Exploring Design Dialogues for Ageing in Place

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  • 1 Trinity College, Dublin a.drazin@ucl.ac.uk
  • 2 Digital Health Group at Intel Corporation

Ethnographic work conducted by the Digital Health Group, Intel Ireland, explores the questions of how concepts of health and independence relate to peoples' lives in later life. This paper serves to present artistic approaches to the design of the material culture in elderly homes in Ireland, and aims to highlight and discuss the merits and problems of such approaches. Through writing 'in miniature' about specific experiences and homes, we propose that it is possible to develop explorations of material objects in the home which, rather than presenting material contexts as terminal 'conclusions' to the research process, use them as provoking and questioning resources for engaged dialogical encounters with informants.

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Anthropology in Action

Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

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