Memory Games stimulate more than problem-solving skills in Alzheimer, dementia and elderly patients.
These card games used for Brain Exercise and Memory Exercise trigger memories and emotions.
Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Match Games developed for different stages of Alzheimer’s are Beneficial because “patients use emotional and recognition memory, in addition to their problem solving skills”. Mitchell Slutzky, Ph.D., Clinical Geropsychologist, NY
Frustration sets in easily in elderly, Alzheimer, dementia and patients in stroke recovery.
Many times elderly patients experience failure and frustration rather than success or a “sigh of relief.”
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Frustration comes in many shapes and forms.
It is important to watch their body language, and listen for sighs and grunts.
Many activities targeting Alzheimer’s, Dementia and stroke patients such as puzzles and card games are too difficult and haven’t been tested by the patients using them.
If your loved one becomes frustrated playing a card game, step back; step into their shoes and you may find the answer.
Ask these questions. . .
When you see frustration or hear feelings of failure.
• Does card game images spark an interest?
• Does individual understand how to play the game?
• Is the memory exercise game, played the old way or my way?
• Can player see images clearly?
• Are you playing the memory game, with too many cards?
• Are you playing at users level?
• When activity or card game is too difficult in patients mind, they will not want to participate. . . they do not want to fail.
At a glance, your loved one will decide game is too difficult, or one they want to participate in.
Prevent Frustration in Memory Exercise and Brain exercise Activities
• Age appropriate memory games and brain exercise activities beckons elderly patients to participate.
• Childish activities or child themes cause embarrassment and frustration. It makes patients feel like a child. You definitely will see frustration and hear frustration.
• Childish themes will trigger frustration right from the start, making activity time difficult for everyone.
Memory Games Secret to Success. . .
Memory Exercise Cards and Memory Games are mind-stimulating activities used in Cognitive Therapy for memory exercise and brain exercise.
Memory games were designed to play at users level, this is critical for patient success.
Used routinely, memory match games will help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and other brain deteriorating conditions affecting our elderly patients.
You should know, I researched problems in activities being used for elderly patients in homes and care centers for many months prior to production.
I personally contacted Activity Directors in Illinois and many other states across USA and received wonderful feedback.
No matter the state, the answers were the same PERIOD.
Activity directors and in-home caregivers were frustrated by the activities available on the market and activities they were using.
In most cases activities being used were not age appropriate… this was the number ONE complaint.
How do they do this. . . It’s in the Frosting!
The Saturday Evening Post themes are like frosting on a cake. . . yummy to look at and inviting.
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 because they are fun to look at and inviting to play with. . . they spur excitement.
Using these Memory Games / Matching Games, you will get a response… YOU WILL CONNECT!
Their warm storytelling themes are fun and familiar to seniors and elderly patients encouraging participation.
Memory Exercise Cards
• age appropriate
• stimulate memories
• put a smile on their face
• fun, simple and easy to complete
• games played at users level
• easy to handle
• good feelings rather than failure and frustration
• memory exercise
• brain exercise
• rebuild problem solving skills
• builds socializing skills
• participation rather than hearing “no” (we’ve all heard that)
• builds self-confidence
• Caregivers enjoy working with these memory exercise activities
• Patients are eager to talk about the images
• Chatter and laughter fill the air
• In groups they help each other and socialize
Activity Directors want and need mind stimulating activities:
• Age appropriate activities.
• Activities patients can handle easily.
• Activities completed easily with success.
• Activities that stimulate patients mind.
• Activities encouraging conversation.
• Activities encouraging participation.
• Activities that are fun and familiar stimulate memories and emotions.
The Best Memory Improving Games help rebuild problem solving skills or cognitive skills, stimulate minds, memories and emotions in elderly patients.
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