Best Puzzle Games for Alzheimer’s, Dementia & Special Needs

Have large, thick pieces for easy handling; Fewer pieces to complete puzzle… end result, feeling of success.

These Incredible Jigsaw Puzzles are made of wood just like the ones your loved one worked on years ago. Trust me, they are the solution to your loved ones activity needs. Memory Jogging Puzzles have large puzzle pieces for easy handling and few pieces to encourage participation and success in elderly, seniors and Alzheimer’s, Dementia. They are adult age appropriate and being used as Cognitive Therapy, Brain Games, Dementia Therapy, Stroke Therapy, Alzheimer Activities, Dementia Activities and Memory Games for seniors and brain games for elderly in home and in care centers. They will give your loved one and your family “a fun moment in time”.

You will find these large piece puzzles with few pieces remove frustrations and intimidations, 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}

One size puzzle does NOT meet everyone’s needs.

Best Puzzle for Alzheimer’s, Dementia Activities has large puzzle pieces and few pieces. PLUS, Different size easy puzzles for Different stages of memory loss.

Little Spooner's - Norman Rockwell large piece puzzles, alzheimer's, dementia activities

Norman Rockwell – Little Spooner’s 1926 ©SEPS
6 piece wooden large piece puzzles,
recommended for middle stage Alzheimer’s, Dementia

Memory Jogging puzzles has 6 piece puzzle for middle stages, 12 piece puzzle for early to middle stages and 20 piece puzzle for seniors, elderly to early onset dementia.

If you aren’t sure which level or stage your loved one is in, start with easy 6 piece puzzle for middle stages of Alzheimer’s Dementia, it has large chunky puzzle pieces. These fun brain games of easy puzzles have been proven to stimulate cognitive skills and awaken memories, emotions and conversation.

I know what it feels like when your loved one has Alzheimer’s, Dementia or a disability. It is difficult to watch their cognitive abilities decline and sometimes you feel helpless.

You want desperately to slow this process down and improve their quality of life. You are looking for brain exercise, memory exercise, cognitive activities, memory activities and Alzheimer’s, Dementia Activities that will do more than entertain. You want the activities to be beneficial to your loved one.

You want the jigsaw puzzles and memory exercise cards to be easy to handle and not to difficult that they would cause frustration while you interacting with your loved one.

Plus, you want to stimulate their mind and emotions, slow down the cognitive decline if possible. Best Puzzle for Dementia Care highlights

You and all the activity directors across USA want and need the same Brain Training Games and Memory Activities, Brain Exercise and Memory Games for elderly and seniors in Alzheimer’s, Dementia Care. You are on the right website.

Did you know. . . #1 need and desire in caring for our elderly,  people with  Alzheimer’s, Dementia is Age appropriate adult activities. My #1 reason for making these puzzles and games.

{Hi Karen,

I left the last two puzzles for my mother and sister in Japan to work on.

According to my sister, my mother enjoys them very much.

While I was there (usually, 6 weeks at a time), I could also tell she loved to play, while looking at beautiful nice pictures unlike childish cartoon pictures that are common for bigger piece puzzles commercially available – and even that, there aren’t too many available.

My mother has Parkinson’s, tripled with other debilitating chronic illnesses which immobilized her to the chair and bed. Her dementia has been progressing for some time.

You are right about giving some logical hints and guide in aiding players to get a sense of where pieces might position. My sister’s hints are: where do you think the feet should be located, etc.!

Thank you for the wonderful products.
I will look forward to receiving them.

Sincerely, Miho

Miho was wondering why there wasn’t a picture with the puzzles.

During testing of puzzles with activity directors prior to testing with patients, I asked about pictures with puzzles. Their response: Because there were few pieces, they didn’t think it was necessary, they wanted the user to stimulate cognitive thinking, look at the shapes and colors. And, they were right.

Thinking process: For instance you must observe and think about the correct spot each puzzle piece belongs and then put the piece in correctly. You must think about the shape of the piece, color etc. If it doesn’t fit, you must look again at the piece and start process over.

This process or task called thinking or problem solving is automatic to most of us, but many times it is a huge decision for those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and seniors with dementia.

Sometimes this memory process has been forgotten and needs to be stimulated in seniors with dementia and elderly. These adult age appropriate jigsaw puzzles and memory games have been simplified and are the solution to this problem.}

Head-Shaking Results

If you want your loved one to enjoy their activities and stimulate their cognitive or problem solving skills, memories and emotions, Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Games are the solution.

• Your loved one will experience “a fun moment in time”.

• You will see smiles and participation.

• Your loved one will experience a good feeling of accomplishment when completing puzzle or games.

• When puzzle game is a routine exercise, you will see improvement in cognitive skills or their problem solving skills.

• You will notice their hands relaxing and movements will be smoother.

• You will notice socializing.

You will also have a good feeling being the bearer of these great gifts of change.

I know dealing with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or someone with special needs is difficult for you, caregiver and your family. I understand the whirlwind of frustrations you are going through.

My mother suffered many strokes, disabled and eventually dementia. Her tears, anger and frustrations are embedded in my memory. If you have witnessed your loved ones frustration, we have something in common. And, I am dedicated to helping you help your loved one enjoy life a little bit more, one piece at a time.

Does your loved one benefit from their Brain Exercise and Memory Games OR do they get frustrated?

• Does your loved one want to participate?

• Does your loved one get frustrated? Give up?

• Do you see smiles and hands reaching for puzzle games or do you see tears and hear I don’t want to do this anymore?

My mother’s needs in the form of activities were never met. She was frustrated because she wanted to do activities, but her physical disabilities made it difficult. And back then, they just had. . . activities, designed for everyone to use. Your loved one is very fortunate with the different levels of products to choose from.

Best Alzheimer’s, Dementia Activities stimulate cognitive skills, memories and emotions. How?

It’s in the Frosting!

Easy puzzle for seniors with dementia and special needs patients: 6 piece, 12 piece & 20 piece

The Umpires – Norman Rockwell
Saturday Evening Post ©1949 SEPS

Easy puzzle for seniors with dementia & elderly: 6 piece, 12 piece & 20 piece wooden puzzles

Girl Feeding Birds – Sarah Stilwell Weber
Saturday Evening Post – ©1918

The Saturday Evening Post themes featuring Norman Rockwell and Sarah Stilwell Weber are one of a kind. They are replicas of the actual covers of The Saturday Evening Post, including the date it was published. The Post was a very popular magazine in your loved ones era and still available today.

Their storytelling illustrations are age appropriate with jaw-dropping power. They automatically pull Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients, seniors and elderly into a familiar, comfort zone and they want to touch.

Memory Jogging Puzzles capture attention, motivate participation and stimulate conversation. And, at the same time, while putting the puzzle together they are getting brain exercise stimulating individuals cognitive skills. You can’t ask for more.

Like frosting on a cake, The Saturday Evening Post themes are frosting on Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Exercise Cards.

The cake is edible without the frosting, but watch their eyes light up with the frosting.

The frosting makes the cake a more enjoyable experience.

You will get the same reaction with Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Exercise Cards or Memory Games. See all themes

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 Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients and those with special needs cannot always express themselves. I would like to share with you, what I have learned along the way. Signals 2 Watch 4  It is Free!

The Best Puzzles used for Alzheimer’s, Dementia Activities should meet all of the physical and mental needs of Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients and those with special needs. The Best Puzzles are Easy Puzzles with large chunky pieces easily handled to help rebuild cognitive skills and images to stimulate memories and conversation.

Puzzles and activities, should be tested by Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients prior to offering them for sale. 

Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Exercise Cards/Games for Alzheimer’s, Dementia Activities were tested by Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients, and elderly with positive results.

Putting  jigsaw puzzles together is a familiar, fun activity many elderly did when they were younger and as adults. But unfortunately, some people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia have forgotten what to do with a puzzle.

Many elderly are familiar with The Saturday Evening Post and Norman Rockwell, in other words they grew up together, they were a part of their lifestyle. . . an old friend and familiar which gives you a jump start.

We can’t cure Alzheimer’s or Dementia, but I can help you give your loved one “a fun moment in time”. Interesting testimony!

Best Brain Games for elderly entertain and stimulate Cognitive Skills

Cognitive skills are the mental abilities that help or allow us to process different information, such as: perception, thinking, reasoning or problem solving and the ability to proceed with the task.

The term cognition refers to how a person understands and reacts to things. If you do not continue to use your cognitive skills, they will start to decline.

Cognitive Stimulation starts the moment you open your eyes.

Every task you do is dependent upon your cognitive skills. Problem solving or coming to a solution on how to do or fix something is great no matter the size of the task.

This includes picking up a puzzle piece and finding the correct spot it fits into. Actually, I feel this is a huge achievement for people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia.

• Capturing attention is critical to participation.

Did you know. . . Brain Training begins the minute your loved one reaches for a puzzle or puzzle piece.

Thinking process: For instance you must observe and think about the correct spot each puzzle piece belongs and then put the piece in correctly. You must think about the shape of the piece, color etc. If it doesn’t fit, you must look again at the piece and start process over.

This process or task called thinking or problem solving is automatic to most of us, but many times it is a huge decision for those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and seniors with dementia.

Sometimes this memory process has been forgotten and needs to be stimulated in seniors with dementia and elderly. These adult age appropriate jigsaw puzzles and memory games have been simplified and are the solution to this problem.

Did you know. . . The Saturday Evening Post, Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles and Playing Cards were favorite pastimes of the elderly and positively stimulate memories, emotions and cognitive skills.

Did you know. . . Jigsaw puzzles go back to 1760’s when European map makers pasted maps onto wood and cut them into small pieces.

Adult puzzles emerged around 1900; 1908 – there was a full blown craze in United States.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia Puzzles developed in 2008 are beneficial Brain Games used to rebuild cognitive skills and brain exercise, making the care of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia and those with special needs more meaningful and beneficial.

If you want your loved to  participate, you must have their attention. If you want to stimulate their cognitive skills, you must have their participation.

Did you know. . .  Motivation is stimulated with interest and the feeling you can do the task. You know if the game is too difficult, it isn’t any fun. These fun easy puzzles and games are played at individuals level for a feeling of pride and success.

I am offering you Alzheimer’s, Dementia Activities of memory puzzles and matching games that stimulate cognitive skills, help improve memory, motivate participation, build self esteem and confidence.

Don’t forget being age appropriate will help keep your loved ones dignity and that is very important.

Designed for seniors, elderly, Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients in various Dementia stages, shaky hands and stroke victims with limited mobility. Used for Alzheimer’s, Dementia activities, and brain exercise to stimulate cognitive skills, brain exercise and memory exercise.

Images have been carefully chosen for Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients to allow for visual impairment, to stimulate memories, emotions and conversation. 6 piece, 12 piece & 20 piece custom Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles with laminate protective top surface pricing: $19.95 – 34.95

Will your loved one be able to do puzzles?

Did you know. . .  Old Habits may be restored in many Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients?

Most have the process of this hobby stored in their long term memory and this memory can be recalled with a little assistance and patience.

Some 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.

If your loved one is in middle stages, I suggest you start with the 6 piece puzzle. 12 piece puzzle is for early to middle stages. 20 piece puzzle more challenging will entertain elderly and keep cognitive skills alive.

Are you left handed or right handed, this cognitive skill is learned at an early age and helps perform other fine motor tasks more efficiently.

I worked with a 90 year old, lady with Alzheimer’s, dementia who had lost or forgotten this skill. She was in my art class using pencils in both hands, at the same time.

I observed her for a while and then removed the pencil from her weaker hand. This action did not bother her, I told her she could do better with one pencil and she was fine.

After having her in my art class, I understood why she observed the memory puzzles as she did. Positive note: Her cognitive skills were awakened in a short time, while working with my puzzles.

It was amazing to observe Mary’s abilities get stronger with each puzzle. Her decision time was quicker, handling the pieces and putting them in place was smoother.

Mary was working with 6 piece puzzles; she was a high achiever.

Take a peek… Mary has Dementia

Did you know. . .  Completion and a feeling of success will build self esteem and confidence.

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.

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“Got It”
Ken conquering 12 piece Memory Jogging Puzzle at Wheaton’s Private Care Home

“Exactly, I highly recommend these puzzles. They are high quality and the perfect size for grasping.” Patrice Wheaton – Wheaton’s Private Care Center, PA

If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, Dementia in home or at care center, this 6 page Step-by-Step Guide will help you feel more relaxed and prepared for your next visit. Download & Print Out: Step-by-Step Guide for Caregivers CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD It is Free!

Jigsaw Puzzles are a great brain exercise with many benefits, but there is a catch, the puzzle has to be designed for Alzheimer’s, Dementia patients level.

Start out slowly and get into a routine working with your loved one with Memory Jogging Puzzles and memory games.

Patience and Repetition will help build cognitive skills and improve memory.

• You can’t enjoy working on a puzzle, if you are having difficulty picking up those thin cardboard puzzle pieces or if the puzzle has too many pieces.

• Many elderly have arthritis, shaky hands and /or limited mobility making those cardboard puzzles with tiny, thin little pieces very difficult to pick up and put in place.

• If your loved one has been paralyzed by a stroke it is important to keep puzzle and puzzles pieces within reach and visible. My puzzles have large, ¼” thick wooden pieces designed specifically for those with special needs.

These wooden, jigsaw puzzles with large puzzle pieces are available in three levels: 6 piece puzzle, 12 piece puzzle and 20 piece puzzle because Size does make a difference!

There isn’t ONE stage of Alzheimer’s Dementia and we shouldn’t expect everyone to fit into 1 category when it comes to brain exercise and memory exercise.

If you want your loved one to enjoy their activities and stimulate their cognitive skills, memories and emotions, Memory Jogging Puzzles are for you.

Different size Jigsaw Puzzles for Different Stages of Dementia

My main focus is on your loved ones comfort and feelings while they are using these brain games and memory improvement games. And, for you to enjoy the activity and interaction with your loved one.

Lesson Learned while testing puzzles

Size and shape of each piece of Memory Jogging Puzzles is determined by user level or stage in Alzheimer’s, Dementia care.

These memory puzzles have unique interesting cuts and have been tested by seniors, those in early Alzheimer dementia care with huge success.

 
Chunky large piece jigsaw puzzles are great for those with arthritis, shaky or large hands. Puzzles are made of ¼” thick Mahogany making them extremely durable. Best Puzzle for Dementia Care highlights
.6 piece - Memory Puzzle for elderly, large piece puzzles, brain games for elderly, activities for people with alzheimer's, dementia, alzheimer's, dementia activities6 piece Puzzle – average piece size 2×3″ – 3×4″- Custom Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle with large pieces – Memory Puzzle recommended for middle stages of dementia; Elderly Care, Alzheimer’s, Dementia Activities and those with Autism.

12 piece - Memory Puzzle for elderly, large piece puzzles, brain games for elderly, activities for people with dementia, alzheimer's, dementia activities12 piece Puzzle – average piece size 2×2-1/4″. Custom Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle with large pieces – Memory Puzzle recommended for early – middle stages of dementia, Elderly Care, Alzheimer’s, Dementia Activities and those with Autism.

20 piece - Memory Puzzle for elderly,large piece puzzles, brain games for elderly, activities for people with dementia, alzheimer's, dementia activities20 piece Puzzle - average piece size 1-3/4 x 2″ up to 2 x 2-1/2. Custom wooden Jigsaw Puzzle with large pieces – Memory Puzzle recommended: Elderly Care

If you want your loved to enjoy their activity time, remove frustration and disappointment, I urge you to take the first step, and See entire collection.

Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Games are Excellent Choices while visiting or caring for mom or ‪‎dad at home or in care center.

Testimonials

Rush Memory Clinic, Chicago, IL
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

“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~

Geron Guide – Beacon to better health for seniors – Article

In a number of studies that looked at the effect of memory training on memory performance, improvements in memory performance have been reported. In one such research1, the researchers trained a sample of 80-year-old adults twice weekly over a time period of 3 months. Participants were tested on 4 different memory measures before, and immediately after training completion. The researchers found overall increased memory performance in the experimental group compared to an active control group immediately after training completion. Read full article

 

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Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Exercise Cards (Matching Games) are beneficial memory activities, memory exercises and fun brain games used in care and treatment of ...

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Most puzzles on the market in 2008 were either too difficult, adult puzzles with too many small pieces; or a puzzle with few pieces, a ...

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In the past if a puzzle had few, large pieces, most likely it had a young child's theme. Your Loved One does NOT enjoy putting children's ...

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2008 - Age appropriate (adult) puzzles and games for Alzheimer's, Dementia and elderly patients was the #1 problem for caregivers because, they were not available, ...

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Very few easy puzzles had age appropriate Storytelling themes. Storytelling themes are wanted and needed to help caregivers and families stimulate conversation. The Saturday Evening Posts ...

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Very few puzzles and games on the market in 2008 met ALL the criteria for Memory Activities, Memory Exercise, Brain Exercise for Alzheimer, Dementia patients ...

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Some use photos of loved ones, objects or buildings from patients past trying to stimulate conversation ...desperately looking for a sign of recollection. Sadly, many Alzheimer ...

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