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Nurturing the Older Brain and Mind$
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Pamela M. Greenwood and Raja Parasuraman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017145

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017145.001.0001

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Modifying the Work Environment and the Home Environment

Modifying the Work Environment and the Home Environment

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(p.173) 11 Modifying the Work Environment and the Home Environment
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Nurturing the Older Brain and Mind
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Pamela M. Greenwood

Raja Parasuraman

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017145.003.0011

This chapter focuses on supporting older adults’ optimal cognitive functioning through modifying the work and home environments. The importance of cognitive engineering or human-factors methods in designing effective technologies and environments is discussed. The minimization of cognitive limitations associated with aging and focusing on human capabilities is the main idea behind the human-factors methods. An evaluation of the effectiveness of self-health care technologies aimed at helping older people to live in their homes and communities safely and with ease is presented. The chapter also discusses Aging in Place Technology Watch, a website designed for entrepreneurs involved in designing products for older people who are aging at home.

Keywords:   older adults, optimal cognitive functioning, cognitive engineering, human-factors methods, cognitive limitations, self-health-care, Aging in Place

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