Puzzle, 13 Piece – Curious Cat
The range of 13 piece puzzles has a selection of beautiful images and ‘Curious Cat’ puzzle is no exception. This illustration has been carefully chosen to stimulate memories and conversation once the puzzle is completed.
Activity is appropriate:
- for people with moderate dementia
- as an independent activity or activity in a group
Key benefits of the product:
- Increases activation of the episodic memory
- Activates both cerebral hemispheres
- Strenghtens visual perception
- Strenghtens manual skills and eye-hand coordination
- Strenghtens attention span and concentration
- Encourages communication and speaking skills
Puzzle is a popular activity for all generations. Assembling puzzle pieces, with the desire to create the whole picture, can give us a sense of satisfaction, sharpen our thoughts, strengthen our observation and attention. Putting the puzzle pieces in the right place strengthens the motoric skills and a sense of spatial orientation. A puzzle can also be assembled in a group or in a pair.
Puzzles can have positive effects in several key areas that weaken with age. These are cognitive abilities, sensory perceptions, fine motor skills, emotions, motivation, self-image and a sense of competence. They therefore affect our thoughts, feelings, will, which is related to movement of hands, and mood. That is why we consider assembling puzzle as an activity that works holistically, and the effects can be transmitted to other areas of our lives.
With activities such as assembling puzzles, we can strengthen several areas:
- Mind activity: assembling puzzle pieces involves thought processes that are also present in solving various problems or designing an activity. In people with dementia who are unable to plan complex life projects, this way we can maintain and promote simple mental processes, maintain a sense of ability and positively influence their mood. It is important that we choose a puzzle that will not be too demanding for a person, not too simple, but a challenge that will be able to achieve with some effort. We can also perform preventive activities, such as entertainment and a great diversion of free time.
- Puzzle games require a systematic approach, where we first detect the challenge or problem (how to draw together, where to begin, what we will do first, etc.), then recognize the obstacles we will face in compiling. Usually we are looking for several possible ways (we guess, we compare the pieces), which would lead us to the result most easily. We create a specific sequence and an inherent system that leads us to the right result. All this activates our thought processes: planning, comparing, searching for similarities and differences, thinking, logical reasoning, creating visible images.
- We also include executive functions that are like a "brain conductor" for planning, coordinating and controlling all cognitive processes.
- Memory is also involved in all processes: short-term, working and long-term memory.
- While assembling a puzzle with observation, comparison of shapes, colors and patterns, we strengthen visual perceptions and promote eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. Sensory and motor functions are interdependent. The sensory signals regulate that the finger grip is sufficiently precise, and the fine motor skills are associated with the use of tiny muscles in the fingers, arms and shoulders, in conjunction with vision and / or touch.
- Activity such as puzzle works on multiple levels and therefore activates multiple parts of the brain. When assembling, both brain halves, right and left, are activated, which is particularly important for the preservation of brain flexibility.
- Images, related to everyday life, make it easier to recall memories from the past (episodic memories). When a person remembers pleasant events from the past during a conversation, it strengthens and preserves episodic memory, communication skills, speech and linguistic abilities.
- The positive effects of assembling puzzles are also transmitted to the emotions and psychosocial field. Talking about well-known topics and success at completing the puzzle reinforce the sense of trust, security, acceptance, and maintain a sense of personal ability and competence.
- Observing and carrying out the task also depends on our focused attention. Attention plays a key role in almost all mental processes, allows us to follow the conversation, perform some activity, observe nature, listen to music, paint, try good food, etc. If we are more motivated for a particular task, our attention will be greater, observation will be more precise. When we make a commitment, we forget about everyday worries and make it easier to relax.
- Assembling puzzles can, to some extent, contribute to reducing the risk of cognitive decline or at least slowing it down. Activation of processes of thinking, concentration and memory can delay the occurrence of cognitive decline that is characteristic of dementia, which is why it is also recommended as a preventive activity.
Each activity has positive effects only when it is not too easy for the person and not too demanding, so it is important to select the appropriate complexity of the activity. The principle of three keys applies to success:
- Frequency: Activity should be performed sufficiently frequently (recommended 2-3 times a week).
- Duration: more repetitions are needed over a longer period of time (2-3 months).
- Intensity: Intensively enough means that we take an active part in the activity and insist on it for a while (15, 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the individual's ability).
Dimensions: 36cm x 25cm
Manufacturer: Active Minds