Dressing, Grooming (p1):

Clothes, the dressing process, accessories, and the other small individual touches that make so much difference to how we feel.

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Analysis & Exploration: Dressing, Grooming

Arthritis Sufferers: Struggling with dressing / undressing?

We have been looking for  good arthritis clothing solutions. These products range from various special shoes for arthritis to a special type of arthritis bra. This article uses videos from around the web to demonstrate some of those solutions, and we add our comments and questions. 

 

 

Adventures of Designing a Universal Toenail Clipper

Recent Ithaca College Occupational Therapy Student Rebecca Helbraun discovers the challenge that toenail cutting poses for older adults; does some research; and invents, designs and prototypes a new solution. She shares her journey here.

 

 

Fashion Design for the Functionally Challenged: An Overdue and Promising Frontier

Whether by accident, injury, amputation, disease or any other cause, functional challenges continue to cause problems with regard to dressing fashionably with minimal assistance. Born of the marriage of the occupational therapy and fashion design disciplines, not unlike Tech-enhanced Life's Freedom Wear initiative under the Longevity Collective, the MIT Open Style Lab is assembling teams to tackle problems of fitting clothing for people with limited dexterity.

 

 

First Freedom Wear Meetup held in New York City

We held our first Freedom Wear Meetup in New York City on June 25th. We had a lively discussion sharing our backgrounds, experiences and visions, and touched on a number of opportunity areas that might warrant further discussion and exploration.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Dressing, Grooming

Explorers' Field Report on Use of Toenail Clippers

Eskaton Village explorers took home an array of toenail clippers and returned with a report of their findings. .........Read more

Best Toenail Clippers for Older Adults

Finding the right toenail clippers to work for an older adult has been a recurring discussion topic among circle members. We have narrowed down the array of possible nail clippers and tools to a short list that seem promising for hands-on evaluation. Please check them out and comment. .........Read more

A Few Minutes Brainstorming Our Own Topic Ideas

For the last part of our inaugural Explorer meeting, after listening to and lightly discussing a variety of aging topics explored by other LE groups, we spent a little time talking about what aging topics we were interested in further exploring in the future. A wide variety of possibilities were... .........Read more

Home Robotics

Robotics and AI for Seniors. One member is fascinated with developments in this field and wants to find a way to keep up with what is available and affordable. She does not have a specific application in mind but may need help with declining eyesight.

Someone reminded us that Alexa can... .........Read more

Hand Sanitizer

Keeping safe from the flu season, "your health is in your hands", was discussed using the concept of putting hand sanitizer outside each restroom with a sign inside reminding the folks to use the hand sanitizer as they leave. A potential City Ordinance. .........Read more

Wave the Wand

If you had a magic wand, and it would give you anything you wanted to make your life easier, what would it be? .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Dressing, Grooming (shared by our Explorers)

GPS Smartsole

 
Image of GPS SmartSole Hidden Wearable Tracker in Shoe for Monitoring Wanderers
 

GPS Smartsole is intended to be passive wearable tracking technology in a shoe insert to keep track of someone who may wander.

 

Sock Slider

 
Image of Allstar Innovations - Sock Slider - The Easy on, Easy off Sock Aid Kit & Shoe Horn | Pain Free No Bending, Stretching or Straining System that Packs up for Convenient Travel, As Seen on TV
 

The Sock Slider device is intended to make it easier for persons with functional limitations to put on and take off their socks.

 

PediClipper

 

PediClipper is a modified, extended toenail clipper designed to allow persons with range of motion limitations to clip their toe nails.

 

Bath Lift by Drive Medical

 
Image of Drive Medical Whisper Ultra Quiet Bath Lift, Blue
 

The Whisper Ultra Quiet Bath Lift by Drive Medical is an electric lift designed to assist persons having trouble getting into or out of the bathtub.

 

Easy-Off Sock Doffer

 
Image of Kinsman Enterprises 32035 Easy-On/Easy-Off Sock Aid Kit, Blue
 

Despite a number of devices for pulling socks onto the feet, here is one which is designed to do the opposite: remove socks.

 

Nike Hyperadapt 1.0

 

Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 sneakers are wearable technology for the feet, especially designed for athletes but also may be a great help for anyone who needs assistance with putting on their shoes and lacing them.

 

Buck and Buck

 
Adaptive clothing Buck and Buck
 

Buck and Buck is a site selling adaptive clothing and footwear for persons with disabilities that make dressing and undressing difficult.

 

CareZips

 

CareZips is an approach to adaptive clothing intended to protect the dignity of the wearer during the process of changing of incontinence products.

 

MagnaReady Clothes

 
Image of MagnaReady Magnetically Infused Navy & White Grid Mens Long Sleeve Dress Shirt
 

MagnaReady shirts feature magnetic strips behind the button panels and at the cuffs for ease of dressing or undressing for anyone with diminished functional ability, including arthritis, Parkinson's, or other range of motion limitations.

 

 

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