Fine motor skills are critical when putting pieces of a puzzle together. Picking up each piece and trying to fit it together with another puzzle piece helps seniors achieve physical wellness. In addition, the simple, repetitive motion promotes hand strength, raising residents' confidence and ability to do tasks independently.
Puzzles with color photos of people, places, and things, can awaken emotional wellness in memory care residents. The amount of time spent putting a puzzle together allows the resident to reflect on what they see and stimulates the brain in several areas. Health experts believe this process can bring back new memories, making puzzles an excellent therapy practice for people living with Alzheimer's disease.
Promote Social Wellness
The next time you visit your senior loved one, consider bringing a puzzle. The slow-paced activity allows for great conversation providing social wellness. Of course, you can talk about the colors, shapes, and sizes of the pieces. Our senior living community has several puzzles to choose from; just ask!
To learn more about Melody Living Lake in the Hills’ memory care, please call us at 847.957.7070.