I couldn’t believe it! Activities being used in 1994 for dementia and elderly patients were STILL being used, STILL inadequate and STILL frustrating our loved ones in 2007.
It was SHOCKING!
Nothing had changed since my mother passed away in 1994.
I discovered how frustrating this was for activity directors while I was doing research for my activities for Alzheimer, dementia and stroke patients.
During research, I spoke directly with caregivers and Activity Directors across United States, who worked directly with Alzheimer and Dementia patients.
They were frustrated by the activities and knew the activities were frustrating their patients.
The activities being used were designed for everyone, despite their illness or disabilities.
Why were earlier activities frustrating patients?
#1 reason they were not AGE APPROPRIATE!
#2 activities were not designed for different level of individuals, causing patients to become frustrated.
Were they beneficial?
I DON’T THINK SO!
And, I was determined to change that.
My mother’s needs in the form of activities were never met after her stroke.
She was frustrated because she wanted to do activities, but her disabilities made it difficult.
She loved working on puzzles but the puzzles had 100 or more pieces, and the pieces were made of cardboard and very thin. Her right side was paralyzed; she had to learn how to use her left hand making it difficult for her to pick up the pieces.
Does this sound familiar?
What do Activity Directors and caregivers want and need in activities?
• 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.
Brain Exercise and Memory Activities
Today, your loved one with Alzheimer disease, dementia or in stroke recovery is very fortunate with the different levels of activities to choose from.
Having age appropriate puzzle or game that captures their attention is half the battle; working at users level equally important. When these two features are met you have a beneficial activity.
When working with activities ask yourself.
• Do they want to participate?
• Do they get frustrated and want to give up?
• Do you see smiles?
• Do their hands reach for puzzle or game anxious to participate?
• Do you see tears and hear I don’t want to do this anymore?
If you answered no to these questions the activities being used are not benefiting but frustrating your loved one.
Memory Jogging Puzzles & Memory Match Games
are adult age appropriate activities that focus on Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke recovery patients comfort and feelings.
These activities used for brain exercise, cognitive therapy and memory stimulation are simplified for your loved one to experience success; and designed for easy handling, visibility and enjoyment.
Do a comparison
to other puzzles on the market, you will see for yourself there is a huge difference in these wooden jigsaw puzzles and competitors thin cardboard/chipboard puzzles.
• Very few have fun age appropriate storytelling themes.
• Chunky 1/4″ thick large pieces for easy handling are important especially for elderly with arthritis, large or shaky hands and stroke patients with disabilities.
Puzzles with small thin pieces made of cardboard/chipboard are difficult for elderly to handle, pick up and put into place.
• Men with large hands prefer a puzzle piece with substance.
• Protective non-glare top surface for easy cleaning
One size puzzle does NOT meet everyone’s needs.
My mother, who had physical limitations and dementia was my model for Memory Jogging Puzzles.
She was frustrated by the size of the puzzle and could never complete them. Completing a puzzle in a given time builds self-esteem and confidence.
This is the reason puzzle are available in 3 different sizes:
• 6 piece puzzle for middle stage of dementia
• 12 piece puzzle for early – middle stage of dementia
• 20 piece puzzle for elderly to early onset dementia.
If she would have been able to reach the puzzle piece, pick pieces up and put it in place that would have been success.
This is the reason for the puzzle size: 6×8″
If she would have been able to easily pick up the thin puzzle pieces she would have been content, but she couldn’t making her frustrated.
This is the reason for wooden puzzles with thick, large pieces.
If the theme would have been adult age appropriate, mom would have been interested in doing the puzzle.
This is critical then and now most of the activities being used for adults at that time were for children.
Believe me, we knew she didn’t like them.
Childish themes made her feel like a child; embarrassed her because she was working on a child’s puzzle.
There were tears and no cooperation.
Your loved one may have Alzheimer’s or Dementia and may not express their feelings, but their feelings are still there, just buried.
Mother would have enjoyed working with The Saturday Evening Post puzzles. They would have captured her attention, put a smile on her face, sparkle in her eyes. We would have seen good feelings and emotions.
Real life images trigger participation and reactions much better than still life images, such as a ball or fruit.
The gift of “a fun moment in time” is a precious gift of love.
Secret. . . while your loved one is enjoying these puzzles and memory improvement games, at the same time, they are stimulating their cognitive skills. And, you are making fond memories.
These features are critical for elderly with physical limitations.
• Lap Puzzle size 6×8″ fits perfectly on bedside table or dinner tray.
• Size helps keep the puzzle and puzzle pieces within reach and vision.
There are other puzzles on the market with few large pieces but the puzzle size is also large making it difficult for your loved one to easily find and reach for the correct piece and put in place.
Some might say this isn’t a biggy, let me tell you IT IS A BIGGY.
It is frustrating to your loved one, especially if they have physical limitations.
Memory Jogging Puzzles are custom cut jigsaw puzzles, made in America specifically to meet the your mother, father or patients needs and they DO!
Also called memory puzzles, Norman Rockwell Puzzles and The Saturday Evening Post Puzzles; they were the first on the market (2008) and they are the best, tested and beneficial in many, many ways.