Serious Game iDO: Towards Better Education in Dementia Care

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We describe the iDO serious game developed during implementation of the Innovative Digital Training Opportunities on Dementia for Direct Care Workers (IDO) project. The project targets formal and informal caregivers of persons with dementia in order to improve caregiver knowledge and competences skills with a non-traditional source of training. This paper describes the steps faced to define the iDO caregiver behavior improvement model, design of game mechanics, development of game art and game characters, and implementation of gameplay. Furthermore, it aimed to assess the direct impact of the game on caregivers (n = 48) and seniors with early signs of dementia (n = 14) in Lithuania measured with the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and Dementia Attitudes Scale (DAS). The caregivers’ GDS scores showed a decrease in negative answers from 13.4% (pre-game survey) to 5.2% (post-game survey). The seniors’ GDS scores showed a decrease in negative answers from 24.9% (pre-game survey) to 10.9% (post-game survey). The overall DAS scores increased from 6.07 in the pre-game survey to 6.41 in the post-game survey, statistically significant for both caregivers and seniors (p < 0.001), respectively. We conclude that the game aroused positive moods and attitudes for future caregivers of persons with dementia, indicating a more relaxed status and a decreased fear in accomplishing the caring process.


  • Rytis Maskeliunas
  • Robertas Damaševiˇcius
  • Connie Lethin
  • Andrius Paulauskas
  • Anna Esposito
  • Mauro Catena
  • Vincenzo Aschettino
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Università Vanvitelli, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Caserta, Italy
  • Tech4Care S.r.l.
  • Kaunas University of Technology

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Geriatrik


  • Assisted living, Dementia care, People with dementia, Caregivers, Information and Communication Technology, Educational game, Serious game
Sidor (från-till)1-15
Antal sidor15
Utgåva nummer11
StatusPublished - 2019 nov 18
Peer review utfördJa

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Connie Lethin, Hanson, E., Margioti, E., Carlos Chiatti, Gagliardi, C., Vaz de Carvalho, C. & Agneta Malmgren Fänge, 2019 jun 30, I : Social Sciences. 8, 7, 203.

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