Dementia board game combats inequalities 

A game that can be used to improve knowledge about dementia inequalities for health and social care professionals, carers, people living with dementia, decision makers and the general public has shown positive initial outcomes in a study published by researchers from the University of Liverpool. 

The Dementia Inequalities Game – created by the University of Liverpool, The Lewy Body Society, and third sector representatives in collaboration with people who have lived experience of dementia – shines a light on pre and post dementia diagnosis barriers, as well as the support available and the positive impact this can have. The game was developed thanks to funding from the Wellcome Trust and supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Research Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (NIHR ARC NWC). 

Early users of the roll and move style board game were asked to complete a questionnaire, with indications showing that the game improves knowledge of dementia inequalities. 

Dr Clarissa Giebel, Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Population Health at the University of Liverpool, said: 

“I’m delighted to see this initial feedback which indicates the game successfully highlights the inequalities and challenges faced before and after a dementia diagnosis. We look forward to further researching the impact of the game.” 

Read more about the study here: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hex.13977 

You can buy the game (£35 + P&P) here: www.lewybody.org/product/dementia-inequalities-board-game-40-00-includes-p-p/