Date of Award

December 2017

Degree Type





Donald W. Carr


Design, Design Interface, Older Adults, Qualitative Research

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


This thesis project seeks to unpack how older adults living in assisted living facilities

maintain and deepen their social connections. According to established research, social support systems and active lifestyles are major factors in improving quality of life. By sitting down with residents in the assisted living division of Menorah Park in

Syracuse, and conducting a series of research activities, a better understanding of how older adults live in assisted living facilities.

One potential design solution currently being explored to keep older adults socially engaged could be the design of a social hub terminal that encourages residents to congregate daily to find out what types of events and programs are occurring in the facility as well as in the local community. Based on their daily routines, the terminal interface was designed based upon the participant’s favored activities.


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