An approached based on rigorous study
The Institut du Bien Vieillir KORIAN in association with FM2J (the French national centre for the provision of training to play and toy sector professionals), Ludopole from Lyon and Charpennes Hospital Clinical Research Centre (CRC Ageing-Brain-Fragility) last year presented the results of the first French study to assess the effectiveness of play (LUDIM research) in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in dependent old people’s homes.
Play, source of well-being
The results of this study clearly demonstrated that:
- Residents’ well-being evolves positively following a play session,
- The recreational framework reduces residents’ behavioural problems during the play session more significantly than a traditional play session,
- The recreational framework increases social interaction between the Alzheimer’s sufferers more than a traditional play session,
- The recreational framework is deemed more appropriate by dependent old people’s home staff than a traditional play session.
LUDIM became the subject of numerous scientific publications.
Dr Philippe Denormandie, Director of the Institut du Bien Vieillir Korian, reminds us, “that it is very important to note that play remains a moment of fundamental pleasure for the elderly and that this study sheds new light on play as remarkable therapy for strengthening some degree of self esteem, sharing the pleasure of interacting with others, learning to master one’s environment again and rediscovering freedom of choice.”
Use in Korian homes
Non-drug therapies have been used in Korian homes by trained staff since the start of 2016 within a recreational framework stemming from the LUDIM research programme and destined for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
“As regards the organisation of a space for play, we are committed to better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease... The Alzheimer sufferer’s environment, modelled on new education, becomes an environment that is synonymous with initiative, activity, freedom and autonomy. An environment designed to rehabilitate self-esteem and self-confidence, an environment where resilience, even if fleeting, becomes possible,” ...extract from the LUDIM educational leaflet.
The Institut du Bien Vieillir Korian
Created on the initiative of the European leader in Well-Being, Korian, the Institut du Bien Vieillir set itself a two-fold task: to bring about a collective raising of awareness in the public domain concerning the reality of advancing age and reinforcing knowledge of issues relating to advancing age and Well-Being of benefit to all. By bringing together physicians and professionals working with the elderly, as well as sociologists, journalists, designers and people from the voluntary sector, the Institut du Bien Vieillir Korian conducts societal studies and applied research to provide specific solutions for the elderly, their families and friends, and for the professionals working with them, while exploring the notion of the happiness of ageing.
FM2J (French national centre for the provision of training to play and toy sector professionals) provides training for all professionals who use play in their work. Their centre of expertise allows them to conduct research to assess the place for and value of play in our society.
Ludopole is the leading European Play and Toy cluster located in Lyon, and comprises complementary players working for the recognition of play as an educational, cultural and social practice.