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About the course

Our society is aging; social structures are changing rapidly and with them worldviews and design approaches. Understanding the challenges, ambitions, and needs of senior citizens can dramatically improve their quality of life.

This course, conducted in collaboration with the students' grandparents, deals with the aging process and its impact on the research and application of design fields. Throughout the course, students develop alternative research methods, learning the physical, emotional, social, and cultural aspects of aging. They learn about the environment through the perspective of their own grandparents, familiarizing themselves with the hopes, needs, and choices facing older citizens. This intergenerational collaboration is a unique and meaningful experience that resonates for many years after the course ends.

Baruch Dayan

Grandma’s Medicine

My meetings with Grandma, under the guidance of Yifat, led me to a project with what Grandma loves most, plants. Grandma's specialization is in herbs and combinations between them that can create amazing remedies for various problems. Grandma taught me the traditional methods of making "Grandma Medicine" and I set out to explore other sources, which led me to a fascinating world of herbs and their properties. The concept was to create a designated facility for drying leaves to prepare various medicines, while maintaining traditional values during the creation and experience.


Tehila Tzuriel and Yuval Samuel


As part of the "Design for the Elderly" course, we had the privilege of working with our grandmother, Grandma Leah. During the first few sessions and in our attempts to find a topic for work, we were exposed to fascinating stories from Grandma's past. Many of the stories dealt with her connection to previous generations, and in meeting us, the granddaughters, a connection was made between the stories and the generations. Some of the stories mentioned embroidery, the craft that a grandmother learned from her mother and grandmother. Grandma shared with us her love for the craft, and showed us many of her works, some still in a drawer. Grandma devotes many hours in which she teaches and learns the craft, and we were even honored with the ability to sit with her and join one of the embroidery sessions. A central motif in her works is the use of bible verses and religious relics. The moment the wine is poured from the goblet (as a symbol of abundance) expresses Grandma's reference to the small details that complete the picture.

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