ILC-Brazil hosted its 4th International Longevity Forum in October 2016.

This most recent event in an annual series brought together a deliberately diverse range of international and national professionals in the design, philosophy, architecture, social work and healthcare fields among others, to discuss a conceptual framework for age-friendly design in the context of the most recent technological advances.

Among the more than thirty presenters and panelists was ILC-UK Director, David Sinclair. Based on the discussions of the Forum, ILC-Brazil, in conjunction with a smaller team of designers, has produced the white paper "Toward Age-friendly Design" which is intended to be the first stage in an on-going conversation to give greater definition to age-friendly design in the 21st century.

The "Toward Age-friendly Design" white paper is informed by two key components - the active protagonism of older adults and the adoption of a comprehensive life-course perspective. The aim is to prompt younger professionals in the design and technology arenas to reflect on their own ageing and to find inspiration in the opportunities presented by age-friendly and age-neutral design – i.e. design that is friendly to all ages.

Additionally, it is hoped that this document will give license to older adults to reassess their relationship to both design and technology and to assert their role in the design process. The contention is that the new technology-enabled platforms provide enormous potential for decision-making at all stages of the design continuum.

The driving principle is that services, products, information, communications and their applications must be developed on the needs, the demands and the partnerships of all ultimate users, including older adults. The intention is that "Toward Age-friendly Design" will be a starting point for an on-going global conversation. An ILC-Brazil convened task force of leading international designers, technologists, gerontologists and other professionals will also take the discussion further.

You can download the document “Toward Age-friendly Design” from ILC-Brazil website, in Publications section. The translation into Portuguese and Spanish is underway and will be online soon. The edited video version of the presentations will be soon available too.

Written by Ina Voelcker, ILC-Brazil 

Picture: Speakers of the 4th International Longevity Forum


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