One of the latest buzz phrases, “design thinking,” has become synonymous with creating products targeted specifically to the elderly. However, its true purpose actually encompasses so much more: creating a solution through products that makes life easier – regardless of age.
While seniors can certainly benefit from the development of carefully thought out products, such as technology to provide better medication management through smartphone apps, or specialized chairs designed to help with bathing of dementia patients, the most effective and long-reaching design thinking spans the generations. It involves stepping into a variety of users’ shoes and trying to globally meet their varied needs.
Consider, for example, Nintendo’s hugely popular Wii game system. Enjoyed by children, seniors, and everyone in between, its brilliant design places a focus on the strengths of its users, rather than trying to solve a need to address their weaknesses. Simply put by Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org, “Do not design based on decline.”
North River Home Care can offer tips on helpful tools that work successfully for our senior clients, and for the family and friends who care for them. Let us show you how we can help.