You will get positive results and patient satisfaction with Memory Jogging Puzzles large piece puzzles. They are mind stimulating activities used in Dementia Care and Stroke Treatment for memory exercise, brain exercise and cognitive therapy because these wooden jigsaw puzzles:
• encourage elderly patients to think, participate and socialize.
• help rebuild problem solving skills called cognitive skills.
• build self-confidence.
• stimulate elderly minds, memories and awaken emotions.
• help slow down the progressions of Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and brain deterioration after stroke.
These large piece puzzles were designed specifically for elderly patients to remove frustrations and intimidation’s, making the care of our elderly with special needs more meaningful and beneficial.
How? Because large piece puzzles were designed in three levels, 6 piece puzzle, 12 piece puzzle and 20 piece puzzle. They meet both physical and mental needs of our elderly patients. Memory Jogging Puzzles are used in therapy because they help rebuild problem solving skills and stimulate memories.
Memory Jogging Puzzles have unique interesting cuts and have been tested by seniors, those with Alzheimer, dementia and stroke patients with huge success
Norman Rockwell Puzzles developed by Memory Jogging Puzzles are wooden puzzles with thicker, fewer pieces = Patient Satisfaction.
• Storytelling themes from The Saturday Evening Post Collection.
Storytelling themes are powerful tools when working with elderly Alzheimer, dementia and stroke patients.
The Saturday Evening Post was very popular magazine in your loved ones era and still available today. Memory Jogging Puzzles themes are replicas of the actual covers from The Saturday Evening Post Collection.
It is amazing how elderly patients recall The Saturday Evening Post and Norman Rockwell.
• Thick large pieces are easier to handle than thin cardboard/chipboard pieces.
Thick large pieces are very beneficial to elderly with shaky hands and men with large hands.
• Encourage participation.
• Builds self-confidence.
• Stimulate emotions, memories and socializing.
• Help rebuild problem solving skills.
• Remove intimidation and frustration.
Elderly patients are not overwhelmed by size of puzzle or number of pieces. They encourage elderly patients with memory loss and elderly with disabilities to participate in activities.
• Size – 6×8″ will keep large piece puzzle and puzzle pieces visible and within reach.
Remember: It is not about how big the task or how quickly the task is completed, it is completing the task in their time.
• Less pieces enabling patients to complete puzzle in short amount of time.
• Completing the puzzle no matter the size builds self confidence.
• Protective laminate top surface for easy cleaning.
• Wooden puzzles are more durable.
These large piece jigsaw puzzles encourage participation not frustration.
It’s not just a puzzle, you are taking care of memory exercise, brain exercise and cognitive stimulation at the same time.
Memory Exercise & Brain Exercise
Memory Jogging Puzzles have adult age appropriate themes encouraging participation, socializing and help build self-confidence.
You’re asking How?
Dr. Mitchell Slutzky says it best…
“Your puzzles do indeed show some promise, due to the fact that they engage persons with their emotional and recognition memory, but then rely upon “here and now” problem-solving skills.” Mitchell Slutzky, Ph.D., Clinical Geropsychologist, NY
Puzzle size & number of pieces does make a difference!
There isn’t ONE stage of Alzheimer’s or Dementia and we should not expect everyone to fit into ONE category when it is time for their cognitive therapy, brain exercise and memory exercise.
• 6 piece – $19.95 – large piece puzzle with large thick pieces recommended for people in middle to late stage of Alzheimer’s Disease, elderly with memory loss and those in stroke recovery.
• 12 piece – $23.95 – large piece puzzle with thick large pieces recommended for people in early to middle stage of Alzheimer’s Disease, elderly with memory loss and those in stroke recovery.
• 20 piece – 29.95 – large piece puzzle with thick large pieces recommended for elderly to early signs of memory loss.
Emotional Connection to The Saturday Evening Post
These large piece puzzles automatically pull elderly patients into a familiar, comfort zone and they reach out to connect and participate in their brain exercise.
The Saturday Evening Post Puzzles with storytelling themes will capture your loved ones attention because images are fun and family oriented. And, most important the size of puzzle is not intimating… meaning too large, with too many pieces.
Memory Jogging Puzzles Details
I paid special attention to the small details important to elderly with shaky hands and stroke victims with limited mobility. Puzzle size & shape should be determined by Alzheimer’s, Dementia & Stroke Patients physical needs.
Each puzzle piece of Memory Jogging Puzzles is determined by user level or stage in Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia care and elderly patients with disabilities.
These memory puzzles have unique interesting cuts and have been tested by seniors, those with Alzheimer, dementia and stroke patients with huge success
If you aren’t sure which level or stage your loved one is in, start with easy 6 piece puzzle for middle stage of Alzheimer’s Dementia, it has large chunky puzzle pieces.
One thing for sure ONE size puzzle does NOT meet everyone’s needs.
Did you know Old Habits may be restored in Alzheimer, Dementia and Stroke patients?
Most elderly have put puzzles together in their earlier years and this process is stored in their long term memory. This memory can be recalled with a little assistance and patience.
Some elderly patients recall right away what to do; others need a little guidance and more time.
It is important to start with large piece puzzle you feel your loved one can handle easily and introduce a puzzle with more pieces after they successfully handle the first one.
Activity Directors suggest 15 to 20 minutes for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Activities, after that amount of time, elderly patients get tired, lose focus and interest.
5-10 minutes often, is better for everyone.
These fun brain games of easy puzzles have been proven to rebuild cognitive skills, awaken memories, emotions and stimulate conversation.
Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Games are the bridge to your loved one.
“Memory jogging puzzles are widely accepted as brain exercises that can help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain degradation problems.” The key though …from Geron Guide
Just wanted to let you know how much my mother enjoyed “The Saturday Evening Post” puzzle – and more than once… she meets each piece assemblage with a “slap me 5” and ear-to-ear grin!
I’ve yet to keep her interested in the Hats & Bonnets card game but continue to try – she has responded with “OOooooh that’s nice!” to the pretty pink and purple women’s hats, however.
Thanks again, Sheila McCormack
I was thinking of your mother and the hats game. She has given you great hints on what she likes.
You are in control of the game.
If I were you, I would. . .
1) take the pairs of pink & blue hat cards she likes, plus 2 or 3 random cards (nonMatching).
2) put one of hats she like plus 1 or 2 random hats, on table, hats are facing up in front of her. (I wouldn’t do face down, let her succeed in finding the match).
3) hand her the matching hat of one you placed on table and ask her to find the other one.
You can add to the cards when she finds the matching one, or make the ones on the table matching none you hand her.
If she has trouble, point out details of the one you hand her.
Thank you again, I’m glad your mother likes her puzzle. takeCare.karen
PS: Sheila, very special lady, is an in home caregiver for her mother.