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Guidelines for Designing Handheld Tools for the Elderly




Gong, Lin

Type of Degree

Master's Thesis


Industrial and Graphic Design


This thesis includes a set of guidelines on the basis of which to design handheld tools for elderly people. Elderly people are a very special group of costumers. First, their bodies go through many changes with the aging process. One of the goals of thesis is to study in these physical changes to figure out how to design handheld tools for this special group of users. Secondly, the psychological states of older people are very different than those of normal healthy adults. If designers want to design products that are suitable for use by older people, then they need to do research on the physiology and psychology of aging.