Is dressing an easy thing for the elderly?

It seems that for many of us to get dressed is a very simple and easy thing to do, even not to be considered at all. However, the elderly may suffer to take dress on or off because of many other reasons. Therefore, improving the quality of elderly’s life is an important topic. The key factors to be improved are:

  • Longer independence
  • Active in work
  • Active participation in society

Independent living is strongly related to social and health care. Therefore, the need of long-term healthcare should be considered. The challenge herein is to find the right mix of health, social and informal care to fulfil the individual’s needs.

The elderly have specific needs for clothing and other textile products, for personal hygiene or medical reasons. Improvements in   these products will significantly increase their quality of life and improve the effectiveness of medical and social care services. The optimum way to achieve significant advances is through a concentrated and coordinated effort by innovators, manufacturers and end-users to address the multiple concerns related to product and/or process development, including: translation of often subjective assessments into quantitative measures of quality, availability of new technologies, and the feasibility of incorporating new technologies in the manufacturing chain. All of this will be targeted in our present project – the TAGS.

Interesting knowledge is freely given by care workers who have posted useful tips on how to provide assistance in helping someone dress. They are providing the “Clothing and dressing tips”, suggestions and also recommendations with choosing appropriate clothes for elderly.

“Frail older people can often have problems getting dressed and finding clothes to fit. People with arthritis can struggle with small buttons whilst someone with dementia may forget how to dress altogether.”


Feature picture by Ed Yourdon on Flickr – some rights reserved.


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