Memory Games / Memory Improving Games are activities used in cognitive therapy to rebuild problem solving skills / thinking skills and slow down the progression of memory loss. These memory exercise games were developed / designed specifically for seniors with dementia and elderly patients with memory loss.
Many times activities being used for elderly patients and seniors with dementia cause failure and frustration rather than success.
Frustration comes in many shapes and forms.
Be observant while working with elderly patients, it is important to watch their body language, listen for grunts and sighs.
Many activities targeting Alzheimer’s, Dementia and stroke patients such as puzzles and card games are too difficult. Choose activities that are played at users level and games completed in short amount of time.
When you see frustration or hear sounds of frustration, ask yourself these questions.
• Is the individual interested in the game?
• Do they understand how to play the game?
• Can player see images clearly?
• Are you playing the memory game, with too many cards?
• Are you playing at users level?
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.
Memory Exercise Games / Memory Improving Games are beneficial because they are played at users level.
Beneficial Memory Games / Memory Improving Games #1 feature.
• Adult age appropriate activities beckons elderly patients to participate.
Childish themes will trigger frustration right from the start, making activity time difficult for everyone.
• brain exercise
• memory exercise
• break down walls
• games played at users level
• rebuild problem solving skills
• builds self-confidence
• builds socializing skills
• easy to handle
• participation rather than hearing “no”
• stimulate memories
• chatter and laughter fill the air
• put a smile on their face
• fun, simple and easy to complete
• good feelings rather than failure and frustration
• caregivers enjoy working with these memory exercise activities
• One-on-one is best working with elderly with special needs.
• If you don’t have time to sit for 5-10 minutes, do it another time, when you are more relaxed.
If you are tired, do it another time. It is amazing elderly patients will pick up on your frustrations and their response will be, I don’t want to do this now.
Be prepared because their concentration has declined and may lose interest quickly.
At a glance, your loved one will decide if they want to participate in activity of playing cards.
At a glance, they will decide if the activity or game is too difficult.
• These Memory Improving Games are used in Cognitive Therapy for seniors with dementia and elderly with special needs in homes and care centers.
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
You should know, 8 years ago, I researched the activities being used for elderly patients in homes and 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.
But, you can’t just plop the cards down and walk away; or briefly show the person what to do. It takes time and patience.
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.
The Saturday Evening Post Illustrations
These memory games will break down barriers, opening up conversation and memories. Their warm storytelling themes are fun and familiar to seniors and elderly patients encouraging participation.
They capture attention immediately, 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 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 Exercise Cards because the picture or image is fun to look at and inviting everyone to touch and play.
The Saturday Evening Post illustrations are the catalyst triggering excitement.
Problem Solving Games
Memory Improving Games and Problem Solving Games are beneficial brain exercise and memory exercise. These memory games for elderly patients are fun dementia activities to stimulate elderly minds and help rebuild their thinking skills. Also, giving you a way to interact with your loved one.
The Secret! For success and participation memory improvement games should be played at users level, which will encourage elderly patients to participate in memory exercise and brain exercise.
Memory Exercise Games are played. . .
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.
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