May 17, 2023, St. Louis, Missouri – As leaders in memory care, Lutheran Senior Services is the first in the region to bring Tovertafel to all their Life Plan Communities.
Tovertafel, which means “magic table” in Dutch, uses light projections onto a table to create an immersive and interactive experience where participants play games that engage their skills in a fun way. As more than 6,000 communities in 14 countries have adopted Tovertafel since its release in 2015, it has been proven to promote movement and stimulation for people living with dementia.
“We are committed to supporting people and their families on their journey with dementia and exploring new technologies to help everyone live life to the fullest,” said Valerie Cooper, Vice President, LSS Life Plan Communities.
Tovertafel games are created for a range of cognitive abilities and respond to even the smallest of hand movements, which encourages participants to keep playing with confidence.
Participating in the games can break through apathetic, restless, and tense behavior, as well as increase positive emotions in people living with dementia. They can be played individually or in a group. Playing together has been shown to promote social bonding between those living with dementia, care professionals, fellow residents, and family members.
“Employing new technologies like Tovertafel aligns with the LSS purpose of creating places, services, and opportunities for people to age well with purpose and fulfillment,” said Cooper. “Implementing Tovertafel in our Life Plan Communities underscores the LSS commitment to supporting people and their families on their journey with dementia. We believe that it is important to provide holistic and inclusive environments that focus on strengths and collaboration to recognize and celebrate each person’s value.”
Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) is a mission-driven, nonprofit network that specializes in housing, care, and supportive services for older adults 62+. With 18 locations in Missouri and Illinois, LSS serves more than 13,000 seniors a year through options that include Senior Living Communities offering all levels of living, Affordable Housing for those with limited incomes, and Home & Community Based Services. LSS builds upon more than 160 years of excellence in living out its Christian mission of Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.