Word search puzzles for people with dementia

Word Search Grab & Go for dementia

Word Search is a familiar and popular pastime for many people. It is engaging and offers cognitive challenges as well as providing positive feedback finding the hidden words. Depending on the person, it can often be done with little supervision. Unfortunately, people with Alzheimer’s or dementia often stop doing puzzles such as word search because they find the puzzles too challenging and have difficulty completing them. This does not have to be the case.

Using puzzles specially designed for people with dementia that have larger print and fewer words may allow the person to regain their enjoyment in doing the puzzles. The key is to start with easy puzzles to allow the person to be successful, moving to more difficult puzzles only if the person completes the easier puzzles with minimal assistance.


Jigsaw puzzles for people with dementia
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