Jigsaw puzzles made specifically for dementia/Alzheimer's patients

5 years ago

We already know puzzles are good for kids' cognitive skills. 

“Watching your child do a puzzle can give you some insight into which brain skills are already strong, and which need to be strengthened,” says Dr. Ken Gibson, author of “Unlock the Einstein Inside; Applying New Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart In Your Child” (free as an ebook at www.UnlockTheEinsteinInside.com). “And the cognitive skills needed to assemble an age-appropriate puzzle in a timely manner – like visual processing, logic and reasoning, attention and processing speed – need to be strong to avoid issues in science and math later.” – http://media.learningrx.com/national-puzzle-day/

But puzzles are also a "perfect fit" for dementia and Alzheimer's patients. And I just ran across this article about these new MindStart jigsaw puzzles. The pieces are much larger, have less pieces (all the way down to 12 and 26 pieces) than most adult puzzles, and the images are based on themes of everyday life to stimulate memories and topics of conversation. There's also less detail in the pictures so it's more obvious how the pieces fit together. The company website is www.mind-start.com.

Puzzle resources:

• Puzzle strategies: Here are 4 tips to help your child finish a puzzle: http://ezinearticles.com/?Jigsaw-Puzzle-Strategy—4-Main-Routes-to-Finishing-That-Puzzle&id=3442806

• Free puzzles online: Lots of free jigsaw puzzles for all ages that kids can do online:

http://www.thekidzpage.com/onlinejigsawpuzzles/animals/index.html

• Free “Games for Skills” Chart: Find out which common, inexpensive games build certain cognitive skills at www.UnlockTheEinsteinInside.com.

To learn more about brain skills assessments or treating the root cause of learning struggles associated with dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism or dyscalculia (“trouble with math”), contact Tanya Mitchell at (719)955-6703.

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