Non-medicinal treatments for Alzheimer's disease have a real potential to improve quality of life and are emphasised by the French National Authority for Health as a first-line treatment for behavioural disorders.
Play can be a valuable tool for improving well-being, but it is often used intuitively and thus inefficiently.
Extensive knowledge and analysis of play is required in order to select the appropriate play objects. Healthcare professionals are often unfamiliar with these requirements, forcing them into a role of carer in which they intervene too often and limit the person's autonomy and control.
The Korian Foundation, in partnership with the Training Centre in Game and Play (Centre de Formation aux Métiers du Jeu et des Jouets) and the Ageing-Brain-Fragility Clinical Research Centre (Centre de Recherche Clinique Cerveau Vieillissement et Fragilités) at Hôpital des Charpennes, has analysed the framework of play therapy in order to provide the best conditions for ensuring that play is a true source of entertainment for residents.
Games and the feelings of well-being they experience can have an impact on the quality of life and behavioural disorders of people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
The framework of play therapy is designed to be resilient and to enable a remobilisation of all the person's skills during the session.