The Care Design Lab of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has joined forces with the Gérontopôle des Pays de la Loire (Center for Ageing) to provide design methodologies that will help to find solutions and innovations for senior citizens.
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique and the Gérontopôle Autonomie Longévité signed a partnership agreement on 23 April with a view to working together on the subjects of health and well-being in the elderly, using design methodologies.
The partnership agreement was signed at the Annual General Meeting of the Gérontopôle des Pays de la Loire between its president, Gilles Berrut and Christian Guellerin, director of the school.
Common and complementary interests
Comparing the strategies and activities of the Gérontopôle and L’École de design’s Care Design Lab highlights common or complementary interests, which are a sound basis for the partnership formalized by this agreement:
- a joint intention to work together on the themes of health and well-being (social, societal and environmental) for senior citizens.
- the common assertion of the necessity of using design methodologies to put people at the heart of systems, products, services, public policy, etc. designed to meet the expectations and needs of the elderly.
- helping to change society’s perceptions and particularly those of the younger generation about population ageing, notably with regard to the opportunities for developments and innovations which are inherent.
A win-win relationship between the Pays de la Loire Center for Ageing and L’École de design’s Care Design Lab
- Development of research, research projects, and new knowledge by the Care Design Lab.
- Giving students the opportunity to practice design in the real-life context of stakeholders in the sectors of health and well-being (social, societal and environmental): the “silver economy”.
- Networking between the Care laboratory + students/future job hunters and stakeholders of the “Silver economy” sector.
- Access to the brainwork and working methods developed by the Care Design Lab and its teaching staff to inform projects and studies undertaken by the Gérontopôle and its participants.
- Integrating the skills of the Care Design Lab into studies and projects undertaken by the Gérontopôle.
- Integrating the Care Design Lab in educational or dissemination programs set up by the Gérontopôle on the different topics involved in population ageing.
- Organization of design watch, prospective seminars, prospective studies and workshops.
- Support from the Gérontopôle for developing final degree projects of Master’s students affiliated to the Care Design Lab.
An office in the Gérontopôle is at the disposal of the Care Design Lab as well as conference rooms and workrooms for Master’s students affiliated to the laboratory, for projects, seminars and events.