Designing for Older Adults
Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches, Second Edition
CRC Press – 2009 – 232 pages
Series: Human Factors and Aging Series
The first edition of Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches broke ground as an easily accessible source of information, a primer on designing for older adults. In this second edition, the authors, as any good human factors practitioner would, have considered comments from readers. They have revised and updated each of the original chapters, rearranged some of them for a more natural flow, added a new section of tutorials, and provided updated recommended readings.
New in the Second Edition:
The new Tutorials section begins by focusing on general issues that need to be considered when involving older adults generally in research and usability studies and more specifically in focus group studies. It elucidates statistical considerations relevant to user testing with older adults and modeling approaches such as task analysis, error prediction, and GOMS analysis. Given the prevalence of multimedia in today’s world, the authors include a tutorial on design considerations for multimedia products in general but especially for older adults.
Meet the Needs of Older Adults through Proper Design
Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the field, this multidisciplinary author team translates a vast array of academic literature into guidelines without losing its strong grounding in science. They discuss the role the field of human factors plays in creating technology that is effective and safe to use. This book provides information specific enough to be immediately applicable yet general enough to be relevant to technologies of the future.
Toward Better Design for Older Adults
Characteristics of Older Adult Users
Guiding the Design Process
Improving Perception of Information
Design of Input and Output Devices
Interface Design. Developing Training and Instructional Programs
Making the Work Environment Age Friendly
Maximizing the Usefulness and Usability of Health Care Technologies
Designing Accommodations for Aging-in-Place
Involving Older Adults in Research and Usability Studies
Conducting Focus Groups with Older Adults
Task Analysis and Error Prediction
GOMS Modeling for Older Adults
Synthesis and Final Comments