The Tovertafel (‘Magic Table’ in Dutch) was officially launched today in the dlr LexIcon Library by An Cathaoirleach Councillor Ossian Smyth and is the first of its kind to be installed in Ireland, with a second one planned for Deansgrange Library.
Commenting on the installation, County Librarian Mairead Owens said:
An Cathaoirleach quoted from the County’s Age Friendly Strategy 2016-2020, and described how the Government’s vision and that of Age Friendly Ireland is to make Ireland ‘the best country in which to grow old’. One of the goals of the Strategy’s social participation strand is to provide opportunities for older people to stay socially connected. The Tovertafel is not only highly engaging but empowering, and it provides outlets for enjoyment and social interaction for older people.
The Tovertafel is an award-winning innovation from the Netherlands, which is renowned for its cutting-edge approach to dementia care. The technology has been designed to help those at a later stage of their dementia journey to be more active and to create moments of happiness. It consists of a series of interactive games that are projected onto a table. The light games encourage players to reach out towards them and the lights subsequently respond to their hand and arm movements, allowing the users to play with light.