Designing With Older People

November 5th 2013

Design is not all about making things.
Design is being used to solve wicked and complex problems facilitating social outcomes globally.

Join us for the second Designing With Sydney event, Design With Older People as part of the Change Makers Festival.

The growing aging population is a very important issue and also presents a real opportunity for design-led innovation. At this Designing With event, four designers will share their experiences working on Social Design projects aimed at the aging population.

Dr. Catherine Bridge Associate Professor for the Built Environment at UNSW and Program Director of the Enabling Built Environment Research Program will be talking about her work co-designing with older persons to create better environmental outcomes at all scales from products to streetscapes.

Lauren Tann PhD, designer and author will discuss the Alzheimer 100 project : Co-designing for dementia by the UK design agency thinkpublic. This project was established to look at improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers. It resulted in the implementation of a dementia care service that continues to be delivered across the UK today.

Jean Paul Bell Creative Director at the Arts Health Institute presents some humour therapy programs aimed at dementia patients such as Play Up. Jean Paul will talk about his latest project involving the design of interactive memory aids or minitaure escapes for dementia patients in care.

Dr. Bert Bongers Associate Professor in Interactivation at UTS will present interactive projects designed by the Interactivation team for rehabilitation patients, including a 3D printed sensor floor for balancing and stepping exercises. Try them out.