Meaningful Play 2016 at Michigan State University

Poster Information

TitleDigital Photo Reminiscence Therapy Game for Improving Health and Engagement for Alzheimer's & Dementia
Presenter(s)Brock Dubbels
SessionConference Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session
TimeThursday, October 20, 7:00p-10:00p
LocationMSU Union Ballroom
FormatPoster Presentation
DescriptionWhen we bring out the family album, and share photos of our lives, we connect through story, sharing, and community. With images, we can engage generations with well-placed questions, and create shared histories for generations. This game is a modern-day photo album, which creates family histories; it structures interaction, and improves memory, while eliciting important data for community health statistics. The game can act in a cocreative and function in an assistive or consultative role, drawing on the player’s expertise about his or her own life, structuring interaction and facilitating communication, constructing a collaborative process that also can engage family, caregivers, and important others in the client’s community. Pilot testing indicates that similar techniques such as bibliotherapy, journaling, and the making of memory books, self boxes, life maps, and time capsules, videography tap into a creative meaning-making process necessary for life review. The collaborative process described facilitates deconstructing problem stories and constructing unique outcomes in their place for the client and quite possibly for the family and important others. This type of activity has also been shown to improve memory in individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The game is intended to be a tablet application, where players can drag and drop, point and click, as well as type, take and save photos, as well as narrate and record spoken histories. This game works directly through both a browser or a local app, and allows for drawing from the vast collections of image, audio, and news media hosted and curated online.

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