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How Old Are Older Users? ... User Experience Magazine 8.1
(Bloomingdale, IL: October 2009) – As the growing number of baby boomers inflates the senior population, more products and services target elders. This issue of User Experience(UX) Magazine, the trade magazine of the Usability Professionals Association, looks at how seniors today continue to work and lead active lives, affecting government policy, healthcare, education, transportation, and other industries.
This issue of User Experience reflects the changing face of the world as our society ages.
Articles in this edition address issues such as:

  • Why the Department of Neurology and Physiology at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) focuses on how memory and attention change with normal aging.
  • What we know about older users includes how they use words or photographs to stimulate discussion – plus successful methods for usability testing with older adults.
  • Understanding that aging means a complex set of physical and mental changes that dictate design for older adults.
  • How to conduct field studies with older adults, evaluating their needs and strengths and providing support for verbal communication.

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For printed copies of the magazine or for PDFs of individual articles, please contact Nicole Tafoya, publications@usabilityprofessionals.org.

The Usability Professionals' Association is an international, non-profit, professional association with more than 2000 members in the US and 35 other countries. Members are specialists in evaluating and designing products that are easy to learn and use. The organization provides its members with a wide variety of professional services. Through outreach the UPA:

  • Shares information about the skills and approach of usability professionals in meeting needs for usable products.
  • Acts as an advocate for usability in consumer, corporate and governmental software, products and web sites.
  • Educates the general public about the usability.

For more information, contact:

The Usability Professionals' Association
140 N. Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017
email: office@upassoc.org
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