Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Puzzle Time chapters in the USA and International

I am very pleased to update everyone about our most recent locations for the Puzzle Time Program.

In the United States we have the Puzzle Time Chapters in: Massachusetts, New York, Florida and California. 

International Puzzle Time chapters: China, Russia, South Africa, Philippines, Greece, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Israel and India.

Please contact me at: puzzletimeprogram@gmail.com if you would like to set up a Puzzle Time chapter in your city, state or country.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Puzzle Time Program Update

Here are pictures from the  Puzzle Time Program.   Kids and seniors make a great time!  The puzzles we used in these pictures are Springbok PuzzlesToRemember Puzzles; they are a perfect choice for people with moderate to severe dementia.  They have 36 pieces, and adult themes, which bring back memories. If your loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease they can solve up to 100 pieces, or more. Please enjoy these pictures from our latest session in NYC at the 80th Street Residence!
We are expanding the program to Oregon, Florida, Massachusetts, Brazil and South Africa!  If you would like to have a Puzzle Time Program chapter in your state, or country please contact me at Kidcaregivers@gmail.com. I will help you set it up!

Picking and Choosing Your Battles

My mom and dad told me that when I was little, they used to pick their battles with me.  It is not  smart to argue about small things.  I think the same advice could be used with an Alzheimer's patient.  The last time I visited grandma, she REFUSED to wear her winter coat. It was really chilly outside.(38 F)  I solved the problem by using Grandma's coat as a blanket. It still kept her warm, and we were still able to take her outside!


1. Think of a different way to solve the problem.

2. Try to find out WHY your family member does not want to do something.
In our case, Grandma was in pain. She had shingles a year and a half ago, and still has nerve pain, on and off. Wearing a coat on her back sometimes hurts her. She did not tell us about the pain, but we figured it out. Remember, your loved one, cannot always tell you what is wrong, you need to figure it out.

3. If your loved one is not in danger, give in. One time, grandma wanted to wear her nightgown outside in the summer. She thought it was a pretty dress. We let her do it. It was warm outside, her body was covered, and she was safe. Who cares if it looked SILLY, grandma was happy!