As adults age, they experience mild to moderate declines in certain visual and cognitive abilities. Many of the design features that cater for disabled visitors also help older adults, though there are some requirements specific to this group.
Consider the following:
- position lights to minimise reflection from signage, displays and protective glass shields;
- use double spaced, 12 to 14 point type for text;
- position displays so visitors gradually move from light to dark areas;
- provide seating, particularly at interactive exhibits, viewing platforms and areas where considerable time may required to read signage or view exhibits;
- ensure exhibits take into account limited ability to bend down or to manipulate interactive displays;
- write clear instructions for interactive displays;
- organise text into relatively short, discrete segments; and
- use relevant illustrations to improve comprehension and reinforce messages.