Designing for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: A Panel Discussion

Wendy A. Rogers, Sara J. Czaja, Neil Charness, Walter R. Boot

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The population is aging and a subset of older adults will have some level of cognitive impairment. Human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) practitioners must consider them in the design process but often are not prepared to do so, lacking relevant experience or training. In this panel, an interdisciplinary team with expertise in aging, in general, and cognitive impairment, in particular, will (a) provide insights into cognitive challenges confronting older adults with cognitive impairments; (b) discuss impacts of these challenges on everyday performance (e.g., transportation, computer use, health); (c) explore the design cycle as it relates to cognitive impairment; and (d) provide examples of accommodations necessary for research and user testing for this population. Interactive audience discussion will focus on future directions and challenges for design and testing of emerging technologies for persons aging with cognitive impairment. This panel will be of interest to a broad range of HF/E domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-402
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023
Event67th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2023 - Columbia, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2023Oct 27 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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