Puzzle Time - our intergenerational program of pairing youth members and dementia patients for an hour of jigsaw puzzle solving is GROWING.
The research shows that when Alzheimer's patients solve puzzles it stimulates their visual cortex (occipital lobe) which improves memory, reduces agitation, improves mood and slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
But guess what? The science shows that KIDS benefit greatly from solving jigsaw puzzles. So in the long run, PUZZLE TIME is helpful to everyone. It is a WIN-WIN situation.
For the science kids out there like me, here is a current article, click here