SIMS, R. ... et al., 2012. Activities of daily life still cause problems for many older and physically impaired people. Design for All Institute of India, 7 (7), pp. 165 - 181.
Activities of Daily Life (ADL) are those activities that are fundamental
to maintaining independence. Without being able to do them, people
can become dependent on others or simply not live their lives in the
way that they would wish to. A survey of 50 older and disabled people
found that surprising numbers were unable to fulfil the level of
independence in ADL that they wished to. For all the advances in the
recent age in technology and equipment design, these basic activities
are still proving too difficult for a sizeable percentage of the
older/disabled population. As the population ages, pressure will come
to bear on designers to consider the needs of older/disabled people
more fully, to meet the needs of the shifting market trends.
This article was published in the July 2012 Newsletter and is available at: http://www.designforall.in/newsletter_jul2012.pdf