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Analogous Stories

Through a “build your own adventure” narrative story, patients and caregivers can communicate to each other.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?

This is designed for family caregivers, who participate in the experience learn about their loved ones emotional state and level of receptiveness. Then, this helps them understand their current emotional state and, therefore, give better emotional care. This will help caregivers feel less frustrated about the conflicting messages they get from the patients. .

We believe stories are at the core of humanity. Beautifully illustrated and authored stories will pull dementia patients into emotions that they may have in their own lives. Each story is a “choose your own adventure” that pairs answers requiring higher levels of emotion with more simple options. 

  • Through series of these books, we will be able to develop storylines to meet an array of backgrounds

  •  Stories with different levels of complexity would enable both limited, and relatively unaffected patients, to engage in stories that are appropriate to their current cognitive state.

  • Also, these stories will allow them to express emotions back to their loved ones through the stories and unload a portion of the frustration.


1. Zach Lewis Disbrow Kellogg MBA Program / Design Masters

2. Taegh S. Sokhey Northwestern University Biology Undergrad

3. Bonnie Tung Kellogg MBA Program / Design Masters

4. Diego Alonso Blondet Padro Kellogg kMBA Program / Design Masters

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We can print a few test copies and distribute them to some primary caregivers to gauge their responses.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Publishing, editing and writing of some additional stories that add to the sequence and design language would best add to idea.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm
  • A student collaboration

Tell us about your work experience:

Our team has a diverse background with members that have been healthcare consultants, software designers and healthcare researchers. A majority of our team is now enrolled full-time in the design masters/MBA program at Northwestern-Kellogg University.


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Photo of Anuhya Tadepalli

This is a great concept. Would these be available online as well? I would love to deliver it through our Digital Companion.

Photo of Taegh Sokhey

Anuhya Tadepalli, we would love to test that idea in the near future. The trouble with this may be that the average dementia patient tends to be older and may not be technologically inclined. Print allows a patient to interact with the caregiver in a way that's more organic and familiar to them.