Illuminating the future: Lighting for Health and Safety
For many older adults, losing the ability to see well means losing independence. Light is essential to sight. Sight is essential to independence.
I started my research based on IDEO toolkit, HCD, for the first step I wanted to listen and hear to the target users. At Alma Via, an assisted senior housing, in San Francisco I interviewed elderly people older than 70 years old in three different sessions. I continued my interview sessions in Berkeley, as Sacramento senior house and University Neighborhood Apartment. I learned about a lot of facts that are involve in the lighting issue from the design of the apartment to the windows and light bulbs.
How did you use the HCD Toolkit and / or human-centered design as part of the project?
In any step that I took from very beginning I followed the HCD toolkit information.
What was the biggest challenge that the project faced? Did you overcome it?
The first group that I interviewed were elderly people who generally were suffering from dementia. It was hard to follow up with them on the subjects that they couldn't remember.
What is (or will be) the impact of your project?
I hope I can bring the subject of lighting for elderly to the designers and architects attention.