3 Games to Exercise Alzheimer’s Patient’s Memory
Posted by Mike McQuinn on May 21, 2014 | no comments
If you are unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s disease(AD), it’s the most common form of dementia. Dementia is best defined as the long term loss of the ability to reason and think clearly. The long term affects on the memory cause severe struggles in the patient’s daily life. There is no cure, yet, for the Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists are constantly looking at ways to slow down the loss of memory and degradation of the mind as a result of Alzheimer’s.
One of the modern treatments that can be enjoyed with family are different memory games. All of the games have different merits and their very own success stories for Alzheimer’s patients.
1) Making Memories Together
The first game is undoubtedly one of the best games to help anyone with Alzheimer’s. In fact, the game is called “Making Memories Together” and 20% of the sales from the games go to the Alzheimer’s Association. The game requires the use of specific memories of the Alzheimer’s patient. By using their specific memories, which are normally filled out by family, the game taps into little personal pockets of their life and helps them better recall them. The game is fun to play with family because everyone gets to be nostalgic about family memories. The board comes with specific instructions on how to build these memories for the game and this keeps the integrity of the treatment.
Making Memories Together is not just for being played with the family though. After the game board and memory cards have been set up, this is a wonderful way for friends and nursing staff to get to know more about the Alzheimer’s patient. This “biography” of their loved one’s memories will be a treasured possession that tells a wonderful story.
2) Memory Jogging Puzzles
You may recognize this type of memory game from your childhood. Memory Jogging cards have a few different types of cards that may change the game, but all of them are created to improve memory and cognitive thinking. The exercises vary from requiring tasks like finding what is different between two cards to requiring the matching of two cards like “Go fish”.
Having found a company that specifically makes these cards for seniors and Alzheimer’s patients gives hope that these childhood exercises can be used to help prevent, or at least slow, memory loss. The exercises have specific instructions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients and have a vintage look with Saturday Evening Post artwork.
As with any type of exercise, consistent use of the cards will yield the best results. Between the catchy vintage artwork and the specifically tailored memory exercises for Alzheimer’s exercises, memory jogging games are an easy and fun way to exercise the mind.
Cost: $9.95 and up
Last is a game called “Qwirkle”. This is a game specifically made for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The game’s popularity has grown over the years. In fact, it has been featured in the Chicago Tribune as a viable exercise for helping Alzheimer’s patients.
Qwirkle is played many ways and by different rules. The ability to adapt the game to different rules makes it easy for anyone to play at any stage of Alzheimer’s. The game consists of puzzle pieces that have both shapes and colors on them. Similar to Dominos, the goal is to math either the color or the shape and build off the game pieces that are played.
Qwirkle is so popular because of how affordable and easy it is to play. Many have supported it so widely for Alzheimer’s because it’s so adaptable to be played at different stages of the disease. Another major benefit of the game is that it can be played alone or in a group of people who take turns, meaning family and friends can spend time with their loved one while exercising their brain.
Benefits of Recreational Exercises
These recreational treatments to help stimulate and exercise the mind are great for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. It is an informal way to help exercise the mind in the comfort of their home with people they care about. To complement the treatment benefits, these games also provide a great opportunity to spend time with those that have Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. These times will be cherished and also help give more stability and support to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.