Guiding Technology Design to Empower Older Adults to Actively Engage in Society

Maurita T. Harris, Qiong Nie, Wendy A. Rogers

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Older adults are diverse in demographic characteristics, educational levels, disability status, living situation, and community surroundings. Such diversity creates challenges for technology design intended to empower them, engage them in society, and enhance their quality of life. The goal of this chapter is to provide a general overview of older adults’ needs, capabilities, limitations, and preferences in the context of technology design. In the process, we highlight the importance of inclusion, mattering, and social justice. Case study examples illustrate how different research methods can be utilized to ensure inclusion of older adults in the design process. Research gaps are identified to guide future efforts.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Through Human Systems Engineering
EditorsRod D. Roscoe, Erin K. Chiou, Abigail R. Wooldridge
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780429425905
ISBN (Print)9781138387980
StatePublished - Oct 16 2019


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