The elderly people are at a high risk for Alzheimer’s disease and if they are left to be vulnerable, they would eventually have the disease and it will be very difficult for the elderly’s family members to take care of the elderly because of the special attention that he or she needs. However, if there is a preventive measure that the elderly engages in constantly, then the risk of having this disease will be much lessens.
On that note, it is common discussions that letting the elderly engage in solving a jigsaw puzzle will definitely be effective in preventing the disease. This may be true but there are certain things that need to be clarified with regards to the proper use of a jigsaw puzzle for elderlies. There are aspects of the jigsaw puzzle that needs to be modified in order to accommodate the inadequacy of the elderly to engage in such an activity.
The following are modifications that is needed for jigsaw puzzles used for the elderly
- Use of a familiar photo – images that are well known to the elderly will significantly help the cause of the use of jigsaw puzzle to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. When the elderly already recognize the image, the activity will become easier for them and ultimately helps them in recalling lost memory.
- Large puzzle pieces – elderly are visually impaired, most of them, and they need to be given puzzle pieces that are big enough for them to see and appreciate. Big puzzle pieces are easy to pick and easier to fit together.
- Wooden pieces – are sturdier compared to the plastic ones and these are easier to grab and can last for quite some time providing multiple use of the puzzle.
- Provide a poster of the puzzle – it serves as a guide for the elderly to follow and serves as a decoration as well.
These are the important modifications needed for a jigsaw puzzle which is specifically used for elderly in order to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and improve their ability to recall precious memories.