There isn’t ONE stage of dementia and we should not expect all dementia patients to fit into ONE category when it comes to their puzzle and brain games.
In other words, 1 size dementia puzzle cannot be beneficial for all stages of dementia.
I have heard people say a puzzle is a puzzle… any puzzle will do for a dementia patient. Trust me, in dementia care and stroke recovery, that isn’t so.
Puzzles for different stages of dementia have clout!
• 6 piece puzzle for middle – late stage of dementia
• 12 piece puzzle for early – middle stage of dementia
• 20 piece puzzle for elderly – early stage dementia
For many dementia patients, it has been along time since they have had the opportunity to work on a jigsaw puzzle and you can see the happiness in their eyes.Be careful, this happiness can turn to tears and frustration very quickly.
In a glance, dementia and stroke patients size up a jigsaw puzzle.
If in their mind the puzzle “looks” too difficult, at that very moment fear and intimidation will begin.
If the picture does not capture their attention, they are not interested.
At that very moment elderly with dementia and stroke patients may decide not to cooperate or participate in putting jigsaw puzzle together.
It isn’t because they are being stubborn or uncooperative.
#1 reason, elderly do not want to fail or feel embarrassed.
Memory Jogging Puzzles developed wooden puzzles with large chunky pieces that are easy to hang on to and great for elderly with shaky hands.
These puzzles are age appropriate and stage appropriate for different stages of dementia meeting their physical and mental needs.
When patients physical and mental needs are met there is less frustration enabling elderly patients to feel a sense of pride and success.
Large Piece Puzzles for dementia
The size and shape of each puzzle piece is determined by user level or stage in Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke patients with limited mobility.
• Puzzle size was designed around the needs of stroke patients with limited mobility, to keep puzzle and puzzle pieces visible and within reach.
• Lap size puzzle 6×8″ fits nicely on dinner trays and bedside tables.
• Protective laminate non-glare top surface is great for easy clean up from sticky fingers; easy on the eyes, no glare or reflections when working in fluorescent lights or outdoors, and laminate protects the image.
Best Puzzles for dementia meet Emotional Needs
Memory Jogging Puzzles are replicas of The Saturday Evening Post magazine, including date and price, and they are effective. Puzzles are magazine covers, featuring Norman Rockwell, one of America’s favorite artists, Sarah Stilwell Weber from 1900’s and others. Storytelling pictures are warm and soothing, fun and familiar, beckoning elderly to touch the puzzle and they do, tenderly, like seeing an old friend.
Many elderly remember The Saturday Evening Post and Norman Rockwell, some even recognize his work.
These large piece dementia puzzles take elderly patients back into a much friendlier, happy time. . . a comfort zone.
Memory Jogging Puzzles for dementia
• Capture attention – Picture on puzzle must capture your loved one’s attention. This is critical to their participation.
• Stimulate memories, emotions and reminiscing – Many elderly patients have shut down their emotions. Family oriented images open up emotions and memories.
Nostalgic memorabilia intrigues elderly and encourages reminiscing about old times, stimulating conversation, smiles and laughter.
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
~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 ###
Meeting Activity Directors Needs
Interviewing Activity Directors and families I heard these 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.
It is a wonderful time when grandparents open up and express memories that have been buried for a long time.
Before purchasing puzzles. . . Be Aware!
You are looking for solutions for your loved one. The activity or jigsaw puzzle must end with your loved one having a feeling of accomplishment.
• Check out the number of pieces & thickness of the pieces. Keep in mind thin cardboard pieces are difficult for elderly patients to pick up.
• What are the dimensions of completed jigsaw puzzle? If the puzzle is large and your loved one has limited mobility, reaching for the pieces may be difficult and then finding the right spot is another issue.
When working on jigsaw puzzles, it should be completed before activity time is over. End on a happy note.
I know many elderly work on 500 – 1000 piece puzzles which take a longer period of time to complete. My mother was one of the people until she was disabled, then these puzzles were frustrating and depressing for her because she could no longer do them, everything was difficult.
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