The world is ageing at a rate that is near impossible to replace. By 2030, one quarter of the population of the developed world will be over 65, and within Western Europe, nearly half the population will be over 50 years of age. These days, however, life does not stop in the silver years. The ageing demographic is enjoying better quality of an extended active life. Ageing no longer holds the grim prospect of simply growing old, but opens doors to new adventures. It is this change in perspective and lifestyle that gives rise to the need for designers to evaluate designs for ageing.
Recognizing this prospect, Singapore’s National Design Centre for Ageing, >60 Design Centre, is organizing the International Conference on Design for Ageing (ICODA) to be held in Singapore for the first time in 2010.
Encapsulating the theme of “Timeless Design”, ICODA will serve as a platform for the engagement of the great minds of the world in design for ageing: from the designers to gerontology professionals; the industry players to government policy makers. ICODA aims to be a marketplace of ideas, encouraging the sharing of design and product innovations through dialogue and discussion to reach new solutions, tap new resources and expound on new intellectual capital to improve the quality of life for older persons.