Frustration comes in many shapes and forms.
• Is the theme age appropriate?
• Is the individual interested in the memory improving game?
• Do they understand how to play the matching game?
• Can player see images or pictures clearly?
• Are you playing the memory matching game, with too many cards?
• Are you playing at users level?
• Can puzzle or matching game be completed in short amount of time.
When activity appears too difficult, or if player starts doubting themselves, 99% of the time they will not participate.
Some won’t even try because they do not want to fail and feel embarrassed.
Positive Results = Patient Satisfaction
These Matching Games are beneficial memory exercise and brain exercise because. . .
“patients use emotional and recognition memory, in addition to their problem solving skills”. Mitchell Slutzky, Ph.D., Clinical Geropsychologist, NY
#1 – Adult Age Appropriate matching games beckons elderly patients to participate.
Childish themes will trigger frustration right from the start, making activity time difficult for everyone.
• brain exercise
• memory exercise
• games played at users level
• designed specifically for elderly, dementia, & stroke patients
• large size images & type
• matching games for LV – Low Vision
• break down walls
• easy to handle
• encourages participation rather than hearing “no”
• easy interaction with family & caregiver
• fun & familiar
• images trigger emotions & excitement
• recollection of The Saturday Evening Post & Norman Rockwell
• simplified, easy to complete
• cognitive therapy
• rebuild problem solving skills
• stimulate thinking skills
• slow down the progression of memory loss
• improve memory in elderly
• builds self-confidence
• builds socializing skills
• stimulate elderly minds, memories
• chatter and laughter fill the air
• smiles not tears of frustration
• good feelings of success
• caregivers enjoy working with these memory exercise activities
• used in-homes & care centers
8 years ago, I researched activities being used for Alzheimer’s, dementia and elderly patients in care centers across USA.
I heard the frustrations activity directors and caregivers were experiencing working with activities that were not adult age appropriate.
No matter the state, the answers were the same.
Activity directors and caregivers were frustrated and eager to help me develop new products targeted towards adults physical and mental needs.
Activity Directors wants & needs
• 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.
How do these Matching Games capture the attention of elderly patients?
It’s in the Frosting!
Norman Rockwell & Sarah Stilwell Weber illustrations / pictures are like frosting on a cake, yummy to look at and inviting to touch.
Cake is edible without frosting, but when frosted, Frosting makes the cake more inviting and enjoyable experience.
You will get the same reaction with Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Matching Games because the picture or image is fun to look at and inviting. Everyone wants to touch and play.
Norman Rockwell & Sarah Stilwell Weber illustrations / pictures are the catalyst triggering excitement.
MatchMate, with illustrations by Norman Rockwell, was the first matching game or memory exercise card game I developed.
Used routinely, memory, matching games will help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and other brain deteriorating conditions affecting our elderly patients.
The Secret! For success and participation memory improving games and matching games should be played at users level. I feel this is critical for elderly patients to enjoy any activity.
Caution: You can’t just plop the cards down and walk away; or briefly show the person what to do and walk away. It takes time and patience. Below link is how I play the games.
Matching Games are also known as Memory Games, Memory Improving Games, Memory Match Games, Memory Exercise Card Games, Memory Matching Games
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