“Easy buttons” give seniors’ life comfort a serious boost : these ergonomic buttons are designed to make it easier for both seniors and disabled people to dress daily.
It takes seniors three to five times as long to put on a dress shirt
As we get on in years, daily gestures that we used to go through without a single moment’s thought can suddenly become challenging. Buttoning up your own shirt is one of those : for people whose motor skills are affected by age and disabled people who can’t feel their fingertips, dressing daily can become quite the chore.
Taiwanese designers Han Jisook, Tang Wei-Hsiang and Tsai Po-An recently undertook an investigation to try and figure out the amount of time needed to put on a shirt as an elderly person. They found that seniors take three to five times as long as their younger counterparts to put on a dress shirt.
“Easy buttons” help seniors dress daily
The three designers then set out to find a solution to this problem, and decided to create an ergonomic button making it easier for the elderly to dress. The “Easy button” is oblong shaped ; one side is thinner than the other and slightly curved to foster a better grip. The other side is concave, to make it easier to insert into the buttonhole.
The creators received the 2013 Red Dot design award for this project.