You may have heard people say a puzzle is a puzzle; any puzzle will do when your loved one has dementia. Trust me, in dementia care and stroke recovery that is not true.
If you are caring for your loved one at home or in dementia care, you want their puzzles and brain games to meet their physical and mental needs.
When they do, these puzzles have clout and are beneficial brain exercise enabling your loved one to feel a sense of achievement.
Memory Jogging Puzzles developed small wooden puzzles for elderly with dementia and stroke patients with large chunky pieces. These puzzles are easier for elderly to handle and hang on to.
Wooden Puzzles for dementia & stroke patients
Large Piece Puzzles
6 piece puzzle | 12 piece puzzle | 20 piece puzzle
There isn’t ONE stage of dementia and we should not expect all patients in dementia care to fit into ONE category when it comes to their puzzles and brain games.
The size and shape of each puzzle piece is determined by user level or stage of Alzheimer’s, dementia and patients with limited mobility.
• 6 piece puzzle for middle – late stage of dementia
• 12 piece puzzle for early – middle stage of dementia
• 20 piece puzzle for elderly – early onset dementia
Did you know Old Habits may be restored in Alzheimer and dementia patients?
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.
Some individuals recall right away what to do with a puzzle, while others need a little guidance and more time. It is important to start with a puzzle you feel your loved one can easily handle and introduce a puzzle with more pieces after they can successfully handle the first one.
Memory Jogging Puzzles Benefits
• Brain Exercise
• Memory Exercise
• FUN Brain Games
• Rebuild Cognitive Skills
• Easy handling & Visibility
• 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.
• Wooden – nostalgia, more durable than cardboard/chipboard, lasting much longer.
• Unique shapes – custom cut puzzles, 1 at a time with interesting shapes for patients to observe, searching for correct spot.
• Chunky 1/4″ thick Mahogany puzzle pieces are much easier to hold and handle. Easier to pick up than thin cardboard/chipboard pieces; great for large hands and people with Arthritis.
• Made in USA
Best Puzzles for dementia meet Emotional Needs
• Capture attention – Picture on puzzle must capture your loved one’s attention. This is critical to their participation.
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 other fine artists.
• Stimulate memories, emotions and reminiscing – Many elderly patients have shut down their emotions. Family oriented images open up emotions and memories.
Storytelling pictures are warm and soothing, fun and familiar, beckoning elderly to touch the puzzle and they do, tenderly, like seeing an old friend.
• Nostalgic memorabilia intrigues elderly and encourages reminiscing about old times, stimulating conversation, smiles and laughter.
Many elderly remember The Saturday Evening Post and Norman Rockwell, some even recognize his work.
Memory Jogging Puzzles take elderly patients back into a much friendlier, happy time. . . a comfort zone.
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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