Jigsaw puzzles are ideal for patients with Dementia and Alzheimers. While puzzles are therapeutic, they also provide exercise in memory and are said to improve brain functions, especially short-term memory.
In any stage of Dementia or Alzheimer's, puzzles are said to ease some of the symptoms and provide stimulating comfort to the patients, as well as provide a sense of control. Puzzles, especially custom photo puzzles, can reawaken memories in patients and improve mental speed and thought processes. Further, puzzles are thought to decrease mental decline and cognitive functioning. But mental processes are not the only way that puzzles help Dementia and Alzheimer's patients.
Jigsaw Puzzles help to stimulate the brain and also provide a social activity that can help connect the patient to caregivers and loved ones while helping to create a positive emotional connection. Many dementia patients lose interest in activities easily and jigsaw puzzles can help stabilize this decline. After all, who can pass a puzzle in the works and not try to help?
Not all puzzles are equal and not all patients are in the same category when it comes to selecting the proper puzzle to use. Here are some considerations to use when selecting a puzzle for your loved one with Dementia.
In closing, choosing an engaging activity that involves the use of jigsaw puzzles is fun and therapeutic. Coming up with activities isn't always easy and using Jigsaw Puzzles can provide a great therapy session for those who have Alzheimers or Dementia.
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