Tips for design your own games for seniors with Dementia

Tips for design your own games for seniors with Dementia

In a compelling image that has recently captured our hearts, we see the essence of thoughtful design crystallized. It features an elderly person and a toddler, each using walkers designed for their respective ages. This image, symbolic of the diverse needs across different stages of life, has sparked a profound reflection on the games and activities we create at Assistex, especially for our loved ones with dementia. It underscores a crucial design principle: items serving the same function can be and should be designed differently, capturing the essence of playfulness for children and embodying dignity and respect for adults.

Our goal at Assistex is to ensure these games are adapted in a way that is thoroughly appropriate for seniors, acknowledging their unique needs and preferences.

Designing Your Own Games for Seniors with Cognitive Decline

For those looking to create similar games, here are some guiding tips to design your own activities that resonate with seniors:

Selective Color Use: Choose a palette that emphasizes a few select colors. This approach helps maintain clarity and ensures the color scheme is appropriate for an adult audience, avoiding overstimulation.

Adapt the Content: The themes and narratives of your games should reflect stories and themes meaningful to adults. This can foster a deeper connection to the game, making it more engaging and relevant.

Simplify Without Infantilizing: Design the games to focus on the enjoyment of the activity itself rather than its complexity. It's essential to strike a balance where the game is accessible without being condescending.

Incorporate Therapeutic Elements: Add features that are not only fun but also beneficial. Including components that stimulate memory, encourage fine motor skills, and promote social interaction can significantly enhance the value of the game for seniors with dementia.

Ensure Accessibility: Make sure your game is easy to interact with. Use large, easy-to-read fonts, high-contrast color schemes for better visibility, and ensure the navigation is simple and intuitive.

Designing games for adults with dementia is a profound responsibility—one that we at Assistex take to heart. By approaching this task with sensitivity, creativity, and respect, we can create meaningful, enjoyable experiences that respect the dignity of every individual.


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