Clothing & Accessories:  Explorer Discussions

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

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To Women's Clothing Designers: We Need to Talk!

Explorer Judy expects pockets in garments when she is shopping for new clothes.



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?...



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.



Button Hook Endorsement

Explorer Rita reports that the Good Grips button hook tool she took home to test performed excellently well.



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.



Help for Arthritis Sufferers

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



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.



Clothing Gadgets for Arthritic Hands @ EVC

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



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.



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.



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 Clothing & Accessories 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 Clothing & Accessories, 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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