An innovative concept, “design thinking,” has become connected to products designed particularly for elderly care
. But the actual meaning of design thinking is comprised of so much more: developing solutions to problems through products that make life easier – no matter the age of the intended user.
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. This type of design thinking involves stepping into a variety of users’ shoes and seeking to globally meet their varied needs.
For example, think about Nintendo’s hugely popular Wii game system. Enjoyed by teenagers, older adults, and just about everyone in between, its top-notch design places a focus on the strengths of its users, rather than trying to help them with their weaknesses. Simply put by Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.org , “Do not design based on decline
Cascade Companion Care of Northwest Washington can offer tips on helpful items that work well for our clients in need of elderly care, and for the family and friends who care for them. Let us show you how we can help. Contact us today!