On November 14, the AgeLab’s Lifestyle Leaders Panel convened to discuss topics related to clothing, fashion, and shopping. The Lifestyle Leaders Panel brings people ages 85 and older from the greater Boston community into the MIT AgeLab to share their perspectives and experiences with AgeLab researchers.
Topics for this session included past and present clothing preferences, changes in attitudes with age toward the form and function of clothing, and mobility- and dexterity-related challenges around putting on and manipulating clothing.
Pinar Cuvenc, Vanessa Sanchez, and Julia Liao sat in on the groups as representatives of Open Style Lab, which operates in New York City in partnership with Parsons School of Design. They participated in the groups so that they could learn directly from the Lifestyle Leaders about their experiences. Open Style Lab is a non-profit organization that focuses on making style and clothing accessible to all people of all ages and abilities.
Lifestyle Leaders voiced difficulties with handling zippers and delicate buttons, emphasized the importance of safe and comfortable footwear, and expressed increased preferences for ease in donning and maintaining their clothing.
The next meeting of the Lifestyle Leaders will be in January 2018.