Overview of the design requirements of the active ageing

  • Timmins M
  • McCann J
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on identifying and addressing the design requirements of the active ageing, in terms of the design of functional clothing that has the potential to promote healthy exercise, autonomy and independence. The application of smart clothes and wearable technologies is discussed in a case study involving cross-disciplinary research 'Design for Ageing Well: Improving the quality of life for the ageing population using a technology-enabled garment system'. This study has begun to address the current lack of understanding of the actual and potential role of mobile/wearable technological advances in everyday lives of older people, with developments that have often failed to address their aspirations. The research discussed has been concerned with introducing and adapting the concept of the functional clothing 'layering system' to the design requirements of the active ageing (60-75. years) with a focus on walking.

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  • Clothing with potential to promote healthy exercise
  • Identification of design requirements of active agers
  • Smart clothes and wearable technologies
  • Technology-enabled garment layering system

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  • M. W. Timmins

  • J. McCann

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