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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

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

Pamela M. Greenwood

Raja Parasuraman

The MIT Press

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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