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Research project

Inclusive Smart Textile Design for Healthy Ageing

Project overview

The population of the world is ageing. In the UK, 4.02 million older people live alone which accounts for 6% of the UK population.

Studies have highlighted these people are more likely to attend accident and emergency, visit their GPs, have multiple long-term conditions, and develop mental health problems.

Therefore, this project aims to explore the unmet healthcare needs of aged 65+ people who live alone. It will identify challenges that they face and develop inclusive smart textiles design insights to address their needs.


Other researchers

Professor Yuanyuan Yin


Research interests

  • Inclusive design for ageing
  • Product and service design
  • Design for healthy ageing
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Professor Kai Yang


Research interests

  • Electronic textile materials and manufacturing
  • Wearable medical devices (e.g. stroke rehabilitation, pain management)
  • Digital healthcare
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs