The last few years has seen a huge amount of development go into high-tech wearable materials, designed to provide a myriad of benefits to high-performance athletes, many of these same benefits could also benefit the elderly and help them stay active
Wearable performance technology has come a long way in the last few years. Originally designed to benefit athletes, many of these myriad benefits could also apply to the needs of the elderly, i.e.:
- Core Support = as anyone who is relatively fit and active will tell you, your core strength is the foundation upon which your broader fitness builds. The compression applied by modern active wear promotes posture and supports movement.
- Temperature Control = as you begin activity, the materials are designed to initially retain heat, improving circulation and creating an 'energy feedback' effect.
Once a heat threshold is crossed, the materials begin to shed temperature with equal efficiency, keeping the wearer more comfortable for longer.
- Movement = The effect upon freedom of movement is not merely passive - the natural buoyancy and aerodynamics of the materials actively assist in any number of activities.
- Form = I would imagine that many elderly people, particularly the overweight, are at least in part discouraged from an active lifestyle by their body image. Given that these kinds of compression active-wear are essentially a wonder-bra for your whole body by default, this in itself may not be an insignificant factor.
Combine all of this with smart features, such as heart monitors and other sensors that are already beginning to show up in this product category and you could end up with a 'Smart-Skin' of sorts.