In 2016, students began a project with a unique goal: to collaborate with a group of residents from a local senior housing facility to find problems in their lives and then work to solve them using 3D printing to create assistive device solutions with, and for, them. In the years since, students have continued to seek to honor the deep, cross generational relationships and friendships that were formed during this project by undertaking a a variety of projects centering around older adult lives and experiences.
Ten items students have created to help their older adult friends live more comfortable lives:
Something to help turn a key
Device to help hold a dish while being washed
Something to help with low/difficult to access switches (fireplaces, etc)
Something to help someone grip things
Water bottle opener
Device to attach to a walker to attach or hold bags