july, 2014


Playful Design for Special Needs

Event Details

In the Netherlands, we designed a game for older persons suffering from dementia in collaboration with two universities, a game design company and several elderly care providers. The game is called the ‘Active Cues’ and stimulates physical activity and social interaction for moderate-to severe dementia patients.

The Active Cues consist of six games which all stimulate dementia patients to physically interact with light projections on the dining table. For example, they can play with fish that swim around, sweep away leaves or throw a ball to each other. During our evaluation study, we found significant improvement in physical activity and happiness from the games. Players actively engaged in the game and happily chatted about the games with each other.

Currently we are taking two next steps, for which we are looking for new partners and expertise: (1) the Active Cues will be produced for the European market and we want to explore whether we can produce and market it also in South Africa. (2) we are setting up a new consortium to redesign the Active Cues for children with autism. This project will take place from January until July 2015 in Cape Town and we are looking for organisations, schools and companies that are interested in participation. The aim for this workshop is to share knowledge in both fields: design for dementia care and education for autism, and explore the opportunities for new collaborations.

Participation: Please email h.anderiesen@tudelft.nl

Parking: Information may be found here.


(Thursday) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Department of Design

8 Vrede Street, Gardens 8001 Cape Town, South Africa


Department of Design