Puzzles with Purpose: Memory Jogging Puzzles for dementia with large pieces are stimulating brain games that remove fear and frustration . . . empowering success.
It’s probably been awhile since your loved one with dementia or in stroke recovery has experienced the feeling of success.
Jigsaw Puzzles are great games for dementia and stroke patients, and could possibly have many benefits, but there is a catch.
The puzzle has to be designed for different levels or stages of Alzheimer’s disease. And, puzzle game must meet patient’s physical and emotional needs to be a beneficial brain exercise.
Memory Jogging Puzzles designed wooden puzzles for early, middle & late stages of dementia.
To enable dementia and stroke patients at different levels or stages to feel a sense of achievement and pride, I developed three different large piece puzzles:
• 6 piece puzzle for middle to late stage of dementia;
• 12 piece puzzle for early to middle stage of dementia.
• 20 piece puzzle is great for elderly – early onset dementia.
I must mention, in group settings, I’ve seen dementia patients start with 6 piece and work up to 20 piece puzzle.
6 piece puzzles, 12 piece puzzles & 20 piece puzzles
Memory Jogging Puzzles have jaw-dropping power!
My main focus is on elderly patients comfort and feelings while they using these puzzle games. And, for families and caregivers to enjoy the activity and interaction.
These large piece wooden puzzles are unique, one of a kind, used in brain training and cognitive therapy for elderly, dementia and stroke recovery patients.
Custom cut wooden puzzles are replicas of The Saturday Evening Post Magazine from elderly patients era. Covers featuring Norman Rockwell, One of America’s Favorite Artists, Sarah Stilwell Weber from early 1900’s and other fine artists.
From 1897 to 1963 The Saturday Evening Post was one of the most popular magazines for American middle class.
Norman Rockwell is from our elderly patients era; many remember him and The Saturday Evening Post. They remember anxiously waiting for the magazine and cutting the pictures out, taping them on the wall.
Everyone is drawn to these timeless illustrations or pictures and are anxious to participate over and over. And with each time their self-esteem and confidence grows.
I know how heart breaking it is for you to watch your loved one’s cognitive skills decline. These puzzles not only jog memories but stimulate cognitive skills or problem-solving skills.
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
Family oriented pictures automatically pull elderly into a familiar comfort zone. They are eager to touch these familiar images and participate in puzzle activity, meeting their emotional needs
Memory Jogging Puzzles are powerful dementia puzzles because they were designed to meet both physical and mental needs of dementia and stroke recovery patients.
Targeted towards elderly with limited mobility, to keep puzzle and puzzle pieces visible and within reach.
Proven Effective these large piece puzzles capture dementia and stroke patients attention, stimulate their minds, memories and socializing. They are being used in Dementia Care and Stroke Therapy throughout USA & other countries.
Old habits can be restored in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, ONE reason these puzzle games are successful.
Memory Jogging Puzzles rated Top 100 Old Age Authority covering memory games, puzzles and dementia.
What do Activity Directors and families want in activities for their elderly loved one with special needs?
• We want desperately to improve our loved ones quality of life.
• We are looking for brain exercise, memory exercise, cognitive activities that will do more than entertain.
• We want jigsaw puzzles, activities and games to be easy to handle.
• We do not want the puzzle or activity to be too difficult causing frustration.
• We want to stimulate mom and dad’s mind, emotions and slow down the cognitive decline.
• All of us, including activity directors across USA and abroad working with elderly, Alzheimer, dementia and stroke recovery patients have the same wants and needs in activities for cognitive therapy.
• You are on the right website.
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
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 in-home caregiver for her mother.
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