‘Let’s Talk Dementia’ board game launch
Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance has launched a brand new board game aimed at raising awareness of dementia.
The creation of the ‘Let’s Talk Dementia’ board game has been led by the Forest of Dean District Council in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and voluntary organisations such as the local Alzheimer’s Society branch, Crossroads Forest of Dean and Newent Association for the Disabled.
The game has been designed as an interactive learning tool for all ages. It introduces the topic of dementia into communities and the fun element of the game helps to remove discrimination and develop empathy towards those living with the condition.
Over 500 residents trialled the pilot board game prior to its production.
Andrew Morgan-Watts, a Dementia Champion for the Forest of Dean said: “Thank you to all the partners involved in the creation and funding of the board game.
“Together we have designed a game that encourages conversations between different age groups, but at the same time raises awareness of dementia and how it affects individuals.
“The board game is an interactive way of engaging with people to help them understand dementia better and is a step towards building more inclusive communities where everyone can feel welcomed and safe.
“The game can be played at home with friends and family or in the professional setting of a care home, day care centre or hospital and because it’s easy to use and fun it can also be used in schools as an educational tool to raise young people’s awareness of dementia.
“Board games have been distributed to all libraries across the county and people can borrow them in the same way they would a book. Alternatively, to borrow a game contact Lena Maller, Community Engagement Officer on 01594 812609 or email Lena.Maller@fdean.gov.uk”
For more information on the Council's work on dementia please visit our Dementia Awareness page.