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Jigsaws for mild Alzheimer’s?

Discussion in 'Books, film and music' started by candlelight, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. candlelight

    candlelight Registered User

    Sep 3, 2017
    4
    Mum recently diagnosed and looking for ways to keep her brain active! She’s never done crosswords, word searches etc but think I can persuade her to tackle a jigsaw. I don’t want to insult her and get one with only a few pieces but not sure what size I should go for? Any suggestions please?
     
  2. Lindy50

    Lindy50 Registered User

    Dec 11, 2013
    5,287
    Cotswolds
    I used jigsaws by Active Minds and also Gibson’s when mum was in the early stages. 100 pieces was well enough even then, and by mid stage we had about 24 pieces, with me helping a lot!! Both companies have some lovely jigsaws with lots of variety and some suitable for reminiscing too, which is handy.
    You can get them from toy shops or from Amazon- just type in jigsaws for adults with dementia.
    All the best
    Lindy xx
     
  3. Rosebush

    Rosebush Registered User

    Apr 2, 2018
    820
    I don't know what stage my husband is at, I have tried to get him involved helping me with a jigsaw but he hasn't a clue:eek: good luck.
     
  4. candlelight

    candlelight Registered User

    Sep 3, 2017
    4
    That’s great - thanks Lindy. I’ll have a look.
     
  5. candlelight

    candlelight Registered User

    Sep 3, 2017
    4
    That’s great Lindy thank you. I’ll have a look.
     
  6. rhubarbtree

    rhubarbtree Registered User

    Jan 7, 2015
    381
    North West
    Dementia jigsaws are the only aid I have found useful for my OH. I chose pictures which would interest him. A bluebell wood, a famous art work and a woman gardening. As candlelight says they are good for starting conversations. Also I tell him they are to keep his fingers supple. although relatively expensive they are chunky and hardwearing and do not look used after two/three years. Hope you can find one which will appeal to your mother. I worried at first that he would find them infantile but it was never mentioned. Ours go from 12 to 20 pieces.
     

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