Alzheimers and Puzzles

Alzheimers is a degenerative disease that effects over 5 million Americans over the age of fifty. Jigsaw puzzles can provide a positive outlet for those with the condition. While jigsaw puzzles don’t stop the condition they can make life a little easier and less frustrating. Below are some benefits of jigsaw puzzles.

Interacting with others
People with Alzheimers may have trouble communicating and withdraw from others. Jigsaw puzzles can be a fun activity that you can do with others. It creates opportunities for connection and conversation.

Therapeutic
Puzzles can be calming and make them less agitated and more focused. They provide a sense of control and accomplishment.

Slow down Memory Loss
Training the brain to do simple tasks can stimulate the brain and improve cognitive function. They need cognitive stimulation to keep the brain engaged and active.

Choosing the right puzzle
Choose a puzzle that has a lower piece count but not a children’s puzzles. Children puzzles can be frustrating for seniors because it’s not in their age group.

Puzzles that have a familiar and recognizable image. Pleasant images can keep their minds occupied and or invoke special memories.

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