A recent buzz phrase, “design thinking,” has become equated with creating products targeted towards seniors. However, the true purpose of design thinking actually includes a lot more: creating a solution through products that makes life easier – regardless of age.
Without question, the development of carefully thought out products can be useful for older adults, such as specially designed chairs to help with the bathing of dementia patients, or technology to provide better medication management through smartphone apps, but the most helpful and long-reaching design thinking covers more than a single generation. It involves stepping into a variety of users’ shoes and trying to globally meet their varied needs.
A good example is Nintendo’s extremely 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. Stated simply by Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org, “Do not design based on decline”.
Live Free Home Health Care can offer tips on helpful items that work well for our clients, and for the family and friends who care for them. We’re always pleased to help enhance and make life easier for seniors with our New Hampshire home care services in conjunction with the latest in design thinking. Let us show you how we can help by calling us any time at 603-217-0149.