Designs for Aging:

New Takes on Old Forms

Exhibit at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • August 16, 2022 - October 31, 2022
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Fully Furnished

Free with Museum admission.


Designs for elder care and aging populations often have universal application. This pop-up exhibit will explore how key designers of the late 20th century utilized user research and ergonomic design to create products specifically suited to ease the dynamic challenges of older adults. These studies and products show us that, when designers pay attention the unique needs of unique bodies, everyone benefits.

As part of our ongoing update of the With Liberty & Justice for All exhibition, guests will be invited to use QR codes to provide feedback on the featured collection items, the label tone and style, and to suggest ways to include universal design history, rooted in the disability rights movement, within the broader context of movements promoting greater liberty and justice for all.

An accompanying THF Curator Chat on Twitter with Associate Curator Katherine White will be held on Thursday, September 22, at 1:00 p.m.