Claims and effects

With Tovertafel we want to achieve effects that have a positive influence on the well-being of our players, their loved ones, teachers and carers. Claims we make can be substantiated by (scientific) research. Below you will find a list of our references.

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Effects on players
• Increases physical activity (1,3,4,6-8)
• Breaks through apathy (1,3,5)
• Reduces restless and tense behaviour (2-5)
• Reduces negative emotions (1,3-5) and increases positive emotions (3-7)
• Increases social interaction (3-8) and enjoyment (3-7)
• Increases alertness and focus (6-8)

Effects on care staff
• Improves relationships between care workers and residents (4,5)
• Promotes interaction and helps to make contact (4,5)
• Increases work pleasure (3,4)

Effects on family and friends
• Makes visits more enjoyable and meaningful (4,5)
• Increases possibilities for activities during visits (4,5)



  1. Le Riche H, Visch VT, Sonneveld MH, Goossens RHM. The Tovertafel: evaluation of an activating game for people with moderate to severe dementia. In: Anderiesen Le Riche H. Playful design for activation [PhD Thesis]. Delft: TU Delft; 2017. p.154-162. Beschikbaar op Proefschrift_HLR_digital.pdf
  2. Bruil L, Adriaansen MJM, Groothuis JWM, Bossema ER. Kwaliteit van leven van verpleeghuisbewoners met dementie voor, tijdens en na het spelen met de tovertafel. Tijdschrift Gerontol Geriatr 2017; 49(2):72-80. doi: 10.1007/s12439-017-0243-3
  3. Kuipers M. The effect of Tovertafel Original on quality of life in elderly people with mid to late stage dementia. A qualitative study [Unpublished Master Thesis]. Leiden: Leiden University Medical Center; 2018.
  4. Su Y. The Tovertafel: Evaluation of the Impact of the activating game on the Caregivers of People with Dementia [Unpublished Master Thesis]. London: University College London; 2018.
  5. Good A, Omisade O, Ancient C, Andrikopoulou E. The use of interactive tables in promoting wellbeing in specific user groups. Submitted.
  6. Talman L and Gustafsson C. Evaluation of Tovertafel UP. Västerås (Sweden): Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare; 2020. Beschikbaar op smash/get/diva2:1415974/FULLTEXT01.pdf
  7. Kwant B. De Tovertafel Special. Een onderzoek naar de acute effecten van een interactief spel op mentale-en lichamelijke activiteit bij oudere mensen met een verstandelijke beperking. Deventer: Saxion Hogeschool Deventer, Toegepaste Psychologie; 2016. [Unpublished Bachelor Thesis].
  8. Jacops S. Effecten van de Tovertafel (up) bij personen met een verstandelijke beperking. Antwerpen (België): Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen; 2018. [Unpublished Bachelor Thesis]