MATUROLIFE aims to develop fashionable assistive technologies to make older persons’ lives easier and more independent. To develop these technologies – a smart sofa, garment and shoes – interviews and co-creation workshops were conducted with older persons (+65 years) and their carers in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Co-creation is a process of involving end users in the creation of a product or service from the beginning and throughout its development. It is based on the idea of equal value of expertise, whether that be design, health, academic or personal experience: good design ideas come from different life experiences.
In this co-creation manual, we have aimed to put together some good practices and lessons learnt from these co-creation workshops which took place in the context of an EU-funded research setting. The manual includes several tips on how to involve and engage with older persons and informal carers before, during and after the co-creation activity.
You can download the co-creation manual HERE