Strengthen Your Mind, Volumes One & Two by Kristin Einberger & Janelle Sellick
70 engaging activities will stimulate the minds, memories, and senses of older adults. Designed especially for individuals with early memory loss, the short, one-page worksheets strengthen brain functioning, promote social interaction, and provide hours of meaningful enjoyment.
Use It, Don’t Lose It by Marge Engleman
This easy-to-use workbook has 31 exercises in categories like Memory, Sketching, Trivia, Spatial Ability, Word Games, and Imagination. Some exercises have specific answers, while other depend on individual opinions or choices. Use It, Don’t Lose It is ideal for mental fitness groups or individual puzzling, and provides high-quality, colorful pages are perforated to easily tear out; answers included.
Spot The Differences various
Two seemingly identical pictures actually have several differences. Some are obvious, others not so much. Finding the differences exercises the brain and the process of visual perception. The original artwork pieces are well known and can inspire reminiscent conversations – an added benefit.
Coloring Books for Seniors various
Adult coloring books are gaining popularity at an amazing rate. The reasons are simple. Psychologists have likened coloring to meditation. The process allows the mind to focus on a single task, to step away from everyday problems, and to relax. Coloring the patterns in books is a terrific activity for care partners to share; a way to relax together.
According to CNN Health, “Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren’t comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art.” That is just the kind of effect we want when developing therapies for dementia persons.