JIMINY WICKET AND THE POWER OF PLAY
Mar 26, 2019
JAMES CREASEY
JIMINY WICKET AND THE POWER OF PLAY

Jiminy wicket shows how the most age-friendly, gender-neutral and inclusive game creates connection and well-being across the generations.
Ten years ago, on a summer vacation in Cornwall, England, James Creasey discovered new connections with his father in the silence and confusion of dementia. As they played croquet together, Maxwell smiled.  Maxwell’s offspring and grandchildren now had an activity to enjoy with their ‘Poppa’ and James imagined a possibility.
Since then, James has run more than 450 weekly croquet sessions for the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association near his home in Denver. He founded Jiminy Wicket to make smiles for people living with dementia. Today, with volunteers from New York Life, he trains and equips high school students to play croquet with the residents of long term care communities in the US and the UK.
Jiminy Wicket believes in the power of play to create connection and well-being across the generations. They have played croquet with thousands of people from 129 countries, ranging from 2yrs old to 103yrs old, some using walkers or wheelchairs. They all go home with a pocketful of smiles! James will show us why this profoundly simple game has this effect and how you can do this too.
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