Adaptive Clothing (p1)

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

 

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Help! Women’s Jewelry Clasps

What aids are there to make putting on women’s jewelry easier?

With the clasps being so tiny and senior vision and hand dexterity getting worse, it is difficult to fasten a necklace or put on the backs of earrings. Short of ceasing to wear jewelry, what are some options that would help?... .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Supportive and Fashionable Shoes: Opportunity?

An adult daughter Explorer seeks a special type of shoe on behalf of her mother, who wants a sturdy shoe to prevent falling but at the same time is good looking. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Button Hook Endorsement

Explorer Rita reports that the Good Grips button hook tool she took home to test performed excellently well. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

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

 


 

Clothing Gadgets for Ease While Dressing @ Cal Presy

The group handled and commented on several devices designed to make dressing easier for persons with injured or arthritic joints. Some were more efficient than others, but all agreed about the need and the benefits of such tools. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Clothing Gadgets for Arthritic Hands @ EVC

Group members inspected and tested various dressing aids, then discussed the pros and cons of each. .....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

 


 

Arthritis Gadget discussion @SRC

Members discuss the innovations for making it easier to get dressed when arthritic hands and other disabilities make it difficult. Velcro makes an appearance, but has its negatives as well as positives. .....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

 


 

About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Adaptive Clothing is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Adaptive Clothing, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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