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Gard game to fight dementia

30 May 2017 / by / 1 comment

Gard game to fight dementia

Twenty-​six-​old comes up with ini­tia­tive to plug gap in home-​based activities.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_8783” align=“alignleft” width=“401”] Chris­tel Goh.[/caption]

Vibrantly-​coloured sketches of local kuehs such as kueh tutu, ang ku kueh and her­itage items such as clogs, straw fan and tingkat form Hua Hee, an Indiegogo cam­paign that just went live.

After expe­ri­enc­ing the pain of demen­tia in the fam­ily, 26-​year-​old Chris­tel Goh started draw­ing these icons that are unique to Sin­ga­pore to develop a card game for seniors. Hua Hee is a card game designed to fight demen­tia in Sin­ga­pore and bring gen­er­a­tions together. Hua Hee (in Hokkien, it means happy) can be played as a match­ing or snap game. Accord­ing to the National Insti­tutes of Health in the US, brain-​training exer­cises can slow down demen­tia between 33 to 48 percent.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_8784” align=“alignright” width=“388”] Hua Hee match­ing game.[/caption]

Inspi­ra­tion behind Hua Hee

Chris­tel lived with her grand­mother who seemed to for­get cer­tain things when she got older. She also had a grand­fa­ther who was diag­nosed with demen­tia. Deter­mined to keep her grandmother’s mind active, the fam­ily explored dif­fer­ent ways to engage her grand­mother such as colour­ing books, foods that boosts the mem­ory, and exer­cises. Since then, Christel’s fam­ily has seen pos­i­tive results in her grandmother’s mem­ory as well as dis­po­si­tion. Chris­tel noticed a lack of home-​based activ­i­ties to keep seniors engaged in Sin­ga­pore and this led her to develop Hua Hee.

Watch­ing a loved one age is dif­fi­cult. You see them lose the abil­ity to do things they once could. This sense of loss deep­ens when the elderly is diag­nosed with demen­tia. I believe that there are oth­ers, just like my fam­ily, who are at a loss when demen­tia strikes. At home, before you lose some­one to demen­tia com­pletely, there are things we can do to slow down the pro­gres­sion of the men­tal ill­ness,” said Christel.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_8785” align=“alignleft” width=“462”] Pos­i­tive response from the seniors.[/caption]

About the campaign

The Hua Hee Cam­paign is on Indiegogo from now to July 8, 2017. Both Hua Hee Match and Snap game packs are suit­able for a group of two to four play­ers and the card game decks range from US$4 to US$17.

I have tested this card game at elderly homes and received a pos­i­tive response from elderly who were able to recog­nise some of the her­itage items fondly. If I were to suc­cess­fully hit my fund­ing tar­get of US$5,000, I hope to explore more ways to encour­age elderly to pur­sue activ­i­ties inde­pen­dently so as to help alle­vi­ate the stress placed on care­givers,” added Christel.

The Hua Hee card game can be pur­chased from this link: http://​bit​.ly/​2​r​daBeg.



Twenty-six-old comes up with initiative to plug gap in home-based activities.

 

Christel Goh.

Vibrantly-coloured sketches of local kuehs such as kueh tutu, ang ku kueh and heritage items such as clogs, straw fan and tingkat form Hua Hee, an Indiegogo campaign that just went live.

After experiencing the pain of dementia in the family, 26-year-old Christel Goh started drawing these icons that are unique to Singapore to develop a card game for seniors. Hua Hee is a card game designed to fight dementia in Singapore and bring generations together. Hua Hee (in Hokkien, it means happy) can be played as a matching or snap game. According to the National Institutes of Health in the US, brain-training exercises can slow down dementia between 33 to 48 percent.

 

Hua Hee matching game.

Inspiration behind Hua Hee

Christel lived with her grandmother who seemed to forget certain things when she got older. She also had a grandfather who was diagnosed with dementia. Determined to keep her grandmother’s mind active, the family explored different ways to engage her grandmother such as colouring books, foods that boosts the memory, and exercises. Since then, Christel’s family has seen positive results in her grandmother’s memory as well as disposition. Christel noticed a lack of home-based activities to keep seniors engaged in Singapore and this led her to develop Hua Hee.

“Watching a loved one age is difficult. You see them lose the ability to do things they once could. This sense of loss deepens when the elderly is diagnosed with dementia. I believe that there are others, just like my family, who are at a loss when dementia strikes. At home, before you lose someone to dementia completely, there are things we can do to slow down the progression of the mental illness,” said Christel.

 

Positive response from the seniors.

About the campaign

The Hua Hee Campaign is on Indiegogo from now to July 8, 2017. Both Hua Hee Match and Snap game packs are suitable for a group of two to four players and the card game decks range from US$4 to US$17.

“I have tested this card game at elderly homes and received a positive response from elderly who were able to recognise some of the heritage items fondly. If I were to successfully hit my funding target of US$5,000, I hope to explore more ways to encourage elderly to pursue activities independently so as to help alleviate the stress placed on caregivers,” added Christel.

The Hua Hee card game can be purchased from this link: http://bit.ly/2rdaBeg.

 


 

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  1. SeniorCare says:

    Great write-up on Christel and her Hua Hee card game. Dementia people require stimulation to their brains to slow down the degradation.

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