The tech generation

GAME ON : Malcolm Burgin shares a joke with Ken Cobb, aged 86, while playing on an iPad
GAME ON : Malcolm Burgin shares a joke with Ken Cobb, aged 86, while playing on an iPad

Residents at Fernhill have become ‘generation gamers’ as part of a pioneering study into ways of combating dementia.

The Longham, Dorset, home – newly rated as Outstanding by the CQC – joined forces with Bournemouth University (BU) and the Alive charity to examine the impact of computer game technology on people with the condition. Experts from Alive trained eight of our staff before they held games sessions with residents.

Using Wii and Xbox consoles, residents tackled virtual games such as tennis and ten-pin bowling. They also used iPads to make music, create picture collages and revisit old haunts on Google Earth.

Resident Ken Cobb said: “I really enjoyed the sessions.”

Companionship Team Leader Kate Morris said: “There was a real sense of achievement when they played the games or created some music or artwork. There’s a misconception that people with dementia can’t learn new things, but this shows they can.”

Fernhill has now started a regular technology club for residents.

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