A Capability-Demand Approach to the Aged in Technological Environments: A Case for Improved Task Analysis
The Symposium on Aging and Technological Advances considered a broad range of issues involving technological advances and the aging human, an apt choice considering that industrialized societies are being impacted upon by the conjunction of human aging and technological advance on an unprecedented scale. It appears clear that technology will continue to change how we live and work on a day to day basis. Whether these changes operate to our detriment, or advantage, as we age will depend on the extent to which the demands of technological environments can be reconciled with the capabilities which we as aged operators bring to our transactions with these environments. This discussion is focused primarily on the application of human factors research to the study of the aged user’s capabilities and its implications for design and application of technology to activities of daily living (ADL).
KeywordsGrip Force Task Analysis Environment Component Meal Preparation Power Grip
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