ActivitiesAppropriate activities are an important part of an overall therapy plan for persons who have Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Games, toys, puzzles, and other fun things not only provide a pleasurable diversion, but there is evidence that activities that are cognitively stimulating might even slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Age- and stage-appropriate activities are a simple and effective way to improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease.

An appropriate activity for someone with Alzheimer's is any activity that provides cognitive or sensory stimulation, inspires reminiscing, is enjoyable, exercises the mind and/or body, and is not demeaning. This last point can be a little sticky. "Is not demeaning" refers to the sensibilities of the person with Alzheimer's. If that person feels something you give him or her is for some reason not appropriate, he or she will let you know. If that person enjoys the activity, even if it is a toy designed for a 8 year old, it is likely he/she is benefiting from it.

We have spent literally hundreds of hours searching for and selecting the activities available here. We always look for things that are age-appropriate, as you will see as you peruse our selection. That said, we have included several activities that were designed specifically for children, but provide excellent benefits nonetheless.

No game, no puzzle or art activity will be right for everyone. As caregiver for a person or persons with Alzheimer's, you know the likes and preferences and history of the individual. Use that knowledge to make your selections. You can always contact us for help and suggestions.

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  1. Brainpaths - Masterful Voyage

    BRAINPATHS - MASTERFUL VOYAGE

    $19.95

    Brainpaths is a breakthrough in the field of sensory therapy

    Brain plasticity and neurogenesis are relatively new concepts that describe the brain’s ability to grow and change in response to stimulation. Brainpaths® is a Neurological Medical Device that stimulates the sensory cortex of the brain. By tracing the grooves in the molded disk users strengthen synaptic connections in their brains, and can even create new brain cells. This restructuring of the brain in response to sensory stimulation can improve memory, mood, and learning.

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  2. Coffee Station 36 Piece Alzheimer's Puzzle

    COFFEE STATION - 36 Piece Puzzle

    $14.95

    Finished Puzzle Size: 18" x 23.5"

    Get a quick pick-me-up with the Coffee Station!

    This 36 piece puzzle is from a specially created line of puzzles designed for those who live with Alzheimer’s Disease. The artwork is chosen for its nostalgic theme. The extra large pieces allow for easy gripping and minimize the frustration caused by regular-sized pieces. Many customers value these puzzles as a source of comfort, joy and as a way to connect with a loved one. Each puzzle piece is about the size of the palm of your hand. This is a 36 piece puzzle. Finished Puzzle Size: 18" x 23.5"

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  3. Games and Puzzles for Alzheimer's

    GAMES AND PUZZLES BOX

    $155.95

    Games and Puzzles Box ships free in the U.S. (SmartPost)

    Our Games and Puzzles Box contains 10 of our favorite and best selling games and puzzles. We put them in a convenient storage box so everything stays neat and tidy. Not only is this selection a great tool for staff members, make it available to visitors and visits will be more meaningful and enjoyable for all.

    This product ships UPS only

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  4. Octaband with 16 legs

    OCTABAND 16 LEG

    $94.95

    The Octaband® is used effectively with groups of all ages and abilities, but was originally designed for use with the elderly with physical and cognitive challenges in long term settings. It has proven to be a very effective tool for stimulating cohesive and joyous group movement activities. The elderly tend to love the bright colors and satisfying texture, the loops for grasping, as well as the shape of the Octaband®

    • extends to 118"
    • for use by 4 to 16 people
    • weighs 1 lb, 8 oz
    • 80% nylon and 20% spandex
    • machine wash cold, line dry

    The video below shows the Octaband® being enjoyed by children as well as an elderly group, and suggests just some of the ways it can be used.


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  5. Octaband with 8 Legs

    OCTABAND 8 LEG

    $59.95

    The Octaband® is used effectively with groups of all ages and abilities, but was originally designed for use with the elderly with physical and cognitive challenges in long term settings. It has proven to be a very effective tool for stimulating cohesive and joyous group movement activities. The elderly tend to love the bright colors and satisfying texture, the loops for grasping, as well as the shape of the Octaband®

    • extends to 78"
    • for use by 2 to 8 people
    • weighs 10 oz
    • made of 80% nylon and 20% spandex
    • machine wash cold, line dry

    The video below shows the Octaband® being enjoyed by children as well as an elderly group, and suggests just some of the ways it can be used.

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  6. 35 Piece Puzzles for Alzheimer's | Red Barn Farm

    RED BARN FARM - 35 Piece Puzzle

    $6.99

    Welcome to Red Barn Farm!

    This 35 piece tray puzzle is filled with lots of barn animals is a terrific depiction of life on the farm. As an added challenge, try to find the hidden bird.

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  7. Texture Matching Game

    TEXTURE MATCHING GAME

    $37.95

    A tactile memory game that stimulates differentiated perception of various surfaces. Reach into a bag and pull out any disc. Reach back in to find the one with the matching surface. The 16 pairs can be used all at once or in lesser quantities depending on ability.

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  8. The Malt Shop 36 Piece Alzheimer's Puzzle

    THE MALT SHOP - 36 Piece Puzzle

    $14.95

    Finished Puzzle Size: 18" x 23.5"

    Revisit the past with The Malt Shop!

    This 36 piece puzzle is from a specially created line of puzzles designed for those who live with Alzheimer’s Disease. The artwork is chosen for its nostalgic theme. The extra large pieces allow for easy gripping and minimize the frustration caused by regular-sized pieces. Many customers value these puzzles as a source of comfort, joy and as a way to connect with a loved one. Each puzzle piece is about the size of the palm of your hand. This is a 36 piece puzzle. Finished Puzzle Size: 18" x 23.5"

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  9. 4 Player Shut the Box Game

    4 PLAYER SHUT THE BOX

    $39.95

    4-Player Shut-the-Box

  10. Game Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 14 inches
  11. Wood Crafted Game with Felt Lined Playing Surface
  12. Four Sets of Colorful Dice Included - Red, Blue, Green, Black
  13. Game Instructions and History of the Game Included It is just the thing to get the brain working!
  14. We are happy to present this wooden 4-Player Shut the Box game! Step up your game and bring tons of fun to your get-together with the four-sided Shut the Box Game. Shut-the-Box is a traditional game of counting, addition, and probability. Dating back to the 18th century, this game was enjoyed by Norman fishermen after a long day at sea.

    Roll the dice and lay down any numerical combination of tiles that match your roll. Just keep on rolling until you can no longer match your roll on the remaining tiles. The lowest score wins the game. If you lay down all the tiles, then you've "shut the box." This improved wood version with a felt playing surface has 10 numbers, rather than the typical 9 numbers of other versions, bringing more numerical combinations into play. It is sure to bring the old century charm (and lots of fun) to your home!

    See Rules of Play below

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  • AMERICA - AN INTERACTIVE BOOK

    AMERICA - AN INTERACTIVE BOOK

    $19.95

    AMERICA features interesting facts and photos of some of the most astounding sites and natural wonders of the United States. From the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon, this book will fascinate, entertain, and inform the reader while evoking memories of fun-filled vacations and cross-country travel.

    Includes Enlightening Information, Innovative Conversation Starters, and Practical Activities.

    Features Vivid Photography and Large-Print Text written in Clear, Concise, Easy-to-Read Sentences

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