In the past few years there have been a number of studies looking at the effectiveness of activities for those living with dementia. A number of these have focused specifically on the use of interactive tables; technology, like the magic table 360, that projects lights on to a table which react to a person’s movement.
What the research says
The existing body of research that’s focused on dementia-based activity has found three stimuli that are consistently able to have a positive effect on those with dementia through the early, mid and later stages of the condition.
- Sensory stimulation
It’s for these reasons that many types of product have been developed and can be found at care events and in care organisations UK wide. However, many have their limitations either through cost or an inability to engage beyond the early stages of the condition.
Within this research, interactive light technology has been found to reach individuals whatever their stage of dementia and, as a result, is quickly being adopted across the industry, now becoming a recognised activity of choice for those delivering dementia care.
As a result, studies specifically looking at the effect of interactive tables have also increased, and have found a number of repeated benefits, which include:
- Improving mood and behaviour, especially across the mid and late stages of dementia.
- An ability to combat withdrawn-like symptoms.
- Having positive impacts on care staff relationships and their job satisfaction.
- A positive impact on the friends and family of a loved one who’s living with dementia.
We believe these findings translate to everyday life-changing moments making everyone happier as a result through stimulating movement, creating shared experiences and enhancing emotional well-being.
See the academic references.
It’s not just about the technology
We believe in this technology to deliver incredible results, but the technology is only part of the solution. Alongside any great technology is the need to understand how to get the most from it – something our Happiness Programme delivers to the entire support network of people living with dementia.
We are committed to continuing this body of research and, alongside our reporting suite and social impact tools, are working with several leading mental health science departments at UK universities.