CX Cluster Project

Ageing Playfully

Ageing Playfully

Co-designing interactive and playful ways to encourage dementia-friendly exercise and movement.

1 Commercial Partner
4 Academic Researchers
Senior Lecturer in Design Interactions, Imagination Lancaster
CX PhD Student
CX PhD Student
Lancaster University

In this project we ran 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 shared their aspirations, needs and experiences and (with the help of designers from the University) and came up with ideas to create plans or models (prototypes) of these ideas.

In a follow-up stage of the project, these ideas and prototypes were taken forward by the research project team and realised. These were given to workshop participants to be iteratively tested and share feedback in order to improve them.

Latest Project Activity

A playful workshop for ageing playfully with our senior co-designers enjoying themselves.

5th Oct 2015
In our first in a series of workshops the team used playful and creative ways to explore the range and type of activities enjoyed by all. This led to the co-creation of  a series of collages and moodboards of favourite past, present, indour and outdous activities. In our next workshop we...

The musical Bench featured by BBC Radio Lancashire during its exhibition at the Dementia Futures event

5th Oct 2015
A musical bench, developed by members of ImaginationLancaster, that allows older people to stretch whilst creating music, has been featured on Friday the 18th of September by BBC Radio Lancashire. The musical bench was exhibited at the Dementia Futures event organised by Lancaster University's Centre for Ageing Research at the Lancaster...

Co-designing the perfect garden in a most playful way.

5th Oct 2015
Following the success of our first workshop and our groups' shared interest in gardening, in the second workshop we explored the design of the perfect garden. Our co-designers created a series of perfect gardens with very rich stories to accompany them. Using creative toolkits, such as textile material, plasticine and Lego...

Co-designing musical instruments reveals insights on user participation.

5th Oct 2015
This was by far the most playful and animated workshop the team has run. Workshop participants co-designed in groups very unique musical soundboard filled with musical instruments made from scratch. The session finished with people playing music using their soundboard and singing!

From vinyl records to toys: the return of analogue products in our digital lives

5th Oct 2015
The resurgence of analogue shows us that although we live in a digital age we still place a lot of value on physical experiences. Therefore the comeback is not simply a nostalgia for the past, but instead a driving force of a post-digital era, where a new hybrid physical and...