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2022 To be Submitted
Gaining Resolution: The Role of Probes in Designing for Ageing.
Sheahan., J.

Frontiers in Sociology,
Socio-Gerontechnology


In seeking to support healthy ageing, designers have struggled to reduce their assumptions about older adults, such that they have been seen to interpret the worlds of later life through unfiltered images, engage with stigmas, and ultimately diminish the technologies we offer. This article seeks to critically analyse this state of the art and engage a cultural probe study to create higher resolution images, as a method of inclusive design research. Through reflexive thematic analysis of these materials, this case study offers designers pathways to understanding and including older adults in their work, examining the resolution of our images of ageing.


I acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands I conduct my work. I respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.


©2022 Jacob Sheahan