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What is Gerontodesign

Handbook of Research on Ergonomics and Product Design
Conceptualized as the design for the elderly population. Is a term initiated by social anthropology. The union between gerontology and design.
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Aging Suit: An Accessible and Low-Cost Design Tool for the Gerontodesign
Annika Maya Rivero (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Mexico)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5234-5.ch004
The population pyramid is being inverted and the designers are facing challenges in the way they design products, spaces, and services for elder people. Although the design is composed of both cultural and social aspects, the functional aspect takes relevance for autonomy and empowerment of the person that gets older. To design products centered on the physical capacities of the elder population, the aging suit has being used as a tool for the gerontodesign. In countries like Mexico, its application is limited by the manufacturing cost. For this reason, as part of a design methodology for elder people, a low-cost suit was developed focus on the design students and professionals located in Latin America.
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