CONSIDERING ELDERLY
In collaboration with fuelfor and Ollie Niemi.
A fast track process from research-to-concept-to-prototyping synthesised issues from the elderly, care giver and family perspectives.

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Selected product/service solutions were prototyped to communicate a spectrum of innovation opportunities, from clothing to policy change:

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Indication clothing
Managing clothing to stay hygienic, comfortable and safe can be a challenge for elderly due to their reduced movement, memory, mobility, sight and sense of cold.
This idea offers garments that indicate frequency of usage and wear through simple visual feedback, and enlarged narrative graphics.



Rehabilitation clothing
Elderly may struggle to perform regular rehabilitation and general mobility exercises due to a lack of understanding of the need to stay active, boredom with routines leading to non-compliance, feeling unsafe performing exercises on their own. Physiotherapists and rehab specialists encourage elderly to maintain an exercise routine at home, but need to be able to adapt care plans according to capability as people age, get ill and their movement deteriorates.
This idea offers elderly a simple, fun and safe way to perform rehab and mobility exercises in the home wearing this garment. It also offers care givers the opportunity to modify and tailor exercises for patients in a simple effective way by moving pockets around the garment using a flexible system.



Myway
Families struggle to confront and effectively address difficult issues such as those related to aging loved ones and lifestyle changes that impact the family. They often struggle to identify the options they face as well as feel a sense of control over their decision-making.
This idea is an interactive, visual tool that helps people discuss sensitive subjects and work out possible future scenarios in order to plan with effectiveness and reassurance. The kit could also be used by other stakeholder groups such as: human resource managers discussing retirement and pension options with their employees, social workers facilitating decision-making together with the families they support or clinical professionals discussing care options with their patients and their families.



upgrAID
1 in 3 elderly fall and injure themselves in ways that can lead to hospitalisation, a rapid decline in physical and mental condition and potentially even death. For this reason some elderly are afraid to venture out of their home for fear of falling. Ironically, staying mobile and active also contributes to healthy aging. Existing hip protection products are stigmatising and suffer from non-compliance over time. Advances in materials technologies offer new functionalities that can be incorporated into clothing. d3o is one such smart material that offers protection from impact.
This idea combines a service and a product - a clothing alteration service that is offered in a rehab clinic or outpatient health center with a hip protection soft product that can be integrated into any overcoat to offer fall protection in a comfortable, non stigmatising, flexible way.