On April 5th, Julie Doyle gave a talk at TEDx Fulbright Dublin entitled Empowering Health Ageing with Good Design. Empowering individuals to manage their own health and wellbeing will result in more cost-effective healthcare systems, improved health outcomes and will encourage healthy individuals to remain that way. With the advent of the quantified-self movement in recent years, there has been an increase in technology supporting wellness self-management. Such applications allow people to self-track and self-report, with many providing feedback. However, few systems consider older adults as potential end users, with many designers taking the view that older adults are neither willing nor capable of using technology.
5/04/2014 : Pictured at TEDx Fulbright Dublin event at Smock Alley Theatre. Picture Conor McCabe Photo
Julie’s talk counteracts that view, demonstrating ways in which interactive applications can be designed intuitively, so that older adults are easily able to not only use such technology, but interpret and act on visual feedback of their wellbeing.
More information on the TEDx Fulbright Programme: http://www.tedxfulbright.org/dublin-program/