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James Creasey's life changed in October of 2007. That's when he received the devastating news that his 84-year-old dad, Maxwell, had suffered a stroke that would eventually lead to vascular dementia. Maxwell had been an intelligent and capable businessman, but the dementia soon took his memory and, over time, his ability to speak and communicate. Then something remarkable happened. One day, James invited his father to play a game of croquet. The two shot their way across a cliff-side course, surrounded by views of the English countryside. James wasn't looking at the scenery, because he couldn't take his eyes off of his father. He was playing the game with a newfound vigor and happiness. At long last, the two had reconnected.
Through this experience, James Creasey discovered a wonderful secret. It wasn't the type of secret he was going to keep to himself, though. Along with his brother Andrew, James partnered with the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter and the Denver Croquet Club to open Jiminy Wicket. The organization uses croquet as a way to encourage mental, physical, and social well-being in people with dementia, and it gives family members a new way to connect with their loved ones. Participants play a modified version of the game, known as Facilitated Croquet, which allows people of different ages, physical builds, and mental abilities to play side by side. Jiminy Wicket also works to raise funds and awareness for dementia research.