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Design for Old Age

The design of our homes, offices, and public spaces has a profound impact on our daily lives. Yet, too often, the needs of older adults are overlooked in the design process. As people age, they often face physical limitations that can make everyday activities more difficult. For example, stairs can become impossible to climb, door knobs can be hard to grip, and small print can be difficult to read. By taking the time to design for old age, we can help to ensure that everyone can live their life with dignity and independence.

There are a few simple things that designers can do to make spaces more accessible for older adults. For example, installing handrails on staircases and ramps can make it easier for people with limited mobility to get around. Similarly, widening doorways and hallways can provide greater access for wheelchairs and walkers. And finally, using larger typefaces and high-contrast colour schemes can help those with vision problems to navigate more easily. By making these small changes, we can help to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all.

The design of our homes, offices and public spaces has a profound impact on our daily lives. Yet too often, the needs of older adults are overlooked in the design process

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