Workplace Design Principles

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Chair Selection for the Elderly January 22, 2009

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Almost all spaces contain some type of  seating arrangement and it is very important as designers to accommodate the needs of all users including the growing elderly population.  One of the most prominent complaints from the elderly population about chairs is the difficulty in rising out of the chair followed by discomfort.  Depending on the design project and the intended clientele seating arrangements can be various and contain many different chairs to suit the needs of many different people.  When selecting seating options here is a list of consideration that will aid in making the best decision:

  • Weight Support
  • Stability
  • Comfort
  • Ingress/Egress
  • Supports Posture Change
  • Time of Expected Use
  • Chair Shape, Height, Backrest,
  • Lumbar Support
  • Adjustment Range
Posted by: Anna Pasiut
Wilson R., John, and Esmond Nigel Corlett. Evaluation of Human Work. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2005.   Pgs. 729-739

Determinants of the Sit to Stand Movement

Filed under: Furniture — ia2studio @ 4:05 am

This article references the sit to stand(STS) movement and the ability of elderly citizens to be able to perform certain functions.  The article touches on the various aspects of chair features, such as arm rests, seat height, backrests, etc that may affect the ability of an elderly person to sit in a chair, and to lift themselves out of the chair.  In addition the work lists the results of various experiments that were performed in order to determine factors that influence movement on and off of a chair.  For example a higher chair seat may decrease the need for a person to reposition the body’s center of mass. (Bussmann, Hans, and Janssen 866-879)

Bussmann, Hans, Wim Janssen, and Henk Stam. “Determinants of the Sit-to-Stand Movement: A Review.” Physical Therapy 82(9)(2002): 866-879.

Posted by: Natalie