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Board Games can provide ‘significant benefits for those with Alzheimer’s

New study from Asmodee and Game in Lab


A new study into the effects of play has uncovered that playing board games can have a significant beneficial effect for those with Alzheimer’s.

Jointly commissioned by Asmodee and Game in Lab, the study – titles Cognitive – Adaptation – Behaviour –  was the first of its kind to look at the potential applications of play in providing quality of life improvements.

Asmodee Research is an international and interdisciplinary program dedicated to studying the science behind board games. Game in Lab is a first-of-its-kind board game research group created by Asmodee Research in collaboration with Innovation Factory.

Overseen by a scientific committee, Game in Lab supports ethical scientific research projects and delivers meaningful data such as the Alzheimer’s study.

After a year-long study, Game in Lab discovered that adapted board games can improve the well-being of Alzheimer’s patients. This study gives valuable insight into how board games can be used to benefit society.

Initial findings from the Alzheimer project include the discovery that board games may be a valuable tool to improve a patient’s quality of life when they fit with a player’s interest.

It found that it is also possible to consider board games as a cognitive and behavioral stimulation if done on a regular basis, while games with adapted features, like large fonts and ergonomic accessibility, can greatly improve a patient’s enjoyment and increase other benefits like cognitive stimulation.

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