The table is designed to enhance the table tennis play for those living with Alzheimer’s.
Firstly, the colour scheme of the table has been changed…although memory loss is the most well know symptom of Alzheimer’s, vision impairment is also common as the disease develops, meaning people start to lose the ability to focus on objects and even the ability to distinguish between similar colours in the same shade ranges. The MKII provides a clear contrast for the table surface against backdrops and the ball colour.
Secondly, the table has panels on either side of the table. The panels are the same colour as the table surface to again provide contrast. Additionally the panels enclose the play space, allowing a) for extended rally play by keeping the ball on the table longer and b) different game play as the ball bounces at various angles off the panels.
All of this enhances the therapeutic application of table tennis play for the user.