Spark Your Mind - An Alzheimer's Activity Book
50 + games to entertain and stimulate seniors living with a cognitive impairment, like Alzheimer's.
In 2012, Marie-Pier Vaudry’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Struggling to find activities adapted to her mother's changing abilities, Marie-Pier took matters into her own hands and spent the next few years working with healthcare professionals to create an activity book for seniors with Alzheimer’s.
Developed with healthcare professionals (experts in neurology, neuropsychology, geriatric speech therapy, physiotherapy & optometry), this activity book will provide cognitive stimulation for seniors with mid-stage dementia.
Studies have shown that when people living with Alzheimer’s are cognitively stimulated, have opportunities to socialize and connect with others, their well-being improves. The brain is a muscle and needs exercise to maintain memory and thinking skills to better cope with worsening dementia symptoms.
The Spark your Mind activity book:
- Has age-appropriate themes (e.g. songs for the 40’s and 50’s)
- Has activities of an adequate level of difficulty for moderate memory loss (to give a sense of accomplishment)
- Is an activity someone with Alzheimer’s can do by themselves (on a good day), or with the help of a loved one or caregiver
- Is a conversation starter that encourages social interaction and connection
Spark your Mind is all about bringing fun, creativity and laughter! Have fun with it!
“My grandmother always loved doing crossword puzzles. That’s what pushed us to do the game book activities with her during our visits. It was a great way to spend quality time with her. We were very happy to see her proud to find the answers herself, since the activities are adapted and developed in collaboration with health professionals.” — Valérie
“The games and activities in this book enable you to spend quality time with your loved one, while developing new and diverse communication strategies with them. You can pick and choose what sparks their interest and entertains them most, depending on how they’re feeling on a given day. It can also be a good way to potentially gain insight into the workings of their mind.” - Dr. Jessica Nehme, Geriatrician, Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, Behavioral Neurology Fellow, University of California, San Francisco