Guidelines for developing for older adults

26 Apr 2012 - 8:21am
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Does anyone know of guidelines or design patterns specifically aimed at interface design for older adults? Could be for mobile devices, web interfaces or any other kind of device with a visual display.

Thank you!


29 Apr 2012 - 12:09am

yeah, AARP has a current heurist checklist. they also now it seems have updated it to include much more. hope that helps.


see also:


Becker, S. A. (2004). A study of web usability for older adults seeking online health
resources. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), Volume 11 Issue 4. Retrieved September, 2007, from ACM Digital Library database.

Cooper, A. & Reimann, R., (2003). About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design. Indianapolis, Indiana: Wiley Publishing Inc.
Czaja, S. J. (2005). The Impact of Aging on Access to Technology. ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing, Issue 83. Retrieved September, 2007, from ACM Digital Library database.

Czaja, S. J., Lee C., (2002) Designing computer systems for older adults. In A. Sears and J. A.. Jacko (Eds), The human-computer interaction handbook: Fundamentals, evolving technologies and emerging applications (p.413-425) Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Kurniawan, S., Zaphiris P. (2005) Designing for individuals with memory and cognitive disabilities: Research-derived web design guidelines for older people. Proceedings of the 7th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility Assets '05. Retrieved September, 2007, from ACM Digital Library database.
National Institute on Aging & National Library of Medicine (2001). Making Your Website Senior Friendly: A Checklist. Retrieved September, 2007 from resources/wag/documents/checklist.pdf

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