We are currently faced with a super-aged society.With the increase of senior citizens,Our society will have many problems for them. The clothing issue is especially important. Because the body of senior citizens has a wide variety of shapes compared to the young people's body, their clothes will requlre diversity. However, the research on senior citizen's clothes is little.
Then, We paid attention to the underwear which has many functions such as body protection and hygiene maintenance and so on. Therefore we performed the attitude survey to clarify the consciousness of senior citizens for their underwear.
As a result, following matters were revealed.
・About items of convenience such as washing and clothes maintenance etc., the elderly women had the higher consciousness than the elderly men.
・Urinary incontinence, obstacle of purchasing and body odor of elderly are unlque and serious problems for elderly persons.
・Senior citizens are also interested in fashion and style.
A field experiment was conducted to investigate clothing microclimate of the women who underwent breast cancer surgery. Participants were 4 postoperative subjects ( 2 after unilateral full mastectomy and 2 after breast conserving surgery with radiation therapy) and 4 normal subjects. The temperature and humidity were measured inside of brassiere (and breast form), at the diseased side and the healthy side for postoperative subjects, or at the right side and the left side for normal subjects, every 10 seconds for 60 min. A higher temperature was observed at the diseased side in every postoperative subject, which could be attributed to a) silicone breast form worn by the subjects after mastectomy, and b) impairment of sweating induced by radiation following a breast conserving operation. A remarkable high humidity was also observed inside of silicone breast form. These data suggest thermal discomfort of clothing of the breast cancer patients and survivors.