Dementia Awareness Kids' Game
Dementia NI members, all of whom live with dementia, regularly go into schools across Northern Ireland to get children talking about dementia and improve their knowledge. It was through these interactions that our members decided a good way to improve children’s understanding of dementia would be through a fun online game. We were thrilled when Queen’s University and Focus Games agreed to develop the game with us and now we’re delighted to announce that our Kids’ Dementia Game has launched!
Dementia NI members co-designed the game through Zoom workshops with local P6 children in two schools, in which everyone discussed what children need to know about dementia.
This fun and positive game explores what children know about dementia and tackles misconceptions.
Encouraging your child to play our Kids’ Dementia Game could make big difference their understanding of dementia so why not give it a try?
Our member David Gadsby who helped to develop the game says, “The Kids’ Dementia Game is a great opportunity to start conversations and give children the appropriate information as to why their loved one may have changed. For me, I see this game as a great tool to explain to my grandchildren more about the symptoms I live with.”
Professor Christine Brown Wilson from Queen’s University who led the development of the game says, “Co-designing the Kids’ Dementia Game with people living with dementia and young children demonstrates how the generations can come together to develop a shared understanding of what it means to live well with dementia. Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be challenging not only for the person but also the family – this Game provides a fun and engaging way to have conversations with children about dementia.” We would love those using the game, in their schools, to help us evaluation and learn from the interaction, to evaluate if a short dementia game improves children’s understanding and awareness of dementia . We would like to invite you to play the Kids Dementia game. The game includes a short survey about your understanding of dementia. Kids Dementia game will be played at school and children will be supported by classroom staff during the session. If you would like to know more about this evaluation, or require more information, please contact Professor Christine Brown