3rd Edition

Designing for Older Adults Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches, Third Edition

    296 Pages 6 Color & 34 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    296 Pages 6 Color & 34 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    296 Pages 6 Color & 34 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Winner of the 2019 Richard M. Kalish Innovative Publication Book Award 2019 – Gerontological Society of America

    This new edition provides easily accessible and usable guidelines for practitioners in the design community for older adults. It includes an updated overview of the demographic characteristics of older adult populations and the scientific knowledge base of the aging process relevant to design. New chapters include Existing and Emerging Technologies, Work and Volunteering, Social Engagement, and Leisure Activities. Also included is basic information on user-centered design and specific recommendations for conducting research with older adults.


    • Focuses on design for diverse groups of older adults
    • Introduces the latest scientific advances, but is easily accessible to practitioners and students
    • Offers an emphasis on existing and emerging technologies within everyday contexts and activities
    • Includes many examples of everyday activities and contexts, as well as new chapters
    • Presents a new conceptual model linking design principles across a broad range of topics

    Section I: The Fundamentals of Aging and Technology

    Chapter 1: Introduction and Conceptual Framework

    Chapter 2: Characteristics of Older Adults

    Chapter 3: Individual Differences

    Chapter 4: Existing and Emerging Technology


    Section II: The Fundamentals of Design

    Chapter 5: Basic Principles of Design

    Chapter 6: Involving Older Adults in Design Research

    Chapter 7: Interface Design and the User Experience

    Chapter 8: Instructional Design


    Section III: Application Areas

    Chapter 9: Transportation

    Chapter 10: Healthcare Technologies

    Chapter 11: Living Environments

    Chapter 12: Work and Volunteer Activities

    Chapter 13: Communication and Social Engagement

    Chapter 14: Leisure Activities


    Section IV: Conclusions

    Chapter 15: Design Challenges for the Future


    Sara J. Czaja, Walter R. Boot, Neil Charness, Wendy A. Rogers