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The Jigsaw Puzzle Puzzle

on June 23, 2012
Pieces of a puzzle

Pieces of a puzzle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

For some weeks I’ve been talking to Husband about getting F i L a couple of jigsaw puzzles.  The ones we have seen that have pictures that would appeal to F i L have way too many pieces (1,000 plus).  Those that have fewer pieces have pictures on them that are aimed at toddlers.  I haven’t been able to find a middle ground.

 

Last night I was looking on the internet for something suitable.  I came across some acceptable puzzles that were designed for disabled/dementia suffering users.  I was shocked when I read that they have 11 pieces.

11 pieces! Is that all?

Having spent time yesterday explaining how a word search works, and having F i L not understand/remember a conversation a few minutes before I’m now starting to think that 11 pieces may be too many.  Where on earth am I going to find a suitable puzzle?

Today inspiration struck.

He has an old calendar lying around that he won’t think to throw out.  It has some lovely pictures on it that I know that he likes.  I’m going to scan those pictures and make them into my own little jigsaw puzzles for him! Some will have more pieces than others but it might just get what’s left of his little grey cells working.

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2 responses to “The Jigsaw Puzzle Puzzle

  1. kimjoy24 says:

    That’s a great idea! I actually just finished putting together a 1000 piece puzzle of the Beatles. I’ve always said that if I end up in a nursing home, I’ll be at the table with the puzzle.My mom and I put together so many puzzles over the years. My love for them has continued as an adult.

  2. Hi, this is my first comment, I really enjoy your blog. I think the problem with activities and trying to find ‘things to do’ is the various stages of the illness. The 11 piece jigsaw maybe fine as the illness progresses, however, your Father in law may always see it as childish or progress too far into the illness where he doesn’t understand the concept of a jigsaw.

    I have tried so many activities with my Mum, who has early onset dementia, she is middle stage now. The fundamental problem we have with my Mum is she wouldn’t have done the activities before she was ill and she won’t do them now. We tried knitting with very large needles and after 5 minutes she became bored, I have bought jigsaws, twiddle muffs, colouring in and they don’t work with her. My Mum enjoys bingo and dominoes but we have to play Mum’s rules which are very funny. She actually gives my children licence to ‘cheat’ when they are playing with her.

    The biggest thing you can give my Mum is time and touch. Reminiscence doesn’t work with her and we must never, ever use old photographs of her when she was young.

    It really is a matter of keep trying new things as you never know.

    Good luck x

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