Jigsaw puzzles also provide a host of important benefits, including cognitive and sensory stimulation, socialization, and fun. Yes, fun is an important benefit. The best puzzles for Alzheimer's will depend on the stage the care receiver is in, but generally choose puzzles with fewer and larger pieces, and with simple pictures. A still life painting depicting a bowl of fruit or a single flower in a vase will be better than a panorama of jelly beans.
Not all puzzles for Alzheimer's are jigsaw puzzles. Any activity that poses a problem to be solved can properly be called a puzzle, and any activity that requires the brain to be exercised is an appropriate puzzle for someone with Alzheimer's disease. Our Lock Boxes and the two Senior Smart Puzzles books are great examples.