|M.Sc Student||Kizner Inna|
|Subject||Opening Drinking Bottles by Elderly Persons, Analysis and|
Possible Design Solutions
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Ron Nabarro|
|Full Thesis text - in Hebrew|
The society is changing, the general population is growing old and that is a new center of interest for the business sector, the government and researchers. Their goal is to solve problems arising with age, such as lower ability to manipulate and open food, drinks and medicine packages. This is the result of strength loss and diminishing agility and skills. Researches have shown in the past that the elderly consumers who didn’t manage to open a package do not repeat their attempts; instead, they would stop using that particular product or ask friends.
Both men and women show significant decline in wrist functioning after the age of 65 yrs. The wrist is the most important and active part of the upper extremities, its anatomy and biomechanics are highly complex. The palms undergo numerous physiological and anatomical changes during aging.
Understanding the limitations and special needs of the elderly population will lead to design of packages and wrapping adapted to these limitations and this fact is becoming more and more crucial in the packaging industry.
General functioning is declining in elderly and along with it is the ability to open bottles and other packages. Nevertheless, most elderly people make an effort to continue maintain their usual functioning by using different aids. This may cause trauma or home - related injury.
This leads to a conclusion that a design solution needs to be found, which will ease the opening process without the need in aids.
Designing a cork for the elderly population will require a process of making assumptions based on the current studies and conducting trial and error process to achieve the best consumer product.
The main goal of the project is to define the characteristics necessary for designing a bottle cork targeted for the elderly population, so that it will fulfill its special needs, including comfort and safety in use.