Adaptive clothing that works: Freedom Wear.

We demand products and services developed especially for us!

..... and we're starting with the shirts on our backs!

 

Frustration wear

Frustration Wear

Just my style, but ....
difficult to put on ... 
impossible to fasten ... 
and a real struggle to take off.

Welcome to the Freedom Wear Circle — the place to share your "freedom wear / frustration wear" story.

We are looking for adaptive clothing solutions that work, and look nice. We might be older or have arthritis, but we don't want ugly "handicap clothing" or "clothes for seniors".

Adaptive clothing: hear the discussions.

Read and listen to the Longevity Explorers discussing arthritis clothing that works, helpful tools for challenges like doing up buttons, and unmet needs we would like to see solved. Feel free to comment or add your own Story.

 

Freedom wear clothing

Freedom Wear

Just my style, and ...
easy to put on ...
a breeze to take off ...
all by myself!

Browse Discussions from this Circle

Please read the stories below, and, if you or your friends and family have had similar experiences, add comments and /or suggested workarounds or solutions.

Easy-On Swimsuit, good for arthritis

Explorer Gabrielle introduced a product designed to make putting a swimsuit on and taking it off easier for sufferers of arthritis or other motion-limiting conditions. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Help for Arthritis Sufferers

Explorer Ayanna starts the discussion by asking how to make things easier for arthritic hands. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Arthritis Tools for Dressing @ SSF

The group examined and discussed several devices to help people when dressing with limited range of motion or arthritic hands. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

The world needs better fashion for seniors

A recurring theme among our groups of older adults is the dearth of well designed and attractive clothing for older adults. Hear this discussion of the issue. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Clothing: Arthritis and Parkinsons. Geriatric Care manager insights

In this interview summary, Care Manager Diane Loeb, LCSW, describes her observations of past clients who have had difficulty with dressing, and reveals her approach to finding garments that accommodate their needs. Vivian Tsai, student of industrial design at Academy of Art University in San... .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

MIT's Open Style Lab

With grants from private sources including fashion designer Eileen Fisher's women's clothing company, the MIT Open Style Lab is challenging teams of MIT students and their mentors to create clothing solutions to functionally challenged clients. I thought the Freedom Wear... .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Points to Consider when Designing Clothing for Elders

Be mindful of limitations in fine motor tasks and range of motion when approaching design of garments for older adults. Even the ergonomics of the closet can be important to making the task of dressing much easier to negotiate. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Finding footwear is tricky for arthritis sufferer

Footwear posed a problem for me until I discovered a sock assist that is readily available and a dressing stick that helps me take my socks off. It is still very difficult to put on compression stockings, but I don't see any solution. They need to be tight fitting, but it aggravates the... .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

They are frail and slow but still want to look nice. Where are the designers?

I work in a CCRC and there are a couple of quite elderly women who have dressed with care and style all their lives.

Now that they are more frail, dressing is a real chore and frustration to them and accessories? Forget it. Those loving touches of earrings, brooches and scarves are just... .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Buttoning Shirt Sleeves: hard if you have Parkinson's

As my Parkinson's Disease is entering it's eighth year I find it increasingly difficult to button my shirt sleeves which takes some dexterity even for those that don't have PD. I would like to see button snaps on the sleeves for now and eventually I would imagine I am going to need it for... .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Have Your Say!

 

Add your Voice to this Circle

Do you have a story to share that is relevant to this circle, or a report of a discussion from the circle, or of some exploring you have been doing? Please add your voice to the discussion here.

This Circle

Do you, or does someone you love, struggle to get dressed and undressed by themselves?

We are the Freedom Wear Circle of the Longevity Explorers, and we are leading a movement to get clothing manufacturers to innovate and create clothing that is as fashionable as it is practical for those who have difficulty dressing themselves.

We are collecting stories, experiences, problems and “I wishes”......

.....that we can use to wake up the fashion world to the needs of all those who are faced with this challenge. The more input we get, the more power we will have as a movement to bring these products to market.