Designing Functional Apparel for Seniors With Chronic Physical & Mental Impairment

Abstract

The UN "World Population Prospects 2019" projects global megatrends, declining fertility and an increase in the ageing population. Body organs-degrade, cognition declining with age, involving the chronic physical & mental impairment with dementia risk.

It is important to enhance the convenience of clothing on and off。Clothing is a basic human need which is equally the case for the physically challenged. The purpose of this is Seeking a feasible way to offer those people an easy、less pain way to dress. Three devices of modest apparel were assessed by wear trail test for seniors to meet their specially demands. 70% of global functional textiles from Taiwan due to well-structured industry. In 2017, the researcher obtained the first-class technical certificate applying the professional know-how of making clothes to solve the problem of wearing clothes。Research process comprised of assessing clothing needs and problems while dressing。Caring design by using breathable, antibacterial, water-repellent, and deodorizing functional fabrics can improve the physical and mental discomfort and inconvenience.

Employing data collection by in-depth interviews and observations method to understand what was missing in the clothing design. The researcher found that the modest apparel is suitable for physically-challenged seniors who want independence and self-confidence in their lives.



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Hsiu-yu Chang, Tung Fang Design University, Taiwan
Shu-Ming Wu, Tung Fang Design University, Taiwan
Tseng-Chin Yeh, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Paper Information
Conference: AGen2020
Stream: Aging and Gerontology

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