7 Card Games, Thinking Games for You To Connect with Alzheimer, Dementia, and Stroke Patients

Meaningful thinking games for dementia

“Experiences that are meaningful to persons with dementia are those that allow them to express themselves, to connect with others, to feel a sense of freedom and purpose and to have fun.” ~Alzheimer’s Society of Canada 2011~

A funny thing happened on my visit to Alzheimer’s, Dementia Care Center, the residents didn’t get tired and lose interest.

They were excited looking at the fun images, chatting and laughing while working with these stimulating thinking games then called Memory Games and Matching Games. They were enjoying the moment, feeling success, finding the cards that matched.

7 Card Games, Thinking Games for You To Connect with Alzheimer, Dementia, and Stroke Patients

My focus while designing these 7 card games was on dementia patient’s enjoyment, comfort and feelings while stimulating their thinking and memory. And I wanted to give you a fun way to connect with your loved one.

The following qualities are why these Thinking Games of Memory and Matching Games are requested for cognitive exercise in homes and care centers.

  • Adult Age-appropriate – the #1 need for elderly and dementia activities.
  • Our fun thinking games stimulate emotions, mind and memory.

MatchMate – Matching Game; Thinking Game; Memory Game

Thinking Game with storytelling images for early, to advanced memory Loss

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MatchMate – Memory Match Game for dementia, easy to play, Norman Rockwell illustrations from The Saturday Evening Post Classic Covers.

What’s Mis ing? – Thinking Game; Matching Game; Memory Game

Great thinking game for early to middle stage dementia

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What’s Mis ing? is a great cognitive exercise, requiring player to use their problem-solving skills to complete the task, which is discovering what’s missing from the images. More challenging than MatchMate, using the same Norman Rockwell images for memory recollection.

gossips – Memory for Seniors; Matching Game; Thinking Game

Gossips memory game for seniors has fun characters with hats and hairdo’s from the 40’s. Illustrations from The Saturday Evening Post Classic Cover dated March 6, 1948, entitled “Chain of Gossip” – One of Norman Rockwell collected pieces.

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gossips & gossips LV (low vision) Memory Game for seniors with low vision.


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Anyone can play this matching game, images bring smiles and laughter.

Happy Days 2n1 – Thinking Game; Matching Game; Memory Game

Seniors to middle stage dementia

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Happy Days 2N1 a word association thinking Game, memory game and matching game. Stimulate problem solving skills or cognitive skills and memory recollection.

TIMELESS illustrations by Sarah Stilwell Weber from The Saturday Evening Post Classic Covers stirs memories of fun times when everyone was young.

These cards can also be used for an exercise program. How? pretend the person is flying a kite etc; even individuals in wheelchairs can participate. Great for imagination and giggles.

Our fun brain games stimulate thinking and problem solving skills.

Hats & Bonnets – Memory Game; Matching Game; Memory Match Game;

Memory Game for seniors to middle stage dementia

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Hats & Bonnets is a memory game, matching game and thinking game. Beautiful men’s hats and ladies bonnets from 40’s, 50’s, 60’s stimulate smiles and conversation. Our grandparents wore their hats proudly, these colorful images definitely jog memories.

Any level can play, but when playing with dementia or memory loss patient, it is best to play with hats face up.

• Our fun matching games encourage participation and enjoyment.
• Our dementia activities break down walls of silence.

Shapes 2n1 – Thinking Game; Matching Game; Memory Game

Seniors to middle stage of dementia

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Shapes 2N1 – Great a stimulating thinking game and memory game with shapes in solid and outline with word cards for association.

Matching Game & Memory Game in black/white, making the shapes easily defined for those with low vision. Play at users level to encourage success.

Men really enjoy this thinking game.

• Our fun memory games stimulate memory recollection.
Our fun memory games make smiles not frustration.

The biggest problem with other games of concentration or memory games; they are played with the cards face down. Playing with images face down is too difficult for dementia and elderly patients with memory loss, causing feelings of failure and frustration.
Finally, to assure success I play all of these mind stimulating games face up.

• Our fun card games promote memories and reminiscing.

If you have questions about matching games, call me. karen, 815-444-0661

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The wonderful Illustrations / Pictures from The Saturday Evening Post Classic Covers featuring Norman Rockwell, Sarah Stilwell Weber and other fine artists are adult age-appropriate; immediately capture attention stimulating curiosity and participation. 

If you are looking for beneficial memory games for seniors or dementia activities to stimulate minds and memories they will enjoy these matching games.

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