Babbelbord: A personalized conversational game for people with dementia.

Deniece S. Nazareth*, Carmen Burghardt, Alessandro Capra, Paolo Cristoforetti, Wesley Lam, Jelte Barachia van Waterschoot, Gerben J. Westerhof, Khiet Phuong Truong

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We present a demonstration of the board game named “Babbelbord” that stimulates narrative reminiscence in a novel interactive, personalized and entertaining way for people with dementia. Narrative reminiscence is part of reminiscence therapy which is often used in dementia care as it reduces neuropsychiatric symptoms, and therefore improves the quality of life for people with dementia. Stimulating narrative reminiscence entails communicating personal memories with others without intent or evaluation. The Babbelbord game is a newly developed board game that was based on an old-fashioned game that is familiar to people with dementia. The purpose of the Babbelbord game is to reconnect older adults with dementia to their relatives and friends by stimulating narrative reminiscence with a personalized game question approach. The Babbelbord game provides interactive and entertaining conversation starters in a gamified way between people with dementia and their relatives. In this paper, we describe and demonstrate how the Babbelbord was designed to offer an engaging and gamified user experience, tailored for older adults affected by dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDementia Lab 2019. Making Design Work: Engaging with Dementia in Context
Subtitle of host publication4th Conference, D-Lab 2019, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October 21–22, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsRens Brankaert, Wijnand IJsselsteijn
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-33540-3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2019
Event4th Dementia Lab conference 2019: making design work: engaging with dementia in context - University of Technology Eindhoven Campus, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 21 Oct 201922 Oct 2019
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science


Conference4th Dementia Lab conference 2019
Abbreviated titleDementia Lab
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  • dementia
  • older adults
  • narrative reminiscene
  • Serious game


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