A 90 Year Old Designs Tech For The Elderly

2019 ⸱ 

Barbara Beskind


As we increasingly rely on technology to problem solve, conceptual designer Barbara Beskind is a testament to the power of personal input. Using her years of experience as an occupational therapist, Barbara, then aged eighty-nine, created the role of advisor for aging-related projects for international design firm, IDEO. Inventive, practical and always human-centered, Barbara embodies the spirit of the truly modern elder.

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Barbara Beskind is a conceptual designer, author and pioneer in occupational therapy. Having served 20 years as a US Army occupational therapist, Barbara retired in 1966 at the rank of major. At age 89, Barbara began working with the international design and consulting firm IDEO; consulting on a variety of projects involving aging, low vision populations, health care delivery and retirement home services. Barbara has been featured on the Today Show, NPR’s All Things Considered and at events such as the White House Council on Aging and the World Health Organization International Conference on Aging.

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