Design Challenges in Home Health Technologies for Older Adults

This presentation provided designers of technologies targeted toward older adults with insights into the demographics and health needs of that population, and suggested methods of how to evaluate their products in a home environment. For new technologies to be successful supporting adults to age in place, two practical and actionable methods were proposed. The first was to understand the unique health attributes of older adults; the second was the value of testing and evaluating new products within the home. The HomeLab research initiative enables designers to learn about older adults’ needs and to evaluate products in the home environment.

Harley, L., Ray, J., Blunt, C., Bell, C., Thompson, V., Fausset, C., Nguyen, J., & Fain, B. (2013). Design challenges in home health technologies for older adults. International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Advancing the Cause, Baltimore, MD.

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