Design a way to increase and maintain mental agility in older age.
This brief looks at the ageing population and the challenges that go with it. Address how older people can enhance and maintain their mental agility, and in turn enhance their overall well-being, for longer more fulfilling lives. This brief is to design something that helps people to embed behaviours that will maintain and increase ‘brain power’ and improve the quality of mature years.
My research showed that telling stories or recounting memories is a good activity for keeping the brain sharp and active. Most people can remember their grandparents and parents sharing stories with them, fact or fiction. Not only does it enhance brain power, but it helps bring families closer together, and telling stories can be a very intimate experience.
A Storytelling Game
Groups of 2-5
Each player picks one card from each pile, character, setting, object and prompt. They then tell a story which interoperates all of their cards.
I have chosen this idea because I feel it exercises the mind whilst still being fun to play with the family. This game takes on the history of a Tarot card and looks at how they could be used in a different way. Rather than be used to tell the future they can be used to tell infinite stories. Some of the cards correspond to the original Tarot cards, e.g. Fool, Magician and Lovers. However others have been created for this game. I don’t feel the game needs a ‘winner’ as it is just for fun and to exercise the brain. Telling a story is quite difficult, therefore I have added the prompt cards to help people start their narrative.