub/shower combinations which are a real trip or slip-and-fall hazard.
Good Design: Easy to remove med bottle caps. A date magnifier on watch crystals. Intuitive design for the user to understand. A clamshell plastic package opener that works; a vertical grab bar in and outside shower or bath, and button pullers for aging fingers.
Pet Peeves: Getting batteries out of remote controls and other tight places. Non-intuitive shower/spigot swivel; nonintuitive car radio controls. 'Too tiny' pills, and pills lacking easy identifiers. Button fastening difficulties; and towel bars that do not support falling weight in an emergency.
These conditions should be taken into account when designing products for aging adults: Visual and/or hearing deficits, diminished strength or tremors, rigidity (inflexibility), and balance balance problems.
The group agrees that the commercial field has a long way to go to develop products with these factors in mind.
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