These colorful tiles can be used in many different ways. Each tile has one color and one shape on it. Tiles are an easily handled size of 1¼ inches. QwirkleTM can be played like Dominoes. Or, like Bernice, who matched them by color or shape. Even if your person is only able to look at the tiles or line them up, in any order, at least they are thinking about which tile to choose and enjoying the shapes and colors and keeping those fingers moving.
People in the early stages of Alzheimer's and other dementias can enjoy QwirkleTM with the whole family. In later stages, limit the number of pieces and allow him to match patterns and colors in any way he likes.
Read an article in the Chicago Tribune about our Qwirkle: " A game to exercise the brain: Alzheimer's patients may benefit from Qwirkle"
Caution: This game has small pieces. If your care-receiver with Alzheimer's or dementia puts things in his mouth or swallows things, be very watchful while playing.
Games for people with Alzheimer's can be low-tech, high-tech, or anything in between. Every care community in the world probably has a Bingo game – and that's about as low tech as you can get – yet Bingo has been shown to have positive effects when played by Alzheimer's and other dementia patients.
One study reported in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia found that playing Bingo specifically provides mental stimulation that is highly therapeutic. Patients participating in the study performed significantly better on measures of cognition. Staff members reported increases in alertness and in awareness in the test subjects for hours after testing.
Bingo was chosen in the above study because it is so well known. Most people have played it at one time or another. But there is nothing magical about Bingo. Any game that provides cognitive stimulation should produce similar results. Choose a game for and adapt the game to the level and the abilities of the person or people who are playing. As Alzheimer's progresses a strategy game can become a matching activity. A matching game can become a stimulus for conversation.
Read more about the benefits of Bingo, and game-playing in general.
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