An update from ASA’s Network on Environments, Services and Technologies (NEST)
By Philip B. Stafford, PhD, Chair, NEST
For NEST, this has been the year of co-design. We have tried to introduce ASA members to the idea that environments, services and technologies can be improved and innovated for a better fit with the lifestyles of older adults when older adults themselves are deeply involved with the design process. This implies a more egalitarian design process that relies less on experts and more on users. And deep involvement implies that design is based on an in-depth understanding of the lifeworld of elders. This is drawn from participatory methods, ethnography, and storytelling rather than survey and one-shot focus group studies. Following the metaphors of Steinar Kvale (1996), research with older adults is a journey, not a mining operation.