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Title: Kitchen living in later life: Exploring ergonomic problems, coping strategies and design solutions
Authors: Maguire, Martin
Peace, S.
Nicolle, C.A.
Marshall, Russell
Sims, Ruth
Percival, J.
Lawton, Clare
Keywords: Kitchen design
Kitchen ergonomics
Inclusive design
Older people
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by the International Journal of Design Solutions
Citation: MAGUIRE, M. ...et al., 2014. Kitchen living in later life: Exploring ergonomic problems, coping strategies and design solutions. International Journal of Design, 8(1), pp. 73-91.
Abstract: The kitchen is an important area in the home serving many purposes both functional and social. It is central to enabling people to stay within their own homes in their later life. As part of a detailed study of ‘past’ and ‘present’ kitchen living, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 48 older people about their current kitchen and how well it met their needs. It was found that personal problems with reaching, bending, dexterity and sight were more likely to be experienced with increasing age while for specific tasks, ironing and cleaning created the most difficulty. The paper reports on coping strategies and simple innovations made by the participants to address the problems they experienced. A challenge for kitchen designers, manufacturers and installers is to think in terms of kitchens that are more flexible and adaptable to people’s changing needs.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by International Journal of Design Solutions under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Unported Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22283
Publisher Link: http://www.ijdesign.org/ojs/index.php/IJDesign/article/viewFile/1216/598
ISSN: 1991-3761
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