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Puzzle-building benefits for seniors with Alzheimer’s

Check out these great brain boosting benefits that can come from puzzle activity.

  • Slower decline of cognitive functioning – research has shown that working on puzzles regularly can help improve memory function, even to surface childhood memories!
  • Increased visual perception – your eyes constantly scanning for specific shapes or color assists in visual recognition which is known to decline with Alzheimer’s.
  • Expanded interaction with others – puzzles are fun to do solo, but they are a great group activity as well. Seniors with memory loss may have trouble interacting with others. Spending time together with a puzzle can help create easy conversation and shared accomplishment. What a great connection!
  • Better physical health – our minds relax when both sides of the brain are exercised. This helps us to feel calm and content which in turn lowers the breathing rate, slows the heart rate, and reduces blood pressure.
  • Dopamine release – completing tasks like finding a missing piece releases dopamine, the feel good chemical, in the brain. We feel these effects long after.
  • Purposeful activity – Alzheimer’s doesn’t allow feeling much accomplishment as the disease may limit activities that were once done easily. A simple project like completing a puzzle provides a great boost in pride and sense of purpose.

Including jigsaw puzzles in a regular routine for someone with already developed memory loss has remarkable benefits for the mind and spirit.

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