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Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches, Second Edition [Hardcover]

Arthur D. Fisk , Wendy A. Rogers , Neil Charness , Sara J. Czaja , Joseph Sharit

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March 26 2009 1420080555 978-1420080551 2

The first edition of Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches broke ground as an easily accessible source of information, a primer on designing for older adults. In this second edition, the authors, as any good human factors practitioner would, have considered comments from readers. They have revised and updated each of the original chapters, rearranged some of them for a more natural flow, added a new section of tutorials, and provided updated recommended readings.

New in the Second Edition:

  • Two new applications chapters: Transportation and Aging-in-Place
  • New Tutorials section provides hands-on guidance for critical issues
  • Re-organization of Design Guidelines section allows for better flow of topics

The new Tutorials section begins by focusing on general issues that need to be considered when involving older adults generally in research and usability studies and more specifically in focus group studies. It elucidates statistical considerations relevant to user testing with older adults and modeling approaches such as task analysis, error prediction, and GOMS analysis. Given the prevalence of multimedia in today’s world, the authors include a tutorial on design considerations for multimedia products in general but especially for older adults.

Meet the Needs of Older Adults through Proper Design

Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the field, this multidisciplinary author team translates a vast array of academic literature into guidelines without losing its strong grounding in science. They discuss the role the field of human factors plays in creating technology that is effective and safe to use. This book provides information specific enough to be immediately applicable yet general enough to be relevant to technologies of the future.


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Guidelines are grouped by topic and presented in bullet format or in tables, which makes [this book] ideal as a quick-reference text. … This book is well written in a clear, straightforward language. … [A]ppropriate as a basic reference for practitioners and designers who want to better serve the aging population. I could also envision it being incorporated as a supplementary text in a course on aging and human factors. … I highly recommend [this book] for product designers or readers wanting an introduction to age-related design issues.
- Ergonomics in Design, Summer 2005 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA University of Miami, Florida, USA University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

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4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable tool for the consultant! March 10 2014
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This book provides a thoughtful and eatable overview of product and environmental design for seniors. It is a perfect start on the topic.
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