The Transformative Impact of Industrial Design on the Adaptation of Migrant Older Adults: A Gerontological Approach


  • Paulina Elizabeth Sánchez Sánchez Universidad Técnica de Ambato
  • Andrea Cecilia Lara Saltos Universidad Técnica de Ambato
  • Carlos Hernán Aguayza Mendieta Universidad Indoamérica
  • Richard Patricio Sánchez Sánchez Universidad Israel



Gerontological design, products, interdisciplinary, physical, emotional, social


The migration of older adults is a growing phenomenon with implications for the quality of life and well-being of this population. Migrant older adults often face challenges in adapting to new environments due to physical, social, and cultural constraints. Industrial design has the potential to address these challenges by incorporating gerontological principles into creating environments and products that fit the needs of this population. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to explore how gerontological design can facilitate adaptation and improve the quality of life of older adults who have migrated to new contexts. It seeks to identify specific design strategies that can mitigate the challenges of migration and promote social inclusion and functionality. METHODOLOGY: Qualitative research was conducted that included surveys and interviews with migrant older adults in various settings. Data collection focused on understanding the barriers they face in areas such as accessibility, social interaction, and comfort. Gerontological design principles were applied to develop adaptive solutions through collaboration with industrial designers and gerontologists. RESULTS The results highlight common challenges faced by migrant older adults, including mobility difficulties, language barriers, and social isolation. The proposed design solutions, such as accessible spaces and ergonomic products, demonstrated a positive impact on the adaptation and well-being of this population. CONCLUSIONS The application of gerontological design in migration contexts is essential to improve the quality of life of older adults. The results support the idea that adaptive design can address migration-specific challenges and foster social inclusion. Greater collaboration between industrial designers, gerontologists and migration professionals is recommended to develop more comprehensive solutions. Training designers in gerontological principles and considering cultural diversity in design are key steps for the future. FUTURE WORK: Future research should focus on the implementation and long-term evaluation of gerontological design solutions in diverse migration contexts. In addition, the expansion of this approach at the level of public policies and urban planning is urged to ensure a sustainable impact on the quality of life of migrant older adults.





How to Cite

Sánchez, P. E. S. ., Saltos, A. C. L., Mendieta, C. H. A. ., & Sánchez, R. P. S. . (2023). The Transformative Impact of Industrial Design on the Adaptation of Migrant Older Adults: A Gerontological Approach . Migration Letters, 21(1), 26–34.