Ageing Playfully

Ageing Playfully
Co-designing interactive and playful ways to encourage dementia-friendly exercise and movement.

Dementia affects currently 800,000 people in the UK and is predicted to exceed one million people by 2021. Although there is no cure for dementia, cognitive and behavioural interventions, as well as exercise programmes relating to daily living activities are most beneficial at improving the quality of life of people with Dementia and slowing down the decline associated with the disease.

In this project we will be running a number of workshops within the Age UK Lancashire Community (with people at the early stages of Dementia, their caregivers and Age UK ) with the aim to empower workshop participants to becoming designers themselves. Through a number of creative and playful activities workshop participants will be able to share their aspirations, needs and experiences and (with the help of designers from the University) come up with ideas to create plans or models (prototypes) of these ideas.

In a follow-up stage of the project, these ideas and prototypes will be then taken forward by the research project team and be realised. These would be given to workshop participants to be iteratively tested and share feedback in order to improve them.

The project has been funded by the Creative Exchange.

 

Project Team

TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Gamification, Digital Design
Amanda Bingley Amanda Bingley Lecturer in Health Research
Diane Armstrong Diane Armstrong Dementia Support Coordinator for Age UK Lancashire
Luján EscalanteLuján Escalante Malé Luján Escalante Digital Public Space, New Materialisms, Philosophy of Technics, Feminist Technoscinece (FSTS), Research through Design, Inventing/ve Methods.
Adrian Gradinar Adrian Gradinar Software Developer/PhD Candidate, Lancaster University

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Updates

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

at the Ageing Playfully Seminar

The Centre for Ageing Research seminar: 'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia' held on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at Lancater University provided insights on the value and use of playfulness for caring with people...Read full update

TEDx Talk on the role of playfulness in promoting healthier behaviours

TEDx Talk on the role of playfulness in promoting healthier behaviours

proved a great success inspiring many

Emmanuel was invited to give a talk at the thought-inspiring TEDx Invisible Changes event on the 13th of May. The talk focused on the value and opportunities of playfulness for health and well-being. This was followed by several case studies and short...Read full update

Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia

Event19 days ago
Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia

7th of June 2017, LICA Building, Imagination Lab (A36 – ground floor) at Lancaster University

Centre for Ageing Research Seminar

We are delighted to forward information about the next C4AR seminar: 'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with...Read full update

Co-designing research with people with Parkinson’s

Co-designing research with people with Parkinson’s

Featured in Parkinson's UK Website

Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves (ImaginationLancaster) is featured on Parkinson's UK website in an article called 'Exploring playfulness in Parkinson's', looking at part of his research scoping work. Emmanuel involved people in exploring the potential value for...Read full update

Ageing Playfully Cards

OutcomeDigital or Visual Products
Ageing Playfully Cards

The Ageing Playfully Cards offer a number of practical recommendations in playful co-creation workshops for people with dementia and memory problems. These have been developed as a result of the insights gained during the Ageing Playfully research project. ...More information

Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference..

Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference..

..attract a lot of attention!

The presentation of the work related to participatory design fiction as a tool to engage the public in debate on dementia-friendly futures and the Ageing Playfully cards have generated a lot of interest at the Alzheimer Europe Conference in Denmark. The...Read full update

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