Clothing and Older Adults

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Who wants to wear "old people clothes"?

This is a common sentiment among the older adults who come to our Longevity Explorer meetings or read this website, especially when the discussion turns to clothes that fall into the category of "adaptive clothing". 

On the other hand, there are many situations where clothing designed for older adults needs to diverge from what the fashion industry designs for people in their 20's and 30's. There are changes in body shape, and conditions like arthritis, tremor, or peripheral neuropathy, that require some rethinking of how clothing functions.

This is the "Topic Hub" where we collect the results of our explorations into clothing for older adults. We are seeking clothing that is stylish. And clothing that has specific functions that help it adapt to some of the physical and mental changes that occur as we age.


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Arthritis Sufferers: Struggling with Clothing?

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. 


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Better Bra for Older Women

Our Longevity Explorers have been engaged in a brainstorming session about bra's for older adults — ignited by a challenge from explorer Marly.



Challenge: finding a bra that works

By: Marly

For plus size older women, it is impossible to find a bra that is easy to put on (ie front-closing, preferably a sturdy zipper rather than hooks), has cap sleeves so that straps do not create constant shoulder abrasions, is cut high to actually offer support to the whole breast, has good back... Read More. Add your Opinions


Key words: 
adaptive clothing, arthritis clothing, stylish clothing for older adults

Last Updated: April 19, 2020.