Increasingly numbers of younger generation have settled down their new homes away from parents after years of endeavor in bigger cities in China. They leave their parents for their works and take care of their own families. Elderly care becomes a crucial problem since filial piety is a tradition and a need in Chinese culture. Because of the implementation of “One child policy” in China in such a long time, elder parents only have one child in each family, which weights much more pressure of taking care of elder parents on the “only child”. Lack of smart phones use of elders and silent way to express love between youngers and elders also have reduced the opportunity of communication. This thesis will discuss the cause of the problem, and then focus on helping with improving the communication between the elder and the younger.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Interpersonal communication--Technological innovations; Home automation--Design; Lighting--Design; Parent and adult child--Services for--China--Design; Emotions--Technological innovations

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Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Alex Lobos

Advisor/Committee Member

Mindy Magyar


RIT – Main Campus

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