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The Design and Development of Novel Cooking and Heating Products for Irish Older Adults: A Real Health Need

White, P. J. and Devitt, Frank (2011) The Design and Development of Novel Cooking and Heating Products for Irish Older Adults: A Real Health Need. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 5 (3). pp. 235-247. ISSN 1833-1874

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Abstract

The world’s population is ageing; researchers have an increasingly important role to play in innovating new products, appliances and services to allow for better everyday living conditions of this ageing demographic. Health, wellbeing and age in place needs are of particular importance in Ireland as research has revealed that as a nation we are living longer in ill health (McGill, 2009). The most fundamental domestic products to health, wellbeing and in the promotion of ageing in place are cooking and heating products, however little design research has been carried out in this area. To inquire into the context of usability in older adults, ethnographic research has been conducted within the homes of participant older adults to obtain a true insight into user needs in cooking and heating products. This involved a yearlong (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) study with forty participants over the age of 70 years across Ireland and from various socio-economic groups. From this study prototypes will be created and user tested by older adults to determine appropriate design criteria for these products.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Older Adults; Product Design; Empathy; Design Ethnography; Personas;
Subjects: Social Sciences > School of Business
Item ID: 2622
Depositing User: Frank Devitt
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2011 13:19
Journal or Publication Title: Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Refereed: No
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