the 2018 RESEARCH theme: aGING,MOBILITY, & CARE

Mobility is essential to maintaining an independent lifestyle of all abilities. Teams will look at how materials, silhouettes, and technologies facilitate independent mobility and the collaborative movement with a caretaker. Emphasis will be centered on discovering common wearable challenges that bridge the aging community with PWD to identify universal design solutions. In collaboration with Riverside Rehab, teams will integrate current fashion trends, garment construction, and technologies such as soft circuits or novel material/fabrication technologies, when collaborating with people with disabilities and those who are facing disabilities through aging.

 Photo Description: Designers, engineers, and therapists at week 1 of Open Style Lab summer program at Parsons School of Design.

Photo Description: Designers, engineers, and therapists at week 1 of Open Style Lab summer program at Parsons School of Design.

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More about our partnership:

The Riverside Premier Rehabilitation and Healing Center is Manhattan’s premier location for short term rehabilitation and long term nursing. The Riverside has created an inimitable, revitalizing rehabilitation environment to provide the short term patient with a luxurious, five-star experience that meets and exceeds all expectations. The Riverside offers an expansive program of therapies both standard and unique. Their programming is designed to help you regain mobility and independence, with a focus on helping you reintegrate into your familiar daily routine. Their highly skilled staff is renowned for their passion and love for helping their patients heal, and it shows.