PLAY. We all do it: wordplay, love play, role-play; we play cards, play sport, play the fool, and play around. And that’s just the grown-ups! It features in every aspect of our lives, whether we call it by that or another name. We all do it, but why do we do it? What does it mean to play and what, if any, difference does it make to our lives? Most crucially, and central to the theme of this book, is the question, ‘Does play have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing, and consequently a role in modern healthcare delivery?’

The contributors to this book provide a comprehensive overview of how play and play-based activities can be used throughout the adult lifespan to promote health and wellbeing within the context of healthcare service delivery for patients, their families and communities, and for the staff involved in their care. Responding to current global health concerns such as obesity, coronary heart disease, dementia and mental health, the book argues that play and playfulness offer a means of protection, promotion and recovery of positive health and wellbeing. The human tendency for play and playfulness as essential to personal growth and development lie at the heart of the discussion.

This book will be of interest to all those working in health or social care settings, including nursing, social work and allied health students and professionals and those working within the therapeutic disciplines of art therapy, music therapy, and recreation alliances.

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chapter 1|13 pages

Playing for health

ByJulia Whitaker, Alison Tonkin

chapter 2|14 pages

Conceptualizing play in healthcare provision

ByAlison Tonkin, Julia Whitaker

chapter 3|13 pages

Lifespan development

ByJulia Whitaker, Alison Tonkin

chapter 4|14 pages

Creating and growing a family

ByJulia Whitaker

chapter 5|11 pages

The concept of health and wellbeing across the lifespan

ByRachel Bayliss, Jenni Etchells

chapter 6|15 pages

Using play as a means to widen access to health and wellbeing

ByJulia Whitaker, Claire Weldon

chapter 7|14 pages

Lifestyle trends and their impact on health

ByClaire Weldon, Denise Baylis, Alison Tonkin

chapter 8|16 pages

Playing for mental wellness

ByJulia Whitaker, Alison Tonkin

chapter 9|9 pages

Music as medicine

ByRachel Bayliss

chapter 10|11 pages

The game of chamber music in dementia music therapy

ByEmilie Capulet

chapter 11|8 pages

Drama, dance and play: creative play as therapy

ByLeanne Grundy

chapter 12|9 pages

Art for health

ByJulia Whitaker

chapter 13|8 pages

Play and social therapy

ByEric Fleming

chapter 14|13 pages

Playing with words

BySandie Dinnen, Alison Tonkin

chapter 15|13 pages

Playing with technology

ByDebbie Tonkin, Alison Tonkin

chapter 16|13 pages

Aspire Leisure Centre: inspiration through integration

ByClaire Weldon

chapter 17|13 pages

The facilitation of play and playfulness through alternative healthcare provision

ByJulie Dakin, Alison Tonkin

chapter 18|14 pages

Playful design

ByAlison Tonkin

chapter 19|12 pages

Playing together: festivals and celebrations

ByAlison Tonkin, Shereen Jameel

chapter 20|11 pages

Playing for spiritual health

ByCatherine Hubbuck

chapter 21|14 pages

Using play for lifelong learning

ByJeremy Weldon, Claire Weldon

chapter 22|14 pages

Playing politics

ByCarol Sullivan-Wallace, Alison Tonkin

chapter 23|10 pages

Playing for health, wealth and happiness

ByJulia Whitaker, Alison Tonkin