Jigsaw Puzzle Therapy for Alzheimer’s SufferersBy Medical News,
Publication Date: June 23, 2009
Article describes the design and development of puzzles used as therapeutic aids for people with dementia. Created by a design student at Kingston University in London, England, the puzzles are made from foamex, a durable and flexible material. Although modeled on traditional puzzle shapes, the edge of the picture is already complete and the puzzle shapes are chunkier and easier to handle. A background designed for contrast and low vision guides users to place the pieces in the correct position. A professor at the university specializing in inclusive design for dementia care acted as advisor to the project. The designer trialed over 70 possible puzzle images including a Spitfire airplane, train, dog, and family at the beach during research in care homes outside London. Eight designs were chosen based on their popularity as well as their ability to evoke memories for some of the seniors completing them, such as the picture of the Spitfire prompting a resident to speak about his experiences in World War II. The designer has gained European Design registration for his puzzle concept, which has now gone into production.
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