Memory Jogging Puzzles rated Top 100 Old Age Authority covering memory games, puzzles and dementia.
Norman Rockwell pictures/paintings automatically pull seniors, dementia and stroke patients into a familiar comfort zone.
There are reasons aging patients with special needs do not cooperate or participate in putting jigsaw puzzle together.
It isn’t because they are being stubborn or uncooperative.
#1 reason, they do not want to fail.
In a minute, they size up a puzzle, if in their mind the puzzle “looks” too difficult, it will stimulate “fear and intimidation”.
Reasons for this:
• Jigsaw Puzzle is too large with too many pieces, stimulating “fear of failure and intimidation” of not capable of putting the puzzle together.
• Jigsaw Puzzle pieces are too small and thin, making pieces difficult to pick up and put into place, causing “frustration”.
• Picture on puzzle does not make a “emotional connection” with individual.
These wooden jigsaw puzzles with thick chunky pieces stimulate memories, emotions and improve aging patients problem solving skills or thinking skills.
Memory Jogging Puzzles are Replicas of The Saturday Evening Post Covers.
Aging, seniors, dementia and stroke patients connect immediately with The Saturday Evening Post from their era and pictures/paintings by Norman Rockwell, Sarah Stilwell Weber from The Saturday Evening Post Collection.
Dr. Mitchell Slutzky says it best. . .
“Your puzzles do indeed show some promise, due to the fact that they engage persons with their emotional and recognition memory, but then rely upon “here and now” problem-solving skills.” Mitchell Slutzky, Ph.D., Clinical Geropsychologist, NY
Why? Because Memory Jogging Puzzles, large piece jigsaw puzzles were designed in three levels, 6 piece puzzle, 12 piece puzzle and 20 piece puzzle.
Memory Jogging Puzzles meet both physical and mental needs of our aging in dementia care and stroke treatment.
I paid special attention to the small details important to aging seniors with shaky hands and stroke victims with limited mobility. Jigsaw Puzzle size & shape was determined meeting their physical needs.
How? They. . .
• are not intimating or frustrating.
• thicker, chunky pieces are easier to handle than thin pieces.
• fewer pieces enables seniors to complete puzzle for success.
• beneficial to aging seniors with arthritis, shaky hands and larger hands.
• slow down memory loss
• encourage elderly patients to think, participate and socialize.
• help rebuild problem solving skills called cognitive skills.
• build self-confidence in senors with disabilities and special needs.
• stimulate aging minds, memories and awaken emotions.
• help slow down the progressions of memory loss.
• meet both physical and mental needs of our elderly in dementia care and stroke treatment.
• are proven to rebuild cognitive skills, awaken memories, emotions and stimulate conversation.
• are used in cognitive therapy because they help rebuild problem solving skills and stimulate memories, emotions and socializing.
• Puzzle and puzzle pieces are visible and within reach.
• Protective laminate top surface for easy cleaning.
Memory Jogging Puzzles were tested by aging adults in dementia care and stroke treatment with Positive Results & Patient Satisfaction!
It is amazing how aging patients recall The Saturday Evening Post and Norman Rockwell.
The Saturday Evening Post was very popular magazine in your loved ones era and still available today. Memory Jogging Puzzles themes are replicas of the actual covers from The Saturday Evening Post Collection.
Jigsaw Puzzle size & number of pieces does make a difference!
There isn’t ONE stage of Alzheimer or Dementia Disease and we should not expect everyone to fit into ONE category when it is time for their cognitive therapy, brain exercise and memory exercise.
Jigsaw Puzzle Size – 6×8″ keeps large piece puzzle and puzzle pieces visible and within reach.
Remember: It is not about how big the task or how quickly the task is completed. It is about completing the task in their time and building self confidence.
– large piece jigsaw puzzle with large thick pieces recommended for middle to late stage of Alzheimer Disease, Seniors and Aging adults with memory loss and those in stroke recovery.
large piece jigsaw puzzle with thick large pieces recommended for early to middle stage of Alzheimer Disease, Seniors and Aging adults with memory loss and those in stroke recovery.
large piece jigsaw puzzle with thick large pieces recommended for seniors to early signs of memory loss.
Did you know Old Habits may be restored in Alzheimer, Dementia and Stroke patients?
Most elderly have put jigsaw 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 aging patients recall right away what to do, others need a little guidance and more time.
It is important to start with a 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 the limit of 15 to 20 minutes for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Activities, after that amount of time, elderly patients get tired, lose focus and interest.
Sometimes 5-10 minutes often, is better for everyone.
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
Memory Jogging Puzzles with large chunky wooden pieces, replace fear, frustration and intimidation with smiles and participation, stimulating problem solving skills in aging patients with special needs.
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.