A new board game called LifeTimes: The Game of Reminiscence rewards its players by stimulating their memories. Mary Jane and Carol McPhee created the memory game to help their 86-year-old mother, who is in the early stages of dementia, keep her mind sharp:
“We found when we would ask Mom questions about her life, about her past, that’s when she was her happiest. She would smile and her face would light up,” says Mary Jane, 57.
“We realized that just tapping into personal memories really helps an elderly person feel like they still have some value – that they are still connected to the world.”
We can’t help but feel this might be one of the nicest reasons anyone has ever designed a game. We also feel like we should go give our moms a phone call…