Textile-led Design for the Active Ageing Population

Edited by

  • J. McCann, University of Wales Newport
  • David Bryson, University of Derby, UK

Despite the world’s aging population, suitable clothing for the older community is a largely neglected area. This book considers the needs of the growing number of active older people and investigates how recent developments in textiles, fibres, finishes, design and integrated technology can be deployed to serve this group and improve quality of life.

Part I provides an understanding of the active aging population by considering the group’s experiences of and attitudes towards clothing and reviewing the barriers to their adoption of new wearable technologies. Part II focuses on the needs of the older population, including effective communication with designers and the age-related anatomical and physiological changes that designs should consider. Part III reviews design requirements and processes, and finally Part IV reviews the manufacture of suitable apparel, with chapters on suitable textile fibres, balancing technology and aesthetics and wearable electronics.

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Audience

Textile scientists; Technologists; Engineers and those designing and manufacturing textiles; Academics and researchers in the textile field

 

Book information

  • Published: August 2014
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-538-1


Table of Contents

Part I Understanding the active ageing population

1 Technological change and active ageing: experiences and responses

2 Clothing and identity in the active ageing population

3 Attitudes to apparel amongst the baby boomer generation

4 The role of colour in textiles for the active ageing population

5 Barriers to the adoption of new wearable electronics technologies by the active ageing population

Part II Understanding and researching apparel needs amongst the active ageing population

6 Qualitative and quantitative methods applied in active ageing

7 Effective communication in product development of smart wearable clothing for the active ageing population

8 Anatomical and physiological changes with age: implications for apparel design

9 Clothing and the body’s thermoregulation system: implications for apparel design for the active ageing population

10 3D scanning techniques to capture changes in size and shape with age

Part III Apparel design requirements for the active ageing population

11 The role of wearable electronics in meeting the needs of the active ageing population

12 Identifying design requirements for apparel for the active ageing population: an overview

13 Co-designing smart apparel for the active ageing population

14 Public involvement in garment design research

15 The co-design process for apparel for the active ageing population: the participant experience

16 Key choices in developing sustainable apparel for the active ageing population

17 Issues and techniques in the inclusive design of apparel for the active ageing population

Part IV From design to apparel for the active ageing population

18 From co-design to design specifications and manufacture of apparel for the active ageing population

19 Textile fibres for layering systems in apparel for the active ageing population

20 Designing base layers for apparel for the active ageing population: balancing technology and aesthetics

21 Co-designing clothing layering systems as a technology platform for wearable electronics for the active ageing population

22 Developing a strategy for the effective specification of functional clothing with integrated wearable technology for the active ageing population

23 Footwear design for the active ageing population

24 Designing apparel for the active ageing population in China

25 Experiences in the design, iterative development and evaluation of a technology enabled garment for active ageing walkers