January is National Puzzle Month
Put simply, a puzzle poses a problem to be solved. The problem-solving process is a cognitive exercise –Puzzles do have therapeutic value!
Simple puzzles open the door for reminiscing and discussing fond memories, in addition to having a good sense of accomplishment when the last piece is placed.
Each person will be at a different level of cognitive decline, so you want to choose one that best fits with your senior loved ones’ abilities. You want to challenge the person without making the puzzle too difficult to complete. Low piece counts and age-appropriate image puzzles ranging from 12 to 100 pieces may work best. Choose puzzles that have nostalgic designs and vibrant contrasting colors that make them a joy for seniors with cognitive decline.
If someone special to you was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, do not ignore the potential benefits of puzzles. Whether your loved one was a puzzle person before or not, you should encourage them to make puzzles a more significant part of their life.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia requires a person-centered approach that is specific to the needs of your loved ones. Whether at home or in a memory care facility, professional caregivers can provide your loved one with the ongoing support they need and can act in a partnership capacity with the care facility and the family.
Granny NANNIES was established in 1990 to provide seniors with in-home care. Operating under the founding premise that reliable and affordable senior home care should be available to everyone. Granny NANNIES offers personalized services to meet the requirements of any individual, regardless of age or need, in their home. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Granny NANNIES refers quality and trustworthy in-home care for you and your loved ones. For more information on how we can help you, call 800-316-2669 or visit our website at: GrannyNANNIES.com