Aging With Attitude: Barbara Beskind, Designer

At 90, Barbara Beskind is by far the oldest member of a dynamic team working on design for food, packaging, electronics, and aging-related items, at one of the world’s most famous firms. She is also one of its newest members, and this is her sixth career change. Among her previous jobs were 44 years in occupational therapy and 20 years in the army. Though Barbara had no previous design experience, she felt drawn to the field and decided to apply to the job at IDEO anyway, and got it. Her best tip for designing is observing people-- she sits in the hall of her retirement community to see what improvements could be made.

Senior Planet, June 23, 2014