Points to Consider when Designing Clothing for Elders

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Discussion Summary

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.

  • Lower the closet bar for ease of access.
  • Remove buttons – use velcro closures instead.
  • Stain and odor resistant clothing is a good choice.
  • Move closures to the front of garments.
  • Keep arm holes wide and open.
  • A hosiery tool can make the difference in independence in dressing.
  • Clothing with sensors appeared in the therapies, but is well adapted to 'Freedom Wear'.


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Key words: 
Clothing design, range of motion