Working on a jigsaw puzzle with someone else is a great way of creating a feeling of connection. People of different ages and abilities can work together. It is also an activity that can be done socially with someone you don’t know very well. Interestingly the feeling of connection can last after a companion has left, where a person can still feel a sense of community from contributing towards a project they see as a group endeavour.
Finding a jigsaw puzzle to suit an individual is important. You need to gauge the right level for the person and choose a puzzle that will challenge them but not overwhelm them. And this includes those without dementia too. Think realistically how much time and patience do you or the one you are thinking of have to finish a jigsaw puzzle, and keep it a fun challenge.
At Mindjig we have a range of puzzles suitable for different abilities. Starting from 500 piece and including a range down to the 12 piece puzzles which have been designed specifically for adults with cognitive challenges.