1. Ideas for those with Early Memory Loss
People with mild memory loss may well continue to enjoy doing what they have done in the past. But when activities become difficult people will tend to stop doing them. This is a shame, because activities are the best thing for their mental and emotional well-being. Instead of assuming the person no longer enjoys the activity, consider a way of making the activity more achievable with an alternative or simpler version.
If you notice someone begin to struggle with a regular crossword or word search puzzle you may like to look at our Mindjig Wordfinds. Level 3 is the most challenging of the three levels, so it would be the logical first step. The words do not appear backwards or diagonally, so are just that bit more achievable.
A game that is great for people with memory issues is Qwirkle. Fun for all ages, it is similar to dominoes. Players match up colours and shapes, which can be easier for someone with a memory issue (or reduced vision) to see than the small dots on dominoes.
Our Digital Day Clocks are really helpful to those with memory loss. Large clear text displays the time, day of the week, time of day and date. A helpful reminder to keep track of the week and not forget those catch-ups with friends, family and other important appointments.
2. Why People Living with Dementia or Brain Injury Need Specialised Activities
People living with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, have different needs to stay active and engaged as the disease progresses. A person who is not engaged or motivated is likely to become more withdrawn, lose confidence and self esteem. It is important to keep people with cognitive challenges interested and motivated in connecting with the world.
Like all of us, a person living with cognitive challenges needs to feel a sense of purpose and achievement. Activities need to help them feel challenged, but not defeated, by being at a level they can experience a sense of accomplishment.
Mindjig activities stimulate minds and promote feelings of achievement. They are designed to encourage reminiscing, and connection with friends and family.
By using resources to help someone maintain a better quality of life, you will reduce their anxiety and gain peace for their loved ones and carers.
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"I would like to express my gratitude to Jonathan and his wife for creating Mindjig. We have purchased many of their recreation equipment to support our residents to have meaningful engaging moments, and the result has been outstanding. We love the fact that most of their equipment is New Zealand made, as we also feel we are contributing to our local economy in some way. It is always a pleasure to deal with them and they are always keen to learn about the people we care for and their needs in order to arrange proper equipment, that can be suited to our residents needs.
We look forward to keep working with you both and we wish you the very best."
The Selwyn Foundation Group Diversional Therapist
Orquidea Tamayo Mortera