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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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

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

Ageing Playfully Design Report

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Ageing Playfully Design Report

The project's design report is now available to download for free. The design report presents the research background, method, findings and key recommendations emerging from the Ageing Playfully research project. It is aimed at academics, design professionals and healthcare professionals. The...More information

Ageing Playfully Video Journey

OutcomeDigital or Visual Products
Ageing Playfully Video Journey

A video journey of the Ageing Playfully project is now available for viewing. The video provides a snapshot of the Ageing Playfully research project. ...More information

Music proves to be a real hit in dementia project..

Music proves to be a real hit in dementia project..

...appears on several medical news online outlets

The Creative Exchange Ageing playfully has been features by a number of medical news sites, such as News Medical, Medical Express and Medical News Today, in the UK and overseas. ...Read full update

Invited talk at the U3A Learn, Laugh, Live event...

Invited talk at the U3A Learn, Laugh, Live event...

...about the importance of play in later life.

Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves presented his work on ageing playfully at the University for the 3rd Age event. The event was focused around Living well in later life. Emmanuel gave an invited talk on his latest work in engaging older people with...Read full update

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