September 12, 2016 by
An innovative concept, “design thinking,” has become connected to products designed particularly for the elderly. However, in its true form, design thinking actually encompasses a wider purpose: creating product solutions that make life more comfortable – whether the user is young or old.
While Syracuse senior care 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.
A perfect example of this is Nintendo’s very popular Wii game system. Enjoyed by seniors, youth, and everyone in between, rather than trying to solve a need to address their weaknesses, its exceptional design places a focus on the strengths of its users. Simply stated by Kavan Peterson, the editor of ChangingAging.org, “Do not design based on decline”.
At Home Independent Living can offer tips on helpful products and technology that work well for our clients, and for the family and friends who care for them. Let us show you how our Syracuse senior care can help.