Effective Brain Training For Dementia, What’s Involved?

Effective brain training for dementia patients is dependent upon the features and qualities of activities being used.

Many times purchasing a jigsaw puzzle for dementia patient is done emotionally rather than by the features and qualities of the puzzle.

Many family members are likely to remember how mom or dad used to be and often select a jigsaw puzzle which is too difficult, meaning too many pieces.

Most likely it has been a long time since your mother or father has put a puzzle together, and yes, you should help them occasionally, but if you are doing the entire puzzle, you are getting the brain exercise and cognitive stimulation, not your loved one.

Effective Brain Training with Memory Jogging Puzzles

Select a jigsaw puzzle at individual’s level of problem solving, move up to a puzzle with more pieces, after that one is completed easily.

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Memory Jogging Puzzles – Wooden Puzzles are Large Piece Puzzles

Memory jogging puzzles are widely accepted for brain training, brain exercises and memory exercise, used routinely can help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain degradation problems. Geron Guide Beacon to Better Senior Health

•  Size of puzzle together is the first thing the individual will see, if too large they will become intimidated and likely not want to do it at all.
•  Number of pieces – is very important, keep in mind the level of individual working on the puzzle; if person has dementia and middle stage a puzzle 20+ pieces is too difficult, even if it has large pieces. Brain training is effective with individual can complete the puzzle, this builds their self esteem and self confidence.

Memory Jogging Puzzles are 6 x 8″  have fewer, large thick pieces to meet the physical and mental needs of different levels of dementia and stroke patients with limited mobility. Lap size puzzles to keep puzzle and puzzle pieces visible and within reach.

•  Adult age appropriate picture or theme of puzzle –  will help your loved one keep their dignity.

  Picture on puzzle or theme must capture their attention immediately and have the ability to keep individuals interest. Storytelling themes capture attention better than picture of an object.

  Size and thickness of pieces – elderly patients, especially those with limited mobility and shaky hands have difficulty picking up small thin pieces. Thick larger puzzle pieces have more substance to hang on to; men with larger hands prefer a puzzle with thicker pieces. When puzzles pieces are thin and difficult to pick up it will frustrate your loved one, this would frustrate me also.

These wooden jigsaw puzzles with thick large pieces are easy to handle, easier to pick up puzzle pieces and put in place; they do not intimidate and cause frustration, they build self esteem, self confidence and stimulate memories.

3 different size puzzles, meaning number of pieces.

6 piece puzzles – middle to late stage of Alzheimer, dementia and stroke therapy.
12 piece puzzles – early to middle stage of Alzheimer, dementia and stroke therapy.
20 piece puzzles – elderly to early onset Dementia.


~I’m also pleased with the quality of the cards and the puzzles. I’ve noticed in recent times that, because my mother has arthritis, it’s harder for her to grip things. So, the fact that the cards are on very thick stock and puzzle pieces are thicker wooden pieces will make it much easier for her. Dawn W – Jamaica ###

Memory Jogging Puzzles will give you a positive, fun way to interact and connect with your loved one, in their world. To me this is success.

The Saturday Evening Post

Memory Jogging Puzzles are replicas of The Saturday Evening Post Magazine featuring Norman Rockwell, Sarah Stilwell Weber and other fine artists.
I’ve observed many elderly patients work with these beautiful images and watching their faces light up with joy; it is like they are seeing an old friend.

“Heroes of yesterday, stimulating minds, memories and hearts of today”.

Artists: Norman Rockwell & Sarah Stilwell Weber

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The Saturday Evening Post artists featuring Norman Rockwell & Sarah Stilwell Weber and others are the catalyst triggering interest and participation.


~I discovered early on in the Alzheimer’s journey with my dad that doing simple jigsaw puzzles provided him such a sense of self-esteem.
However it was almost impossible to find puzzles commercially that weren’t too childish.
Your puzzles have just the right number of pieces that he can handle without frustration, and the Rockwell themes are all so lovely.
I am one satisfied customer. Thanks again! Tanis M, Canada ###


Did you know Old Habits have been restored in Alzheimer and dementia patients?


Are you wondering if your loved one in middle stage Alzheimer Disease could work with these puzzles, Take a peek, Mary has Dementia and interesting technique


What is involved for you?


You also play a key factor in successful brain training for your loved one with dementia or in stroke recovery.

You must have knowledge of individual’s limitations, thinking skills or problem solving and know their stage of dementia. That’s just the beginning!
The difficult area or “unseen” areas are just as important in brain training as the jigsaw puzzles for success.
I am referring to your loved one’s feelings and emotions.
Unfortunately, dementia patient’s feelings and emotions have been buried for a long time, this is why we see sad eyes and emotionless faces; but their feelings are there, just waiting to be awakened.

Feelings are sparked by emotions.

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Example of feelings:
• Happiness
• Worry
• Contentment
• Bitterness
• Love
• Depression

Emotions are Intense but Temporary.

Example of emotions:
• Joy
• Fear
• Enthusiasm
• Anger
• Sadness
It is important to notice their emotions and respond quickly, this will defuse frustration and help rebuild their self-esteem and confidence.

We can’t cure Alzheimer’s Disease, but I can help you give your loved one “a fun moment in time”.
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