AgeLab to present at Aging in America Conference in San Francisco

Mon, 03/07/2011

AgeLab Researchers Lisa D'Ambrosio and Katie Godfrey will be presenting at the 2011 Aging in America Conference in San Francisco. The American Society on Aging will hold their annual Aging in America Conference this year from April 26-30. D'Ambrosio and Godfrey will be presenting a poster on AGNES entitled "AGNES: A Tool to Aid Understanding and Design for Aging Populations".



Thursday April 28, 2011: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Poster Session
Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel
Room: Board 85 (Golden Gate foyer)

The MIT AgeLab developed AGNES, the Age Gain Now Empathy System, to enhance people’s understanding of the physical impact of aging on functionality, and to explore how the use of this tool can aid in design for a globally aging population. This presentation will review research on empathy tools and experiential learning as they relate to the development of this system and discuss how AGNES was built. We will review findings from a participant observation experience where AGNES was used as part of a grocery shopping trip and present empirical results of a study to examine the impact of wearing AGNES on younger adults’ function. This presentation will highlight the importance of using such tools to increase empathy and to improve the design of products and environments for an aging population.

Attendees will learn about:

  1. Creative tools to enhance the understanding and empathy of younger adults about the needs and challenges of an aging population and to improve the design of products and environments for older adults.
  2. How the complex process of aging was distilled into a few functional elements to design the AGNES tool, and how AGNES can be used to focus issues around aging on the design of environments rather than on individual limitations.
  3. The importance of empirical evaluation methods to assess the impact and utility of empathy tools.


MIT AgeLab
1 Amherst Street, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
ph: 617.253.0753

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