Designing With Older People

Designing With Older People

The second Designing With Sydney event, Design With Older People, was held in Novermber 2013 as part of the Change Makers Festival. We had four speakers who presented some innovative social design projects aimed at older persons.

The speakers

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 acoss 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.