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A Study of Universal Design in Everyday Life of Elderly Adults
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media. (Human Computer Interaction)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0598-7257
2015 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The longevity of the aging populations resulting in a demographic gap is an emergent problem in present society. Universal design philosophy is a transfer towards inclusion promising improved solutions for people with diverse abilities. Nevertheless, often in practice it becomes a mere conception. Existing theoretical guidelines as design principles often fail to result in factual universal design. This is particularly worrying for the lifestyle-improvement of disabled older adults, since no standard ways to evaluate the impacts of universal design principles exist. This paper presents the results of a study on the effect of universal design and its practice involving 31 elderly adults from an elderly home. The study revealed that it would be desirable to explain universal design principles in operational terms to measure and relate them in facilitating the improvement of life quality for older adults. Furthermore, this result is anticipated to stress the importance of further assays concerning the modifying of universal design principles.

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Elsevier, 2015.
, Procedia Computer Science, ISSN 1877-0509
Keyword [en]
Universal Design; Design for All; Inclusive Design; Universal Design Principles Assessment; Accessibility
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Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260672DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2015.09.249ISI: 000373780600007OAI: diva2:847955
6th International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion - DSAI 2015
Available from: 2015-08-21 Created: 2015-08-21 Last updated: 2016-07-15Bibliographically approved

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