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The New Dynamics of Ageing Volume 1$
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Alan Walker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314721

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314721.001.0001

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Design for ageing well

Design for ageing well

(p.193) Ten Design for ageing well
The New Dynamics of Ageing Volume 1

Jane McCann

Tracey Williamson

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the collaborative research project ‘Design for Ageing that brought together stakeholders from academia and industry, to engage with active ageing participants in the co-design of smart functional clothing, with wearable electronics. The prime objective was to develop a functional clothing ‘layering system’ for participation in walking comprising; close-fitting body layer garments, with vital signs and activity monitoring, moisture management base layer styles, mid layer insulating garments, with warming devices, and outer layer protection, providing multi-modal user interfaces to facilitate outdoor healthy exercise, social engagement and enhanced well-being. Co-design methodology, new to clothing design, was adopted to help to explain complex terminologies and practices between both academic and industry stakeholders, including technologists in electronics, clothing/textiles, and gerontology. This collaborative research has contributed to training a new breed of cross-disciplinary academic researchers, in tried and tested co-design process with industry practitioners and end-users.

Keywords:   Co-design, Active Ageing, Functional Clothing, Textiles, Wearable Electronics

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