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Aging by Design: Bentley, AARP to sponsor conference that explores the role of technology in the lives of older adults

August 2, 2004

Bentley College and AARP will sponsor Aging by Design, a two-day conference that explores the intersection of a rapidly-growing aging population, the business community and the design of technology products and services. Sponsored by Bentley, the business university, and AARP, the nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over, the conference will be held on September 27 and 28 on the Bentley campus in Waltham, MA.

Conference topics will explore how technology plays a role in issues that affect older adults, from caregiving to computer access and usability, from e-learning for mature employees to understanding the aging Web user, and more.

"As older Americans are living longer, healthier lives and have more spending power than ever before, we need to explore the broader design requirements of this important population, as well as the challenges and opportunities these requirements present," said William Gribbons, director of the Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design program at Bentley, and co-chair of the conference. "If you are interested in this growing demographic, whether in the development of useful design, in the analysis of its needs or in the marketing of usable services and products, this conference is vital."

Through keynote addresses, Town Hall forums and invited speakers, participants will have a variety of opportunities to learn more about the growing aging population. Conference speakers are from leading organizations in academia, business, government and design, including The Georgia Institute of Technology, MIT, Fidelity Investments, National Institute on Aging, IDEO, TIAX, Government Services Administration (GSA) and more.




AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; engage in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assist members in serving their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members. These include AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our quarterly publication for Hispanic members; NRTA Live and Learn for National Retired Teachers Association members; and our Web site, We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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