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What is the Tovertafel system?

The Tovertafel, (or “magic table” in Dutch), is an innovative care tool consisting of a high-quality projector, infrared sensors, a loudspeaker and a processor with which interactive games are projected on a table, to stimulate physical and cognitive abilities. activity and social interaction. The synergistic light projections stimulate different areas of the brain and stimulate people with cognitive disorders and encourage them to be more active to improve their quality of life. Used in various long-term care communities, the Tovertafel system has been successfully developed and tested in Europe, and recently Eugeria in Canada acquired exclusive rights for North American distribution of the Tovertafel product.

Touted as one of the most promising technological innovations for 2022, the Tovertafel system promotes “meaningful play” for people with dementia in long-term care facilities. It is scientifically proven to increase staff satisfaction at work, reduce restless and tense behavior, increase physical activity and social interaction and further improve the relationship between staff and the residents.

The various games of the Tovertafel system promote social interaction and fun and improve the well-being of people with dementia in care communities. Games also conquer apathy, reduce restlessness and tense behaviors, and increase positive emotions and outlook. Additionally, the games provide opportunities for physical activity and, overall, provide players with physical, social, and sensory cognitive stimulation.

The system elicits intuitive, animated movements as projections (of games) onto a table respond to even the smallest of ‘players’ hand movements. This activity increases their self-confidence and motivates them to keep playing and moving. There are game levels between 1 and 5 which describe the anticipated level of cognitive activity. Level 1 games are for viewing only. Participants in level 2 games not only observe, but the games also hold their attention. In the various level 3 games offered, participants work towards a particular goal and learn to memorize things, which means they have to stay focused. Level 4 games are intended to facilitate thought processes, and finally, Level 5 games focus on the part of the brain that controls executive functions, integrating planning and decision-making into people’s thought processes. games. However, these level 5 games, the company notes, would be the most difficult for people in the late-middle to severe stage of their dementia progression.

Overall, the Tovertafel system promotes physical activity, improves relationships, and is designed to create meaningful connections and enrich quality of life. Moreover, it brings great joy to those who enter into its “useful game”. The company says of Tovertafel, “Simple to set up and use, with a profound effect.”

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Questions about Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders can be sent to Dana Territo, author of “What My Grandchildren Taught Me About Alzheimer’s Disease”, at [email protected]

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