A MALVERN based care home group celebrated National Puzzle Day in style, with a whole host of entertaining games for residents.
Friends of the Elderly Malvern residential homes took on the task of providing residents with worthwhile puzzle’s to get stuck into as part of the national celebration of brain-teasing activities.
Puzzles form part of all three of the operators care homes’ daily activities and the homes’ general manager, Jo Bennett, wanted the group to pick their top three puzzle games for the day’s celebration.
Residents sat down to play games in groups, individually, or on the large electronic interactive tablet before whittling down their top three puzzle games.
“Puzzles are a very good pastime for our residents as they can improve mental speed and thought processes – and they are also a positive activity for improving short-term memory,” Jo said.
Three games came in the joint Bronze place – crosswords, Codebreakers and Arrow Word. The silver medal slot was taken by Sudoku, with residents engrossed in the Japanese game of logic.
“I’m very impressed with how brilliantly our residents complete these puzzles, I certainly couldn’t do as well as they do,” added Jo.
In top spot was traditional Jigsaw puzzles, which took home the gold. “Our residents play these either on our interactive screen or on one of our large and accessible tables.
“One of our residents told me that jigsaws can be traced back to the 18th Century when European map makers put their maps on to wood and cut them into small pieces.
“They did this to create learning tools to teach geography – so really, interactive puzzles have been around for quite a few hundred years,” said Jo.
“Puzzles can, of course be an individual activity, but they are also a great group activity which creates opportunities for engaging with others, chatting and conversations and making friends,” continued Jo.