How could we serve the future of elder hood? The concept of Elder hood is fast changing; elders are living and working longer, and their wants and needs are changing. What is indicative of one group of elders is not indicative of another group, how could we capture the changing wants and needs of all elders. This project demonstrates how innovation and invention comes in big and small forms; neither requires starting fromscratch, but it does require us to re-think from the start. Countless “How might we”questers later, we came up with numerous artifacts and first person interviews, tons of secondary research and iterative design principles, and finally, multiple personas and ideas to test.
Lifelong learning became the main driver of our project, and the area of most opportunity. We identified that elders felt like a nuisance to younger generations, thatthey weren’t current or well-versed enough to reach out to younger generations. There was also this notion that elders’ cognitive brain function was declining, or slower, and we wanted to change this notion and to solve these pain points, but with the millennialgeneration as well. Elders loved interacting with younger generations but going back toschool wasn’t easy. However, we did find that there was already a strong interaction between elders and younger generations through informal information sharing aroundthe dinner table, in the kitchen, and around family events. We wanted to take advantageof this opportunity and to strengthen it and decided to create a fun and easy gamewhose gameplay would create a keepsake to document all the memories and knowledge shared between generations in an engaging and creative way that stillchallenged the mind cognitively.