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Puzzle Table

Activities for Seniors | By Debbie Davison
Starting a new position as an Activity Coordinator is a challenge for anyone, there are new residents to meet and it can take some time to learn their individual capabilities and what activities they enjoy doing.

I recently started a new position in a lovely home with only 27 residents living there, all are high care so this was another challenge to find something they really enjoyed and could achieve, so I started a group I named puzzle table.

I am lucky enough to have a large square table that sits around 10 people and I went through the activity cupboard and found some puzzles and games. I also collected some puzzles and games from goodwill stores (op shops). 

Some puzzles were a hit and some were found to be a bit too challenging. Depending on your resident's capabilities you can add different games.

Here are the puzzles and games my residents in high care really enjoyed

⚫ Three-piece wooden jigsaw (farm animals) chicken, pig, lamb.

⚫ Wooden blocks like Jengo in which they just stack up to make towers, bridges, etc

⚫ Noughts and crosses game - which I play with each resident 1:1

⚫ Three-piece card game - Piece together three cards that spell out a simple word like cat with a picture of a cat. This is a good one that two people can solve together. 
⚫ Wooden children's puzzles fitting the shapes into the correct holes e.g. trains, fish, farm machinery, flowers.

⚫ Cotton reel threading - I have plastic cotton reels in bright colours they are threaded onto a long piece of cord one by one.

The choices are endless you can keep changing puzzles as your residents change.

My residents like nice background music as they puzzle and are happy to do this activity for up to 45 minutes.

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Debbie Davison
Debbie is the owner of Memory Lane Therapy and an experienced Activity coordinator for Aged care. Her passion is Music, Arts, Crafts and making people Laugh and Smile.

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