Games for people with dementia
A gust of wind covers the table in autumn leaves. The elderly instinctively sweep the leaves away by moving their hands over the table. The very sensitive responsive nature of the leaves has a remarkable effect on the participants, enticing them to swipe again. The table does not stay ‘clean’ for long, as the leaves start settling back on the table again. When the players do not interact for a while, a light breeze shuffles the leaves to draw their attention back to the game.
Beautiful flowers in different colours and shapes float over the table. Their movement encourages the elderly players to reach out to them and, when they do, they have a wonderful surprise! A magical animation appears, which inspires conversation in which to share the experience of what each person’s flower just did. Deeper conversations start to blossom about the players own, personal favourite flower, or the ones they used to have in their gardens.
Colourful, small fish swim among water lilies, making nature a strong feature in this game. It also creates a soothing, but dynamic, atmosphere. When someone reaches for a fish, it swims away! Even though this game challenges them to reach over the table, it is not physically demanding as Tovertafel also reacts to the smallest of finger movemen.
A physical and social game that is so much fun. We all threw balls to each other as children, and throwing a ball successfully is just as satisfying for the elderly. They also encourage each other to throw the ball back. The ball never drops off the table as it bounces back off the edge. The game contains one ball so all players have the same focus, increasing social interaction and the feeling of togetherness.
The sayings game was appreciated so much that we developed a similar game with rhymes. Sayings and rhymes are particularly suitable for people suffering from dementia as these language items are stored in our long-term memory. We continuously add new rhymes to keep the game even more exciting.