Dementia Activities | Large Piece Puzzles | 12 piece Puzzles | Wooden Puzzles for Stroke Recovery

Large piece wooden puzzles for different stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. 6 piece puzzles, 12 piece puzzles and 20 piece puzzles developed and designed specifically to meet both physical and mental needs of seniors with dementia and elderly patients with in stroke recovery.

Large Piece Puzzles

are 1/4″ thick for easier handling by elderly patients with arthritis and those with special needs.  They are used in cognitive therapy to help rebuild problem solving skills, improve memory, motivate participation and build self-confidence.

You will find these large piece puzzles with few pieces remove frustrations and intimidation’s, making the care of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia and those with special needs more meaningful and beneficial.

“Your puzzles do indeed show some promise, due to the fact that they engage persons with their emotional and recognition memory, but then rely upon “here and now” problem-solving skills.” Mitchell Slutzky, Ph.D., Clinical Geropsychologist, NY

Emotional Connection

These large piece puzzles automatically pull elderly patients into a familiar, comfort zone and they reach out to connect and participate in their brain exercise.

Little Spooner 6 piece puzzle for middle - late stage Alzheimer's Disease.
Little Spooner’s by Norman Rockwell – 6 piece puzzle for middle to late stage of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Saturday Evening Post puzzles with storytelling themes will capture your loved ones attention because images are fun and family oriented. And, most important the size of puzzle is not intimating… meaning too large.

6 piece puzzle

6 piece puzzle with large pieces recommended for middle to late stage of elderly in dementia care, memory loss and stroke recovery.

12 piece puzzle

12 piece puzzle with large pieces recommended for early to middle stage of elderly in dementia care, memory loss and stroke recovery.

20 piece puzzle

20 piece puzzle with large pieces recommended for elderly to early signs of memory loss.

The Saturday Evening Post was a very popular magazine in your loved ones era and still available today. Memory Jogging Puzzles themes are replicas of the actual covers from The Saturday Evening Post Collection.

It is amazing how elderly patients recall the Post and Norman Rockwell.

Memory Jogging Puzzles Large Piece Puzzles - Girl Feeding Birds; Ring Around Rosie by Sarah Stilwell Webers

Large Piece Puzzles help rebuild problem solving skills.

Wooden Puzzles | Easy Puzzles

Memory Jogging Puzzles large piece puzzles are wooden, 1/4″ thick for easy handling, picking up puzzle pieces and putting them into place. Memory Jogging Puzzles are used in cognitive therapy to help rebuild problem solving skills, improve memory, motivate participation and build self-confidence.

Remember: It is not about how big or how quickly the task is completed, it is completing the task in their time.

Did you know. . . #1 need and desire in caring for our elderly, patients are Age appropriate adult activities.

Puzzle Size & Shape

I paid special attention to the small details important to elderly with shaky hands and stroke victims with limited mobility. Puzzle size & shape is determined by Alzheimer’s, Dementia & Stroke Patients physical needs.

Large Piece Puzzles

for easy handling; fewer pieces to encourage participation and success in elderly, seniors, Alzheimer’s, Dementia and stroke recovery patients.

Each puzzle piece of Memory Jogging Puzzles is determined by user level or stage in Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia care and elderly patients with disabilities.

These memory puzzles have unique interesting cuts and have been tested by seniors, those with Alzheimer, dementia and stroke patients with huge success.

Rebuild Problem Solving Skills

6 piece Puzzle – average piece size 2×3″ – 3×4″- Custom Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle with large pieces – Memory Puzzle recommended for middle to late stage of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Memory Jogging puzzles are also available in 12 piece puzzle for early to middle stage of Alzheimer’s dementia and 20 piece puzzle for seniors and elderly.

If you aren’t sure which level or stage your loved one is in, start with easy 6 piece puzzle for middle stage of Alzheimer’s Dementia, it has large chunky puzzle pieces.

One thing for sure 1 size puzzle does NOT meet everyone’s needs.

Puzzles being used for brain training and rebuilding problem solving skills should be designed for different stages or levels of patients.

Did you know Old Habits may be restored in Alzheimer, Dementia and Stroke patients?

Most elderly have put puzzles together in their earlier years and this process is stored in their long term memory. This memory can be recalled with a little assistance and patience.

Some elderly patients recall right away what to do; others need a little guidance and more time.

It is important to start with large piece puzzle you feel your loved one can handle easily and introduce a puzzle with more pieces after they successfully handle the first one.

Activity Directors suggest 15 to 20 minutes for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Activities, after that amount of time, elderly patients get tired, lose focus and interest.

5-10 minutes often, is better for everyone.

Why Jigsaw Puzzles are good for the Brain

These fun brain games of easy puzzles have been proven to rebuild cognitive skills, awaken memories, emotions and stimulate conversation.

Small Puzzles with Jaw Dropping Power
• All puzzles are 6×8″ designed to keep puzzle and puzzle pieces visible and within reach.
• Fewer pieces will keep patient focused enabling completion of the puzzle.
• Thick large pieces are easier to pick up and put into place; Less frustrating than thin puzzle pieces.
• Protective laminate top surface for easy cleaning. Non-reflective great for working under florescent lighting.
• Making puzzles a routine exercise, you will see improvement in their problem solving skills.


• You will notice their hands relaxing and movements will be smoother.
• You will notice quicker decisions.
• You hear memories as they work on puzzles.
• You will also have a good feeling, being the bearer of these great gifts of hope.

Are you wondering if your loved one in middle stage Alzheimer Disease could work with these puzzles. Take a peek… Mary has Dementia and interesting technique

Memory Jogging Puzzles capture attention, motivate participation and stimulate conversation. And, while your loved one is putting the puzzle together they are getting beneficial brain exercise, stimulating their problem solving skills; beneficial memory exercise stimulating emotions and memories..

Interesting Testimony

Hi Karen,
Just wanted to let you know how much my mother enjoyed “The Saturday Evening Post” puzzle – and more than once… she meets each piece assemblage with a “slap me 5” and ear-to-ear grin!

I’ve yet to keep her interested in the Hats & Bonnets card game but continue to try – she has responded with “OOooooh that’s nice!” to the pretty pink and purple women’s hats, however.

Thanks again, Sheila McCormack

hi Sheila,
I was thinking of your mother and the hats game. She has given you great hints on what she likes.

You are in control of the game.

If I were you, I would. . .

1) take the pairs of pink & blue hat cards she likes, plus 2 or 3 random cards (nonMatching).

2) put one of hats she like plus 1 or 2 random hats, on table, hats are facing up in front of her. (I wouldn’t do face down, let her succeed in finding the match).

3) hand her the matching hat of one you placed on table and ask her to find the other one.

You can add to the cards when she finds the matching one, or make the ones on the table matching none you hand her.

If she has trouble, point out details of the one you hand her.

Thank you again, I’m glad your mother likes her puzzle. takeCare.karen

PS: Sheila, very special lady, is an in home caregiver for her mother.

Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Games are the bridge to your loved one.

“Memory jogging puzzles are widely accepted as brain exercises that can help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain degradation problems.” The key though …from Geron Guide

Whirlwind of Frustrations

• We want desperately to improve our loved ones quality of life.
• We are looking for brain exercise, memory exercise, cognitive activities that will do more than entertain.
• We want jigsaw puzzles, activities and games to be easy to handle.
• We do not want the puzzle or activity to be too difficult causing frustration.
• We want to stimulate mom and dads mind, emotions and slow down the cognitive decline.
• All of us, including activity directors across USA and abroad working with elderly, seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke recovery patients have the same wants and needs in activities for cognitive therapy.
• You are on the right website.

Memory Jogging Puzzles help build good memories while interacting with your loved ones.

Grandchildren love to interact with grandpa and grandma with Memory Jogging Puzzles and Memory Games, and it doesn’t have to be a holiday.

It is a wonderful time when grandparents open up and express memories (long term memories) that have been buried for a long time.

“Got It” - Ken at Wheaton’s Private Care Home conquering 12 piece, puzzles for seniors with dementia, dementia activities, alzheimer's activities, puzzles for elderly, stroke treatment
“Got It” – Ken at Wheaton’s Private Care Home conquering 12 piece

Testimony from Rush Memory Clinic

“I have recently had the pleasure of seeing the Memory Jogging Puzzles. Karen Miller has created these Norman Rockwell – Saturday Evening Post inspired puzzles for Dementia’s Disease patients to enjoy, while exercising their brain, what a great idea!.

These puzzles are beautifully crafted. Each one could serve as coffee-table décor, but they are highly functional pieces that not only entertain but serve the greater purpose of helping memory challenged adults with maintaining memory.

I am planning to order a few of the puzzles for our patients in the Rush Memory Clinic to enjoy while in our waiting area.”

Janie L. Urbanic, MA/LPC, Research Study Supervisor
Rush Memory Clinic – Chicago, IL~

Please keep in mind people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and stroke patients can not or do not always express themselves. I would like to share with you, what I have learned along the way.

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