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The New Old: High-Tech and Design for Aging | Re/code

While Silicon Valley excels in creating technology that engages younger consumers and makes business practices more efficient, there is a growing opportunity for technologists to apply their skill sets to redefine how people age. Take, for example, the current trend of aging in place. Smart technology has started transforming homes, infiltrating everything from our thermostats to ovens to light bulbs. Studies show that nearly 90 percent of seniors want to age in place, and new smart home monitoring technologies can help them do that. From small “stickable” sensors that monitor medication intake to entire home systems that can identify a fall through motion detection and alert a caregiver for help, home monitoring products are enabling older adults to age safely and independently in the comfort of their homes.

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Designing For The Elderly: Ways Older People Use Digital Technology Differently – Smashing Magazine

But consider this: By 2030, around 19% of people in the US will be over 65. Doesn’t sound like a lot? Well it happens to be about the same number of people in the US who own an iPhone today. Which of these two groups do you think Silicon Valley spends more time thinking about?

This seems unfortunate when you consider all of the things technology has to offer older people.

But ageing makes some things harder as well, and one of those things is using technology. If you’re designing technology for older people, below are seven key things you need to know.

Elderly people consistently excel in attention span, persistence and thoroughness. Jakob Nielsen has observed similar things, finding that 95% of seniors are “methodical” in their behaviors. This is significant in a world where the average person’s attention span has actually dropped below the level of a goldfish.

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