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Memory Activities | Jigsaw Puzzles Elderly | Alzheimer’s Dementia | Autism

Memory Activities | Jigsaw Puzzles Elderly | Alzheimer’s Dementia | Autism: Wooden Puzzles for Seniors

 Memory Jogging Puzzles

• Dementia Jigsaw Puzzles
• Storytelling themes
• Memory Puzzle
• 1/4″ thick
• durable
• light weight
• unique shapes
• large pieces
• lap size
• easy handling
• great for arthritis
• 6 piece Memory Puzzle
• 12 piece Memory Puzzle
• 20 piece Memory Puzzle
• Made in America
• All images ©SEPS
Best Benefit: These puzzles for elderly and seniors will give
you the power to engage
with your loved one in
their world… Priceless!

Passion – creating easy jigsaw puzzles & match games 4 dementia/alzheimer's. Age appropriate w/N. Rockwell - SEP. - a fun moment in time.


Activity or 'Doing Things' with Dementia | Activity is “doing things”

MindStart | Dementia Activities | Alzheimer Activities: Activities with Dementia
Activity or 'Doing Things' with Dementia
Activity is “doing things”. Not just leisure pursuits, but everything you do in your daily routine. It is influenced by the responsibilities you have, roles in life that you carry, interests that you enjoy, people you encounter, and your abilities. People living with Alzheimer's, or other forms of dementia, have difficulty initiating and completing daily activities due to brain changes in the different stages of dementia. Brain changes may include short-term memory loss, difficulty knowing the steps to take and in what order, difficulty solving problems, and more. Despite these challenges, people with dementia continue to have the need to participate in do things...just in a manner that is appropriately simplified and supported by caregivers.


Painting watercolors crayons

Find the inner artist.
Paint with watercolors, draw with crayons. People with Alzheimer's may not judge themselves as harshly as they once did, so they may finally free their inner artists.


Misc Activities | Simplify old hobbies

Simplify old hobbies.
For those who liked to knit, try a simpler pattern. If they enjoy crossword puzzles, try a jigsaw puzzle with large pieces.


Origami Treats Basket

Origami Treats Basket - Part 1/2 | Origami Kids Blog
This Origami Treats Basket is an excellent complement for you Halloween decoration or even as a little gifty. This model require 2 videos to be folded, so look for the post: "Origami Treats Basket


no need to buy wooden puzzles. You can create high-quality wooden ones

How to Make Wooden Puzzles: Scroll Saw Instructions and Tips - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
If you have a scroll saw, there’s no need to buy wooden puzzles. You can create high-quality wooden puzzles of all types and sizes. Sand and paint the puzzles, and you’ve created eye-catching sturdy wooden toys that can be passed down from generation to generation.

The possibilities for making wooden puzzles are only limited by your imagination.

How to Make a Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

How to Make a Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
Conrad Armstrong's
Artistic Wooden
Jigsaw Puzzles

MARBLES the Brain store | Games and Puzzles

Marbles: The Brain Store - Memory Games, Puzzles, Software & Books » Marbles - The Brain Store
Wonderful collection of evaluated Games and Puzzles
Did you know that working memory is also the basis for intellect?
Build memory skills (and intellectual clout) with games, software, books

I received a nice note from Ryan Jedlicka, eCommerce Manager {2.11.2011}

We have a general list of products that would apply to all stages of Alzheimers here:

When you look at that list, you can filter using the column on the left to sort by number or players.

For easy, non-frustrating activities, I would recommend these:

We have a general list of products that would apply to all stages of Alzheimers here:
When you look at that list, you can filter using the column on the left to sort by number or players.

For easy, non-frustrating activities, I would recommend these:
Brain Noodles (solo, just for fun):

I hope this list helps. Explore the site and feel free to ask any specific product questions that you might have.
Ryan Jedlicka, eCommerce Manager
Marbles: The Brain Store 

7.2.11 | dementia activities | cognitive activities

An interesting source of:

"* Activities that alleviate boredom, provide cognitive stimulation, and offer support for caregivers.

* Activities that work for persons at various levels of memory loss

* No preparation time required and easy to follow user guides

* Dignified, adult appearance

* Themes that spark memories

'Doing' things is human nature, gives meaning to our lives, and is an important factor in well-being. This holds true for persons with dementia."

Golf Games | Play Fun Free Online Golf Games

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Make Your Own Puzzles

About Us | Discovery Education
Discovery Education provides engaging digital resources to schools and homes with the goal of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement, and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning.

Discovery Education is a subsidiary of Discovery Communications, LLC. The leader in digital video-based learning,


Trivia, tic tack toes, bean bag exercises

Ask trivia questions

games like tic tac toe, checkers

Tai-Chi, Bean Bag Exercises

Ball Roll, hand massages, noils

Ball Roll The object is to roll a colorful ball across the table to each other.

*Hand Massages-cutting,filing, and polishing nails

seasonal activities, stringing beads popcorn fruit loops

keep busy and engaged with repetitive seasonal activities.

  • Set the person to work stringing garlands.
    All you need is a long heavy thread and a darning needle. Try stringing cranberries, popcorn, even O-shaped cereal (Fruit Loops are cheerfully colorful).
  • Carer's Activities | Walking | Wendy's Blog

    Walking Blog with Wendy Bumgardner
    Walking Helps Aging Brains: needed for walking helped keep the brain better organized.

    bingo, finger painting, marbles

    using a plastic ice cream scoop to remove painted golf balls from a bowl and place them into the color-matched wells of a muffin tin

    the memory skills of the game Concentration with boards like those used in a game of bingo

    Finger painting, playing marbles

    play dough, reciting rhymes, rolling yarn,

    Model with play dough

    Recite nursery rhymes

    Roll yarn into a ball

    Busy hands, dolls, buttons, zippers, teddy bears,

    Give her dolls with zippers and buttons to play with or soft teddy bears, textured cloth, or fur to stroke.

    indoor horsehoes,tops, jacks,dominoes

    Play horseshoes

    Play with tops or jacks

    Play dominoes

    fish tanks, bird feeeders, house plants

    A fish tank or a window in front of a bird feeder may interest someone for hours.

    Plant seeds indoors or outdoors

    Activities Games | Memory Jogging Puzzles | Carcassonne | Guess Who?

    Memory Jogging Puzzles
    encourage problem solving, like word search, sudoku and crosswords.

    board game named "Carcassonne,

    Guess Who?
    a two-player guessing game created by Ora and Theo Coster, also known as Theora Design; Recipes , BookClub , Stories; Resources

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    reading maps, identifying places cities

    Look at a map of the United States and identify states and capitals
  • work with a screwdriver,
    concentrating on driving screws into four holes that have been drilled in a smooth piece of wood

  • Sadie
    places pegs of graduated sizes into their respective holes in a long wooden block.

  • putting together simple two-piece puzzles made from magazine photos
    that have been cut out and laminated
  • homemade bread

    Bake homemade bread

    Activities Games | Ghosts, Isola

    Ghosts (Finnish: Kummituspeli, Swedish: Spökspelet)
    is a board game designed by Alex Randolph for two players, released in 1982 by Milton Bradley.

    Isola is a two-player abstract strategy board game.
    It is played on a 6x8 board

    connect with old friends from service days

    About Us - "About Us

    They started in 1999 to revolutionize the way the 30 million Americans with military affinity stay connected and informed. Today, we're the largest military and veteran membership organization — 10 million members strong.'s free membership connects servicemembers, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.

    We believe that the benefits earned in the service should be easier to access and written in plain English. We're passionate about helping members make the most of military experience throughout life."

    Dollhouse miniatures, furniture, accessories, dolls, dollhouse kits.

    Dollhouse miniatures, furniture, accessories, dolls, dollhouse kits.


    reconnecting with friends by telephone, home dinners

    reconnecting with friends they haven’t had much time for in the past.
    get together for weekly dinners or card games, monthly heater dates or classes. Old friends are great to reminisce with, but new friends offer an uncharted horizon full of possibilities.

    Touch base by email with old friends

    E-MAIL Emailing friends and relatives you haven’t been in touch with

    E-MAIL Emailing friends and relatives you haven’t been in touch with

    101 activities from ALZ Org, inclkuding popping popcorn

    Pop popcorn

  • 101_activities
  • writing, poems,

    Write a poem together

    Finish famous sayings

    Write a letter to a friend or family member

    Writing family story, book of memories

    Write down family stories.
    Keep a book of the memories your loved one has related, and ask her to read it to the grandchildren.

    playing musical instruments, talking about pets, reading aloud

    Play a musical instrument

    Ask the person about his or her favorite pet

    Read aloud and use visual aids
    such as memory poems, family pictures, or stories about "the days gone by" stimulate reminiscences. Ideas include Chicken Soup for the Soul series and Yesterdays by NaDezan, and other short stories

    sorting small, colorful pom-poms and placing them into the painted compartments of an ice-cube tray that match them


    Activities Games | ring toss, Checkers

    a board with three pegs on it, and three rope circles, and its a homemade toss game

    Chinese checkers
    (alternative spelling Chinese chequers) is a board game that can be played by two

    Activities Games | Battleship, Pente,

    The game Battleship (also known as Battleships) is a guessing game played by two people. It is known throughout the world as a pencil and paper game

    two-person game is Pente.

    Activities Games| Lost Cities (easy game), Goofy Games

    Lost Cities (short, easy game)

    goofy "kid games" like Jenga and Don't Spill the Beans can be fun

    Activities Games | cribbage, backgammon,

    cribbage and backgammon.

    Activities Games | Bananagrams, Monopoly Junior

    Bananagrams Bananagrams, the 2009 Game of the Year,

    Monopoly Junior Games for children should be short in duration to fit their attention spans,

    Activities Games | Slap Jack, Slamwich

    Slamwich A variation of the classic game Slap Jack, Slamwich is played with a deck of cards shaped like slices of bread. Each card depicts a sandwich ingredient. After the cards are dealt, players take turns putting one of their cards face up on a center stack. If the same ingredient is turned up twice in a row, or with only one other card between them, the first player to slam the deck wins the whole pile. Cards depicting a thief require that you slap the deck while yelling, "Stop, thief!"

    Activities Games | Snap, Old Maid

    Snap For 2 to 12 players. Snap is a matching game, often played with custom decks specifically designed for the game. These rules are for playing Snap with a standard deck of cards.

    Old Maid For 3 to 8 players. Old Maid is part of a family of card games known as "scapegoat" games. In scapegoat games, the goal is to avoid having a particular card or cards.

    Activities Games | "Guess Who?" for two players

    "Guess Who?" is a game for two players

    Activities Games' | Spoons, Go Fish

    Spoons For 3 to 13 players. Spoons is a clever card game that can be played by children and adults together. This card game also goes by the names Pig and Tongue, and spoons are not necessary to play those versions of the game.

    Go Fish For 2 players. Go Fish is a set collection game in which players try to gather sets of four cards of the same rank by asking other players for cards they might have.

    Craft Activities | Book Making

    Book Making
    go through different magazines and look for a specific item. Examples: birds,ladies,babies, cats, dogs, food, cars etc. then cut the items out and make "books".

    Craft Activities | Making a Folded Box for Stamping Projects

    Making a Folded Box for Stamping Projects


    Craft Activities | handmade paper

    As handmade paper
    is typically more expensive than other craft papers an economical way to use it is just as a feature on a project, adding decoration and texture rather than using it to make an entire project.


    Activities Misc. | Tangles

    Tangle Therapy
    sized to fit in the palm and is designed to provide a one of a kind feel and action. Manipulating the Tangle relieves minor stress, improves range of hand motion, restores motion of joints, improves muscle performance, strengthens finger muscles, rehabilitates hand muscles and joints. Tangle®Therapy is appropriate for people in all stages

    Plant and Flowers Activities | Arrange fresh flowers

    Arrange fresh flowers

    Misc. Activities |Taking a Car ride

    taking a drive

    BedCaddie from

    Bedcaddie | Product Review
    The Bedcaddie offers a helping hand to aging relatives while in a
    sitting position in bed. It is perfect for seniors who need a boost to
    get out of bed safely

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    Over-bed and Wheelchair Table

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    Facebook and Skype combine forces

    Facebook (3) | The Facebook Blog: "Skype version 5.0 for Windows and sign in with Facebook, you can easily call or SMS your friends. You also can check out your News Feed, update your status, and like and comment on posts directly within Skype.



    Carer's activities | Participate at Local Senior Centers

    Participate in Activities at Local Senior Centers
    senior centers and adult day care is becoming increasingly more common. This is a good opportunity for both of you. For your patient, he can take part in planned activities and interact with others his age. For you, it can give you a break and some free time. There is so much that an Alzheimer's patient can do.


    World Golf Tour realistic golf game on the web, Free Online Golf Game

    World Golf Tour | Free Online Golf Game | About WGT
    World Golf Tour is the most realistic golf game on the web. WGT recreates famous golf courses including Bethpage, Kiawah Island and St Andrews in virtual reality using HD photography and patented technology. Each course is photographed from every angle, providing a true-to-life experience for golf enthusiasts. WGT is played using a web browser without any downloads or fees at, on Facebook, or in the Google Chrome Web Store. Players can choose to purchase WGT credits to upgrade their virtual golf equipment, compete against each other, and enter tournaments to earn prizes such as real world golf trips. Virtual golf equipment is available from WGT sponsors, including GolfSmith, LoudMouth, PING, and TaylorMade. WGT is the official online gaming partner of the USGA, R&A and LPGA and hosts virtual championships of many major golf tournaments. More at