Any older adult recovering from a stroke is going to need to put in a lot of time and effort to make as many important gains as possible during the recovery process, especially within the first 3–4 months. This doesn’t mean some aspects of the stroke recovery process during and after this initial period can’t also be enjoyable and engaging. One way to make this possible is with puzzles. Below you’ll find five suggestions for puzzles that can be both beneficial and stimulating for senior stroke survivors.
1. Traditional Jigsaw Puzzles
There are many types of traditional jigsaw puzzles that can be stimulating but not excessively difficult for stroke survivors. Start off with basic puzzles with a limited number of pieces and let your loved one work his or her way up to more challenging ones. As far as benefits go, jigsaw puzzles stimulate multiple parts of the brain while also increasing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
A professional caregiver can be a wonderful puzzle-solving companion for a senior recovering from a stroke. Families looking for top-rated Boynton Beach in-home care providers can reach out to Home Care Assistance. From respite care to specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care, there are many ways we can make life easier for seniors and their loved ones.
Crossword/Word Puzzle Books
Language abilities, recognition and recall capabilities, and manual dexterity are just some of the skills a senior stroke survivor may be able to recover with crossword puzzles collected together in book form. Word searches and other word-based puzzles rebuild similar skills along with perceptual abilities.
Getting these types of puzzles in book form is beneficial because it’s a convenient way for seniors to choose which puzzles appeal to them. They can also easily switch to other puzzles if they’re having difficulty.
3. Memory Puzzles
These puzzles come with a pack of cards that can be wiped clean and used multiple times. A special pen is also included to allow seniors to write on the cards. Memory puzzles are good for senior stroke survivors because they stimulate neurons and keep the brain active and engaged. Puzzle card packs typically include:
• Brain-stimulating puzzles
• Word searches
• Memory games
• Logic puzzles
Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Boynton Beach live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust the professional live-in caregivers from Home Care Assistance to enhance his or her quality of life.
Senior stroke survivors don’t always need to be treated with kid gloves when it comes to how parts of the brain recover and rewire. Logic-based numeric puzzles like sudoku are helpful because they stimulate the brain in a way that boosts the ability to complete more complex processes. This added stimulation extends to all parts of the brain, including areas responsible for both cognitive and motor skills.
Stroke survivors sometimes have difficulty making meaningful connections between images. Fortunately, this is a skill that can be relearned over time. One stimulating way to do this is with mahjong, a tile-matching puzzle game. Mahjong can be played for free online and adjusted based on skill level.
You can also purchase a physical version of this puzzle game. This form of mahjong can also help with finger manipulations and other fine motor skills. If mahjong is too challenging for your loved one at the moment, consider similar types of matching puzzles that could include:
• Match-the-picture puzzles – one piece is selected and an attempt is made to find the one that matches until all matches have been found
• Match It! – a counting puzzle game that can be stimulating for older stroke survivors
• Self-correcting (each piece only has one way to fit) matching puzzles
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Home Care Assistance will work with you to customize a care plan that’s just right for your loved one’s needs. Call us today at (561) 740-6256 to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is being cared for with professionalism and compassion.