Jigsaw Puzzles for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

At Puzzle Warehouse, we’ve long advocated the use of jigsaw puzzles as a way to spend time with family members and friends affected by dementia. Not only do puzzles stimulate cognitive thinking and memory thought processes, but they are a relaxing way to start a conversation or simply enjoy time together with a loved one.

On October 31st, the White House released a statement discussing Alzheimer’s and how it affects millions of Americans every day.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disease that slowly erodes precious memories, thinking skills, and the ability to perform simple tasks. It affects millions of Americans, including senior citizens as well as younger Americans with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. This month, we stand with everyone confronting the painful reality of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; lend our support to the families who care for them; and renew our commitment to delaying, preventing, and ultimately curing this disease.”

-Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation declaring November the official Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

In honor of the theme, we’ve compiled some of the best large piece jigsaw puzzles that are great for aging hands and eyes. Several of the puzzles featured here are actually part of the Puzzles to Remember and Puzzle With Me catalogs, both specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s.

At the top of the earth Santa holds a cub, surrounded by a circle of seals, pups, and Polar Bears. This 36 piece puzzle features the rich colors and precise detail of work by artist by Lynn Bywaters.

At the top of the earth Santa holds a cub, surrounded by a circle of seals, pups, and Polar Bears. This 36 piece puzzle features the rich colors and precise detail of work by artist by Lynn Bywaters.

This 36 piece puzzle with beautifully selected artwork can be a source of comfort, joy and a way to connect with a loved one. Finished size: 18" x 23.5".

This 36 piece puzzle with beautifully selected artwork can be a source of comfort, joy and a way to connect with a loved one. Finished size: 18″ x 23.5″.

This finely detailed painting captures pink thistles and the summer gold of a pair of finches perched in a field of flowers and tall grasses.  This puzzle is awash in golds of every shade with bright pink and green highlights, making this puzzle a very cheerful challenge. 36 pieces. Finished size 18" x 23.5"

This finely detailed painting captures pink thistles and the summer gold of a pair of finches perched in a field of flowers and tall grasses. This puzzle is awash in golds of every shade with bright pink and green highlights, making this puzzle a very cheerful challenge. 36 pieces. Finished size 18″ x 23.5″

Potential conversations can be focused on animals, past and present pets or expanded to suggest taking a walk and enjoying the park. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

Potential conversations can be focused on animals, past and present pets or expanded to suggest taking a walk and enjoying the park. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

Whether it sparks memories of milking cows, maintaining crops or running barefoot through the fields, it will surely be enjoyed by all. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

Whether it sparks memories of milking cows, maintaining crops or running barefoot through the fields, it will surely be enjoyed by all. These puzzles feature 12 giant large pieces that are perfect for aging hands to see and grasp.

 

 

World Alzheimer’s Month – Spread Awareness with Puzzles

Check out the Alzheimer’s Association’s Facebook page to learn more about how to support the global fight to find a cure.

The theme for the first World’s Alzheimer’s Awareness month is Dementia: Living Together. The goal? To reduce the stigma associated with dementia and form a community that is more friendly to those living with the disease. There are lots of things you can do to help raise awareness and help the cause to end Alzheimer’s.

1. Alzheimer’s Action Day is Sept. 21. Take a picture of yourself wearing purple and post in on Facebook and Twitter. Go Purple to spread the word! Tag #ENDALZ

2. Learn how to overcome the stigmas. Teach others. 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia.

3. Start Talking. Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Have you ever had a heart to heart with a memory caregiver? How do you think you would be treated if you had memory problems? Find more great questions to get you started at Alzheimer’s Speaks Blog.

4. Spend time with family members and friends affected by dementia.

Having a conversation with someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia isn’t always easy – especially if you  were close before and the relationship has changed as memories are affected. Believe it or not, jigsaw puzzles are a great way to start the conversation. Puzzles for Alzheimer’s are made specifically for people with dementia and their loved ones. They come with only a few pieces – usually 6 or 12, and feature hand-picked images that are meant to strike up a conversation or bring back a memory.