The populi is aging rapidly, and the growing elderly population deserves our aid and attention. How might we tap on technology and design to improve the way the elderly live their daily lives? How might experts from the world of fashion communication contribute to this global challenge?
This initiative is part of a collaboration between Chemistry Team and Lasalle College of the Arts. Chemistry Team guided Lasalle’s Fashion Media students through the design thinking process. This was to explore the challenges faced by the elderly and leverage on smart fashion to develop potential solutions. Some ideas from the workshop included designing a smart cane for the elderly to guide their physical exercise regime. and an interactive prosthetic leg.
We certainly hope that this imbues the importance of inclusive design in the students, as they move on to make their mark in the design field.
(Photos: Vera Kwok)