G51 – Don’t forget older adults wear glasses.

Standard

Guideline:

Don’t forget older adults wear glasses.

Guideline Description:

Older adults have some visual impairments that are corrected through the use of glasses. For this reason, a large percentage of older people use glasses.

Example:

examplo G51

Older adults using information and communications technologies.

Source:

Healthcare TV Based User Interfaces for Older Adults, 2010

Tags:

Elderly, Testing, Vision.

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G39 – Do not use elder’s speak.

Standard

Guideline:

Do not use elder’s speak.

Guideline Description:

Elder’s speak is similar with talk used by adult to communicating with young children. Although the use of this type of language helps in the communication with older adults, transmits the idea that the elder is no longer considered an equal, for this reason elder’s speak should not be used.

Example:

examplo G39 Elder’s speak should not be used in a dialogue with older adults.

Source:

3 x 7 Usability Testing Guidelines for Older Adults,2010
Design Principles to Accommodate Older Adults,2012


Tags:
Communication, Elderly, Language, Testing.

G38 – Give test participants’ time to think.

Standard

Guideline:

Give test participants’ time to think.

Guideline Description:

The time required to performing a task by an older adult is greater than young adults. For this reason, the tests should be planned taking this aspect into account, seeking do not interrupt line of thought of the participants. This aspect can be improved by reducing background noise.

Example:

examplo G38

An older adult thinking during a task.

Source:

3 x 7 Usability Testing Guidelines for Older Adults,2010
Design Principles to Accommodate Older Adults,2012

Tags:
Elderly, Testing, Time

G37 – Adjust your volume appropriately and repeat and paraphrase if necessary.

Standard

Guideline:

Adjust your volume appropriately and repeat and paraphrase if necessary.

Guideline Description:

The auditory capabilities of older adults may vary, so during a dialogue with a older adult can be need adjust volume according the listener capabilities, as well as repeating or rephrase  sentences if necessary.

Example:

examplo G37

During a conversation with older adults is necessary adapt volume according to their auditory capabilities.

Source:

3 x 7 Usability Testing Guidelines for Older Adults,2010
Touch Screens for the Older User,2011
Design Principles to Accommodate Older Adults,2012

Tags:

Accessibility, Adaptability, Audio, Communication, Elderly, Language, Testing

G36 – Use simple language.

Standard

Guideline:

Use simple language.

Guideline Description:

Elderly people group presents in general a low academic education level , for this reason,  the language used to establishing communication  with  this target audience should be as simple as possible.

Example:

examplo G36

The language used in a conversation with an older adult should be as simple as possible.

Source:

3 x 7 Usability Testing Guidelines for Older Adults,2010
Design Principles to Accommodate Older Adults,2012
Design Recommendations for TV User Interfaces for Older Adults: Findings from the eCAALYX Project,2012

Tags:

Communication, Elderly,  Language, Testing.

G35 – Listen to the patient’s historical narratives.

Standard

Guideline:

Listen to the patient’s historical narratives.

Guideline Description:

During the testing sessions older adults telling histories unrelated to the test, although sometimes these histories do not presenting some relationship with test.  This action  contributes to the well-being of the person, revealing important details about them.

Example:

examplo G35

An older adult telling stories.

Source:

3 x 7 Usability Testing Guidelines for Older Adults,2010

Tags:

Communication, Elderly, Testing.

G34 – Respect the opinions of the test participants.

Standard

Guideline:

Respect the opinions of the test participants.

Guideline Description:

During a testing session older adults opinions of the participants should be respected, with no further judgment or discrimination by the facilitator, as mentioned by the American Psychological Association.

Example:

examplo G34

An older adult expressing his opinion.

Source:

3 x 7 Usability Testing Guidelines for Older Adults,2010

Tags:

Elderly, Satisfaction,Testing.