30 November, 2016
It is amazing what going digital has done for each one of us. We now use Facebook to stay in touch with friends, share photos with Instagram and even shop online on Amazon. However, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that almost none of these digital platforms are designed keeping the elderly in mind. Perhaps, this is because most professionals working to build digital products are all very young, so they haven’t yet had the chance to appreciate diversity in demographics.
That said, the elder population is on the rise across the world, as is their use of electronic gadgets. There are some fundamental changes that come with aging, and by keeping these aspects in mind, we could design truly inclusive tech.
As you may have noticed, none of these design changes are mammoth, nor would they take away from a user’s experience. All of them, however, could add immense value to the elderly population accessing these resources. When in doubt, always include seniors in the testing population.
As a senior so look out for opportunities to participate in designs when someone you know is building the next great app. Even liberally using the feedback section in an app is a great way to let the developer know what you want. They do read the inputs! After all, everyone finally wants the user to be happy.
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