Seminar Design and Deployment of Technology to Support Healthy Ageing

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On Friday 16 October 2015, Wendy A. Rogers, Ph.D. ( School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology) will give a seminar about 'Design and deployment of technology to support healthy ageing'.

Currently, people over the age of 65 represent 14% of the population in the United States and 18% of the population in the Netherlands. These numbers are projected to increase and such demographic trends bring changes in the demands for products and services. There is much potential for technology to support older adults in their goal of independent and healthy ageing. However, for such technologies to be adopted and successful, they must be designed with user needs in mind. That is, designers hold the key, in many instances to not only increasing market share for a given product but to increasing the quality of older adults’ lives. In the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology (, we take a human factors approach to improving technology design, instruction, and deployment for older adults. The goal for this presentation will be to provide a primer on the issues that must be considered when designing systems, products, environments, and instructional materials for older adults. Topics for discussion will include a ging demographics, older adults’ capabilities and limitations, design guidelines, involving older adults in the design process, training/instruction, and technology acceptance. Wendy A. Rogers will provide case studies to illustrate key points. Their focus is on understanding the interactions between user characteristics, technology characteristics, and the context of the interactions (e.g., task demands). Contexts for the discussion will include ageing with disability, ageing-in-place, and health care.

When and where?
Friday 16 October 2015, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (drinks afterwards)
Duisenberg Building of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Nettelbosje 2, Groningen (Zernike Campus).
Room: 5412.0025 (Onderwijsvleugel/Education Area)

Attending this seminar is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, please, send an email to Hanneke Tamling (, subject "Healthwise seminar 16 October". 

For more information about Wendy A. Rogers please click here.


Healthy Ageing Network