Beneficial brain games and brain exercise stimulate cognitive or problem solving skills in Alzheimer’s, dementia, elderly with special needs and stroke recovery.
Small wooden jigsaw puzzles also called Memory Puzzles were developed in 2008.
Memory Jogging Puzzles were designed specifically to meet elderly patients emotional and physical needs by stimulating problem-solving skills, improving memory, motivating participation and building self-confidence.
These traditional jigsaw puzzles are made of wood just like the ones your loved one worked on years ago and the solution to your loved ones activity needs.
The Saturday Evening Post themes are replicas of actual covers from The Saturday Evening Post Collection.
The Post was a very popular magazine in your loved ones era and still available today. It is amazing how elderly patients recall the Post and Norman Rockwell.
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.
These puzzles automatically pull elderly patients into a familiar, comfort zone and they reach out to connect and participate in their brain exercise.
Remember: It is not about how big or how quickly the task is completed, it is completing the task in their time.
Did you know. . . #1 need and desire in caring for our elderly, people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia is Age appropriate adult activities.
You will find these large piece puzzles with few pieces remove frustrations and intimidation’s, making the care of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia and those with special needs more meaningful and beneficial.
“These Brain exercises and Memory exercises are beneficial because patients use emotional and recognition memory, in addition to their problem solving skills.” Mitchell Slutzky, Ph.D., Clinical Geropsychologist, NY
Memory Jogging Puzzles paid attention to small details important to elderly with shaky hands and stroke victims with limited mobility.
Large Piece Puzzles for easy handling; fewer pieces to encourage participation and success in elderly, seniors, Alzheimer’s, Dementia and stroke recovery patients.
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.
Cognitive skills are awakened in a short time!
It was amazing to observe Mary’s abilities get stronger with each 6 piece puzzle. Her decision time was quicker, handling the pieces and putting them in place was smoother.
6 piece Puzzle – average piece size 2×3″ – 3×4″- Custom Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle with large pieces – Memory Puzzle recommended for middle to late stage of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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.
1 thing for sure 1 size puzzle does NOT meet everyone’s needs.
Puzzles being used for brain training and rebuilding problem solving skills should be designed for different stages or levels of patients.
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 20-30 minutes for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Activities, after that amount of time, the elderly get tired, lose focus and interest.
A few minutes often, is better for everyone.
These fun brain games of easy puzzles have been proven to stimulate cognitive skills and awaken memories, emotions and conversation.
I understand the whirlwind of frustrations you are going through sometimes you feel helpless.
You want desperately improve your loved ones quality of life.
You are looking for brain exercise, memory exercise, cognitive activities that will do more than entertain.
You want the jigsaw puzzles and activities to be easy to handle.
You don’t want the puzzle or activity to be too difficult causing frustration.
You want to stimulate their mind and emotions and slow down the cognitive decline.
You, all activity directors across USA and abroad working with elderly, seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke recovery have the same wants and needs in activities for cognitive therapy.
You are on the right website.
Grandchildren love to interact with grandpa and grandma with Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Games, and it doesn’t have to be a holiday.
It is a wonderful time when grandparents open up and express memories (long term memories) that have been buried for a long time.
Memory Jogging Puzzles help build good memories while interacting with your loved ones.
Small Puzzles with Jaw Dropping Power
• All puzzles are 6×8″ keeping puzzle and puzzle pieces visible and within reach.
• Fewer pieces will keep patient focused enabling completion of the puzzle.
• Thick large pieces are easier to pick up and put into place; Less frustrating than thin puzzle pieces.
• Making puzzles a routine exercise, you will see improvement in their problem solving skills.
You will notice their hands relaxing and movements will be smoother.
You will notice quicker decisions.
You hear memories as they work on puzzles.
You will also have a good feeling, being the bearer of these great gifts of hope.Memory Jogging Puzzles capture attention, motivate participation and stimulate conversation. And, while putting the puzzle together patients are getting brain exercise and stimulating individuals problem solving skills.
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.
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
Please keep in mind people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and stroke patients can not or do not always express themselves. I would like to share with you, what I have learned along the way. Signals 2 Watch 4 It is Free!
Memory Jogging Puzzles are small puzzles, easy to handle, with thick large pieces and fewer pieces for less frustration. These qualities help rebuild cognitive or problem solving skills. Plus, The Saturday Evening Post illustrations are familiar images stimulating emotions, memories and conversation. See all the themes!
Testimony from Rush Memory Clinic
“I have recently had the pleasure of seeing the Memory Jogging Puzzles. Karen Miller has created these Norman Rockwell – Saturday Evening Post inspired puzzles for Dementia’s Disease patients to enjoy, while exercising their brain, what a great idea!.
These puzzles are beautifully crafted. Each one could serve as coffee-table décor, but they are highly functional pieces that not only entertain but serve the greater purpose of helping memory challenged adults with maintaining memory.
I am planning to order a few of the puzzles for our patients in the Rush Memory Clinic to enjoy while in our waiting area.”
Janie L. Urbanic, MA/LPC, Research Study Supervisor
Rush Memory Clinic – Chicago, IL~
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