Designing leisure products for people with dementia : developing ‘the Chitchatters’ game

H. Rijn, van, J. Hoof, van, P.J. Stappers

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Providing leisure to people with dementia is a serious challenge, for health care professionals and designers and engineers of products used for activity sessions. This article describes the design process of ‘‘the Chitchatters,’’ a leisure game for a group of people with dementia in day care centers. The game aims to stimulate social interaction among people with dementia. Different stakeholders, such as older adults with dementia, their relatives and care professionals were involved in the design process via qualitative research methods as participant observation and the use of probes. These methods were applied to give the design team insight into the experiential world of people with dementia. This article presents how design insights from practice and literature can be translated into a real design for a leisure product for group use by older people with dementia, and shows designers how to work with, and design for, special groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-89
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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